The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Quartet, #4)
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The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Quartet #4)

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Four bold, brave, and determined ex-officers of the Crown band together to destroy the traitorous fiend known as the Black Cobra.

He races to complete their mission against escalating odds -- his task made more perilous when he loses his heart.

She's determined to defy convention and live a solitary life -- until she tastes the reckless pleasure found only in his arms.

Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Avon (first published April 11th 2010)
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Ash H.

So, by the time, the harrowed audience will reach the fourth book, the Cult of Black Cobra's stuff has been beaten silly to a pulp. We are sick of listening to it.
And the heroine of this novel is so irritating, it is beyond me to comment.
Selfish, lacking an imagination and mind you, idiotically stubborn. I have never disliked a Stephanie Lauren heroine as much as Loretta.
If I were a man I would be running in the opposite direction. There is a dire threat of Black cult's assassins at...more
BJ Rose
This was more of a 3.5*, but definitely not 4* - it just took too long for the story to really get going - maybe it's just been too long since I read book 3. The secondary mystery was a good touch, tho, and actually kept my interest in the story until the cultists started seriously showing up. The conclusion was a nice twist - I think I should have seen it coming sooner than I did, but at least I figured it out before any of the good guys did! All in all, a good ending to the series.
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 interactio...more
Dear lord in heaven above. I'm a very fast reader, and can usually plow through a romance novel in about two hours. This took me three and a half, with lots of skimming. It was so loquacious in a very bad way. A romance novel should not blabber on and on. I couldn't even finish the epilogue because I was so overcome with this feeling of, "Dear lord, how are there still pages left?" Sometimes I feel incredibly frustrated when I feel like I have hit the end of a book, only to have it continue. I p...more
Samie Kauchis
Wow. Okay. Y'all know what they say about Assuming things, right?

Ms. Laurens definitely got me with that twist which was revealed about the true identity of the Black Cobra. I mean, wow. I blinked, froze for a moment and mentally re-evaluated every single scene that this person was involved in... Then I kicked myself for missing the signs.

This, the final installment of the Black Cobra Quartet was wonderful. Indeed, the entire series as a whole was wonderful. Each book was unique in its own way e...more
Sheila Melo
Favorite of the Series

THE RECKLESS BRIDE is the fourth and final book in the Black Cobra Quartet. The series tells the story of four men who have discovered the identity of the English leader of a murderous cult in India. The four men are coming back to England with proof of the leaders identity. This book is about the fourth man, Rafe Carstairs, aka "Reckless" who has the original letter. While on his way back to England, Rafe ends up meeting Loretta Michelmarsh who is traveling with her great-...more
Frances Fuller
This was Stephanhie Laurens's last chance with me. This series made the Bastion Club look almost readable. She did nothing but change the route and character's names to produce four really bad books instead of just one. Bringing in the Cynsters at the end of each book does not make the book any better. She needs to develop a new plot or hang up her pen.
I give this book 3.5 stars.

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...more
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This was a fairly interesting read in that I learnt a lot about travelling through Europe in the Georgian/Regency period. I did find that the writing began to grate on me, especially the overuse of phrases as sentences, even as whole paragraphs. That with one word paragraphs really made me want to stop reading, but I continued because the plot was so interesting. I would never have guessed that the Black Cobra was a woman, even though in books 2 and 3 we saw Alex having sex with Ferrars and then...more
May Mostly Romance
The Reckless Bride ของสเตฟานี ลอว์เรนส์

เนื่องจากขี้เกียจเขียนซ้ำนะคะ แม็กซ์ก็เลยก๊อปเอาข้อความที่ตัวเองเคยเขียนไว้ตอนที่รีวิวเรื่อง The Untamed Bride มาลงซ้ำอีกครั้ง เพียงแต่แก้บางจุดเล็กน้อย สำหรับการเล่าเบื้องหลังของหนังสือชุดนี้

หนังสือเล่มนี้เป็นเล่มที่สี่ (และเล่มสุดท้าย) ในชุด Black Cobra Quarlet หนังสือชุดสี่เล่มที่เล่าเรื่องราวของนายทหารสี่คนที่ออกเดินทางจากอินเดีย มายังอังกฤษ พร้อมเอกสารลับสำคัญที่จะเปิดโปงตัวตนที่แท้จริงของผู้อยู่เบื้องหลังองค์กร อาชญากรรมใหญ่ที่มีชื่อว่าแบล็คคอบร้า

This is the fourth and final book in Laurens' Black Cobra Quartet - it was one where I was desperate to find out how it was all going to end and at the same time didn't want it to be over.

There have been some errors in the books that could have been picked up - most obviously in this the herione is refered to as Lucy in the blurb and so as I started reading I did wonder who this Loretta person was! Also in the last book I think Linsdale should have been Linslade - only because I live near there!...more
What a horrible book! I wish I could give it -1 star. The sex was so TEDIOUS! Maybe it's because I read 4 books in succession when I usually only read 1 romance novel a year but how much claiming-possessing-burning-melting-shattering-HIS can one person take?! If I was EVER going to get through the series, I had to zone out during the audiobooks and skip in the e-books.

I've accepted in these books that virgins experience no ill effects despite how well endowed their lovers are. Their pain last ab...more
And… we're back to circling the drain.

My first thought upon reading: God, this book is boring.

Normally, I love a hero named Rafe. (Don't ask, because I cannot explain. Seriously, I don't know why. Give me a "Rafe" or an "Anthony" and I am a happy bird.) This Rafe was a total snooze. Loretta (Why? Seriously...why?) was even worse. The subplot with the elderly lady was... just ugh. I had some Laurens goodwill built up from book 1 and 2 but with this travesty and the short story in It Happened One...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780349400051

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

Characters? - Rafe Carstairs / Loretta Michelmarsh / Royce, Duke of Wolverstone / Minerva, Duchess of Wolverstone / Devil, Duke of St Ives / Derek Delborough / Logan Monteith / Gareth Hamilton

Setting? - France & England

Series? - Black Cobra #4

Title? - Loretta is seen as being reckless when she decides to go with Rafe.

Character Analysis? - Rafe's always described as reckless and doesn't mind putting himse...more
Dami (Damiellar)
ok.. now I've finished the quartet I'm going to comment on them as a whole. I really didn't like these as much as other Stephanie Lauren books I've read.

I've always been a bit cautious with series in which events from each book is referenced in the others. Simultaneous events with everything coming together at the end - often quite fun (e.g. the Gambler's Daughters series by Sharon Sala. Together at the beginning, separate during the main body of the story, then coming together at the very end)...more
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...more
I'd put off finishing the Black Cobra Quartet for a few months after reading the first three back-to-back and getting a little overloaded. But this volume wasn't quite as redundant as the first three, not strictly following the fight the cultists/run/fight the cultists/run... formula (or at least the fights weren't against cultists and the running between fights seemed a bit longer). Also, since the Black Cobra conspirator stories had been completely covered in the previous volumes, we only deal...more
Sloooooooow for about the first 3/4 of the book. Last 1/4 and wrap-up of the series is the only reason this book didn't get a two. The epilogue... not needed. Did we really need to know all about the Cynsters... and the Bastion Club... and the four soldiers from this series? It's nice to hear about them but you've done that in other books. Overkill here. Better than the second book in this series but nothing new from the author.
Rafe Carstairs is the soldier that has the original copy of a letter...more
A few other reviews complained about how slow this book was and I'd have to agree. I skimmed through a lot of the middle sections because it felt like the characters were stuck in some kind of weird "we want to be together but we can't...yet" loop.

But I think the real issue was how little action there was on the Black Cobra front during that time. The last quarter of the book certainly made up for that but even then it took me a little while to remember what had happened previously and get back...more
Peggy N
This is the second book I have read of the Black Ccobra Quartet series of four books. The books are about each of the men who carried copies or the original of a letter that was to expose the Blackc Cobra. This book is about the man who carried the original letter and the adventures that he went through to complete his assignment. His name was Captain Rafe Carstairs. It also follows the adventures that he encounter through his association with Loretta Violet Mary Michelmarsh and her Aunt Esme. I...more
Oleta Blaylock
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 evidenc...more
#4 in the Black Cobra series... ties up all the loose ends nicely. I was surprised to find out who the Black Cobra actually was... an unexpected turn of events is always welcome!

If you're interested in historical romance with a little more action than usual, this series is for you....
An admirable conclusion to the Black Cobra Quartet. Stephanie Laurens is an automatic purchase for me, and I've enjoyed this new series, though admittedly there were some flaws - it's hard to match the high standards of the original six novels of the Cynster series. Rafe and Loretta's adventure was fun as they traipsed all over Europe with her great aunt, and then met up with their allies in England. The climactic confrontation with the Black Cobra and the inevitable wrap up of the series was bo...more
The best word to describe The Reckless Bride is deadly…as in dull. Why? Because nothing happens. They bob around on a boat for chapters on end with no forward movement of the plot. The first ten chapters should have been edited down to two because it served no purpose. The heroine is wishy-washy to an extreme and the hero seemed to be a little too preoccupied with the heroine considering his life was on the line. Very little is said about the core goals of the Black Cobra operation and I found...more
The final installment of the Black Cobra Quartet started out just as good as the previous two books. But somewhere in the middle to end, momentum was lost. I realize that the most action took place in the last 2-3 chapters but by then I was mostly reading just to finish the book.
There was one BIG surprise with the identity of the final villian; however, I don't want to give anything away for those who may read this book. It does cast a couple of scenes from the previous books in a different ligh...more
Rachel Rogers
The last in a series that also reengaged the reader with the Bastion Club and the Cynsters. This one felt odd. The others started with pursuit by the Black Cobra cult members right away, or at least demonstrated their impact. In this one they were a threat for more than 3/4 of the book so the first half or more was spent waiting for the other shoe to drop. Felt like a triptych of Northern and Central Europe as they progressed across the continent in a way unlikely to attract Cult attention (if t...more
Kay Bolton
Review taken from my Blog Post (#46) in December 2010 after borrowing the book from the local library.

I am behind because of the horrendous weather here in our bit of the Kentish Countryside, so this is a scant review. Probably in truth just a record of the fact that I read it, and gave it a star rating.

The fourth, and final book in the Black Cobra Quartet. The story of Rafe (Reckless) Carstairs and Loretta Michelmarsh.

Very slow to get going at all this book, and only improved for the last third...more
FINALLY! Yes I put this down a few times, and all the prep for running off to camp soon, I have not been reading as much as I'd like. But, boy how I like Stephanie Laurens writing.

It was pretty good how these stories ended around and back to Wolverton, who's story I read ages ago, along with one or two of the Cynisters. I still want to read all of those stories. But I started this quartet a while ago, with Gareth's story, His travel from Bombay to London, and all the action/suspense he encounte...more
UGH. I read this only to get to the conclusion of the series. I regret that. It was sooo slow.
So slow. It focused on some chick trying to find "herself" because she kept rejecting suitors. Low and behold, she meets this dude who seems so focused and driven on his army assignment, which belies his nickname of being "reckless"... hense the title. There were some sex scenes, but NOTHING... nothing could make this story... 'entertaining'. Laurens has this obsession with repeating things over and ove...more
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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, Laurens and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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