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The Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Quartet #1)

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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 mu ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 530 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by HarperLuxe (first published October 1st 2009)
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Carol Kerry-green
Cue rant...

I've just finished reading Stephanie Laurens' new book - The Untamed Bride - book one in the Black Cobra series. I really enjoyed it, like the premise of four heroes each racing back to England with important information that must reach the Duke of Wolverstone (aka Daziel from the Bastion Club) aided by characters from the Bastion series and all of the Cynster cousins. Talk about putting all your apples in one cart! But it worked, mostly.

I don't know if it's just me, but I do like hi
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Hazel
Dec 04, 2013 Hazel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My sister used to collect Stephanie Laurens books, so I’ve read several of them. I remember the formula, and was interested to find that in this book she gathers together some half a dozen heroes from previous novels. In this book she tells us repeatedly that they’re identical, :-), so the profile of Laurens’ idealised man is clear. He’s tall and handsome, unsurprisingly rich. But he’s also extraordinarily commanding, an acknowledged leader among men; possessive and protective , but emotionally ...more
Michelle
The Governor General of India, Marquess of Hastings, orders five soldiers (Colonel Derek “Del” Delborough, Major Gareth Hamilton, Captain Rafe Carstairs, Major Logan Monteith, and Captain James MacFarlane) in the East India Company to discover and dispatch the leader of a rebel cult, the Black Cobra. After nearly exhausting their search for proof of the identity of the Black Cobra, Captain MacFarlane discovers, almost by chance, the needed proof while escorting the Governor of Bombay’s niece. Wh ...more
Mojca
A villain and cult-leader named Black Cobra is terrorizing early 19th century India. Five English officers are appointed to finding out who the man is and bring his reign of terror to an end. It turns out he’s also English, a member of the East India Company, but the five have no way of proving it.

Month later, one of them is killed, providing irrefutable proof of the Englishman’s wrongdoing and the four remaining are tasked with getting the proof, a letter, back to homeland. Three copies are mad
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Amanda
Oct 06, 2014 Amanda marked it as thrown-back-to-the-library-gods  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this from the library because I had to paint my fingernails and wanted to read while they dried. The book sounded decent enough. (This is a pretty normal "Let's get a book from the library!" thought process.)

Skipped most of the prologue, then had the weirdest sense of book deja vu where I remember reading the scene -- from a different character's POV. Checked Goodreads, but according to my shelves, I haven't read anything by Stephanie Laurens.

Read the synopses for other Black Cobra
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Penny Watson
Feb 09, 2010 Penny Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens

After the disastrous final installment of The Bastion Club series (Mastered by Love), I was reluctant to dive into the new Laurens' series, The Black Cobra Quartet. I bought this book at the grocery store on a whim and figured....What the heck, I'll give Stephanie another chance!

Well, lo and behold, Stephanie Laurens got her mojo back! The suspense part of this book is absolutely riveting. I adored the prelude to this book, which takes place in India, 1822.
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Maria
Jun 02, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find much to like about this book, in spite of the reappearance of characters from previous books that I did like. The pace was slow to the point of tedium until nearly the end. Somehow the story did not really gel for me even then. Maybe it was because the last book by this author that I read was so unexpectedly good (The Masterful Mr. Montague) that I was disappointed in this one, and maybe the second in this series will catch my interest more.
Sara
Dec 22, 2015 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the Disney Prince Hopefuls challenge. Taran: Read a book with a hero that has red hair, a headstrong or brave personality, or a hero who is loyal to his friends. Or read a book where a character sacrifices something important to keep someone safe.

So, first a disclaimer - I've read a few books by Stephanie Laurens over the years, and haven't really liked any of them. The sex scenes are the worst, and all the characters are the same. We have a tall, strong, handsome, MANLY her
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Merry
Oct 11, 2014 Merry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
intrik yg berliku2, penuh misteri.
cerita diawali dengan kolonel del dengan 4 org rekannya yg mencari tahu keberadaan Black Cobra. tp salah seorang dr mereka mati demi menyelamatkan barang bukti tntg siapa dalang dibalik black cobra..barang bukti itu sampai ditangan 4 org lainnya. perjuangan mereka dimulai dr sana, mereka berempat harus membawa barang bukti itu dr india ke inggris dg selamat. untuk mengecoh black kobra mereka membuat barang bukti yg tdinya cuma satu menjadi 4, dg hanya satu yg a
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Sheila Melo
Jul 18, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Fans of the Cynster and Bastion Club Series

THE UNNAMED BRIDE is the first book in the Black Cobra Quartet. It is the story of four English men who lived in India and have discovered evidence of an Englishman who is the leader of a cult. The four are traveling back to England to rendezvous with the Duke of Wolverstone (from the Bastion Club series). This book is the story of Derek "Del" Delborough who is the first to arrive back. When he arrives, he discovers that he has been asked to escort
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kris
Jun 11, 2014 kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's this evil club in India known as the Black Cobra club, and they're killing more people than the British government is comfortable with. So this group of Manly Men is tasked with beheading the snake or something. 42 page prologue later, and 4 Manly Men are still alive (one wasn't quite Manly enough, seriously) and they have Important Evidence and must make it back to England before Shit Goes Down.

Del is the hero. He's a colonel; he's tall and handsome and authoritative. Deliah is the her
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aoi aka
Feb 06, 2014 aoi aka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
The first in a series of four novels that are connected to the Cinsters series.

This one deals with the first man in the Black Cobra Quartet. Five British officers in India are tasked with finding the leader of the Black Cobra which is terrorizing the populace. The officers after many months of surveillance are nowhere near figuring out who the leader is. One of them strikes gold when he intercepts/finds a letter signed by the leader, except that the letter was signed with the culprit's own signe
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Megan
It's like a copy/paste job from any Cynster, Bastion Club book.

Take your typical Laurens domineering arrogant hero who meets, decides he must have, and campaigns to make his, fiesty independent heroine. There are even scenes where the Cynster ladies and Cynster/Bastion males separately congregate and note not only how well their wives/spouses are such good photocopies of each other, but also how they all behave the same!

Bottom line: if you've read any one of them, you've read them all.
Clarke
3.6 Stars. Public Library 8/15/14. I've not read anything by Ms. Laurens but saw the series and it looked good. An added bonus was the Library had all the books in the series available. Unfortunately this book isn't in my preferred format but the rest are. The book opens with a prelude a (very long prelude). It's length and complexity almost turned me off. I wasn't looking for an overly complicated book. This one isn't necessarily overly complicated but it is heavy with information but just in t ...more
Wenny Widjaja
Awal2 baca buku ini.., saya semangat45 karena ternyata perwiranya ada 5 (walau disinopsis tertulis 4 perwira). Del, Gareth, Rafe, Logan dan James, nahh si James ini adalah yang termuda diantara mereka berlima aka Anak Bawang, jadi sering diisengin sama yang lainnya. Baru saya berpikir "ahhh mau baca cerita soal si james ini nanti klo ada novelnya", namun ternyata tidak kesampaian, karena si James ini mati dengan keadaan tragis (dibantai si Kobra Hitam) huhuhuhuhu. Tapi kematiannya tidak sia2 kar ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

This was pretty good. There was a lot of action going on here. I'll have to read the rest of the series to see how things turn out with the villain (all books in this series are closely intertwined). I loved seeing all the Cynster family; however, of a reader is unfamiliar with that series, they may be a little confused and not understand the close relationships the men have.

Judi
May 24, 2014 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read! The first in a four book adventure. This is the story of Del and Deliah's journey and adventures from India to England. It's a secret mission, directed by the ultimate spymaster. And it's the story of their journey into love as well. Del is already known to the Cynsters, but this is Deliah's introduction to the clan. She feels quite at home with the larger than life men and the strong-minded women who make up this family group. She's tried all her life to conform to the rigid ...more
colleen
Jun 19, 2010 colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great start to a new series. I really like that she has lots of characters from her previous books in this one.
Teresa
I liked this one. I enjoy this era, but with those who are not necessarily of the aristocracy. The Black Cobra back drop story for this series is pretty good. Ms. Laurens spends enough time on the prelude to give adequate details to make the mystery/conflict one that will hold up to several books. I can certainly see an aristocrat taking advantage of the Indians in the "back woods" to gain his fortune.

The only thing that I didn't like was that there was too much intimacy. Now, I don't generally
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Hasnamezied
Well. I cant say that I enjoyed this one . Actually, I couldnt complete it .
Rory
Apr 03, 2014 Rory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh…I wish that the library had more kindle ebook series. That is why I ended up reading this romance series. I was actually surprised that I liked the first novel in this series. It had an interesting plot and very little romance, which with romance novels is usually the opposite. However, as the series continued the plot was stretched too thin and filled with fluff. As a New York Times Best Selling Author, Stephanie Laurens could have done more to keep the following three novels from feeling ...more
Jean
Sep 08, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. In this series, it begins in India where a smart, ruthless cult leader is terrorizing and gaining control. The good guys know who it is but need irrefutable proof and a well connected advocate at home in England to bring down the cult leader who is also a well connected, powerful Englishman. While our story starts in India, most of it takes place after everyone has returned home to England.

We have the reappearance of the Cynsters and characters from the Bastion Club
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Debbie
Mar 11, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 h ...more
Kasey
This book wasn't hard to read and if I didn't think about it to much might have received more stars. It kept me entertained enough and I didn't dread picking it up again. I like Del and Deliah. She was strong willed and 29 far to old not to have married. She was a business woman and basically all around not the norm for a lady in her time. Del was suppose to be an 'alpha' male. He was controlling, sexual, and thrilled about Deliah's differences. Neither Del or Deliah are common for their time un ...more
Jessi
I wonder if I would have liked this as a "reading" book. It was a little long in parts but I made it through. (Later note: Just re-read as a book. It was a little easier to get through, mostly because I could skim through the boring parts, but there were still a lot of parts that were a little boring.)
Colonel Delborough (Del) is part of an elite group of officers who are battling a cult known as the Black Cobra. This cult has been very brutal in trying to take over India and he is anxious to hel
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Luvmyfamily
(3/2/11) - couldn't take it. i had to put it down. the author is very descriptive, drawing the books out by describing everything! I have managed to find many reasons to put the book down (mostly to wake myself up). but my house is clean... I think I will pick the book up again eventually so I'll put it back on my "to read" list but it might be a while before that happens.

(5/10/11) - SO! I finally finished the book. The story is very interesting and has such potential. The problem is that I just
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Neha
The book is the first in the Black Cobra Series. It has characters from the Cynster and Bastion series coming in. While it was good to read about the stories of the side-characters from other series and follow-up on characters of the older series, the book itself was very O.K.



The story of the Untamed Bride is the same, a group of officers with the East India Company, posted in India are summoned by the Governor to stop the menance of the Black Cobra, a cult which has terrorized the country and
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Abi
Sep 08, 2011 Abi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I'm re-reading the whole Black Cobra Quartet, and I'm glad to say that I am. I'm actually reading it in chronological order this time, seeing as last time i started with the third book, followed by the second, the first, but at least i ended it right.

Also, this was my second Stephanie Laurens book, so while i was reading this, I had no idea who the Cynsters were and any of the Bastion Club men, all i knew about them was that they were all handsome, rugged and very dangerous. Either way, I enjoye
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Dara
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(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
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 t
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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.

Once in London, Stephanie
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Other Books in the Series

Black Cobra Quartet (4 books)
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  • The Brazen Bride (Black Cobra Quartet, #3)
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