The Governor-General of India has given
Major Gareth Hamilton and his four closest friends and
comrades the task of bringing down the villainous Black
Cobra, head of a merciless, murderous cult that has been
ravaging Indian villages. While escorting the niece of the
Governor of Bombay, one of Gareth’s friends discovers a key
piece of evidence to prove the Black Cobra’s identity. But
before he can get back to his comrades, the man is killed,
leaving the governor’s niece, Emily Ensworth, to deliver the
evidence to his friends. Fulfilling his request brings
Emily right into Gareth’s path.
Emily knows at once that there’s a good
chance Gareth is her “one.” The one man she could see
falling in love and building a life with. But before she
can explore her attraction to the handsome major, he up and
leaves India! There’s only one thing Emily can do – follow
him. What Emily doesn’t expect is that her quest for true
love brings great danger with it, as the Black Cobra’s
assassins are not only after Gareth and the evidence he’s
carrying to his contact in England, but Emily as well.
With assassins around every corner,
there is no place in the world for Gareth and Emily to
escape peril. And behind closed doors, there’s no place to
hide from the attraction swiftly brewing between the two.
Emily’s gut instinct might be right about her and Gareth’s
future, but to prove her point the two will have to make it
to England alive, first.
Be advised Stephanie Laurens fans new
and old: The Elusive Bride is one of this
talented author’s best books yet! Get ready for a sweeping
journey from India to England, with many stops in between as
one determined, honorable hero and his bold, brave heroine
battle and outwit cultists even as they navigate through the
uncharted territory of falling in love. Gareth is the
strong and sexy hero I have come to expect from Ms. Laurens,
but he’s got a little something extra that makes him stand
out in a crowd: his patience and immediate acceptance of
Emily’s intelligence and resourcefulness. Emily is my
favorite heroine of Ms. Lauren’s so far. She has a
boundless energy and hopefulness that drew me to her from
the start. Throughout The Elusive Bride Ms.
Laurens includes Emily’s diary entries and those, more than
anything, made me connect to her, as if she were a friend.
I adored the fact that she saw Gareth as her “one” right
from the start and, as she grew more certain of this fact,
she carefully set out to make him see it as well. In a
word, Emily is a “fun” heroine. Sparkling and bright and I
rooted for her to not only aid Gareth in his mission, but to
get her happily ever after with him. It’s no secret that he
falls for her fast, but I was happy to discover that this
English major has a surprisingly romantic way with words.
The Elusive Bride is the
second book in the Black Cobra Quartet and Ms. Laurens does
provide the basic information from the first story so that
those who have not read The Untamed Bride can follow
along (though there are plot spoilers for the first book in
The Elusive Bride). For readers who want the
full background on Gareth’s mission, I recommend reading
The Untamed Bride first or at least visiting Ms.
Lauren’s website where she has the prelude to the series
posted on the page for the quartet. The Elusive Bride
proves that this series is just getting better, and I
finished Gareth and Emily’s story excited to see what
happens in book three, The Brazen Bride.