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They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable--and "all" male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra. He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country. She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride. Together they must They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable--and "all" male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra. He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country. She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride. Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart . . . This is #1 in The Black Cobra Quartet Series.


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They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable--and "all" male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra. He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country. She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride. Together they must They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable--and "all" male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra. He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country. She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride. Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart . . . This is #1 in The Black Cobra Quartet Series.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol Kerry-Green

    Cue rant... I've just finished reading Stephanie Laurens' new book - The Untamed Bride - book one in the Black Cobra series. I really enjoyed it, like the premise of four heroes each racing back to England with important information that must reach the Duke of Wolverstone (aka Daziel from the Bastion Club) aided by characters from the Bastion series and all of the Cynster cousins. Talk about putting all your apples in one cart! But it worked, mostly. I don't know if it's just me, but I do like hi Cue rant... I've just finished reading Stephanie Laurens' new book - The Untamed Bride - book one in the Black Cobra series. I really enjoyed it, like the premise of four heroes each racing back to England with important information that must reach the Duke of Wolverstone (aka Daziel from the Bastion Club) aided by characters from the Bastion series and all of the Cynster cousins. Talk about putting all your apples in one cart! But it worked, mostly. I don't know if it's just me, but I do like historical accuracy in my Historical Romance novels, as in any other historical novel I read - and in this one, Laurens' for me, dropped a clanger. It probably won't mean much to the majority of readers of her books, or indeed to this review, but her main characters, Del Delborough and Deliah Duncannon both hail from an area known as the Wolds, he from Middleton on the Wolds, which is great I thought, it's not far from where I live! Then she dropped the clanger by consistenly saying it was in Humberside - all throughout the novel this jarred, and I admit if I hadn't have been enjoying the plot, I would have chucked the book away in disgust - it's sloppy research. Humberside as an administrative county only existed between the years of 1974 and 1996, until then and indeed afterwards it has always been in the East Riding of Yorkshire! In 1822, the year in which the novel is set, Humberside wasn't even used as a descriptive for the area around the Humber, it was either Yorkshire or for the south bank Lincolnshire! As I was reading the novel I then started to question the rest of the historical geographic information, so far haven't found any other clangers there. I was reminded of the other time Laurens sloppy research annoyed me, it was in one of the Bastion books, and they were trying to find out who the bad guy was, they had a name but nothing else - so what did they do, but go to St Catherine House to search for his birth! No, no, no. This book was set in 1816, general registration in England didn't start until 1837 - before that births were only recorded if someone was baptised, and that information in 1816 would still be in the individual churches, so I can see whey Laurens did it - and St Catherine's House as the deposit for birth registrations didn't start until 1970, before then they were held at Somerset House on the Strand in London from 1837-1970. - Sorry, I'm a genealogist, so that misinformation really annoys me!! I mean, I accept that for HR novels, the characters, usually members of the British Aristocracy are made up, the Dukes of St Ives and Wolverstone weren't real Dukedoms, and I accept that, they are fiction. But it's were historical accuracy is needed is around the period that the books are set in, so if a book is set in 1816 or whenever, then only those places that existed historically in 1816 etc. should be mentioned, etc. Anyway, rant over!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Rollicking fun read with a lot more swashbuckling than usual for a "bodice ripper." Dare I admit, I'm looking forward to the next installment? Pure escapism is a great way to cleanse the literary palate! Rollicking fun read with a lot more swashbuckling than usual for a "bodice ripper." Dare I admit, I'm looking forward to the next installment? Pure escapism is a great way to cleanse the literary palate!

  3. 5 out of 5

    kris

    There's this evil club in India known as the Black Cobra club, and they're killing more people than the British government is comfortable with. So this group of Manly Men is tasked with beheading the snake or something. 42 page prologue later, and 4 Manly Men are still alive (one wasn't quite Manly enough, seriously) and they have Important Evidence and must make it back to England before Shit Goes Down. Del is the hero. He's a colonel; he's tall and handsome and authoritative. Deliah is the her There's this evil club in India known as the Black Cobra club, and they're killing more people than the British government is comfortable with. So this group of Manly Men is tasked with beheading the snake or something. 42 page prologue later, and 4 Manly Men are still alive (one wasn't quite Manly enough, seriously) and they have Important Evidence and must make it back to England before Shit Goes Down. Del is the hero. He's a colonel; he's tall and handsome and authoritative. Deliah is the heroine. She's a Ruined lady; she's tall and beautiful and stubborn. Because of Lust, he ends up taking her along on his ~mission and they have torrid, overly-descriptive sex and eventually fall in love. 1. I legitimately laughed out loud when Del & company showed up at the Cynster's house and the bunch of them were described. How dreadful for Laurens, to line up all your various characters throughout the years and be able to sum them up as all tall and handsome and authoritative! How ridiculous that in the 7? 8? 10? couples present in the final chapters, none of them stand out at all. I couldn't even keep the hero straight from the rest of them once Demon and Devil and Dave and Dexter were thrown into the pot. Come on. 1.5. On a similar note, the ladies. None of them looked the same, but they were all "confident, assured and assertive, not afraid to state their opinions and make their wishes known." Which--great? It's ... forward thinking (for the time period) and whatever, but it's also so dull. I kept wanting a Milly to offset all the Strong, Determined Women. Ultimately: I love Strong, Determined Women, but when I can't tell one wife from another (except by their ridiculous names), there's something immensely flawed with your characterizations. 2. The prose needed a thorough revision. While I get that sentence fragments are ultimately a stylistic choice, there's style and then there's beating your reader over the head with them until they forget what a subject-verb agreement looks like. 3. Didn't care about the sex even remotely. I scanned all the sex scenes looking for dialogue tags and ultimately realized that no, the hero wasn't about to ~tell the heroine how he felt--he was going to bang it into her. Repeatedly. Forcefully. Authoritatively. Gross.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    My sister used to collect Stephanie Laurens books, so I’ve read several of them. I remember the formula, and was interested to find that in this book she gathers together some half a dozen heroes from previous novels. In this book she tells us repeatedly that they’re identical, :-), so the profile of Laurens’ idealised man is clear. He’s tall and handsome, unsurprisingly rich. But he’s also extraordinarily commanding, an acknowledged leader among men; possessive and protective , but emotionally My sister used to collect Stephanie Laurens books, so I’ve read several of them. I remember the formula, and was interested to find that in this book she gathers together some half a dozen heroes from previous novels. In this book she tells us repeatedly that they’re identical, :-), so the profile of Laurens’ idealised man is clear. He’s tall and handsome, unsurprisingly rich. But he’s also extraordinarily commanding, an acknowledged leader among men; possessive and protective , but emotionally vulnerable towards his mate. He’s virile, sexually demanding and willing to indulge in a little bondage, but also a closely involved and attentive father, an early 19th century ‘new man’. He isn't described changing nappies, but that's about it. Laurens didn’t seem to think there’d be any tension at all in a houseful of these uber-alpha males. As for the women, naturally each is a raving beauty. They’re also intelligent, strong-willed and combative, so that their warrior-husbands have to conspire in order to keep them from joining in to fight the bad guys. More about that later. I’ve spent more time than usual thinking about this novel, because in the Bodice Rippers, we’ve been considering romance novels and trying to understand their themes. This seems quite defferent to the other books we’ve read in the group. I think Laurens is technically superior to Emily Bryan and the Skye-writer. Her plot is rubbish, of course. No spoilers, but the mystery/adventure elements are very weak. The Black Cobra is a sinister criminal master-mind comic-strip villain (not comic-book:this is the kind of guy the Phantom would have gone after, seeking justice and swearing revenge), whose murderous thugs are wholly laughable. The ‘mystery’ serves just to provide contrived encounters which allow the hero to be victorious and masterful and the heroine to be feisty and spirited. Yawn. The rest of the characters are plastic, not an individual among them. But there are elements of interest here. There’s more sex and each encounter lasts several pages. (Did I mention how virile the hero is?) But it’s all enthusiastically consensual; nothing like the disturbing rapefest we encountered in Skye O'Malley. One thing that strikes me about Laurens’ book is her focus on the hero’s point of view. We spend page after page on his ruminations, his examination of his physical and emotional reactions to the heroine, the development of his attachment to her. For a 19th century tough guy, his EQ is impressive. I’m also interested in Laurens' deliberate use of sex for communication. Her hero consciously sets out to woo and win his lady by making love to her, but also aims at some almost mystical communication of his deepest need for her. Somehow this non-verbal communication is remarkably clear, and they understand each other perfectly. So the idealised romantic couple are not just a good physical match, they are soulmates. Of course it’s all somewhat purple: ‘their wills met and merged in a clash of fire and passion’ etc. Which brings me back to bondage. I’m no prude, but isn’t there something odd in a houseful of husbands conspiring each to distract his wife with a little S+M, and then simultaneously, to leave her tied-up in bed? I half-expected them to meet downstairs and throw the car-keys into a bowl. So, S+M and group sex. :-) How titillating.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Governor General of India, Marquess of Hastings, orders five soldiers (Colonel Derek “Del” Delborough, Major Gareth Hamilton, Captain Rafe Carstairs, Major Logan Monteith, and Captain James MacFarlane) in the East India Company to discover and dispatch the leader of a rebel cult, the Black Cobra. After nearly exhausting their search for proof of the identity of the Black Cobra, Captain MacFarlane discovers, almost by chance, the needed proof while escorting the Governor of Bombay’s niece. Wh The Governor General of India, Marquess of Hastings, orders five soldiers (Colonel Derek “Del” Delborough, Major Gareth Hamilton, Captain Rafe Carstairs, Major Logan Monteith, and Captain James MacFarlane) in the East India Company to discover and dispatch the leader of a rebel cult, the Black Cobra. After nearly exhausting their search for proof of the identity of the Black Cobra, Captain MacFarlane discovers, almost by chance, the needed proof while escorting the Governor of Bombay’s niece. While on their way, the cultists attack and Captain MacFarlane sacrifices himself in order to make sure the proof (a letter) gets to the right hands. He enlists the aid of the Governor’s niece who brings the proof to the remaining four officers. They then make copies of the letter and each set off on different paths to return to England with the proof of the Black Cobra’s identity. Colonel Delborough is the first to leave with his copy of the letter. His route takes him directly to London. Once he arrives at the predisposed inn, he discovers that he has been saddled with escorting Deliah Duncannon to their hometown. While Del is trying to get out of his escort duty, the Black Cobra’s assassin strikes, but Deliah warns him in time. Since she has seen, and been seen in return by the assassin, Del decides to take Deliah with him. Del is surprised to discover that Deliah is quite the ally in his goal in catching the eye of the Black Cobra’s men. Not only are these two a good team in the field, but in the bedroom as well. Since this is the first book in the series, there is some backstory to get through. Once the main character begins his journey, we are treated to a cookie-cutter plot, especially if you have read other novels by Laurens. The main characters are somewhat interesting and fleshed out, but at times become predictable. If you have read any of the Cynster or Bastian Club novels, then be prepared for the onslaught of visiting characters. Overall, a decent read with some action (both in and out of the bedroom) and some tender moments.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    This was a pretty good read, though I did enjoy The Adventurers Quartet by her more. I feel like her hero in this book, Del, is a little overpowering. The Black Cobra plot was pretty good, and added the suspense I like in Laurens writing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    A villain and cult-leader named Black Cobra is terrorizing early 19th century India. Five English officers are appointed to finding out who the man is and bring his reign of terror to an end. It turns out he’s also English, a member of the East India Company, but the five have no way of proving it. Month later, one of them is killed, providing irrefutable proof of the Englishman’s wrongdoing and the four remaining are tasked with getting the proof, a letter, back to homeland. Three copies are mad A villain and cult-leader named Black Cobra is terrorizing early 19th century India. Five English officers are appointed to finding out who the man is and bring his reign of terror to an end. It turns out he’s also English, a member of the East India Company, but the five have no way of proving it. Month later, one of them is killed, providing irrefutable proof of the Englishman’s wrongdoing and the four remaining are tasked with getting the proof, a letter, back to homeland. Three copies are made and the four embark on their long journeys home, each via different route… This is the story of their “commander” Colonel Derek “Del” Delborough. He takes the sea route to Southampton where he encounters an unpleasant surprise in the form of Miss Deliah Duncannon, who he’s charged with escorting home. He has all intentions of leaving her to her own devises when she saves his life, sees his attacker, and Del has no choice but take her with him… I have a few of Stephanie Laurens’ books in my library and I remember trying to read one back in the day, but didn’t get past the first few chapters. I thought maybe it was a fluke, so, since I love espionage story set in the regency/Victorian era (thank you, Celeste Bradley), I decided to buy this one and its sequel…Well, my inability to read that first book long ago wasn’t a fluke. I simply don’t like Ms. Laurens’ narrative style. The pacing was extremely slow, there was too much tell and not enough tell, I simply couldn’t relate to the characters, Del was too introverted for my taste, Deliah was an utter pain in the rear-end, I didn’t see the attraction between them, the bedroom scenes were cold, detached and clinical, and even the hope that the suspense would compensate for everything else, quickly dwindled. Ms. Laurens apparently realized she was writing a suspense historical only toward the end, and she tried to liven up the plot by inserting an action scene, but it was too late and frankly, the “action” was boring. This would’ve ended as an DNF if I didn’t have the second book in the series to read for the same challenge as this one…Yup, it will be a challenge. 1 ½ stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens After the disastrous final installment of The Bastion Club series (Mastered by Love), I was reluctant to dive into the new Laurens' series, The Black Cobra Quartet. I bought this book at the grocery store on a whim and figured....What the heck, I'll give Stephanie another chance! Well, lo and behold, Stephanie Laurens got her mojo back! The suspense part of this book is absolutely riveting. I adored the prelude to this book, which takes place in India, 1822. The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens After the disastrous final installment of The Bastion Club series (Mastered by Love), I was reluctant to dive into the new Laurens' series, The Black Cobra Quartet. I bought this book at the grocery store on a whim and figured....What the heck, I'll give Stephanie another chance! Well, lo and behold, Stephanie Laurens got her mojo back! The suspense part of this book is absolutely riveting. I adored the prelude to this book, which takes place in India, 1822. It made me remember one of the reasons I used to love SL so much....she is truly a gifted writer. The beginning of this book, which is purely setting the stage for the suspense portion of the story and has nothing to do with the romance, is superb. Laurens does not disappoint with the romance part of this book either. There is a terrific chemistry between the hero (Del) and heroine (Deliah) right from their initial meeting. (I can't believe SL's editor let her get away with those names! Are you kidding me?). Deliah is SL's best type of heroine...feisty, determined, strong-willed and sexy. Their first love scene is great--a scorcher! In fact, I found all of the love scenes to be sexy and emotionally fulfilling, something that had been lacking lately in her novels. Other strong points of this novel: including old favorite characters (the Cynsters, the Bastion Club guys, their wives), lots of action-packed scenes with swords, pistols, assassins and thugs, and incredibly emotionally satisfying love scenes at the end (especially when Del professes his love for her and proposes....sigh! so romantic!!!). My only complaint was that the book seemed a little short, and the climatic scene at the end when Larkin is confronted in the church was sort of a let-down. But who really cares? Stephanie got her mojo back, and I for one am a happy, happy camper. Grade: B+ Penelope

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maqluba

    30% of the way into the book, while skipping, and I thought I was at 80% so yeah not a good sign.... Man this story had way too many problems for me to enjoy it... I think talk like that of Britain taking over India to “protect them” and the “cotton and sugarcane trade” in Jamaica and the illusion to Muslim-extremism as represented by the Black cobra cult just really messed with my brain. Indians were used as props, Muslims were seen as villains, and our white British hero and heroine were seen a 30% of the way into the book, while skipping, and I thought I was at 80% so yeah not a good sign.... Man this story had way too many problems for me to enjoy it... I think talk like that of Britain taking over India to “protect them” and the “cotton and sugarcane trade” in Jamaica and the illusion to Muslim-extremism as represented by the Black cobra cult just really messed with my brain. Indians were used as props, Muslims were seen as villains, and our white British hero and heroine were seen as the good guys. Yeah no thanks. Honestly I don’t normally let this stuff get to me but for some reason this book just really dug in and I couldn’t enjoy it at all. On top of all of that it wasn’t even written well so yeah that’s the end of that series...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chanel Sharp

    Mom and I found it to be an awesome read. The chase was great and the bed sense at the end was sweet. Mom did think that it took her a little while to warm up to the heroine, just be because her demanding information came off as whinny instead of curious or worried to her. We definitely give this a read, the only reason the rating was a little low is it just did not suck mom in and make interested enough to keep turning the pages until the last hundred pages which seems just a little bit off a w Mom and I found it to be an awesome read. The chase was great and the bed sense at the end was sweet. Mom did think that it took her a little while to warm up to the heroine, just be because her demanding information came off as whinny instead of curious or worried to her. We definitely give this a read, the only reason the rating was a little low is it just did not suck mom in and make interested enough to keep turning the pages until the last hundred pages which seems just a little bit off a wait in a three hundred page book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    so many thoughts... The white saviour is strong with this one... don't think i'm fully capable of expressing everything but I don't really want to read more about these colonisers, which does feel quite hypocritical given my love for this genre. I especially didn't like a lot of the language in this. Apparently Indians should be thankful to the British for protecting them and getting rid of the Black Cobra (who was one of them). Her bragging about how successful her investments in the cotton and so many thoughts... The white saviour is strong with this one... don't think i'm fully capable of expressing everything but I don't really want to read more about these colonisers, which does feel quite hypocritical given my love for this genre. I especially didn't like a lot of the language in this. Apparently Indians should be thankful to the British for protecting them and getting rid of the Black Cobra (who was one of them). Her bragging about how successful her investments in the cotton and sugarcane trade in Jamaica had me audibly gasping....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I downloaded this from the library because I had to paint my fingernails and wanted to read while they dried. The book sounded decent enough. (This is a pretty normal "Let's get a book from the library!" thought process.) Skipped most of the prologue, then had the weirdest sense of book deja vu where I remember reading the scene -- from a different character's POV. Checked Goodreads, but according to my shelves, I haven't read anything by Stephanie Laurens. Read the synopses for other Black Cobra I downloaded this from the library because I had to paint my fingernails and wanted to read while they dried. The book sounded decent enough. (This is a pretty normal "Let's get a book from the library!" thought process.) Skipped most of the prologue, then had the weirdest sense of book deja vu where I remember reading the scene -- from a different character's POV. Checked Goodreads, but according to my shelves, I haven't read anything by Stephanie Laurens. Read the synopses for other Black Cobra books, but none of them give any detail about what the book was about, so I went back to reading, plagued by the sense I should remember books I've read... and skimmed over more portions of this book. I kept going back to my computer to see if I could figure out why this book was so familiar. Landed on Stephanie Lauren's website, read the chapter 1 excerpt for book 2, The Elusive Bride, in this series, and... BINGO. That's the book I remembered. Only I didn't really remember it. There was an evening where I started and discarded two books, and it wouldn't surprise me if The Elusive Bride was one. I don't enter those books into Goodreads, and it made sense that's why it wasn't there. Anyway. Now I have a "Thrown back to the library gods" shelf -- essentially a "DNF" shelf -- and The Untamed Bride may be the first to be on it. I'm sitting at 33% right now, but while there's nothing terribly wrong with this book, there's nothing holding my interest either. I mean, I did read two books yesterday and didn't feel the slightest bit guilty about neglecting this one. And while I normally might be willing to power through, I've got three JQ books up for reread, and my desire to pick this up again is nil. I don't even remember much about it, other than the Black Cobra thing and an MC with secrets she wouldn't even share with the reader. (Something that's only recently begun to bother me.) Too much I don't know and I'm too likely to skim all the descriptions. Never a good sign. Sorry book. Tis time we part ways.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I didn't find much to like about this book, in spite of the reappearance of characters from previous books that I did like. The pace was slow to the point of tedium until nearly the end. Somehow the story did not really gel for me even then. Maybe it was because the last book by this author that I read was so unexpectedly good (The Masterful Mr. Montague) that I was disappointed in this one, and maybe the second in this series will catch my interest more. I didn't find much to like about this book, in spite of the reappearance of characters from previous books that I did like. The pace was slow to the point of tedium until nearly the end. Somehow the story did not really gel for me even then. Maybe it was because the last book by this author that I read was so unexpectedly good (The Masterful Mr. Montague) that I was disappointed in this one, and maybe the second in this series will catch my interest more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    3.5 stars This was pretty good. There was a lot of action going on here. I'll have to read the rest of the series to see how things turn out with the villain (all books in this series are closely intertwined). I loved seeing all the Cynster family; however, of a reader is unfamiliar with that series, they may be a little confused and not understand the close relationships the men have. 3.5 stars This was pretty good. There was a lot of action going on here. I'll have to read the rest of the series to see how things turn out with the villain (all books in this series are closely intertwined). I loved seeing all the Cynster family; however, of a reader is unfamiliar with that series, they may be a little confused and not understand the close relationships the men have.

  15. 5 out of 5

    colleen

    A great start to a new series. I really like that she has lots of characters from her previous books in this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    4 Stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kit★

    Found a copy in the bargain bin, didn't pass it up. Alright, got my chronology figured out methinks. So after I read the last Bastion novel, this quartet is up next! Found a copy in the bargain bin, didn't pass it up. Alright, got my chronology figured out methinks. So after I read the last Bastion novel, this quartet is up next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I really enjoyed the blend of a spy thriller, historical fiction, and romance in this book. I’ve never read any Stephanie Laurens before and I was quite intrigued by her writing style. The characters are great. The story spends a good chunk of time at the beginning establishing who and what the Black Cobra is and why he’s a bad guy and why these guys have to stop him. Then it goes on to where Dell meets Delia and their relationship is really entertaining. If I had one quibble, it was the part wh I really enjoyed the blend of a spy thriller, historical fiction, and romance in this book. I’ve never read any Stephanie Laurens before and I was quite intrigued by her writing style. The characters are great. The story spends a good chunk of time at the beginning establishing who and what the Black Cobra is and why he’s a bad guy and why these guys have to stop him. Then it goes on to where Dell meets Delia and their relationship is really entertaining. If I had one quibble, it was the part where Dell was willing to let anyone into his confidence about his mission soon after he first met Delia. He said something about, had Delia been a man he would have asked his assistance, but he didn’t want to put Delia in danger. But I have to wonder - why ask ANY stranger for help at this point? Particularly someone you just met upon coming back to the country after several years away. This mission is highly secretive (these days, we’d say “classified”) and the enemy could send any number of infiltrators to screw things up. They did send the young boy in to steal the scroll holder, why not a lady? Tactically, that attitude makes no sense. When you’re a spy, you probably shouldn’t trust random strangers willy-nilly, and I don’t care what kind of plumbing they have. Happily, everything turned out okay and Delia was a big help to the group’s mission. The romance between the two worked out great. A well-written love story can be pretty tropeish and there are certain beats that they all pretty much have. But that is something that appeals to me, so I was completely fine with it. I will be looking to read more Stephanie Laurens in the future. Also, I listened to the audiobook version and Simon Prebble is a FANTASTIC narrator. His voice is both soothing and entertaining. I could probably listen to him read the phone book (those still exist, yes?) I’m sure that lots of people know this already. In fact, I found this book specifically because I was looking for books that he reads (I saw his name recommended on a romance author Facebook page I follow). So I am pleased to have another favorite audiobook narrator as well as another favorite author. I’ll also be on the lookout for audiobooks - romance and otherwise - that Prebble narrates.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Treble

    Holy Moly. This book was amazing. I loved it. The plot is just amazing. Who would have thought you can get some great English noblemen serving in India, and then somehow get them back to England and then try and get some evil pricksters to come after them?! Pure bloody genius. I bought this book and the others in the quartet a few years ago and I have no effing idea why I haven't read them before today! Mental. I love seeing the guys from the Bastion Club back. I loved those characters and missed Holy Moly. This book was amazing. I loved it. The plot is just amazing. Who would have thought you can get some great English noblemen serving in India, and then somehow get them back to England and then try and get some evil pricksters to come after them?! Pure bloody genius. I bought this book and the others in the quartet a few years ago and I have no effing idea why I haven't read them before today! Mental. I love seeing the guys from the Bastion Club back. I loved those characters and missed seeing them in the Cynster series seeing as the Bastion Club novels happen before the Cynster series. It's like greeting some old friends that you haven't seen for a while. Sounds weird really. But that's HOW involved you get in a book by Stephanie Laurens. You fall in love with the characters yourselves. God how I wish the guys in her books are real. Sadly not. Unless there are. Please message me. But I love seeing them and how even though the Bastion Club members have never met the guys fighting these bad guys. It's amazing to see that they're there just because they're needed and also to jump back into the action. Even their wives get involved. It's a family reunion! I loved everything about this book, and I have literally read it ALL day. Done nothing else. 'nough said. It's THAT gripping. What are you waiting for???? Go pick a copy of this up NOW! Even if you've not read a book from Stephanie Laurens! You'll find her world enchanting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    A traitor in India may be ensnared at home. Col. Derek Delborough and three of his companions in arms set a trap and head for England on different routes. When Del arrives in Southampton, he discovers his aunts have committed him to escorting a neighbor home. It is entirely too dangerous with the Black Cobra dogging his tracks, but an assassination attempt turns Deliah into an at risk witness. They must run together. The two households, one Indian, one Jamaican, make for an exotic mix and a bit A traitor in India may be ensnared at home. Col. Derek Delborough and three of his companions in arms set a trap and head for England on different routes. When Del arrives in Southampton, he discovers his aunts have committed him to escorting a neighbor home. It is entirely too dangerous with the Black Cobra dogging his tracks, but an assassination attempt turns Deliah into an at risk witness. They must run together. The two households, one Indian, one Jamaican, make for an exotic mix and a bit of confusion. They try to draw out the Cobra and his minions hoping for irrefutable proof of his guilt. There is a final run to Cambridgeshire and the home of Devil Cynster, a snow storm, and a battle in a cathedral which leaves readers poised for the next in the series. Highly recommended for readers of historical romance and suspense. Readalikes: Karen Robards – Shameless; Julia Quinn – Mr. Cavendish, I Presume; Catherine Coulter – Pendragon; Sabrina Jeffries – To Pleasure a Prince; Johanna Lindsey – Pursuit; Kathleen E. Woodiwiss – A Season Beyond a Kiss; Linda Howard – Touch of Fire; Linda Lael Miller – Angelfire; Julie Garwood – For the Roses. Pace: Moderately paced Characters: Well-developed characters; strong women; exotic characters; very evil villains; and the Cynsters Story: Character-driven Writing style: Engaging Tone: Suspenseful; steamy Frame: Calcutta, Bombay, London, Cambridgeshire; 1822

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laureca

    This book is about how this group of men tried to take down Black Cobra, an evil group in India apparently led by an Englishman with significance political power. There were 5 of them but Captain James MacFarlane didn't make it out of the prolog part. The Untamed Bride was about Colonel Delborough's part in getting back to England and how he tried to lure the cultists to believe that the letter he brought was the real ones. I honestly didn't quite like Deliah in the beginning and how she was sud This book is about how this group of men tried to take down Black Cobra, an evil group in India apparently led by an Englishman with significance political power. There were 5 of them but Captain James MacFarlane didn't make it out of the prolog part. The Untamed Bride was about Colonel Delborough's part in getting back to England and how he tried to lure the cultists to believe that the letter he brought was the real ones. I honestly didn't quite like Deliah in the beginning and how she was suddenly involved in the mission, but could easily put that behind. The novel was packed with action, and I really loved that. The entire plot is interesting even though I wish I read the Cynster series first to get the idea who the other characters were. One other problem, the whole pack of her characters were way too similar to each other. All the male protagonist were alpha, rich, strong, possesive and handsome men, with military background of sort. While the female protagonists were this beautiful women, that didn't belong in the ordinary stereotype of females in that era. I wish there were more variety in male and female protagonists type. It was weird to imagine all this similar men (and women) gathered in 1 place.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tim Covell

    The prologue sets up an action-suspense plot to last through a series of four stories, but it takes place in India, in 1822, where five military officers are considering retirement. They've made their fortunes while happily installing British rule, and are returning home as part of one last mission. The financial and military backgrounds of historical romance heroes are often questionable, but it's particularly blatant here. Meanwhile, the heroine has made a fortune in Jamaica. The byplay between The prologue sets up an action-suspense plot to last through a series of four stories, but it takes place in India, in 1822, where five military officers are considering retirement. They've made their fortunes while happily installing British rule, and are returning home as part of one last mission. The financial and military backgrounds of historical romance heroes are often questionable, but it's particularly blatant here. Meanwhile, the heroine has made a fortune in Jamaica. The byplay between the two strong-minded leads is entertaining, but the sexual tension quickly gives way to lengthy sex scenes which I skipped because I wanted to find out what happened to a minor character. The heroine is interesting but I found her underwritten. What I most enjoyed in this book was a lengthy afterword by the author, discussing matters such as historical romance versus reality (and her knowledge of the reality), and Regency romance versus Austen's novels. That inspired me to dive into another series by the same author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I'll be honest if I didn't have the second book of this series on my physical shelves to read I would not have made myself trudge through this. I have discovered I am not a romance person. This is okay. I have made my peace with it. I found this to be a very long and a very hard book to get into. I honestly thought this might be a one-star book for most of this reading journey. It was only within the last 20% percent of the book I enjoyed myself. I have a feeling the characters at the estate wer I'll be honest if I didn't have the second book of this series on my physical shelves to read I would not have made myself trudge through this. I have discovered I am not a romance person. This is okay. I have made my peace with it. I found this to be a very long and a very hard book to get into. I honestly thought this might be a one-star book for most of this reading journey. It was only within the last 20% percent of the book I enjoyed myself. I have a feeling the characters at the estate were in a book series that this was a spinoff of, and while there were A LOT of them, I felt like it was an appropriate amount of nostalgia. (I've not read any of Stephanie Laurens' other books, so I do not know this for certain, it is just a hunch). There is definitely a mold this author prefers, but sadly I find it non-realistic for that many couples to be all that mold. People are too varied for that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Lewendon

    While I’ll admit, most Laurens’ heroes and heroines are cut from very similar cloth, there’s still something fun in seeing what she puts each new pair through. In learning what it takes for her protective alpha hero to open himself up and admit how important the heroine has become to him. Del and Deliah are surprisingly alike. They’re both independent, wealthy, well-travelled, and determined to look after the people important to them. The fun for me in this book was watching where the pair would While I’ll admit, most Laurens’ heroes and heroines are cut from very similar cloth, there’s still something fun in seeing what she puts each new pair through. In learning what it takes for her protective alpha hero to open himself up and admit how important the heroine has become to him. Del and Deliah are surprisingly alike. They’re both independent, wealthy, well-travelled, and determined to look after the people important to them. The fun for me in this book was watching where the pair would bend; seeing who would compromise on what. Now, I’m looking forward to seeing how the other three couriers bring the Black Cobra closer to justice.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    4 men start out on a journey to bring an Englishman to justice for his evil deeds in India. They split up and head back to England, 3 carrying dummy evidence and one with the real deal. Quite a bit of this backstory and lots of characters to keep track of in the beginning, but easier to follow once they split and Del gets saddled with taking Deliah (who has been in Jamaica) back home, while still on the mission. Have read one of the others in this series long ago. Will probably read the others, b 4 men start out on a journey to bring an Englishman to justice for his evil deeds in India. They split up and head back to England, 3 carrying dummy evidence and one with the real deal. Quite a bit of this backstory and lots of characters to keep track of in the beginning, but easier to follow once they split and Del gets saddled with taking Deliah (who has been in Jamaica) back home, while still on the mission. Have read one of the others in this series long ago. Will probably read the others, but not immediately.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This one started out a little rough. The audiobook started with a prologue that last 1.5 hours. ONE AND A HALF HOURS! The book in total was less than 10 hours. And it added nothing memorable to the story. My advice: skip the prologue and get straight into the story. Once I got into the story and past the male narrator it was a decent book. This is my first Stephanie Laurens, but it might not be my last. Bonus: no Babylouge!🤗

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rob McLewee

    I just couldn't get into it. Even the action scenes were boring, and I lost count of the sex scenes (at least 6, probably 7). Everybody likes a fun romp scene or two, but if there are going to be that many, change up the terminology a little. Very repetitive. I've never read any of the related books, so maybe I was missing something in the Cynster clan. Took me over a month to read it, and I skim read the overly long prelude. I just couldn't get into it. Even the action scenes were boring, and I lost count of the sex scenes (at least 6, probably 7). Everybody likes a fun romp scene or two, but if there are going to be that many, change up the terminology a little. Very repetitive. I've never read any of the related books, so maybe I was missing something in the Cynster clan. Took me over a month to read it, and I skim read the overly long prelude.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Black Cobra Quartet #1 There is both intrigue and romance in this book, but I feel that it focuses much more on the intrigue than it does on the romance. It held my attention all the way through, and I am wondering about the second book in this series, though I honestly don't know if I will ever read it. We'll see… Read: February 25-26, 2019 – Audible Audio Book Black Cobra Quartet #1 There is both intrigue and romance in this book, but I feel that it focuses much more on the intrigue than it does on the romance. It held my attention all the way through, and I am wondering about the second book in this series, though I honestly don't know if I will ever read it. We'll see… Read: February 25-26, 2019 – Audible Audio Book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zaida Barranco

    Loved it ! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, I love that the story continues and that you have to wait to find out what happens in the end until the next book or books. Also the sensual chemistry between Deliah and Del is really strong and their interactions with each other are not only very sexy but also funny.

  30. 5 out of 5

    joyce ryder

    Good I liked this book and enjoyed reading it the story line flowed well and was believable and interesting.The characters developed slowly and led to the desired outcome.I also liked the way that had some of the previous characters from her other books mingle in this book.Now on to the next😊

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