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The Mésalliance

Rockliffe, Book 2
Lu par : Alex Wyndham
Série : Rockliffe, Volume 2
Durée : 9 h et 59 min
Catégories : Romance, Historique
3,7 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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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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  • bebe
  • 08/12/2017

Started well then became aggravating

I thought I was going to like this book. The first part where the Duke and his sister Nell were at the house party was interesting. I thought I was going to like the lead female - can't spell her name - but changed my mind as the book went on. The Duke was a very good character and the cousin, Diana, was a wonderful villain but the lead female turned out to be too stupid to breathe and the book fell apart when she began lying to her husband the Duke and concealing things from him, I also thought he was too forgiving. The deceit by the lead female and her estrangement from the Duke were just too aggravating and went on way too long. II ended up not liking the book so much after all.

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  • Liz
  • 17/08/2018

Prepare to be Frustrated

For most of the book I really enjoyed the story and Adeline. However, the second half of the book, the last 4 hours specifically, is full of so much trouble that could all be easily solved with simple communication. Because of this, I found myself incredibly frustrated with both the main characters, but especially Adeline. I am not even really sure why Rock ended up forgiving her. I really enjoy Stella Riley and love Alex Wyndham, but this storyline started strong and ended up unnecessarily disagreeable.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • noagnes
  • 20/02/2018

Emotionally gripping, intense Georgian love story

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This is the story of the title character of the series (I recommend to read the books in order: although the main stories are standalones, the secondary characters make more sense that way), the Duke of Rockliffe. The mesalliance of the title is even worse than just that: it appears a forced marriage based on a compromise scene - but in truth, the two protagonists are intensely drawn to each other from the first, and are soon head over heels in love with each other. The problem is, neither dares to tell the other so. There is the threat of a scandal, a blackmail from an unscrupulous uncle, two other secondary and tertiary couples whose problems heap even more difficulties on Rockliffe and Adeline, and only a spectacular showdown of scandal and the acutest misery of hurting and being hurt by their beloved one can break down their barriers to finaly talk to each other.
Rockliffe is compared to Georgette Heyer's heroes by many readers, and in fact, he is very much like them: sharp intellect and strength of character veiled by ducal arrogance and fashionable ennui, a cutting wit, suaveness and self-possession. However, I have never seen this type of hero to fall apart so completely, to be so vulnerable to the woman he loves as he is shown in this book.
Many readers complain that the Adeline makes so many stupid mistakes that she doesn't deserve Rockliffe. I'd argue that he makes equally bad mistakes which aren't so spelled out as hers. Yes, she falls prey easily to the blackmail, she fails to trust her husband and the reason is somewhat weak.nBut he is also so immersed in his own hurt of feeling rejected by her, that he doesn't notice her torment and her being threatened. He accuses her of confiding in his friends rather than in him, and is jealous of his own friends making improper advances on her - when in fact, they are only giving her the help and comfort he denies her. The part of distrust and estrangement goes on for rather long, I even doubted the possibility of creditable resolution, but their stark admissions on love and their instant forgiveness when it came to the reconciliation truly carried the day and was convincing as well as satisfying.
I listened to the audio version, and the narrator is really excellent - he brings all characters to life, gives them their own voice and conveys all nuances of the elaborate urbaneness of the Georgian aristocracy, the humor and the emotional intensity - which is beautifully formulated in the author's excellent style.
I loved it and recommend it to all fans of historical romance.

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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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  • 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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  • Nicety
  • 04/10/2019

What a headache! Way to frustrating

This was definitely NOT a romance type novel. He kissed her once through the entire book even though they were married through most of the book. That's it! The heroine was awful. The Duke was VERY understanding. He should have just dumped her and kept it moving! She basically acted like he didn't exist due to her own selfishness. I REALLY didn't like it. On the bright side the narrator IS amazing!

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  • Jaci
  • 15/05/2018

Stella Riley Rocks!

The second book in the Rockliffe Series features Tracy Wynstanton, Duke of Rockliffe aka Rock. I enjoyed this book very much. I have always preferred The Regency Period and never really read any books that took place in The Georgian Period. I find I like this time period for the same reasons that Stella does. The men are sexier and masculine in their wardrobes and Stella's descriptions are like the cream on top of the ambrosia. Rock is a Duke whose gravitas makes him a figure to be admired by men and women alike. He has a wicked wit with a mischievousness that his friends encourage. He is a perfect Gentleman who will protect his family with his life. He is handsome and charming on the outside with a heart of gold hidden beneath his lace and brocade. A side that he shows only to his family and closest friends. He has never had a serious romantic relationship with any proper lady. He realizes that now at the age of 36 he must start looking for his Duchess. His requirements for a wife are simple, be well bred with the grace to be his partner in promoting and protecting his Dukedom and advancing the causes that are important to both of them. She must be willing to chaperone his younger sister through Society and most of all, SHE MUST NOT BORE HIM. The last requirement is going to be difficult. He has no interest in empty-headed chits. He younger sister Nell is so excited that her brother is chaperoning her to the house party of her friend Diana. Rock is not impressed with Diana and most of the guests at the party. Two weeks of hell!! The lady of the house was a simpering sycophant that Rock planned on avoiding at all costs. Matchmaking mothers are to be avoided at all costs. When he is introduced to the lady's companion he is intrigued. He knows her, he encountered her numerous times while out riding in the country. She was young, vivacious, and full of life. Time has not been kind to her. He is surprised in the change in her, now a poor relation with a spiteful tongue. He is intrigued and is determined to bring her out of the shadows and find out what happened to her. Adeline wants nothing to do with anyone at the party and especially Rock. She is not the same young girl she was years ago. Life has not been kind to her, an orphan who now exists on the perimeters of dead mothers family. Her Aunt and Cousin have drained any desire for life with their constant cruelties, insults and forced servitude. She has learned the best way to survive is to be invisible. Now Rockliffe remembers her and is making her life difficult. When Adeline's aunt informs the guests that the party will have an odd number of ladies due to one of the guests declining due to illness. Rock immediately suggests that Adeline could even up the numbers and insists that she be able to join the party. Adeline is furious with Rock for bringing her out of the background. Her Aunt and Cousin Diana are going to make her sorry. Diana is a spoiled, selfish, spiteful brat that knows the world revolves around her and is livid at Adeline. Rock knows exactly what kind of young lady is and wants nothing to do with her. Diana is furious that Rock is paying more attention to his mouse of a cousin then her. She decides it is time for Rock to make her his Duchess and sets up a trap for him that will result in her being compromised and he will have to marry her. Only Adeline finds out about it and rescues Rock. Diana is beyond angry and attacks Adeline after Rock has left the room. When Rock comes back to check in on her, he is furious at her condition and tries to help her repair her gown. Impulsively he drops a brief kiss on her lips and of course, that's when they are discovered. Rock is surprised how much he wants her and he really does want to marry her. Adeline is confused, and afraid but agrees to the marriage. Rock has never felt this way about a young lady before and is finding himself looking forward to all that this marriage will bring to both of them. He knows that Adeline needs time to adjust to her new life and he agrees to delay the consummation until they know each other better. Adeline is overwhelmed by his generosity, kindness, and respect. She begins to believe that she could love him and be very happy. When Adeline's evil Uncle reveals something horrible about her mother she is shocked and pays him the money he demands to keep him from telling Rock. It will destroy her and her marriage and she will do anything to protect Rock. Things go progressively downhill from there. Rock doesn't understand why she is pulling away from him and she won't talk to him. He has such high hopes for this marriage and he suspects that Adeline is being threatened but she won't tell him. They grow farther and farther apart and comes to a climax in a way that could be the end of any chance of a happy ending. Stella writes a stunningly beautiful story full of heartbreaking sorrow, and a love that will make you laugh and weep. I loved the last few chapters when Rock opened himself up and let the world know how much he loved Adeline and will ruin anyone who hurt her. You see a side of him that he has kept hidden away, how deeply he can love and how he will do anything to keep Adeline and make her happy. I am actually tearing up thinking about the way Stella let Rock reveal his love for Adeline. I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait for the next one. Of course, listening to Alex Wyndham brings the book to life in a way only he can do.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN
  • 13/04/2017

Marvelously Written With Nary a Moment of Ennui

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A blogger colleague of mine suggested I read Stella Riley. I was privileged to win a copy of book two of the Rockcliffe series. This exciting listening went beyond my expectations and I'm delighted to be introduced to Stella Riley.

Quickly, we are caught up in the times. With the stifling necessity of being polite, Duke of Rockliffe’s tongue is so well laced with sarcasm expressed in a calm, mild tone, one wonders if the sarcasm is real! Rockliffe’s wit and humor are well-played by narrator Alex Wyndham, always delivered in a sang froid tone.

Rockliffe is creative with his own enjoyment when invited to a house-party accompanying his sister Nell. She is a handful and must keep her out of her usual mischief.

The ton prize themselves in speaking with complete ennui, particularly, the upper-crust gentlemen. I certainly didn’t have a drop listening to this lively, spirited story sweeping me into events of the times!

It seems Nell’s best friend Diana is in the market for a groom. She is a conniving little thing, annoying and eventually becomes quite desperate to catch someone in her first Season. Her eye is on Rockcliffe.

Conversely, her twin, is amiable, mild-mannered, trying to keep Diana from doing too much mischief. She has a softer heart and treats Adeline with more civility.

Adeline Kendrick is a bit like a Cinderella. She is relegated to an upper servant in her aunt’s home, mother to Diana and Althea. Once Rockcliffe catches on about her position in the family, he’s a bit put off by the snobbishness of Lady Franklin and Diana. He goes out of his way to be nice to her—the story takes off from there.

I love the duke’s fetish of snuff boxes – how they become a focal point in awkward or annoying conversations. I actually snickered during the read.

Narrator Alex Wyndham makes the total experience of this book one of perfection. His timing, tone, pacing and his completely believable performance rates him in my opinion as one go-to narrator. I’ve listened to his work before with other authors – he’s simply marvelous.

And now I need to back track to read book one of the series. I highly recommend this author and what I've read in reviews, this series. Her writing style is lively, not heavily laden with description. Her character development are the driving force of the read.

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