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The Elusive Bride  - Stephanie Laurens A villain and cult-leader named Black Cobra is terrorizing early 19th century India. Five English officers are appointed to finding out who the man is and bring his reign of terror to an end. It turns out he’s also English, a member of the East India Company, but the five have no way of proving it.Months later, one of them is killed, providing irrefutable proof of the Englishman’s wrongdoing and the four remaining are tasked with getting the proof, a letter, back to homeland. Three copies are made and the four embark on their long journeys home, each via different route…This is the story of Major Garreth Hamilton who takes the diplomatic route to Aden, only to be (foolishly) followed by the woman that delivered the proof and after one glimpse thinks he's her "one". But since his "escape" seems rather cowardly, she needs to determine Garreth "one-ness" by herself...The minute she steps on terra firma she's attacked by a Black Cobra cultist resulting in Garreth saving her life. Now, he has no choice but to take her with him.Sounds familiar?Of course it does. It's almost the exact replica of the previous book, The Untamed Bride, and all the problems apply, so I won't list them again.Dull, slow-paced, detached etc. And Emily's diary entries didn't help matter much. Completely redundant, page-count fodder, and slowing the pacing even more.I'm done with this series and getting rid of all the SL books I have in my library. So long and goodbye.