The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Series #4)

The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Series #4)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Overview

“A fabulously entertaining new quartet—with links to her popular Cynster series….Laurens adds a dash of exotic spice to her always reliable mix of sexy romance and risky intrigue.”
Booklist

 

The fourth book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Laurens’s sensational Black Cobra Quartet, The Reckless Bride is a brilliant mix of intrigue, danger, and historical romance from one of the very best in the business. A breathtaking adventure set in England’s Regency Era, The Reckless Bride continues the acclaimed romance novelist’s extraordinary chronicle of love and duty, as brave ex-officers of the Crown band together to destroy the traitorous fiend known as The Black Cobra.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061795190
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: Black Cobra Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 169,811
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that 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.

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The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 200 reviews.
CJ_in_DC More than 1 year ago
... 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BeeMac More than 1 year ago
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.
zeQuill More than 1 year ago
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.
hcbm More than 1 year ago
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?
tamale8888 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Loisreadsromance61 More than 1 year ago
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.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a lot of ways, I¿m really pleased with this book; it reminds me of why I started reading SL. After the past couple of novels, I was a bit apprehensive when I started this one, but¿ it started with maps! I love maps in books! Then, the prologue includes a helpful recap of Rafe¿s mission and an introduction to Loretta and her well-meaning family before she¿s swept away on a Grand Tour by her fabulous aunt Esme. The initial meeting of Rafe and Loretta was cute and made me smile. Their interactions were fun to watch, as they tried to figure out how they felt about each other while simultaneously trying to hold their cards to their chests.The bad: I really dislike the whole Black Cobra Cult storyline. Largely because I think the plotting for it has been pretty awful throughout the series, but also because it¿s totally unnecessary, especially in this story ¿ the romance between Loretta and Rafe would still work without the desperate-race-against-time-to-stop-the-evil-whoevers aspect. It didn¿t help that SL added yet another villain to the mix. When you¿ve already got an overly complicated story, you need to edit stuff out, not add to the chaos.The good: The focus is mostly on Loretta and Rafe until the end, the distracting sidelines don¿t actually take up that much space and the BCC stuff is done better than in any of the other books in this series. All in all, I enjoyed this much more than I expected to and am once again looking forward to the next SL novel.This review is based on an electronic ARC I received through NetGalley.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in the Black Cobra Quartet. Captain Rafe Carstairs is the last of the four to be traveling back to England and is carrying the original document that contains the damning evidence of the true identity of the Black Cobra. Along the way he runs into Esme and her niece Loretta who are doing a grand tour of spots that Esme and her deceased husband had visited during his diplomatic career. Circumstances force them to travel back to England together as Carstairs and his man, Hassan, post as a courier-guide and body guard for the two women. Carstairs and Loretta quickly find themselves attracted to each other.I read the first two books in this series and missed the third but of the three I read this was probably the best in the series. I enjoyed Esme's machinations to get her niece, Loretta, and Rafe together. Loretta was a nice balance of independent woman yet willing to allow Rafe to control things when needed. One of my pet peeves in romantic heroines is when they have to be stubbornly independent even when it's obviously detrimental to the situation so Loretta's character was a delight. Same wit Rafe's character, I liked that he could admit when e was outmaneuvered by Esme or Loretta with good grace.The one thing that did bother me was that with this group of clever and intelligent men and women they dismissed being attacked three times to bad luck once they determined it wasn't the work of the Black Cobra. Come on! If that was just bad luck ten I would seriously be worried about even leaving the bedroom. It seemed so obvious that something else ad to be up. Other than that this was a nice conclusion to the series and be prepared to be surprised in the end. I feel like I have to go back and re-read the previous books to see if I missed any hints to the final outcome.
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in the Black Cobra Quartet. This series was not as good as other series' by Laurens, but it was still readable. I actually found myself rereading quite a bit, because I kept getting distracted and was not paying attension to what I was reading.
stolives on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
each book in this series would have benefitted by being cut in half.
LadyIsis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a little hestiate to read this book after reading some of the reiveiws on Amazon. I will learn one of these days that the majority of the reviews are useless. While there wasn't as much action in this book as there was in the others of this series I am perfectly happy with the explaination for it not being so. With Rafe's nickname being "Reckless" you would have expect him to be looking for a fight more often than he did. However is was the most important leg of the journey to get evidence against the Black Cobra into proper hands. I also liked the subplot concerning Esme. Which I am sure confused some people that just skimed the book. i enjoyed all the characters in the book and was sad to see the story end. As always Ms. Laurens books hove some of the best love scenes in the publishing world. They are rich and hot and make you melt like a fine chocolate.
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dac54 More than 1 year ago
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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Another great book
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