Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE RECKLESS BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens

The Black Cobra Quartet, Book 4
Publisher: Avon
Date published: October 26th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-179519-0
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

The Black Cobra Cult is about to find itself foiled when a band of ex-officers from the crown decide to take this evil fiend down. Captain Jace Carstairs is joined by his fellow officers as they race to foil the Black Cobra Cult and unmask these dangerous villains. Meeting Lady Esme Cosgrove was a distraction he could ill afford. Falling in love was something neither anticipated. Can Jace and Esme find common ground as they foil the Black Cobra Cult once and for all?

I really wanted to enjoy this book, especially as I read one of the earlier books in the series. THE RECKLESS BRIDE is the final book in the Black Cobra Series and one I found to be totally boring. I skimmed through most of the first several chapters because of the repeating storyline. I am not sure how many times I need to know how they get on and off a boat but after the fifth time mentioning it, it just got annoying.

The author tries to tie up all the loose ends in the series in this last book but though the premise is great, the delivery is at times quite stilted. The repetitive passages and one dimensional main characters’ will leave the reader scratching their heads, wondering if they picked up a rough draft of the book instead of a finished copy. The one other thing that turned me off in the story was the way the main heroine went back & forth in her feelings for Jace. One minute she was swooning over him the next hating him then back to swooning. It got to the point I never knew if they were going to jump into bed or beat each other silly. They had zero chemistry and were quite boring. Not to say the secondary characters from the past three books are that way. They kept the story interesting to a degree but even then they couldn’t hold the entire story themselves. I think the best part came in the last two or three chapters when the action finally hit warp speed and the reader saw the glimpse of the jewel this story could have been.

If you have read the first three books (THE UNTAMED BRIDE, THE BRAZEN BRIDE & THE ELUSIVE BRIDE) then you may want to read THE RECKLESS BRIDE to see how it all ends. I found this latest book to be not to my liking but am hoping this author’s future books will be better.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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