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Posted March 13, 2010
Very disappointed. Way to long and boring. It seems SL books get longer and longer. Or maybe it just seems that way, she drags everything out. It would have been better if it was half the size. I couldn't take it any more. I skimmed through it, skipped a lot and finally just gave up. I NEVER DO that!
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Posted February 22, 2010
I think she did a great job on this book. Unlike her previous books, she made her plot the main theme and the sex end a secondary part of the story and I think that was a big improvement. The plot always left you wondering what and who was around the corner and who was the Cobra. This book is a big improvement over a lot of her others where sex dominated good plots and drowned out the plots. I only hope the following Black Cobra books will follow the same theme. This book had it all: great plot, varied locations and life styles; intrigue; romance and a good mix of all. That, to me, is what makes a good book. Great start on what looks like to me will be a good series. Nice to see all of the Bastion Club members back too -- including my favorite character -- Dalziel.
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Posted December 22, 2009
In 1822 Captain MacFarlane escorts the visiting niece of the Governor of Bombay Emily Ensworth as they flee the Black Cobra Cult. Realizing they cannot make it to safety, MacFarlane gives a letter to Emily asking her to deliver it to his superior Colonel Delborugh; he plans to wait for the cult in order for her to deliver letter though he knows he will be dead soon. She makes it and gives the letter to the Colonel and three other officers. She is immediately attracted to one of them Major Gareth Hamilton and wonders if he might be her "one".
Emily learns the four men resigned their commission and vanished although she knows Gareth is heading home through Aden. Impetuously she tells her beloved Uncle she is returning home via the Pyramids and arranges a speedy voyage to Aden to be there before Gareth to learn if he is her one. In Aden, Gareth sees a cultist try to kill Emily, but he intervenes. He rents a house to keep their combined traveling teams of nine safe. Emily tells Gareth he has a copy or the original of the letter that must be important that he and his comrades had to resign. He mentions the four are racing to England separately to deliver it to the Duke of Wolvestone so that the Black Cobra Roderick Ferrer will be convicted of crimes and his high placed father will not be able to protect him. They travel together with cultists trying to kill them while falling in love, but Gareth feels Emily deserves better while she knows he is her one.
The story line is filled with constant exciting action as the tough yet seemingly inept Cult mount attack after attack. Fast-paced with an expected but terrific final twist and a strong support cast traveling with the courageous lead couple, fans will enjoy this engaging late Regency Era thriller with more to follow.
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Posted October 29, 2013
I liked the characters, and it is an action-packed continuation of the Black Cobra series. But I felt like I was trudging along with the hero and heroine every step of the way in real time, fighting off cultists at every turn. I was sooo ready to get to the end of this book! It just seemed like it took forever to get there. The first book in the series did not drag like this, and hopefully the rest of the Black Cobra books will move along more quickly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2012
I read this book almost exclusively on my iphone - something I hate doing, but it's nice to have around on the train or when I'm waiting for appointments. I wouldn't describe this as the type of book I would love to curl up with and get lost in til the wee hours of the morning. In fact, I found myself often getting a little bored. This was probably due to the fact that it was about 100 pages too long and therefore most of the action seemed like endless repeats of the same old fight. Only the location seemed to change as the characters were constantly on the move. That being said, there was a lot of action and I liked the romance between Gareth and Emily. Cut a hundred pages of repeated skirmishes between the bad guys and get them to their destination faster and I probably would have given a higher rating. This is the second book in a series of four and I'm not sure that I will be continuing. Just my own opinion though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 30, 2011
In the second installment of the Black Cobra, the reader follows the travels of Gareth Hamilton complicated by the appearance and involvement of Emily Ensworth (who has decided that Major Hamilton is the man for her). The Black Cobra knows that Emily deivered the letter that Hamilton is now trying to transport to England and so they are both in danger. Again the Black Cobra's followers work to recover the incriminating letter as well as eliminate those that are involved. Gareth and Emily protect each other while expanding their personal relationship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2011
Posted September 6, 2011
Have you already read The Untamed Bride, the first of this quartet of stories? If the answer is yes, then you have pretty much read this book as well. Simply change the names, personal background, eye and hair colors, and voila, you have The Elusive Bride. To read a more comprehensive review simply read my review of The Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Quartet)and substitute this title for that one. Had I not purchased this book when I bought book #1 in this series I doubt that I would have spent the money.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2011
If you like a book that just drags on, this is it. Yes, she travels through some interesting places and is vivid on food, dress and customs. However, it was so boring. The same fight breaks out in a dozen places, and they win in always the same way. The heroine pulls them through with some type of inventive method that only she can come up with. Not at all believable. It made the hero seem stupid that he didn't think of it. The plot always left you knowing what and who was around the corner. By the end of the book I didn't care who was the Cobra was. I bought all 4 in the quartet, now I'm thinking of taking them back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2011
I+love+emily%2C+she+knows+what+she+wants+and+sets+out+to+get+him.+I+knew+from+book+one+these+two+were+going+to+be+togther+and+I+was+not+dissapointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 26, 2010
I generally like Stephanie Lauren's books, but I must admit this was my least favorite. The heroine is annoying, the journal writing was tedious and the cultists were comical. Maybe this is just a matter of personal preference, but I think it better to use a neutral book cover that does not depict the protagonists; I found it strange that the description of Emily in no way matched what was on the cover. I did get somewhat into the book about half-way through and I always enjoy catching up with characters from the Bastion Club series, so I would recommend the book if you are a fan of Stephanie Lauren's previous work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2010
The reason I read S.L's books is because I always love the female lead. They're usually witty and smart or serious and smart. Either way they're always smart. In this story, I didn't like Emily at all. She was so unrealistic (I know if you want reality read the paper) but come on. She's so anxious to see if Gareth is the "one" that she pays little or no attention to the fact that their lives are constantly in danger. Also whenever they needed supplies, why did everyone have to go out and get them. It all became rediculous.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Stephanie Laurens has, in prior books, demonstrated that she has mastered the art of writing engrossing love stories with interesting, slightly offbeat female leads. Often her women are more complex and real than the average romance novelists' stereotypical heroines. In The Elusive Bride, Stephanie Laurens continues her tradition of a strong female lead and with a rich, romantic storyline that would appease any of her longtime readers. In addition, she has created a unique and intriguing plot sweeping from India all the way across the Mediterranean and North Africa and eventually back to England. I really enjoyed the amount of culture that she shows as her protagonists bounce from one exotic locale to the next. I can also imagine that the amount of research she must have had to conduct into each of these places was exhaustive. Laurens convincingly created a sense of tension that was palpable as readers followed Emily and Gareth in their journey to outrun and outwit the enemy, and lead them into the trap created by-- spoiler alert-- Dalziel, one of Laurens' very best characters, found in the Bastion Club novels-- who, along with the members of the Bastion Club, make appearances in this series. The Elusive Bride can stand alone but is best read in conjunction with Stephanie's first novel in the Black Cobra Quartet, The Untamed Bride. The last two of the series are not yet published.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I finally got into the book when I had read 3/4 of the book. It was slow and did not keep my interest. Very disappointing after reading The Untamed Bride. A good book to read at bedtime to help you fall asleep. I usually can read a book in a week and this one lasted for a good month. The end finally gets a little exciting and kept my interest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After reading "The Untamed Bride" I was looking forward to this one. Hmmm...just didn't sit as well with me. I had to keep checking that this was written by SL. It was an interesting tack having the couple travel through all the locations, but the cultists were not as developed as they were in book 1; they seemed more of a comedy of errors on their part, so it wasn't too gripping when the couple was in dangerous situations. The romance itself was sweet but the love scenes weren't as detailed and involved as Ms. Laurens' other books usually are.
Overall, a bit disappointing, but it won't keep me from getting the remaining books.
Posted February 20, 2010
The main problem with this book is that Laurens tries a new approach--diary entries written by the female lead--and they are really annoying. The lead, Emily, goes on and on about finding her "one" and seems a bit brainless on the topic. Emily is the least likeable of recent Laurens heroines, but the book is still a good read. Laurens on her bad days can still deliver an entertaining romp through--in this case--a swath of geography traversing from India through Egypt and France to England, with (admittedly stereotypical) likeable locals met along the way. The cultists seem unending in number and more than a tad unbelievable in this second round of the series. A favorite character from a previous Laurens book, Jack, reenters, as do a whole host of other old favorites. Fun is to be had, regardless! (As is romance....)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.