Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Reckless Bride - 4th and final in the Black Cobra Quartet
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1822 India, Asia, and Europe
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Stephanie's Website/Blog: www.stephanielaurens.com
Rafe Carstairs, a captain in the British army, has a mission to take the original message that proves the identity of the Black Cobra to someone who can bring him to justice. The Black Cobra is the leader of a cult and responsible for all kinds of atrocities and the death of Rafe's friend. Rafe's journey will be fraught with many hazards because the Black Cobra is determined to stop the message and he has many followers to help him. Meanwhile, Loretta Violet Mary Michelmarsh and her aunt are traveling across Europe. When someone tries to rob Loretta's aunt, Rafe and his friend save her and they end up traveling together.
The Reckless Bride is a historical romance, which ties up all the loose ends left from the previous series. While there is action and adventure in this book, it doesn't seem quite as action-packed as some of the previous books. There are plenty of references to historical sites and events, which this reader enjoyed. Unfortunately, the pacing of the story seemed to drag in places, but the excitement toward the end gave a much needed jolt. Loretta makes a great, independent heroine, although she is, perhaps, a little too modern in her thinking. However, since Loretta comes from a rather unconventional family, this may be overlooked. Rafe has all the upstanding qualities of a hero, and the chemistry between Loretta and him is explosive. They make a great couple, and many of the beloved characters from previous books make an appearance.
All in all, The Reckless Bride is a satisfying conclusion to an entertaining series.
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