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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349400032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349400037
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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The second book in a new quartet or Regency Romances from Historical Romance Queen Stephanie Laurens.

About the Author

Stephanie Lauren's last twelve titles have been NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY bestsellers. Stephanie lives with her husband and two daughters, along with two cats, Shakespeare and Marlowe.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Gomeze on 5 Mar 2010
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Let me start by saying that I am a S. Laurens fan, and I have all her books (including the original stories written for Mills & Boon historical series). I think when she's at her best she writes clever, witty and interesting stories: there is drama, romance and humour in much of her work. This book however is really poor. To start with, I could not believe that a gently reared young lady, as Emily Ensworth was supposed to be, would run after some strange man she had met just ONCE, and then for such a short time.
So I suspended my disbelief to see how the story would develop. I was not rewarded for my efforts. The use of the diary was a great idea, but I got particularly fed up with this artifice. It lent nothing to the story and simply portrayed Emily as an "air-head".
Then of course the hero Gareth, was one of the most one-dimensional charters Laurens has ever written about. I could not get excited about him, the situation, the story or the supposed danger they were all in.
The biggest shame for me was that the previous book in this quartet ( The Untamed bride) was so much better in character development, plot and story.

Please Stephanie: no more romance by numbers. You can do, and have done, much better.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lomfise on 19 Feb 2010
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As a big fan of Stephanie Lauren's other books, I was extremely disappointed by this second installment in the Black Cobra Series. The characters are too stereotypical, too bland and not at all interesting. There's no spark between them and the love story is completely unbelievable. About three chapters in I was ready to strangle the heroine for all her talk about "the one". Also, her diary entries are silly, I can't believe anyone would write like that.
The hero is like all the other heros in Stephanie Lauren's books, only much less symphatical, much less interesting and it seems he's only interested in the heroine out of duty, because he has too be.

The pace of the book starts off much too fast, and if you haven't read the first book you'll be completely lost as to what is going on. Then it slows too much and the same things happen again and again, and when the hero and heroine finally reaches England (after having been attacked uncounted times by what must be thousands of bad guys)it ends in a similar way as the first book in the series (and I suspect the last two will be the same).

If you haven't read Stephanie Lauren's before, DON'T start with this one, buy Devil's Bride instead, it's much more worth your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toodles Book Club on 22 Feb 2013
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The first in the Black Cobra Quartet, and what a read .... I thoroughly enjoyed it ~other than the about the first chapter which was a bit difficult going.

Emily Enworth, Niece of the Governor of Bombay has to unexpectedly ride for her life when one of her military escorts it seems is carrying vital information about the Black Cobra and his cult. Capital Macfarlane elects to stand and fight it out with the cultists and Emily does her duty and get the information back to the barracks in Bombay. Here she meets Gareth Hamilton, a colleague of Macfarlane's, and the dangerous and thrilling journey back to England begins for both of them. With lots of steam and indecision about whether they were made for each other along the way.

I love the way all of her books inter-mingle and the plots run along side each other, but it really doesn't matter in what order you read them. Actually, they would be perfect for a set of films.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot, as well as their journey. Unfortunately Amazon don't half half stars, but they they did it would have been awarded 4.5 stars. The main reason it didn't make a full 5 stars is the first difficult going in the first chapter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By julie_anna on 9 Mar 2010
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I have been a fan of Stephanie Laurens since discovering "Devil's Bride" while browsing in a book store. Loved the "Cynster" novels, the Bastion Club, and her early works. I was looking forward to this new series and the first book did not disappoint. However, this one does, I agree with the two previous reviewers. Emily was irritating, especially the juvenile diary entries and Gareth the hero, was completely dull...and all the attacks by the so called "cultists", a bit slapstick for my liking. I struggled to finish it and hope the next instalment is an improvement on this.
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By johnboy on 8 July 2013
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Yet another purchase for the wife who reads everything by Steph Laurens. All was ok with this purchase and up to the usual high standard as was her verdict. Have trouble keeping up as it seems to be one a night!!!
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By fifs on 27 Oct 2012
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The book was full of excitement with a huge amount of love and caring. But then all Stephanie Laurens books are worth collecting. I also enjoy the characters that pop up in the other books, so I have been getting to know all the FAMILY and their FRIENDS.
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I have recently become a fan of Stephanie Laurens, having stumbled across the Cynster sisters trilogy whilst on the hunt for a new audiobook. I have started listening to the black cobra series and the first installment was interesting enough. This second book however, was pretty tough going. The protagonists are the dullist I have ever come across. Firstly, as another reviewer noted, chasing down a man does not make you in any way elusive! At first, I thought it quite refreshing that Emily was the one taking control of the situation and deciding the fate of herself and poor Gareth, but that quickly disappeared the more I had to listen to her diabolical diary entries and talk of her 'One'. Her character is not consistent, one minute stamping her little foot, and the next whacking 'cultists' over the head with a poll! Gareth is pretty much a nonentity. We learn very little about him, and what there is, isn't developed. We have no clue as to his character, interactions or motivations. The bits about the Black Cobra brothers I found very uncomfortable. I doubt I will finish this series.
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