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The Elusive Bride

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Series: Black Cobra Quartet, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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A second battle-hardened, completely unstoppable, all-male hero, an ex-officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra. He's focused on his mission, then sees a lady he never dreamed he'd see again - with an assassin on her heels. She secretly followed him, unaware her path is deadly - or that she'll join him to battle a treacherous foe.Through ever-present peril, through passion, desire, and ecstasy, they race to reach England - and their destiny.

©2010 Savdek Management Proprietory Ltd. (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Lesley G
  • 25-02-2011

Thanks but no thanks

I have read most of Stephanie's books and some of my all time favorite historicals were written by her. I think it must be heard to maintain that level of writing as so many prolific writers books start getting pretty boring. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. I won't read any more of the Bride books and only hope that Stephanie will be able to come back. Don't get me wrong, we all have bad days, so read all of her earlier books. This one was BORING and trivial. YOu have no idea who those people are/were. There was literally no backstory. The book was beyond one dimensional and the romance aspect left me thinking, HUH? Where's the romance?

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  • Deborah
  • 04-12-2010

Worse than usual

Laurens' books, in my opinion, have been getting worse and worse. I enjoyed many of her earlier stories about the Cynster clan - they were lightweight but didn't pretend to be anything else. This second book in her latest series, though, has pretenses (as did the previous one) of being some sort of adventure/espionage tale about the British East India Company era in India and England. However, the story is so thin and wildly unbelievable and the villains so paper-thin in characterization that the plot falls apart even before it has a chance to begin. (Think Robin Hood vs. the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, without the humor.) Moreover, in this particular journey, the female character is so completely self-centered and shallow as to be complaining to her diary, amidst attacks by a fanatical assassin cabal which is supposedly responsible for horrific torture and widespread abuse against men, women and children, that she hasn't enough time to determine whether the male hero is "the one" for her. She literally seems to be oblivious to the fact that these supposed terrorists are responsible for death and mayhem all over India. And then of course, true to standard Laurens fare, the hero and heroine spend the next chapter rolling around in her bunk. BLEAH!

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  • Teresa
  • 23-03-2010

Good reading with passion

The Elusive Bride was great reading. I like how Ms Laurens pulls past books plots and charactors together to make the book familiar and gives it a place within the whole of a story line that is still in work. Can't wait for the next book in this series!

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  • Laralyn
  • 22-02-2012

Heroine was extremely annoying -.Mr. Prebble great

Would you try another book from Stephanie Laurens and/or Simon Prebble?

the narrarator is great. I've listened to Stephanie Laurens other audio books and enjoy them. However, this heroine got on my last nerve! She was so self-absorbed, so trivial and by the end of the book I was hoping she DIDN'T get the guy. She writes in her diary throughout the book and that was annoying. She seemed shallow and there was little character development/back story to her. The only reason I gave it an overall 3 stars is because Simon Prebble is very good. If I was reading this book, I would've put it down and moved onto another one.

Has The Elusive Bride turned you off from other books in this genre?

no.

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  • Lissa
  • 16-05-2020

Worth listening to

I’ve read a lot of bad reviews but I can’t agree. Laurens can’t make all of her heroines have the same personality. If she did so, there would be a lot of bad reviews saying that her books are boring and the same story as all the rest...no win.
Even though this ‘bride’ isn’t to my taste doesn’t mean this isn’t a good book. I’m assuming the ‘Elusive’ part has more to do with him being elusive than her but also the fact that his understanding of her is elusive as well. I hope that made sense. lol (sorry for repeating the word so much)
I really enjoyed all four of these books and am thankful that she made each heroine different instead of, like some authors, all the same.
Simon Prebble is amazing as always though I was confused about Hamilton’s accent. Quite a few times I had a moment of WTH? Maybe a missed a reason for his more Scottish? accent.
So I definitely recommend this book to any and all. Read the first in this series and this second one will make much more sense.

Overall I rated this a 4/5 due to it not being the absolutely most enjoyable of her series books but honestly there are some books in the Cynster series that I just couldn’t read again unless I was paid to.

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  • Romance addict
  • 25-03-2016

loved this book.

These two were not the usual SL characters and I loved it. Can't wait to listen to book 3

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  • Kelly
  • 30-01-2013

No more adverbs for Ms. Laurens.

Really, I don't expect grand literature in bodice rippers, but this was ridiculous. Ms. Laurens' editor should impose a strict adverb limit and redline the use of: blatantly, flagrantly, demandingly, commandingly, evocatively and provocatively, especially all in one sentence. I only stuck it out because I enjoy Mr. Prebble so much. The characters were superficial and badly developed and no reason for a romance existed. The heroine was effectively a teenage girl confiding in her diary and the hero was more milquetoast than Ashley Wilkes. Blech. Double blech. I can't blech enough.

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  • tishatim
  • 21-01-2013

Elusive?

there is nothing elusive about the lead female character in this book what so ever as she literally throws herself at the lead male character through out out the entire first half of this book. the rest is an 18th century take on alqaeda and poorly done at that. some of the sex scenes were hot but not enough to save the story line of the book. then the ending doesn't finish the story, but i'm uncertain if it was meant to set up for another book? don't waste your credit.
the narrators voice was gruff and became annoying after a few hours of listening.

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  • Linda
  • 04-03-2010

not much of a story.

As the title of my review points out,

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  • J Alexandra Hooper
  • 10-03-2013

Bride was far from elusive

Would you try another book from Stephanie Laurens and/or Simon Prebble?

No, she writes an interesting tale, but takes far too long. In the end, I think the author got tired and just stopped the story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator did the best he could

Any additional comments?

Felt sorry for Simon Prebble.

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  • Thor
  • 05-04-2017

The Stalker Bride is more relevnt

What disappointed you about The Elusive Bride?

She is selfish and manipulative, I felt sorry for him, what man turns his back on sex. She has been husband hunting for sometime, she see him and decides that he could be the ONE.
So she sets out to catch him as long as he fills all her criteria, so despite all the danger that is swelling around them and his very important mission. She keeps to her plan to prove he is the one and everything has to be on her timeline and according to her plans. Naturally this involves lots of sex. I would really wish to know what was "ELUSIVE" about her.

What could Stephanie Laurens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It is amazing that this book is written by a woman, when the Heroine is so unlikable. I like the story about the Black Cobra and plots involved, but this book left me skipping to the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

I didn't like the accent, I think if you can't do it properly, then don't try.

What character would you cut from The Elusive Bride?

Sadly the so called Elusive Bride.

Any additional comments?

This book is part of a sequel and so can't be avoided.