The Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Series #1)

The Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Series #1)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Overview

The first book in a brand-new series, The Black Cobra Quartet, from New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Stephanie Laurens, The Untamed Bride is the story of a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past and a battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable man who must join forces to fight a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra—and who must also confront the dangers of the heart . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061795145
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Series: Black Cobra Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 288,544
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.98(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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harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Laurens has created a new series that utilizes characters from her Cynster series. It's great to see characters that you already feel comfortable with who will come to the aid of the new characters in this series. Derek Delborough and four of his friends are serving in India when they come across information that could end the reign of the Black Cobra. They make copies of the letter, separate, and head back to England to try to bring down the villain. When Del in arrives in Southampton, he is enlisted against his will to escort Deliah Duncannon north.The Black Cobra's minions try to intercept them as they travel and gain the letter. The relationship that develops and the adventures involved are entertaining along with the chance t o see old friends.
AuthorMarion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed both Laurens Cynster books and her Bastion Club series so I was excited to see that she had come out with a new series. From what we see of all four officers at the beginning of the book I think this should make for a sexy and fun series. This book focuses on the leader of the group of officers, Colonel Derek Delborough. Each of the officers are carrying back to England what could be vital evidence on the identity of the leader of the Black Cobra. On his journey back Delborough finds his aunts have tasked him with escorting a young lady home to an estate near his own. Is the story predictable? Of course. If you read Laurens other books you know there is usually the formula or the handsome, possessive, strong male who meets his match in an equally independent and strong female. Still I think if you enjoyed her previous books you will enjoy this one. There are a few points that were a little jarring as it made little sense why the characters would behave in that manner but otherwise an enjoyable book. Nothing outstanding but falls in nicely with the rest of Laurens books and you do get to see some of your favorite characters from the Cynster family and from the Bastion Club.
risadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book just okay. The love scenes were hot but the book itself was missing something.
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
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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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
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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