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The Lady's Command

(The Adventurers Quartet #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,552 ratings  ·  232 reviews
The instant Captain Declan Frobisher laid eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knew she was the lady he wanted as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovered that wooing Edwina was surprisingly straightforward—not least because she made it plain that she wanted him as much as he wanted her.

Declan’s vision of marriage was of a gently-reared
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Mira
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Declan and Edwina Frobisher are newlyweds and their planned honeymoon gets interrupted when Declan has to travel to Africa and the town Freetown where four men have disappeared. His mission is to discreetly find out what has happened to the men. Edwina, on the other hand, wants to travel with him to Freetown, but Declan thinks that that is not a good idea. Instead, he promises her to take her to Amsterdam or something safer. But Edwina has decided that she will know more about what Declan does n ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I hate to not like a book I've been anxiously awaiting. SL is a fabulous writer and I've truly loved most of her books (I mean Devil Cynster! How awesome is he!) but, I'm sorry, this was just boring. It never caught my full attention at all. Very possibly it was because of the narrator. It always bothers me when there's a bad narrator - he or she can ruin the author's work. This is the case here to some extent. Also, the ending was horrible! Yes, I can appreciate that this is the first book in a ...more
Melissa McHugh
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm sure many people will enjoy this book, but it didn't connect with me. There was no actual romance, just two people who had courted and fallen for each other before the book ever started and had no fights whatsoever. They just talked and slept together. Which would be fine except I bought this book as a romance with mystery tossed in. The mystery itself wasn't remotely engaging until about 75% of the way through, and I had to force myself to finish.

However, I suppose it's relatively well writ
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Oh dear where to start. I'm afraid that Stephanie Lauren's has lost the plot. This is a terrible book, it is not even worth the effort to read, let alone buy it. There are no characters with any substance except for the brief appearance of beloved characters from previous books, the plot line is minimal, more like an out line than a finished product, and yes I understand that there will be an underlying plot through the next 3 or 4 books, but surely the main characters need some substance, need ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This is a fascinating Regency romance, because it breaks all the conventions. Most romances, historical and otherwise, are all about the chase. The couple meet in the beginning, work their way through one or more roadblocks to their relationship, and the story ends with the clinch or even better, the wedding. And then they live happily ever after.

The Lady’s Command turns that convention on its head by starting with the wedding. At the wedding between Declan
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audio-books
Love the writing. Not so much the story. It really came down to the H/h relationship. I read romance for the romance but there was very little conflict on that score. This was a mystery. As a mystery I give it 3 stars. As a romance I can't judge it. The Hero and heroine were already married and in love from page one and so the romance had no arc.

There was however one scene that made me laugh and sort of got me through to the end when he found his wife stowed away. I actually laughed.

All in all I
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dazzling combination! the maiden voyage and an adventurous heart!

Reading Lauren's works over the years, the notion of marriage and what factors contribute to bring two people together in a strong relationship that grows over time has surely been a central theme.
With The Lady's Command that theme is given voice. It is overt. We are taken from a different beginning into uncharted territory. I must admit that it took me a moment to be drawn into this more explicit direction. We are not starting fro
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I am torn between 3 or 4 stars. I landed upon 3.5 rounded down.

Here is what I like:
1) The marriage relationship as described in the book
2) The mystery--unlike many adult murder mysteries that have left me bored, this reminded me of a YA mystery and was intriguing
3) The heroine had a lot of spunk

Here is what I did not:
1) Portions were slow
2) They never tell each other, "I love you."
3) The book ends unfinished. I have a feeling I will have to read all four books to get the answer to the mystery, a
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
I really liked the story. Unfortunately, Laurens has fallen into the habit of telling instead of showing. And she tells, and tells, and tells, and tells the same thing over and over (there are four men missing, and maybe some women; Declan is protective). It's almost as if this quartet would fit into one or maybe two books and she has to pad it.
Heather Fineisen
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Declan and Edwina. Not a lot going on here. And what little bit that is seems to be either repetitive and/or dragged on and on. Yawn. It could just be me. Or them. Or all of us. Either way, it’s a miss.
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Shirley Hinderliter
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Boring. I used to like Stephanie. I don't know what has happened. The cover was awful. I was going to start counting how many times she used the word regardless, but I even got bored with that.
Lissy Liz
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Didn't love it, but didn't hate it either. Dunno stuck somewhere in the middle :)
Sheila Melo
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery and Adventure to Begin a New Series

“Marrying the lady of his dreams had proved suprisingly easy. Forging the marriage of his dreams…That, apparently was an entirely different challenge.”

FINAL DECISION: Focused on developing a mystery that will play out between four separate novels, this book features a newly married couple working to develop a marriage that satisfies both of them. Deftly focusing on the mystery allows for more harmony between the couple than might be expected, but this a
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

I loved the idea of this book. Most of the romance we read starts at the point of the hero and heroine’s (or hero and hero or heroine and heroine and all combinations between) first meeting. In this, we are beyond the excitement of the first glance, the first touch and in the case of historical romance the first waltz and we start when the couple are married. This book focuses on how two strong minded people can build a marriage together so it works for both of them, all with an added dash o
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book, though rather different than the majority of Stephanie Laurens's books. As the book opens, Declan and Edwina are already married and quite happy with their marriage, though it is apparent that there is some difference of opinion of what makes a strong marriage. Declan looks at marriage in the more traditional sense, with Edwina remaining at home when he has to go to sea. Edwina has grown up in a family where the women are fully integrated partners in their marriages and is determined ...more
Lesley Field
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought The Adventurers Quartet was brilliantly written. It was typical Stephanie Laurens and I love her books. You can read each of the 4 books as a stand alone, but it's much better to read them in order. The 4 brothers each embark on a separate part of a covert government mission to discover why a number of people have gone missing. I'm not going to give anything away but these are action packed and well thought out novels which carry you along to the very end. I have given each one in the ...more
Mar 01, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance-novels
DNF at 18%. I reject the premise of this book. No married couple needs to be together all the time.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5? This was just ok.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Let me be clear: two stars means “It was OK,” not “it was terrible.” In other words, I didn’t think it was awful; I didn’t particularly dislike the book, and I may even read the next one… but on the other hand, there was very little romantic tension, the mystery isn’t all that gripping so far, and there’s a lot more “telling” than I expect from Laurens. Add to that the rather fulsome prose Laurens is prone to in her sensual scenes, and what could have been an exciting story is simply… OK. That w ...more
Heather C
The Adventurers Quartet is a set of 4 novels each focusing on a different Frobisher brother – starting with Declan in The Lady’s Command. Immediately from the start I had a slightly nagging feeling that I was supposed to know something about these people already, despite this being the first book in a series – and I wasn’t wrong! Some of the characters in this series were secondary characters in Laurens' prior novel The Lady Risks All, as well as two of her prior series The Bastion Club and The ...more
Loraine Oliver
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
The Lady's Command is the first book of a new series by Stephanie Laurens. This book takes place during the Regency Era of history and I love this time because of the way that things were then; fancy balls given by members of the ton, and that was more like a marriage market, than anything else. All the woman are dressed beautifully and the men wear their finest as well. The main reason for these Balls-to gossip about each other and find out or spread rumors a well! And of course to match up all ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
London - 1824

Declan Frobisher and his new wife, Lady Edwina Frobisher, daughter of a Duke, are enjoying their new marriage attending events with friends. Edwina is a beautiful blonde lady with impeccable manners. Declan is the second of four Frobisher brothers. Their father owns a large shipping company and numerous ships. All of the brothers are involved with the shipping business and have their own ship.

When Declan is summoned by the First Lord of the Admiralty, he knows that something is brew
Barbara Rogers
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have never read a Stephanie Laurens novel that I didn't like, and this is no exception. However -- if I were ranking them, this would be either last or next to last. That said, when you are ranking that many excellent books, something has to go at the bottom.

This is the first book in a new series "The Adventurer's Quartet" which is about the four Frobisher brothers. From this book, it would appear that the four books will all be about solving the same mystery.

I gave this book 4 stars only beca
Sara Strand
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
So, obviously from the title and the cover you can tell this will fall under the historical romance category. Now, I'm admittedly not the biggest historical romance fan, but on occasion I've picked one up and I'm always pleasantly surprised, and this one was pretty solid.

Some of the best things about this book include the writing style and of course, the leading woman, Lady Edwina Delbraith. The writing style of this books feels more like an authentic historical romance- does that make sense? M
Can we just take a moment to gaze at the perfection that is this cover...


As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The Lady's Command had a really intriguing set up. Its rare to find novels in the historical romance genre that start out having an already established romance, so initially I was excited to see how this would work. The problem with this particular plot angle is that the relationship in question has to be strong enough to support itself within the structure of the stor
Andrea Guy
Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite Regency author. I loved her Cynster series. I am totally thrilled with this series as well. Its a little less romance than you'd expect but it is heavier on other elements.

I liked that Lady Edwina and Declan were already married at the start of this book. It made things interesting as most books usually are about courtship. Declan does some secret work for the Crown. I don't know what it is about historical novels but there always seems to be some secret
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admit I'm a little biased about this book as the heroine, Edwina, is the sister of one of my favorite all time heroes, Neville Roscoe ("A Lady Risks All"). That being said, when I started this book I did not want to put it down. I read it fairly quickly.
Edwina, daughter of a duke, marries wealthy commoner, Declan Frobisher. Declan's family owns a shipping company but he and his brothers sometimes do work for the government. When he has to leave shortly after their marriage, she decides to st
The plot of Stephanie Laurens' "The Lady's Command" was new & interesting, but I found that I wasn't paying as much attention to the audiobook as much as I have with others. On top of all that, the romance was touched upon in the briefest of ways, so for it to be labeled as historical romance is a bit misleading. With that being said, my true rating is 2.5 stars, but because of the latter observation, I'm going to have to round down.

Read it if you like HR that take place on the high seas & prefe
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc-library
I ended up skimming much of this book. Typical Laurens book in that the heroine wants to run her life her own way and wants to manipulate/prove to the hero that it's better for them to run in tandem rather than him calling the shots. Every books feels the same- I'm so tired of it. The overly flowery sex was a little less frequent in this short book than usual, which was nice.
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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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