Stephanie Laurens is one of the queens of regency romance for a very good reason. She’s exceptionally good at it. Her stories are always full of intrigue, passion, wit, wisdom and lots of great historical tidbits. Her heroes and heroines are always strong, intelligent and completely believable.
With The Untamed Bride, Ms. Laurens begins a new quartet, with some old friends thrown in for good measure. The Black Cobra has been terrorizing parts of India and Colonel Derek “Del” Delborough and four of his officers have been charged with seeing the fiend stopped and prosecuted. The problem is that the Black Cobra happens to be the son of a very powerful peer of the realm and only irrefutable and conclusive proof will do. When the proof is found and one of the officers is murdered the need to get that proof into the right hands becomes of utmost importance. Del and his remaining officers head home to England with the proof, one real, and the rest fake.
Along the way Del meets Miss Deliah Duncannon, a neighbor to his estate and a woman his aunt’s had promised he would escort home. Deliah is headstrong, impulsive, intelligent and intrigues Del in ways he can’t understand, but fully appreciates. She gets herself entangled full force into the scheme to get the proof to the proper authorities as well as the plot by the Black Cobra to stop that from happening. Deliah consistently throws herself into the fray when battles erupt and nefarious villains abound.
Del and Deliah get lots of help along the way from members of the Bastion Club as well as the Cynster family. And while these familiar and favorite characters are brought into the fray in this newest quartet by Ms. Laurens, they instantly feel like old friends, even if you haven’t read the previous works containing these characters. Del and Deliah also find something more important than any evidence, a deep and abiding love that brings them both home in more ways than one.
They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable - and all male:
Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.
He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country.
She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride.
Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart...