Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Untamed Bride - 1st in the Black Cobra Quartet (loosely connected to the Bastion Club/Cynster series)
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1822 India and England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Stephanie's Website/Blog: www.stephanielaurens.com
Colonel Derek "Del" Delborough and his four friends are given the mission of stopping the fiendish Black Cobra, who is terrorizing innocent Indian villages. When one of their number gives his life to bring evidence to light, Del and his remaining friends are more determined than ever to bring the Black Cobra to justice. Unfortunately, the Black Cobra turns out to be a powerful Earl's son and an equally powerful and influential person is needed to present the evidence. Del and his friends must each carry a packet to the Duke of Wolverston with only one being the true evidence and the others being copies, so that the Black Cobra's forces will be divided. When Del arrives in England, he finds that Miss Deliah Duncannon is awaiting him, because his aunts volunteered his services as an escort to her parent's home. Unfortunately, Deliah becomes involved in Del's mission, and they must face many dangers together.
The Untamed Bride is an enjoyable, historical romance with compelling characters and an intense, action-filled plot. Deliah is an intelligent, courageous heroine, who doesn't fit the societal molds of her time. Fortunately, Deliah finds her true match in Del, who is accepting of her independent nature and loves this quality in her, even if he has a tendency to be protective. There is one occasion, when Del seems to act out of character. This occurs when Del goes out unarmed for the evening with Deliah, even though there is a chance the Black Cobra's men may be around. This seems very out of character for an experienced, military man, but it only occurs once. The secondary characters, many of whom appear in Ms. Lauren's previous work, will provide much entertainment, especially to readers looking to catch up with beloved characters.
All in all, The Untamed Bride is an entertaining action-packed read, which I recommend.
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