Book Tour Review: The Lady’s Command by Stephanie Laurens

The Lady’s Command by Stephanie Laurens
Series: The Adventurers Quartet (# 1)
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 352
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

The instant Captain Declan Frobisher laid eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knew she was the lady he wanted as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovered that wooing Edwina was surprisingly straightforward—not least because she made it plain that she wanted him as much as he wanted her.

Declan’s vision of marriage was of a gently-reared wife to grace his arm, to manage his household, and to bear his children. He assumed that household, children, and wife would remain safely in England while he continued his life as an explorer sailing the high seas.

Declan got his wish—up to a point. He and Edwina were wed. As for the rest—his vision of marriage…

Beneath her fairy-princess exterior, Edwina possesses a spine of steel—one that might bend, but will never break. Born to the purple—born to rule—she’s determined to rule her life. With Declan’s ring on her finger, that means forging a marriage that meets her needs as well as his.

But bare weeks into their honeymoon, Declan is required to sail to West Africa. Edwina decides she must accompany him.

A secret mission with unknown villains flings unexpected dangers into their path as Declan and Edwina discover that meeting the challenge of making an unconventional marriage work requires something they both possess—bold and adventurous hearts.

 

Review:  When I get a hankering for a romp through Regency times, I have a relatively short list of authors who can transport me straight into the time period where I can sit on the sidelines and enjoy a visit with the ton. Author Stephanie Laurens earned a spot years ago with the incredible Cynster novels.

In The Adventurers Quartet series, she introduces four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. The series is described as “a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles…” In The Lady’s Command, Captain Declan Frobisher and Lady Edwina Delbraith are in the early stages of their marriage.

Typically, the storyline would revolve around a couple, following their courtship and subsequent trials and tribulations before a tidy happily ever after. The Lady’s Command actually picks up after the marriage. If you’ve ever wondered what happens after the rings are exchanged, this is a perfect example. Maybe thinking that Edwina was a traditional debutante was Declan’s first mistake. Instead, she has a mind of her own with her own dreams and aspirations that are firmly rooted with her husband’s presence by her side…not a continent away.

When their plans are interrupted by a trip to West Africa, both Declan and Edwina are forced to re-evaluate their plans for merging their lives in a very quick fashion. As the focus of the story shifts from romance mode to more of a mystery of missing people, readers get to see a different side of the author outside the traditional constraints of the typical Regency setting. While the romance is still there, there’s a greater sense of suspense and intrigue to help kick off this new series.

In true Laurens’ style, the characters are compelling and multi-dimensional, always guaranteed to leave an impression on the reader. With Edwina and Declan leading the way, The Adventurers Quartet series promises to be another jewel in the author’s crown.

 

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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature ‘Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style.

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