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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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