Monday, October 4, 2010

Review: The Reckless Bride by Stephanie Laurens

The Reckless Bride
Black Cobra Quartet #4
by: Stephanie Laurens
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Historical Romance
Released: October 2010

A Captain in Her Majesty's Army, Rafe has been tasked with delivering the evidence that will finally bring down the Black Cobra.  Racing against time back to England, his path crosses with a group of women heading back there, as well.  Figuring traveling with the ladies will help disguise him from his enemies, he agrees to join them.  He doesn't anticipate any problems until he sees...her.

Loretta has been touring different countries with her great aunt, and is now on her way back to England.  When her aunt invites Rafe to join them, she's instantly mesmerized by him, and knows he's trouble.  Against her better judgment, though, she begins to fall for him.

Rafe wants nothing more than to court the fiery beauty that dares to stand up to him, but it will have to wait.  For the stakes are higher than she'll ever know, for if he doesn't complete his mission, then all is lost.

The best way to describe Stephanie Laurens' writing is poetic.  She has a way of threading her words together that leaves you with a vivid image in your mind of not only the world, but it lets you really get a feel for the characters in a unique and beautiful way.  Rafe and his friends have finally found irrefutable proof of the true identity of the Black Cobra, a man who has killed dozens in his path across Europe.  Rafe and his three friends each take a copy of the document, and head for England.  When Rafe runs into Loretta's great aunt, he realizes the best way to hide from his pursuers is in plain sight.  But thoughts of his mission keep getting derailed by Loretta courage and lack of fear of him.  I would definitely recommend you read the first three books in the Black Cobra Quartet before you read this one, because the first couple chapters kept throwing names at me, and I had no idea who they were.  The characters are already established by this book, so reading them one through four will save some confusion.  Other than that, it was a pleasant read.

Carla gives this book a

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