Books by Stephanie Laurens

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Devil's Bride (#32 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April  18, 1998 I haven't read a really good European historical romance in a while and had heard some good things about Stephanie Laurens' new book Devil's Bride. I had read her earlier book, Captain Jack's Woman and thought it was pretty good. I ha ...

B-
The Daredevil Snared

The Daredevil Snared is the third book in Stephanie Laurens’ The Adventurers Quartet. Going in, I knew I was starting the book mid series; but what I didn’t know is that the books are not self-contained. I was able to catch on pretty quickly; but interested readers may want to start with The Lad ...

B+
The Lady's Command

I’m always a bit hesitant to start a new series - almost everything seems to be in a series these days. What interested me in this one was that first, it’s listed as the The Adventurer’s Quartet, promising that it won’t be forever ongoing. Second, we start well after the romancing has taken ...

C
Loving Rose (The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair)

I’m going to admit right off the bat that I’ve only read a couple of books by Ms Laurens, and that the last one I read was such a disappointment that I’ve not read her since. Her writing style is too flowery and repetitive for my taste, and I found the characterisation severely lacking. That s ...

D
And Then She Fell

In every series, there comes a time when we must say goodbye. As much as we loved the all of the characters, even the black sheep middle brother who finally returns home after years abroad, at some point we must leave them with the knowledge that they are living the happily ever after. Otherwise, yo ...

D
The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

I literarily wended, linguistically traveled, and read with eager purpose, burgeoning desire, and incendiary yearning. Utterly determined — alone and seeking a reviewer’s sweet satiation — engaging my somnolent disbelieving emerald orbs - fraught and needy, laboring to find the pinnacle of com ...

C
The Brazen Bride

If you’ve read the earlier books in the Black Cobra Quartet, you know the set-up: Four soldiers are making their way separately from India to England with irrefutable proof that a nobleman’s son is behind the Black Cobra cult currently wreaking devastation across the Indian subcontinent. You als ...

B-
The Elusive Bride

When you’re reading a C book or below, you know it. The Elusive Bride, second in Stephanie Laurens' Black Cobra Quartet, isn’t one of them. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it failed almost completely to engage this reader. So, what’s the problem? Let’ ...

B
The Untamed Bride

With a prelude that feels like something from a 19th century adventure novel, I got hooked into The Untamed Bride from the very beginning. This book, first in The Black Cobra Quartet, starts off very strong and, were it not for the sometimes kitschy detour into Cynster-land, it would have been a ke ...

B+
Mastered by Love

It worked.  It really, really worked. Royce Varisey, aka Dalziel, mega-spymaster, has just become the tenth Duke of Wolverstone.  His involvement in espionage 16 years ago estranged him from his father, but they are on the brink of reconciliation when his father dies.  Now, havin ...