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The Elusive Bride

(Black Cobra Quartet #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,369 ratings  ·  183 reviews
A second battle-hardened, completely unstoppable, all-male hero, an ex-officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra.

He's focused on his mission, then sees a lady he never dreamed he'd see again—with an assassin on her heels.

She secretly followed him, unaware her path is deadly—or that she'll join him to battle a treacherous foe.

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Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Avon (first published 2010)
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I want to state for the record: When I purchase a book from the grocery store, I don't expect Anna Karenina. I want a good story, some good dialogue, some smutty sex and writing that doesn't make me actively cringe. That is all.

That being said, I don't know how this book got published. Clearly Ms. Laurens's previous titles and selling power were enough to release this tripe into the universe. To call this book stupid would be an understatement. Editors were asleep at the wheel and deserve a pay
Lissy Liz
2.5 Well, what can I say... I've had enough of the Black Cobra 🐍 it just drones and drones about it throughout all the books in this series
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.

Months 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 ma
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Stephanie laurens is one of my fav authors in history romance genere,but this book is not my cup of tea.
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first novel in this series renewed my faith in Laurens as an author (the lengthy Cynster series and Bastion finale were beginning to make me doubt). This one was just as exciting as the first, with lots of action, adventure, mayhem and very interesting lead characters. The heroine is very analytical, so we get in her head alot. The hero does a lot of the usual Laurens dithering over whether he wants the heroine to know he loves her, and lots of alpha male posturing, but the adventure and esp ...more
Chanel Sharp
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, romance, historical
Mom and I found this to be a fun read. Some how we seem to read similar tropes all at once. We again ended up travel cross the land in warm weather; trying to out run/beat the enemy. It was a plast and we can’t wait to countinue the series.
BJ Rose
3rd September
Dear Diary,
Yesterday was the most frightening and the most wonderful day of my life! First we were pursued by Black Cobra cultists as Captain MacFarlane was escorting me to my uncle in Bombay. The captain sent me ahead with his men while he and his lieutenant stayed behind to delay the pursuers. His tactics worked, but the captain was murdered by the cultists. I kept my word and delivered his packet to Colonel Delborough and his men, and that’s when the wonderful thing happened. As
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
The second installment of the Black Cobra Quartet follows the journey of Major Gareth Hamilton (for the backstory, see the synopsis for Book 1) and his copy of the letter. After their brief meeting, both Major Hamilton and Emily Ensworth, niece of the Governor of Bombay, have an instant attraction. When Emily learns that Major Hamilton has left she does all in her power to discover his destination and beat him there. What she doesn’t know is that he is on a mission to destroy as many of the Blac ...more
Dueep Jyot
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have just managed upto page 49 of this very absurd badly written book which I had begun to think pretty nauseating on page 2 when she begins to talk about her One -so she has to pursue him. No doubt to prove to herself that he is the one, this well brought up miss will jump and hump in his bed every 5 pages- hey the publisher loves it ,the public thinks it normal British high society behaviour as interpreted by a bone ignorant writer and editor. As for a Pashtun servant called Mooktu and his w ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
During a visit to her uncle in India, Emily Ensworth and her military escort are attacked by assassins of the Black Cobra. Young Captain MacFarlane entrusts Emily with a packet and turns back with a couple of soldiers to slow the attackers. Emily and her escort escape to Bombay and deliver the packet, but MacFarlane and his soldiers are killed. The packet holds the proof of the identity of the Black Cobra as a member of the British Aristocracy.

Absolute proof is essential to bring down such a hi
You know, I enjoy historical romance quite a bit. But this series - with its spy-thriller-mystery aspect - is really becoming my favorite I've ever read/listened to (Simon Prebble continues to be wonderful). This time, it's Lady Emily Ensworth (the one who brought the Black Cobra letter to our four Intrepid Heroes in the first place) who gets drawn into the action. But her involvement starts out innocent enough. She's fallen in love with Major Gareth Hamilton and she sets out to convince him tha ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I think that book was too much like the one before it for my tastes. The exotic locales and getting the chance to sightsee with them up the coast of Africa and on to France was very different, but the dynamic between Garreth and Emily was just too similar to Del and Deliah. I also have never been able to bring myself to be a fan of manipulative heroines. Perhaps it’s from being raised in a family of coldly manipulative women, but I have never liked seeing this trait ‘celebrated’ in the books I r ...more
The good: You follow another one of the 4 former soldiers, tasked with bringing down the Black Cobra. You see how this journey wraps into Del's journey in Book 1. The focus here is Gareth and Emily, the niece of the Bombay governor who brought the letter to Del from James. The Cynsters make an appearance.

The Bad: loads of colonialism, locales & native people who seem to populate the story just because ??. Emily's horrible diary entries, most of which are "how do I figure out if Gareth is the
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was very good. I was entertained by the plot, however at the last four chapters, the story dragged somewhat. I believe the writer was trying to find away to tie up the stories plot with the romance of the two leading characters and that was a struggle for them. Hopefully they found away to avoid that in their future books.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I usually love Stephanie Laurens series, but this book was way too long. She invented time-consuming and silly scenarios seemingly for the sake of adding pages, as they certainly didn't add anything to the book.
Karen Daniels
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book !!

This is the second in a four part series. It held my attention all the way through and at times I felt like I was on the edge of my seat! I'm glad I don't have to wait for the third book!!
Jerry Nolen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: at-library, overdrive
Not interesting DNF
Pam Marcola Duff
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok read
Melissa Mikush
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Follows the same plot lines as the first. More cultists. This one had a camel though.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've listened to this at least 3 times
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You have to start from very begining to fully enjoy and appreciate complexity of the Cynsters clan dynamic and life stories Stephanie Laurence so artfully written. It is the best ever!!!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Second in the Black Cobra quartet. It got kind of repetitive by the end, but a good romance.
Kelly Byrne
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love reading anything from Stephanie Laurens and this one is great. I have read this series out of order but it doesn't worry me.
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Elusive Bride feature an adventureous journey rife with action, danger, intrigue, and where hearts and emotions are concerned, the perils of love.

The mission to capture the Black Cobra and lure out as many cultists as possible to eliminate is commandeered by Gareth Hamilton. Unbeknownst to him is Emily Ensworth, niece of the Governor of Bombay who has followed him on the hunch that he is her "one" and whose goal is to affirm that hunch. Unbeknownst to her is the danger she has just involved
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Black Cobra Quartet and another one of the original four soldiers/spies is on a quest home to bring the scroll which will bring down the Black Cobra cult in India (which is of course run by evil Englishmen). I actually do not remember whether in the first book we realize there is more than one person at the top of the cult (I read so much, I cannot keep it all in my head).

Anyway, this time we follow our brave English aristocrate (of the warrior type - that's what t
Khye Chwin
This certainly isn't one of the best works of Ms. Laurens. I placed very high expectations on her works, particularly after reading The Devil's Love.

The book is about Major Gareth Hamilton and his three other comrades racing back to England to deliver a letter written by the Black Cobra to the Duke of Wolverton, which was fortunately intercepted by Captain McFarlane. Ms Emily Ensworth first met Major Hamilton when she delivered the letter entrusted to her by the Captain to the Colonel. Since th
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Five military officers have been charged with taking down the Black Cobra, a particularly vicious cult that has taken a stranglehold over most of India.
Emily Ensworth has also been drawn into the conflict. She was being escorted to her uncle's fort when the Black Cobra attacked and one of the military officers was forced to fend them off. He died in the attack but was able to pass on crucial evidence to Emily who took it back to his brothers-in-arms.
When she sees Major Gareth Hamilton, she is i
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
This is definitely not one of Stephanie Laurens' best works. I'm a big fan of her other series, and the first in the Black Cobra Quartet was a really great start to this new series, but this one, Garreth and Emily's story, felt more like filler than a novel.

Emily was the girl, who in the first book brought the evidence of the Black Cobra's identity to our heroes. She sees Garreth and, when she learns he's left India, follows him to discover if he's "the one" for her. Garreth sees her life in dan
Barbara ★
Major Hamilton is one of a group of men working to decipher the identity of the Black Cobra, a nasty piece of work fighting against the English in Bombay. By the time they finally determine who the traitor is, Miss Emily Ensworth has become involved in the crisis. After a single encounter with Hamilton, Emily finds herself in love and follows him when he returns to England. Unfortunately, the Black Cobras follow also. The entire return trip is fraught with danger and romance since Hamilton is as ...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, 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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Black Cobra Quartet (4 books)
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