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The Brazen Bride (Black Cobra Quartet #3)

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,057 ratings  ·  132 reviews
They're bold, courageous, resolute... ex-officers of the Crown united against a deadly traitor known as the Black Cobra.

Shipwrecked, wounded, he risks all to pursue his mission-only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he.

Fiiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, she rescues a warrior-only to find her hear under siege.

Bound by passion, linked by need, togethe
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Paperback, 425 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Avon (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ashlyn Macnamara
I'm not the sort of romance reader who claims to skim love scenes. I like love scenes. I anticipate them. But I also like for there to be a build-up to them. I like to savor the sexual tension between the hero and heroine. This book skips all that and heads straight into the bedroom. Chapter one on (or at least as far as I read, which was halfway through) contains a love scene.

Scratch that. This is sex, pure and simple, because the hero and heroine don't even know each other before they jump in
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Stephanie
I must admit that I’m not all that intimately acquainted (pardon the pun) with romance novels, so I was quite excited when the lovely Harper Collins Australia offered to send me a review copy of best-selling Australian romance author Stephanie Laurens’ new book. While Laurens’ name is certainly one I’ve heard before, The Brazen Bride is the first of her novels I’ve read. It’s the third in the Black Cobra quartet (the first two books being The Untamed Bride and The Elusive Bride), but rest assure ...more
Carolyn
This is the third book in Stepanie Laurens' "Black Cobra Quartet." The first two books, "The Untamed Bride" and "The Elusive Bride" were riveting, entertaining and full of "edge of your seat suspense." I cannot say the same for this third installment of the series.

The storyline follows four ex-Crown officers on a hair raising mission to travel from India to England, each carrying proof in the form of a scroll, that would name and condemn an English aristocrat who has been terrorizing India in hi
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Patty
Whether for good or bad, I read some other reviews before writing my own. I guess I am not a purist when it comes to romance novels. As long as I get a good yarn that takes me away from my present stresses, I am happy. I don't worry too much about if the story fits the time period. (I have often thought that if romance authors were really worried about the time period, they would be very concerned about having all their characters run into one another. I think we have overpopulated the era.)

So,
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Judith
This book was hard to finish because it was so bad. Stephanie Laurens wrote nine books about a group of bachelors who decide to marry. The books were funny, some were suspenseful,others were romantic.

They were very popular, so Laurens continued writing about the same characters. The problem is, she went to the well once too often. The book is filled with sex, with a very weak story line to hold it together.

She needs to find new characters and new plots. She isn't that bad a writer, she needs to
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Sheila Melo
Very Strong Woman Heroine

THE BRAZEN BRIDE is the third book in the Black Cobra Quartet. The series is about four men who have discovered the identity of the English leader of a dangerous cult in India and are returning to England with proof. This book is about Logan Monteith who is almost killed by cultists and ends up washed up on the shores of Linnet Trevission's home. The two quickly -- very, very quickly -- end up in a sexual relationship while Logan has memory loss fire to his injuries. Whe
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Samie Kauchis
This book was the best so far, though I couldn't help hearing a dramatic—dun, dun, duuuuuun! at the end. Followed by an announcer's voice proclaiming, "Where is Carstairs? Will the Black Cobra succeed in stopping him? Will the 4th and final Missive make it to English shores? Tune in next time to find out!" Fortunately, I have the 4th book in hand, so it's not as gut wrenching as it could be. :)
Mandy Glover
The third in the Black Cobra quartet, Laurens totally redeemed herdelf over the second installment with this one. I liked that Logan was the strong Alpha, but knew when to concede to Linnet when necesarry. Heartily looking forward to the fourth and final book of the series.
Clarke
3.9 Stars. Public Library 8/24/14. This book certainly doesn't lack for excitement in that it begins with a ship wreck then drifts into adult fun times that happen in unusual circumstances if not morally questionable ones. It may not be realistic but there certainly haven't been any dull moments. Extended adult fun times are followed but with more excitement. I could've done with less adult fun times and more excitement but the book was good. It was definitely better then the last book. This and ...more
Carrie
This book was so NOT for me. I grabbed it on a whim from the library because I thought it sounded intriguing. I wish I had read reviews before I started. One of my favorite things about historical fiction is the sexual tension between characters. Because of the time period and rules of etiquette that were placed on men and women, it usually made for great tension and build up. Well this book threw that out the window and the characters had sex in the first chapter (even though one of them was ba ...more
Lynn Trevino
I am huge Stephanie Laurens fan. I've always enjoyed her books and have re-read Devil's Bride more times than I can count. I've always view them as Pride and Prejudice with intense seduction and hot sex. Come on-- we all picture the men as Colin Firth in BBC Pride and Prejuice.

That being said, sometimes her books do drag and this is one of them.

The Brazen Bride Book 3 in Black Cobra series was "whatever" to me. It wasn't until the end that when the pair were traveling that I became interested.
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Jean
This installment was a nice change of pace though the coupling scenes were excessive in quantity and rapid succession; it did make the story drag a bit. The heroine more than holds her own and already situated as such (whether in reality, she would have been able to do what she did is another matter but you really aren't given the time to dwell on it). Yes, you do have the typical couples angst faced with each installment but the intrigue and suspense is still engrossing. And we are getting clos ...more
Debbie
I am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens but I have to admit I have not been impressed with this Black Cobra Quartet series so far. They are not horrible but not up to the standards of her earlier books.

The Characters

I liked Logan as he fit the mold of all of Laurens other heroes. He was sweet and kind under the hard core of a tempered soldier and he was meant to be with an unconventional woman. My main problem was with Linnet. Yes, I get Laurens was going for a strong, unconventional woman who does
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Debbie
I am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens but I have to admit I have not been impressed with this Black Cobra Quartet series so far. They are not horrible but not up to the standards of her earlier books.

The Characters

I liked Logan as he fit the mold of all of Laurens other heroes. He was sweet and kind under the hard core of a tempered soldier and he was meant to be with an unconventional woman. My main problem was with Linnet. Yes, I get Laurens was going for a strong, unconventional woman who does
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Jessica
It's Laurens, so you know she had fun with her thesaurus (except when it comes to the word "brazen" which was used a ridiculous number of times). Linnet is a seriously awesome heroine and her pairing with Logan makes sense. If it weren't for pretty much the entire second half of this book, I would have liked it a lot.

After Logan Monteith is struck in the head by the mast of a merchantship (and lives, somehow), he washes ashore on the island of Guernsey, where he is discovered by Linnet Trevissio
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Jessi
Finally! Some wonderful editor got Laurens to quit the "inner" crap. Every book since Giles and his wife has had an inner self, or an inner beast, or an inner siren, or some such crap. It got so that she was referencing the "inner" at least once a chapter. Really, really annoying.
Major Logan Monteith, with three friends, is battling against a dark force known as the Black Cobra that has been terrorizing the people of India. The found a way to break the cult with an indiscriminate letter and now
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Mel
I did like this book. And I think it had to do with independant women, even in a time when the goal is to get married and have children, the female lead-- Linnet-- essentially ran the town she lived in. She was captain of her OWN shipping line and she just took what she wanted, commanded it. I think I could connect with her because I'm a control freak like her. But in terms of love and relationship, we're constantly battling letting a man take care of us, but maintaining our independance while a ...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780349400044

Genre? - Historical Fiction / Action / Adventure / Romance / Erotica

Characters? - Logan Monteith / Gareth Hamilton / Derek Delborough / Linnet Trevission / Royce, Duke of Wolverstone / Devil, Duke of St Ives / Honoria, Duchess of St Ives

Setting? - Scotland & England

Series? - Black Cobra #3

Title? - Linnet is seen as being brazen as she raises urchins and sails ships.

Character Analysis? - I do love that the heroine is so different in this book than the previous two - she's
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Tina
I'll be honest: when I picked up this book, it was largely because I was buying a whole slew of cheap romance novels at the thrift store, and sometimes a romance novel is just a brain distraction while I unwind from other things in my day. Having no expectations other than to read about begowned women and starched-cravat wearing men, I opted to read Brazen Bride and take my mind away for a few hours. What I got instead was quite an awesome story, with a believable yet unconventional heroine and ...more
Stacy
Brazen, indeed! This was definitely not your typical Regency chase and woo--instead, bam! we fall instantly into the bedroom scenes and they then comprise a good portion of roughly the first half of the book. On the one hand, it's nice to see a bit different approach, but on the other, I have to say it does lose a lot in the romance department (i.e. it's the build up that's the important part, not the actual consummation). The second half then falls into the typical rhythms that we expect for th ...more
Dawn
The best of Quartet.

This is book 3 of the Black Cobra Quartet, though I ended up reading it last. I think I would have been happier with The Reckless Bride if I had read this first as there was a spoiler in the 4th that was less 'ha ha look what I've been keeping from you' with the info from this novel in place.

This is the story of Linnet, the 'virgin' queen of her island community and Logan, the bastard son of an Earl and courier for the scroll damning the Black Cobra. The book opens with Logan
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Jennie
The only thing that saved this book from a one start rating was the last 1/3 or so of the book. I'm not sure what happened to this series, but I can't begin to say how disappointed I was in this story. The first 1/2 of the book added little to nothing to the story, and was a definite shift from an action romance to essentially almost erotic romance. The last 1/2 of the book got back to the series story: eluding the Black Cobra. It almost felt like Ms. Laurens only had 1/2 a book worth of story t ...more
Kindaangelic
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Judith
This is the third in the Black Cobra series. I like the series and I like Laurens' writing alot. I read and reviewed the first two for The Book Binge as I am this one. This is a very, very good book--almost a five star for me--loved the heroine who was a classy, gutsy, sassy, sexy, take-charge kind of woman by right and by necessity. She was the leader of her community on Guernsey, the owner of a shipping company and the only woman of her time to be a ship's captain. Hero Logan Monteith is an Al ...more
Jody
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Bree
The instant and constant sex scenes that hung just this side of the line of erotica romance, combined with too-modern language and actions, made it hard to focus on character development or buy any real relationship, frankly. And when you combine it with an overly- capable heroine and amnesia, the first half of the book was tedious and ludicrous. I almost gave up but soldiered on to keep up with the Black Cobra plot, which redeemed the second half, barely. At this point I'm glad it's only a quar ...more
Oleta Blaylock
I really love this series. I am having a hard time deciding which book is my favorite. While this book is different from the other two it still has some of the same elements in it from the first two. Ms Laurens has a style and vioce that comes through each of her books. As such each story can seem so very similiar, however the characters do each have their own personalities and flaws and insecurties. I like that vioce and have never felt that it was predicitable. Ms Laurens also writes some of t ...more
Mari
There were somethings that bothered me about this book so I didn't enjoyed it as much as I did the others and made want to quit reading it.
First, Linet was awful! Her personality while living in her domains wasn't nice... She treated Logan as her Sugar Momma even if he was older! I get she was protecting herself but that wasn't nice and Logan lost some points with me by alowing her :/
She kind of redeemed herself to me when we learned she was captain of her ship and knew how to fight... Very bad
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Judi
This third book in the series is very good! With a shipwreck and all that that leads to, it's one discovery after another. Then the run to a safe haven dodging cultists attacks is just as harrowing as the others have been, but with a surprise that lends quite the spirit to the whole story. And now everybody listens to their story and gathers to await the arrival of the last courier, but he appears to be among the missing!
Nicole Peterson
Decent as a part of the series. I especially liked the beginning of the book which set it apart from the previous two. However, the love scenes in my taste were too much of the content of the book. I still liked the characters and overall story.
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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