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The Reckless Bride by Stephanie Laurens

October 25th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Requested for review from NetGalley

Publication Date: October 26, 2010

Publisher: Avon

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is the last book in the Black Cobra Quartet.  Captain Rafe Carstairs is the last of the four to be traveling back to England and is carrying the original document that contains the damning evidence of the true identity of the Black Cobra.  Along the way he runs into Esme and her niece Loretta who are doing a grand tour of spots that Esme and her deceased husband had visited during his diplomatic career.  Circumstances force them to travel back to England together as Carstairs and his man, Hassan, post as a courier-guide and body guard for the two women.  Carstairs and Loretta quickly find themselves attracted to each other.

I read the first two books in this series and missed the third but of the three I read this was probably the best in the series.  I enjoyed Esme’s machinations to get her niece, Loretta, and Rafe together.  Loretta was a nice balance of independent woman yet willing to allow Rafe to control things when needed.  One of my pet peeves in romantic heroines is when they have to be stubbornly independent even when it’s obviously detrimental to the situation so Loretta’s character was a delight.  Same wit Rafe’s character, I liked that he could admit when e was outmaneuvered by Esme or Loretta with good grace.

The one thing that did bother me was that with this group of clever and intelligent men and women they dismissed being attacked three times to bad luck once they determined it wasn’t the work of the Black Cobra.  Come on!  If that was just bad luck then I would seriously be worried about even leaving the bedroom.  It seemed so obvious that something else ad to be up.  Other than that this was a nice conclusion to the series and be prepared to be surprised in the end.  I feel like I have to go back and re-read the previous books to see if I missed any hints to the final outcome.

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