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The Duke of Rockliffe is 36 years old, head of his house, and responsible for his young sister, Nell. He is, therefore, under some pressure to choose a suitable bride. Whilst accompanying Nell to what he speedily comes to regard as the house-party from hell, he meets Adeline Kendrick - acid-tongued, no more than passably good-looking yet somehow alluring. Worse still, her relatives are quite deplorable - from a spoiled, ill-natured cousin to a sadistic, manipulative uncle. As a prospective bride, therefore, Adeline is out of the question. Until, that is, a bizarre turn of events cause the Duke to throw caution to the wind and make what his world will call a mésalliance.

©2016 Stella Riley (P)2016 Stella Riley

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 21/04/2016

Awesome narration.

Awesome narrator! Impressive Duke. Heroine with too many secrets and mistrust in said Duke.

This started so well. Sure, the "compromise" was a bit contrived but it worked. The later part of the book bogged down way too much with keeping secrets and all of those ramifications. It became tiresome and I disliked Adeline a lot.

The saving grace was the narrator. I could listen to Alex Wyndham read a cereal box!

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  • 1CheekyLass
  • 16/03/2016

The first half was great but......

Would you try another book from Stella Riley and/or Alex Wyndham?

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Minimized the misunderstandings

What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everything. He's great.

Was The Mésalliance worth the listening time?

Eh... Yes

Any additional comments?

This story had such great characters. For the first half of the book or so, it was great and showed great potential. Then, the author made a turn onto MISUNDERSTANDING LANE which happened to be a dead end. I can't understand why this particular misunderstanding consumed the entire second half of the book. It became tedious and repetitive.

The author could have shortened the book to bring the issue to a head faster or she could have exposed the reason for the misunderstanding and masterfully created a rouse to expose the villain which would have allowed a longer book without all of the angst. Rockliffe deserved so much better than what he got. I fell in love with his character in The Parfait Knight and I still love him. Adeline had potential at the beginning and I really liked her.. she was sharp tongued and charming but by the end, she was a shell of the character I fell in love with.

Of course every romance book has a HEA but be warned it'll come after chapters of tedium.

The narrator is AMAZING. No complaints about Alex Wyndham's performance. He's masterful. I could listen to him all day!

First half of the story: 5

Second half of the story: 1

Overall story: 3

Narration: 5

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  • Karina
  • 24/06/2016

Couldn't stop listening

I thouroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the plot, the side stories and the excellent performance of the narrator.

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  • Patrice M Pennington
  • 26/06/2017

I've re-read this book a number of times

What made the experience of listening to The Mésalliance the most enjoyable?

I decided on a whim to try Ms. Riley's works, and so I read the first book in this series " The Parfit Knight". I enjoyed it. The story was heartfelt, tender, and the characters were well developed. The character of Rockliffe was so entertaining, I couldn't wait to read more about him. And then 'voila' this is when the magic really started to happen. Rockliffe's character is wonderful. He is tender, patient, kind, yet so very strong. I love this book. Oh! One more thing- the book has no graphic sexual scenes....this was so refreshing and made the love story so meaningful.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Robin
  • 18/06/2016

More to it than the average romance

This series really appeals to me for a couple of reasons. Alex Wyndham is a wonderful narrator. Also the hero and heroine are surrounded by a cast of friends and family, some of whom appear in other books. This gives it more depth and I really enjoy the importance of friendship. In some romances, the main characters seem to live in a vacuum. There also is some humor, which I always enjoy. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Patricia Lassiter
  • 15/06/2016

A delightful nonsensical story.

What a great book to listen to while doing a craft project or housework. Clever and whitty and the perfect ending. Book 2.

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  • Beth B
  • 26/05/2016

ABFAB

I loved the continuation of the series, wonderful characters, superb writing and amazing narration. One of the things I enjoy about Stella Riley's writing is the thoughtfulness of the main male character. Although Rockcliffe has a temper, he cools down and works out other possible reasons for Adeline's behavior and trusts in her inherent goodness (most of the time) . So often male characters in HR novels are total idiots until the very end and never think logically at all. I find a thinking man with an ironic sense of humour much more appealing and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. I could also listen to Alex Wyndham recite the phone book - he is that good.

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  • Global
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  • Cam
  • 22/03/2016

Alex Wyndham rocked my world again

I can NOT explain and do it justice as to how AW's portrayal of the hero leaves you completely beguiled and in love. This in conjunction with Stella Riley (Lucinda Brant, 😉) ability to write the most clever dialogue I have seen in a long while. Absolutely brilliantly written characters. I only wish she never stops writing. Although I see similarities in her hero's characters and to some extent her heroins, I still adore her books. My only dislike is having to wait for the next book in the series. Thank you both for providing some of my most enjoyable moments.

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  • Caz
  • 27/03/2016

Stella Riley & Lucinda Brant are DIFFERENT people!

Where does The Mésalliance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of my all-time favourites. The story is brilliantly constructed and is filled with wonderfully rounded and engaging characters; and Alex Wyndham's performance is sublime.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mésalliance?

Towards the end when Rockliffe's much vaunted control begins to snap. Alex Wyndham is just brilliant in conveying the sense that the character is close to the edge without turning him into a completely different character.

Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favorite?

Rockliffe - no contest:)

Any additional comments?

One reviewer here states that Stella Riley and Lucinda Brant are the same person. They most definitely are NOT. The Mésalliance was originally published in 1990 and was then revised and republished by Ms Riley in 2012.
Just because two authors happen to use the same narrator and set their books in similar time periods doesn't mean they must be the same person. And incidentally their writing styles are very different.

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  • beak224
  • 13/12/2017

Love Love Love!

Great story with great characters and perfect narrator...definitely worth while. Now I’m hooked for the whole series!

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