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The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens

October 22nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: June 29, 2010

Publisher: Avon

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com:

They’re bold, courageous, resolute . . . ex-officers of the Crown united against a deadly traitor known only as the Black Cobra.

Shipwrecked, wounded, he risks all to pursue his mission—only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he.

Fiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, she rescues a warrior—only to find her heart under siege.

Bound by passion, linked by need, together they must brave the enemy’s gauntlet to win all their hearts’ desire.

I am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens but I have to admit I have not been impressed with this Black Cobra Quartet series so far.  They are not horrible but not up to the standards of her earlier books.

The Characters

I liked Logan as he fit the mold of all of Laurens other heroes.  He was sweet and kind under the hard core of a tempered soldier and he was meant to be with an unconventional woman.  My main problem was with Linnet.  Yes, I get Laurens was going for a strong, unconventional woman who does her own thing but it just went too far to even be somewhat believable.  First, she is a single woman taking in orphans left and right which I was ok with.  Then you find out that she has actually had 3 lovers even though she’s never been married.  A little out there but ok.  Then the fact that she takes in a strange man, Logan, who at the time had no memory of who he was and somehow it was common knowledge he was in her bed.  Yet no one bats an eye lash because apparently they all look up to Linnet as their leader.  This was a bit much to me because I don’t care how competent a woman is you know this is bound to raise eyebrows during this time period.  Then it gets stranger and stranger as you find out she is captain of a ship, can find with a cutlass, fought in the war, was accepted as such in all ports in England and France.  That just crossed the line for me.  I cannot imagine in any context that she would be accepted by this male dominated society in that manner no matter how competent she is.

The Romance

The chemistry is definitely there between Logan and Linnet but again parts of the romance were hard to swallow.  Logan is obviously a man of honor and I found some of his actions at odds with his character.  There was one love scene in particular that I found pretty unbelievable as he makes love to Linnet in his sleep.  Come on!  Really?  You would think he would wake up at some point during the action.

The Storyline

The storyline was not bad once you accept the fact that somehow Linnet was this Amazonian woman that could fight right along side with the men and best them in battle strategy.  I have to admit my favorite character was actually one of Logan’s comrades driver.  He never plays a huge part but when he does appear I had to smile.  This book definitely starts giving more insight into the Black Cobra and the siblings who masterminded the whole group.  That was probably it’s redeeming quality.

All in all not that great a book and I’m glad I already read the next one because after this one I don’t know if I would have continued the series.  I did find the fourth book to be an improvement.

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