Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Elusive Bride - 2nd in the Black Cobra Quartet
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1822 India, Africa, Europe, and England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Stephanie's Website: www.stephanielaurens.com
After Emily Ensworth meets Major Gareth Hamilton, she decides to try and see him again, because she thinks that he might be her "one". Unfortunately, Gareth is traveling back to England from India on a mission to deliver proof of the Black Cobra's identity. Even though his letter is a copy of the original, Gareth is charged with pretending it is valid and taking out as many Black Cobra cultists as possible. Emily takes a fast ship and arrives at Gareth's first stop on his journey shortly before he gets there. When Emily is attacked by a cultist, Gareth saves her and must take her and her people along with him, in order to protect them from the cultists.
Filled with action and danger, The Elusive Bride is an enjoyable read, which seems a little more introspective than its prequel, The Untamed Bride. Gareth, an only child, is something of a loner and must adjust to the thought of a long-term relationship. Emily, on the other hand, comes from a large family and must practice patience in her dealings with Gareth, who is reticent to declare his feelings. Gareth and Emily have moments of introspection, which allows the reader to see and feel the growth of both characters and to grow to care for both characters. I, especially, liked the fact that Gareth, while protective, allowed Emily to contribute to the mission and learned to see her as a true partner.
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