Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Brazen Bride - 3rd in the Black Cobra series
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1822, England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Stephanie's Website/Blog: www.stephanielaurens.com
When Linnet Trevission finds a man washed ashore after a shipwreck, she knows the only thing she can do is try to help him heal and see if he will survive. When he finally comes to, he can’t remember anything from his past. He’s got total amnesia and while he finds his nurse beautiful and tempting, he’s not sure if he’s married or single. He believes somehow that he is single, but just can’t remember.
Linnet can’t get him out of her mind. He’s sexy and smart and she wants a little break from her reality. She pushes her mystery man into having a mini-affair with her as long as he is living under her roof. She’s responsible for too many lives and has too much responsibility to ever get married. She is scared of losing her power. She’s an emancipated woman running quite the estate and if she ever married, her husband could ruin everything. She’s quite content raising the children of sailors that perished working for her father’s shipping company. It’s almost like having children of her own.
As his memory begins to return, Logan Monteith realizes he was on a vital mission. He has either the original or a well-crafted copy of a document that could bring down the Black Cobra group in India. The original contains a seal of a Duke (which is damning in it’s own right), but the letter alludes to other key leaders and it is believed that others in England could piece together who is heading up the Black Cobras.
Linnet helps get Logan to a nearby port where he can meet up with others and continue on his way. In a mishap, she ends up being forced to accompany him until he gets the scroll safely to its destination. As they continue to heat up the night, will it end up burning both of them? Will Linnet ever be satisfied after sampling all Logan has to offer?
This was a fascinating read. It reads smoothly enough that a first time reader can get right into the storyline of the Black Cobra. There’s enough information about some of their heinous crimes early on that gives the reader enough information to read without feeling lost. Linnet reminds me of some formidable women in history. In a way, she’s like Eleanor Roosevelt after FDR was incapacitated. History would show that Eleanor was making most of the decisions and doing a fairly good job at it. Linnet is very similar. She’s running quite the enterprise with little help from outsiders…or men. She keeps all men at arms length so she can never be bound by one. Yet, when the impulse to have Logan comes over her, she gives into her sexual desire and tries to cram a lifetime of fantasies and sex into a few short days.
Logan is both an officer and a gentleman. When he regains his memory, he is adamant about finishing the task he was assigned to do. His stubbornness probably helped keep him alive after the Black Cobra caused his shipwreck and nearly killed him. He has such passion to give, if only Linnet would accept it.
I don’t want to downplay the Black Cobra aspect of the story. As you learn more of their web and how they are trying to strike before they can be attacked, it gets a lot tenser and a lot more frightening. It’s a good thing Linnet is made of hearty stock…a lesser woman would be perpetually swooning—or dying—with the attacks being launched at them by the Black Cobra.
I was very intrigued by the story and would like to go back and read the first two books in this series. A most enjoyable book with a good storyline and lots of action to keep it interesting.
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