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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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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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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. <br/>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.