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The Untamed Bride: Number 1 in series (Black Cobra Quartet) [Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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5 Nov 2009 Black Cobra Quartet (Book 1)
Four officers of the Crown, aided by Bastion Club members and Cynster alike, fight to bring down a dangerous enemy- and to win the loves of their lives. In this first book we meet Colonel Derek Delborough who is not far from danger when his ship docks in Southampton. When Deliah Duncannon appears she is an unwelcome intrusion, but before he can get rid of her she narrowly saves his life. Now a target of the enemies to this stubborn but exceedingly enticing Colonel, the two race against time to reach the safety of the Cynster country house.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749952253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749952259
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,013 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.

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The first book in a new quartet of 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gosh Steph 18 Jun 2010
By Mira
Big prose and no emotion at all. How have you got away with it for so long?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 30 Jan 2010
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
It's another Stephanie Laurens book, and if you've read her books before you know what to expect. Her heroes and heroines are generally appealing characters and their romances aren't beset with misunderstandings, hatreds and problems but are generally smoothly done with any problems being from external events. Such is the case here in this book which is the first in a new series, the Black Cobra quartet, about four army officers who are travelling back to England from India with evidence against a well-connected Englishman in India.

The hero of this first book in the series is Colonel Derek Delborough, a man who has lived the army life for years - he fought at Waterloo before joining the East India Company - and who hasn't really thought much about his future. But as he reaches port in England whilst carrying his copy of the evidence - a letter in a scroll-holder - he finds that he has unexpectedly been tasked to accompany a woman, a friend of his aunts, to the North.

Miss Duncannon won't take no for an answer, and when she saves Del's life she is drawn into the deadly game of hide-and-seek as he tries to keep himself and her safe whilst delivering the evidence to Dalziel the spymaster. But the two can't travel in each other's company for long without finding an attraction building between them. But will it come to anything?

The thing that I noticed most about this book, putting aside the central romance, was the rather large cast of characters. Stephanie Laurens appears to have included almost everyone in her previous novels in this one - the Cynsters and others - and for this reader it was just too busy. There are an awful lot of previous books and an awful lot of previous husbands and wives and they served to detract, to me, from the story.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to finish it... 5 Nov 2009
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TBH, I'm starting to find this author repetitive and faintly boring. IMHO, she takes 'stock' phrases and uses them everywhere, and now each book sounds just like the last one. This started off with a VERY long prologue that really didn't contribute much to the plot or characterization - a quick summary would have been just as relevant (and less boring). There was no chemistry between the two main characters - principally because all the phrases and description she used for them have been used in at least 4 other books of her I've read before!
And how was she an 'untamed bride'? She's just feisty - rather like every other Laurens heroine.
I won't be buying the others. I think her writing style has really fallen off (badly) - I doubt I will buy any more of her books at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and well written 1 Sep 2013
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I have really enjoyed this book, the story is strong, full of intrigue with touches of British India. As normal with all these books the more basic sex scenes are present but this time we don't have a complete repeat of each occasion and more of feelings than the word for word account. There is a limit to how much we need in each book and with a very strong story, full of detail with good fight scenes and one or two deaths thrown in, its very much the book you can't put down until you know what happens at the end.
But it doesn't end here, there are three more in this series and I would imagine each will have very interesting input. I'm looking forward to the film;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Untamed Bride 5 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The third Black Cobra novel featuring Colonel Derek Delborough and Miss Deliah Duncannon. Upon his arrival carrying the decoy letter she saves him from being shot, and he has to take her on the journey to delivery the missive into the hands of the Cynsters'/Wolverstone - accounting for 14 or so cultists or so on the way.

As usual, steamy and so very well written .... wouldn't by now expect anything else from this particular author and another 4 stars - Stephanie Laurens generally writes such delicious heroes'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Count Me Dissatisfied 9 Dec 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first spied The Untamed Bride and found it was the first of four books in The Black Cobra Quartet I was excited. Its been a while since I've read a Stephanie Laurens novel and I must admit I simply adored the Cynsters - although by the time the last novel in that series came along I was ready for a pirate or a vampire. Then came The Bastion Club and for some reason I couldn't wrap my head around the sameness of those books. They were plotted exactly like the Cynster series although mercifully there were less of the Bastion Club novels.

So I picked up The Untamed Bride hoping to find a change. Well the locale has been changed and the premise is good - four officers of the Crown fight against a deadly enemy called the Black Cobra. They are charged with learning his identity (in India), procuring evidence against him, and bringing said evidence back to London. Since the Black Cobra knows the identities of these officers it is most unwise for them to travel together so each carries identical boxes containing the so-called evidence. However, only one of them carries the real thing; the others carry copies. Not even the officers knows which of them carries the real thing. They are each given a different route by which to return to England. At least this device gives us a glimpse of different locales.

Of course we have a lovely British lass, the handsome and dashing British officer, some contrived reason for them to be together, at least two good reasons why each of them hasn't thought about or sought marriage, and the eventual falling into each other's arms.

The trick with this book, and one that Ms. Laurens is a master of, is weaving four tangled threads (the books in the quartet) and making the reader wait until the last book to bring everything together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing
I feel that, having read all four books of this quartet, I must stress that embarking on only one is like only reading a quarter of a book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cornishmary
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
for me this was a good read and i was kept interested. although i do agree the prologue was a bit long and took a while to get into the book and also agree that there are 2 many... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Lindymck
1.0 out of 5 stars No research or period feel
Only wasted one and a half hours of my life on this badly researched book with no period feel at all. Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by jennyany
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version of The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens
This is Stephanie Laurens at her best, the Black Cobra quartet has been consistantly exciting and a real page (forgive the pun) turner, the four stories can be read separately but... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Untamed Bride
The last Stephanie Laurens i read wasWhere the Heart Leads (Bar Cynster Series): Bar Cynster Series 16 which i couldn't finish as i found the heroine one of the most infuriating... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by luvbooks32
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This is such an exciting book. The characters are very engaging, Del and Deliah (not Delilah) are very strong characters, and we get to meet some of our other heros and heroines... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by Mrs Flight
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