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The Mésalliance (Rockliffe Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 310 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2384 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G8SFVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judge Tabor TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 17, 2015
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I'll begin by saying this story had the maximum amount of potential. With a character like the Duke of Rockliffe who was so intriguing in The Parfit Knight (Rockliffe Book 1), our unusual heroine, Adeline Kendrick, and a writer with the skills of Ms. Riley, I was so looking forward to reading this book.

Although the first one-third of the book was superb where we have the suave, handsome, dry wit, Rockliffe, attending a house party with his younger sister, Nell, when lo and behold... he meets an acquaintance from his past and she's all grown up. Adeline Kendrick is no longer the little fairy like teen-ager who ran over hill and dale interacting with heirs to dukedoms and feeding small woodland creatures without her shoes. No, she's the "poor" cousin who is basically a servant to the horrible family who is hosting the house party.

It's obvious Adeline's former life was ripped out from under her feet - she's barely allowed out of the house, lest she revert back to the little gypsy of her youth. But, she has not gone into this role with her head tucked down - no, indeed - she's all sharp edges and can give as good as she gets - mostly. However, there have obviously been times in her life when the brutality of her Uncle Richard, who was used by the family to keep her in line, has unfortunately had its effect upon her. Still, she has fight left in her soul and nobody - not even the quick witted, put 'em in your place Rockville - can best her when she gets going.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danker on June 3, 2013
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I loved this book.
The hero, Rock, should be ho-hum. After all, he is evocative of so many other Dukes in so many other romance stories - omniscient, courageous, "beautiful", a clever lover, wonderful brother and friend, with half-hooded eyes, a deceptively gentle manner and a tendency to ennui only relieved by manipulation and/or mischief-making. (Of course, one must acknowledge that most of them were created after Riley's creation of him.)
Instead of being ho-hum, he is gorgeous. Why? Because his love of the heroine makes him unsure and vulnerable.
And because he is drawn to a woman, not just by lust, but also because of her strength and loyalty and generous, if waspish nature.
The villains are sufficiently evil and credible, the many friends and family add to the story and it is a nice touch to provide an update on characters from the first book in the series.
Once again, Riley has no need to provide graphic details of the sex lives of the protagonists. Their passion for one another is beautifully expressed without the tediously formulaic offerings made in almost all current regencies.
Is there a third book in the series?
If so, please keep re-issuing as speedily as possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Jean on August 23, 2013
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"You stop my breath. You always have." said the heroine to her hero. At this point, my breath stopped, as well. The story was so well written, so beautifully depicted and so incredibly moving that I am hard pressed to say much beyond by all means, don't hesitate to read this book.

I hate it when reviewers say that an author is `like' Heyer, because invariably I am disappointed. So, I won't say that, precisely. What I will say is that if you like Heyer, you will, without doubt, like this book. This author's voice is her own, beautifully so, but the style of the hero is the caliber of Heyer's memorable, powerful and totally sure of themselves heroes. Equally impressive is the heroine of this book, who, like Heyer's heroines, gives as good as she gets.

The hero might have intended his marriage to be one of convenience, and the heroine might have agreed to it, but what really happened was a wonderful thing to read. Not only was this the kind of book you truly are compelled to keep reading, you will not skip a word.

If the only negative thing a reviewer can find is that the author changed a character's name from Denzil - to the point of requesting an apology from the author - well, it speaks for itself, one would think. I would prefer to thank this author for crafting such a beautiful book and creating characters so compelling as to stop my breath. I am incredibly awed by such talent. In summary, just read this book - it's a treasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lark on October 1, 2014
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Another reviewer, Danker, led me to Ms. Riley, and I'm so glad. This lovely Georgian romance was pure pleasure to read.

The story was interesting and sensitive, the plot arrow-straight and defined, and I 'knew' the characters, even the secondary ones. Ms Riley certainly knows the Georgian era, but didn't bury us in minutiae, thank goodness.

I loved Adeline's quick wit, sometimes acid tongue, and sense of honor; the duke's sangfroid, sharp intelligence, sly wit, clever ripostes, and his protectiveness The malevolent characters were entirely believable, as were the good guys.

The path to an HEA for Adeline and Tracey (the duke) was rocky, and the author accomplished this beautifully ~ nothing contrived, no clichés. There were misunderstandings, but they were written so they were believable; they didn't make me gnash my teeth (as many do.) I understood the protagonists' concerns.

If you want a good story, great characters, crisp dialogue, and all-round good prose,...here you go.

I seem to always read books in the wrong order, so now I'm preparing to embark on The Parfit Knight. I'm already in love with Amberley.

Enjoy your reading! :)
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