The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Series #4)

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USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Laurens takes us on a journey of extraordinary adventure.

Four bold, brave, and determined ex-officers of the Crown band together to destroy the traitorous fiend known as the Black Cobra.

He races to complete their mission against escalating odds—his task made more perilous when he loses his heart.

She's determined to defy convention ...

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Overview

USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Laurens takes us on a journey of extraordinary adventure.

Four bold, brave, and determined ex-officers of the Crown band together to destroy the traitorous fiend known as the Black Cobra.

He races to complete their mission against escalating odds—his task made more perilous when he loses his heart.

She's determined to defy convention and live a solitary life—until she tastes the reckless pleasure found only in his arms.

Drawn together by fate, united by fiery passion, they pursue their shared destiny . . . one they'll live to see only if they unmask the Black Cobra.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061795190
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: Black Cobra Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 202,546
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Laurens

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Laurens lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    I think Stephanie phoned it in on this one....

    ... I love Stephanie Laurens' books but I think she had writer's block (hey, it happens) and a deadline to meet. I really don't care for Loretta much, she just isn't all that interesting. I was so looking forward to Rafe's book when I began the series because he was originally written as 19th century James Dean, all Alpha male with an attitude. Instead, he's turned into a mediocre character, who is a little whiny, actually. I find him a bit annoying. I haven't finished the book yet but I'm wondering if I'm ever going to get to an interesting part or if they are just going to meander down random rivers for 350 pages. In fact, I would root for the antagonist (the cultists) if they would ever show up but sadly at page 175 there is still no sign of them. I can only hope this gets better but I doubt it. Truly if this had been my first Stephanie Laurens book, it would have been my last.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2010

    Interesting way to end the series

    I liked the other three Black Cobra stories with its fast pace of the characters to get to safety from the Black Cobra's minions. I thought this story would be the same way, but about three quarters of the book is mixed with Rafe, Loretta, and Lady Congreve. Nothing about the Black Cobra until near the end of the story. The epilogue has more story than the story itself. I realize the series in intermingled with each other from different points of view. However, I was a little disappointed with this story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Magnificent!

    This is the fourth and last book in the Black Cobra series. I recommend that they be read in order if possible.

    The Reckless Bride is probably the tamest of the four. Each of the books tells of the journey of one of the soldiers tasked with traveling from India to England carrying important evidence needed to stop the Black Cobra cult.

    Rafe (known as Reckless) has less interference on his journey than the other three, but it is still an exciting story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Meh.

    I have been a Stephanie Laurens devotee for more years than I can even put a number to; I loved reading this series, it was really exciting at times. But this book, the conclusion to the series, was the worst of the four books. I was expecting the thrills and chills to reach a fever pitch in the last book, but - what a bummer - I only felt mildly interested (not thrilled) and remained decidedly room temperature (not chilled). It was well-written and had pretty hot love scenes, as is always the case w/ SL. Still, I felt a little underwhelmed by the book. It just didn't live up to what I've come to expect from SL.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    The Reckless Bride

    The Reckless Bride gets mixed reactions from me.
    The attraction and love story between Rafe and Loretta was excellent. Loretta has just the right amount of spice and backbone , I have come to expect in Ms. Laurens heroines.

    However, the plot was set up that Rafe came across as less intelligent than his counterparts. The series of attacks that were visited upon the group earlier in the book should have been questioned much sooner.
    The fact that he was determined to successfully finish his mission gave the character redemption.

    As always the author paints a wonderfully descriptive book with her use of secondary characters. These are the things that kept me interested in the story.

    I loved the conclusion of the book. Was it just me or did no one else suspect who was the head of the villainous Cobra?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    So-so

    This book lacked oomph. I expected more from the last installment of a successful series. The previous books provided better chemistry between their romantic leads and had better buildup in suspense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2010

    I loved the first 3 Black Cobra books.

    I am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens! Her stories are rich with personalities, and details so vivid you can feel them, and in that respect I enjoyed final book. I am however a little disappointed. The ending was very fitting of the story line. Even though it was anti-climactic. I guess I was looking for more of the action, or "Running the guantlet" of cuiltests. But that never happened. There was little mention of the final 2 Bastion Club members who were suposed to be helping, and no mention of the wives of these 2 members who are very strong and resourceful ladies. All in all I enjoyed the books. I look forward to her next stories and will read everyone of them as they come out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    fun Regency romantic suspense

    In 1822 in India, Army Captain Rafe Carstairs resigns his commission and, like his three comrades, sets off for home to deliver, in his case, the original letter that will expose the Black Cobra cult leader's identity to Lord Wolverstone. His only companion is Hassan the Pathan warrior. They travel inland to Rajputana and the Afghan Supremacy with no incidents.

    At the same time in London Loretta Michelmarsh rejects her eighth suitor as she wants the man of her dreams. Her Great Aunt Esme arrives to inform the family Loretta is coming with her as her companion on a Grand Tour. Esme wants Loretta to behave wild like almost the entire rest of the family does.

    Rafe and Hassan make it to Turkey and across the Black Sea with no cultists in sight. They reach Buda on the Danube when they see men accost women. They intercede; Esme directs Rafe and Hassan to escort them. Hassan says they have no choice but to accede as cultists are nearby so the two ladies and their two maids are safer with them. As they continue their journey by sea and land, they fall in love starting with a fishing contest even as cultists try to prevent their arrival.

    The fourth and final Black Cobra tale (see The Brazen Bride, The Untamed Bride, and The Elusive Bride) contains two courageous fresh lead individuals and a strong support cast that includes a secondary romance. The threat to the traveling sextet comes from a great spin. However, as with the previous tales the cultists seem inept with one twisting exception and the heroes take too many unnecessary risks. Still this is a fun Regency romantic suspense that ties up the key threads.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Sadly disappointed

    Given this was the last book, I expected more out of it. I was disappointed in "Reckless" Rafe, as he wasn't, and his character felt flat and one-dimensional. The three previos books built Rafe to almost epic proportions, then didn't deliver.

    I thought there would be more of the Black Cobra cultists, but there were few if any. Read it once to finish the series, but that's it.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This book is just one more installment in the Black Cobra Series that is so worth reading I could not put it down. I have loved everyone of her books and can't wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Bravo

    Another great book

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Great Surprise!

    This was an awesome ending to a wonderful quartet of books. I loved the way she revelved a little more behind the scenes with each book. I enjoyed spending som time with some old friends as well. If you like Historical Romance then thios is a MUST read series!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Loved the whole series - a must read for Stephanie Laurens fans!

    I didn't think I was going to like this series as much as the Bastion Club or Cynster series but after finishing the Black Cobra series I put it right up there with the other two. If you are a Laurens fan don't let this one get past you!

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Highly recommended

    Product received promptly and was exactly what I ordered.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    AN INTERESTING END TO THE BLACK COBRA QUARTET SERIES!

    THE RECKLESS BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens is a historical romance set in 1822 India and England. It is the fourth in The Black Cobra Quartet (Book One, The Untamed Bride,Book Two, The Elusive Bride, Book Three, The Brazen Bride) but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with details and depths. First, let me say I so enjoy this author's writing. To that, let me say I thought this was a little slow to begin with. It seemed to have more of another plot, than the others and less of the The Black Cobra plot.Saying that it has a successful conclusion to The Black Cobra Quartet Series. It has adventure, romance, sensuality, passion, vengeance, suspense, intrigue, suspense and the ending to the dreaded traitorous fiend The Black Cobra. The fourth of the brave,determined ex-officers of the Crown,Rafe,is trying to get the last piece of the puzzle of who the Black Cobra really is into the right hands and avenge his fallen comrade, James. The other three have landed in England. In the meantime, Rafe, meets the lovely Loretta, who is traveling with her aunt throughout Europe. Together, they battle cultists and someone out to kill her aunt. Loretta, is determined to deny convention and not fall in love or marry but enters Rafe. They will meet their destinies together. If you enjoy mystery, suspense, intrigue and adventure you will enjoy this one. Although, I enjoyed the other three better, this one seemed to engage more in another plot concerning Loretta and her Aunt instead of The Black Cobra affair. I would still recommend this one, but beware, the conclusion to The Black Cobra Quartet is not toward the first of the book. This book was received from Net Galley for review and details can be found at Avon,An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    NOOK Editing

    I love the series. I am not quite done with the book. But in my opinion it is great so far. My only problem is that I have it on my NOOK and in the story the space bar is terribly under used. I have to reread some sentences because two words are stuck togeather with no space. Hope that Barnes and Noble or whoever is responsible for spaces between words can fix it.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Too long and drawn out.

    I am a huge Stephanie Laurens fan, but not so for this book. The story was drawn out way too long and didn't keep my attention like the others in this series. If you read the prior three you do have to read this to get to the end of the of the Black Colbra Saga......good luck... you can skip most of the middle of the book and still figure out the entire plot.

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