The Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Series #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series.

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 ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series.

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 . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061795145
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Black Cobra Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 222,650
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Laurens

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty-one works of historical romance, including thirty New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club novels and the Black Cobra Quartet. For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    The story line is fast-paced and the climax strong while also setting up the next tale to the delight of Stephanie Laurens' fans

    In 1822 in India, Colonel Derek "Del" Delborrough and four of his junior officers try to end the terror of the Black Cobra cult. They believe the leader of the Black Cobra Cult is Lord Roderick Ferrar, but lack substantial proof needed to bring down the heir to the powerfully connected Earl of Shrewsbury. .

    The Governor's niece Emily Ensworth arrives with a package that she says that Captain James MacFarlane gave to her to give to Del. James died saving Emily from the Black Cobra. Inside the package is a letter in which Ferrar used his personal unique seal to close it. The four men agree to separately go to England with three carrying a bogus copy and one the original. One month later, the four soldiers resigned their commission and vanish; Ferrar learns his letter is missing. He knows he must pursue them to England.

    Del reaches Southampton where he is met by Deliah Duncannon who informs him his aunts arranged for his escorting her. As they talk Deliah notices a flare and yanks Del to the ground saving his life. She saw the culprit who probably saw her too; her description is that of Larkins, Ferrar's right hand man. He agrees to take her with him to keep her safe. Their destination is Somersham Place, home of Devil Cynster. As they travel with the Black Cobra in pursuit, they fall in love, but the mission must come first.

    The relationship between the lead couple is excellent as is the major support from the Cynster-Bastian heroes. However that said, all the couples from the extended saga (including this pair) are interchangeable; ironically (and cleverly) the women even discuss the common major traits that each of the women, their men, and their relationships contain. . The story line is fast-paced and the climax strong while also setting up the next tale to the delight of Stephanie Laurens' fans.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

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    Laurens at the Top of her Game

    Stephanie Laurens (Bastion Club, Cynster Series) begins a new series called the Black Cobra Quartet with The Untamed Bride. It has all the elements Laurens is best known for-- tension and danger, passion and romance, witty and intelligent dialogue and real, developed characters. In addition, this novel can boast a degree of exoticism heretofore unseen in Laurens' work. Beginning with 5 friends of military background stationed in India and following four of them back home to England via circuitous paths rife with danger (2 of whom have their journeys published in the Untamed Bride and the Elusive Bride) Stephanie Laurens has left the shores of England/ Scotland/ France to explore other continents and other cultures. Her work is richer for it. I enjoyed the fast-paced plot and the attendant intrigue as much as I enjoyed watching two strong, stubborn characters figure out that they should be together. I also especially enjoyed catching up with a few members of the Bastion Club, especially my favorite, Dalziel, with whom marriage and fatherhood seem to agree. A must read for any Stephanie Laurens fan, this book is also an excellent and entertaining read for those who have not read Laurens before.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    not her best effort

    I am a huge Laurens fan and have probably read close to everything she has written. This book is about 2/3 of a book. Normally her books in a series can stand alone, but this one, she cut off the ending. It is also unusually vapid and shallow for her. Bad form Laurens. Bad form.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    Seriously..the worst book I have ever read.

    I enjoy reading historical romances because they take me to another place. I am a huge fan of Julie Garwood's style of writing and in the past Stephanie Laurens has been a close second. The Untamed Bride was one of the worst books I have ever read! The plot started out with promise but the delivery throughout the book went from serious to comical..and not in a good way. You had to wonder what was the author thinking. The relationship between the main characters Del and Deiah was written very evasivley..one day they met and the then poof they end of in bed...no in between..very odd style of writing not only for Stephanie Laurens but for any author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    great

    i loved the people and the fax that it had some of the other people from other books that i liked. i can't wait until the next book comes out. Thanks for a great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    Love This Book!!!

    This book is great. Exceeded my expectations from the prelude to the end, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Finished it in one day. Del and Deliah were memorable characters, all the characters were very well fleshed out. Anytime you have a book w/ the Cynsters and the Bastion Club members in it, I am a happy camper. I can't wait for the next book. I especially hope that the last book isn't rushed or that there are endless pages of explaination that are not needed as in some series novels...Job well done, Stepanie Laurens.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    Sometimes I like unusual names, though the mental voice I hear w

    Sometimes I like unusual names, though the mental voice I hear when I read wanted to keep converting Deliah, the heroine, into Delilah. But I loathe when names are too similar; Deliah, and Del, the hero. Really? It's almost like they're masturbating rather than involved in a relationship with another person.

    Despite that, I did enjoy the book. Laurens writes smoothly (IMO she overwrites a bit), there is a good deal of suspense, the heroine is sufficiently plucky and independent, the hero stalwart, brave and hunky. It's a very satisfactory, sexy, light read, that kept me entertained the entire time I read it, and which I totally forgot the moment I put it aside.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    New series - Laurens fans check it out!

    This is the first book in Stephanie Laurens Black Cobra series. I really enjoyed the change in story line and characters. Plus, we get to "see" some of our "old" favorites from the Cynster series & Bastion Club series.

    If you are a fan of Stephanie Laurens books you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Pretty Good...interesting enough for me to want to finish series...

    Loved the characters, wish book was longer. Had a lot of action and romance, although most of her books have had more. Jumped around a bit and one major drawback was it didn't finish. Hope it does so in one of the other books in the series...will definitely read...

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

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    Fair Beginning

    When I first spied The Untamed Bride and found it was the first of four books in The Black Cobra Quartet I was excited. Its been a while since I've read a Stephanie Laurens novel and I must admit I simply adored the Cynsters - although by the time the last novel in that series came along I was ready for a pirate or a vampire. Then came The Bastion Club and for some reason I couldn't wrap my head around the sameness of those books. They were plotted exactly like the Cynster series although mercifully there were less of the Bastion Club novels. So I picked up The Untamed Bride hoping to find a change. Well the locale has been changed and the premise is good - four officers of the Crown fight against a deadly enemy called the Black Cobra. They are charged with learning his identity (in India), procuring evidence against him, and bringing said evidence back to London. Since the Black Cobra knows the identities of these officers it is most unwise for them to travel together so each carries identical boxes containing the so-called evidence. However, only one of them carries the real thing; the others carry copies. Not even the officers knows which of them carries the real thing. They are each given a different route by which to return to England. At least this device gives us a glimpse of different locales. Of course we have a lovely British lass, the handsome and dashing British officer, some contrived reason for them to be together, at least two good reasons why each of them hasn't thought about or sought marriage, and the eventual falling into each other's arms. The trick with this book, and one that Ms. Laurens is a master of, is weaving four tangled threads (the books in the quartet) and making the reader wait until the last book to bring everything together. That is about the only reason that I can find to read all four books. If you are a die-hard Stephanie Laurens fan then you will of course adore The Untamed Bride. Likewise, if you are reading this historical romance for pure escapism, then you are bound to enjoy this book. I found it good enough for those reasons although if I don't get to read the successive books for a year or two it won't bother me in the least.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    GREAT book - great series

    Rich characters, great stories, I LOVE Stephanie Laurens' books!

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Loved it!

    I couldnt put this book down, luckily I read it on my Nook Color so I took it everywhere. Once again Stephanie Laurens doesn't disappoint. I can't wait to read the second one!

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Very disappointed!!!

    I loved Laurens' other series but this one is just disappointing. It doesn't have the same thrill and unexpected adventure. It is too predictable. I recommend reading her earlier series beginning with the Devil's Bride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2010

    Boring to stay with the storytelling

    I had diffculty staying interested in the storytelling style. I find myself going back several pages just read again to stay with the story. At the end I was glad it was over. I would not read another book by Stephanie Laurens.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    The Untamed Bride

    Okay, I must admit that this is the first Stephanie Laurens novel that I've ever read... and will NOT be the last.
    I am not a big fan of the Historical Romance genre, but this book may have altered that point of view.
    The Untamed Bride is set in India 1822. Our leading man, Colonel Derek Delborough, is what makes the pages turn at an alarming rate. Tall, dark and handsome, he is a commanding presence to those around him. One of four officers of the crown, he is now faced with a desperate mission to stop an evil foe, known only as the Black Cobra.


    His journey takes him from India back to the shores of his homeland in England.Upon docking in Southhampton he forges on to a nearby Inn to rest and regroup. Upon arriving he has messages and more waiting for him, a woman, and he has been charged in escorting her and her staff North home to Humberside. He could not afford to take the time to complete this task, he was on a mission. This woman would just have to understand.


    Miss Delilah DunCannon is not one to mince words and in no way was she going to let the colonel escape the duties of seeing her home. She was a force of nature, and he must see it her way.
    Through chance or maybe fate, Delilah will become an important part of this mission as well as his very existence. Sparks fly and tensions rise in the fight against the Black Cobra cultists; In the fight to save thier hearts.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    A fresh twist, new characters to like and old ones to meet again...What's not to like?

    Stephanie Laurens delivers again! The heroine at first seemed somewhat unlikeable, but that soon passed. The book was a thoroughly enjoyable ride with new antagonists (okay, the cultists passing unobserved in 1800s England is a tad of a reach...). The main characters deliver just the hoped-for nuances and the plot brings back Dalziel and all the Cynsters, too. Reading a Laurens book is a walk back to a time, a place, and a social culture that promise lots of warm diversion.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    As first in a new quartet of books it is a little different than the standard historical romance.

    This is a story that combines new charaters with the Cynster and Bastian Club. The setting is interesting as it covers what traveling the Eastern and Europian world was like in this time period along with a "what's going to happen next?". And you have the good old trials of falling in love. I was looking forward to the second book. Now that I've read it, I going to have a hard time waiting until July 2010 for the third. I hope the fourth isn't far behind it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens

    This book was very good, but I expected that since Stephanie Laurens wrote it. She always has a sensible plot with believable characters. I have read a lot of her books and she never disappoints. I would recommend any of her books.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    Thank you Stephanie

    I want to thank Stepanie Laurens for doing it again. I positively loved how she managed to combine The Cynsters, The Bastion Club and the new characters together without missing a beat. I like the sparks between the two main chracters. The heroine made me chuckle more than once and the action and suspence were well worth reading. I totally enjoyed this book. I bought one for my daughter who also loves Stephanie Laurnes, I gave her her first SL book. She loved this one also. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a pleasurable read. There are some great authors out there but I do love a Stephanie Laurens Book

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    I love Stephanie Laurens books and was thrilled when I found she was continuing the Bastian Club series. The first book in this series was awesome. The main characters fit smoothly in with the secondary characters.

    This was a treat to read. It reminded me of the first 6 Cynster novels as all the Bastian Club books have. Laurens was able to smoothly combine her new characters with her secondary characters and keep the story from being broken up by unknowns for those who haven't read the previous novels.

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