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Read ☆ The Wicked Cousin í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Love affairs and duels coupled with a reputation for never refusing even the most death defying wager suggest that Mr Audley is short of a brain cell or two And while their first very unorthodox meeting shows that perhaps he isn’t entirely stupid it creates other reservations entirelySebastian finds dodging admiring females and living down his. I couldn t wait to read the story I loved loved the previous books in the series All three of them were 5 star reads for me And maybe that was my problem high expectation because sadly I couldn t connect with either the story or its main characters I felt an indifferent observer of the developing romance The plot felt too long flat and I was bored Even the infusion of external force didn t help The portrayal of the obsessed fatal attraction like OW felt over the top almost cartoonish On a positive side the writing is as superb as you would expect from the author It was very nice to see the characters from the previous books popping up here and there Actually meeting them again was the highlight of the story for me

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Read ☆ The Wicked Cousin í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Reputation for reckless dare devilry a full time occupation He had known that putting the past behind him in a society with an insatiable appetite for scandal and gossip would not be easy But what he had not expected was to become the target of a former lover’s dangerous obsession or to find himself falling victim to a pair of storm cloud eyes. The Prologue to The Wicked Cousin the fourth in Stella Riley s magnificent Georgian Rockliffe series is moving and poignant and sets the scene for the string of events which will forever change Sebastian Audley s life As the story unfolds and we learn about the life of this charismatic character I fell for him hook line and sinker On a scorching August day in 1757 when he was eight years old Sebastian Audley s life changed And though he didn t know it that change was to last for the next thirteen yearsIt was the day that a distraught child lost his beloved twin brother the other half of himself no one understood his grief The boys had been inseparable intuitively knowing each other s thoughts in a way that only identical twins can But in Sebastian s emotionally underdeveloped child s mind he believed he had failed Theo when he needed him the most Locked in his room he cried out his despair and felt his brother s pain and thenthe silencewhen he knew that part of him was gone forever and from that moment on Sebastian s charmed carefree life ended He blamed himself for living when Theo had died which was only reinforced by the diatribe hurled at him by his eldest sister Blanche who had irrationally never cared for the younger of her twin brothers Theo s early and tragic death shaped the way the adults in Sebastian s life treated him albeit believing they were keeping him safe Their actions also impacted on the way he himself behaved for the best part of seven years after finally escaping the strictures imposed on him by his grief stricken father actions that this autocratic man was to come to bitterly regretSebastian s first acts of defiance refusing to be chaperoned by the local vicar s son or to study the subject chosen for him by his father came when he was finally allowed to leave home to study at Cambridge Instead he diligently and uietly applied himself to studying the law which he saw as a way of eventually becoming independent of his father s claustrophobic control He obtained an honours degree but never actually had to practise law because an unexpected small but adeuate beuest from a great aunt left him financially independent and importantly it freed him from familial restraint During his time at university he worked hard denying himself the fun and frolicking other undergraduates enjoyed Instead he discovered a love and uite remarkable talent for the intricacies of chess which he had once enjoyed playing with his twin This talent was to serve him well in later yearsAs sole heir to his father Viscount Wingham Sebastian had to be kept safe for the succession at all costs but by the time he reached his majority he was determined to escape the suffocating over protectiveness of his family After years of compliance Sebastian about faced and embarked on an extraordinary catch up of everything that had previously been denied him his exploits becoming the talk of London society before he disappeared to the continent to continue his outrageous lifestyle All the girls he had never kissed or bedded became a part of his new life and his adrenalin seeking exploits were salaciously reported in the gossip rags Whatever challenge or wager the rumour mill insisted he had accepted no matter how ridiculous or even whether fact or fiction was avidly reported and devoured by the ton His notorious reputation coupled with his lauded and extraordinary good looks bluer than blue eyes glorious hair of a rich burgundygarnet and impressive physiue set him apart from his peers Sebastian Audley had become a living legendAfter seven years of self imposed exile wandering from place to place and now desperate to escape the determined pursuit of a spurned lover turned stalker Sebastian s nomad life had become intolerable During the last couple of years on the continent he had already considerably toned down his behaviour and with little else to do his beloved chess became his only real enjoyment in life Time and practice had honed his skills with remarkable results and in fact such a talent never did euate with his rakehell reputation which was a few years of madness than a character traitThough reluctant to return home to his father s controlling orbit he still felt a strong sense of familial duty In all the years apart he never stopped loving his father and without fail made the long and arduous journey home once a year to see him However the cruel jibes of his sister Blanche whose unreasonable dislike of him has not abated with the years were the catalyst that always drove him away again Sebastian hides the hurt she causes him beneath a devil may care attitude which only serves to compound her dislike of him One of the many things I love about Sebastian s character is that he is an honourable young man who always knew that one day he would return to his responsibilities However who could blame him for staying away when his sister is the unmarried matriarch presiding over his ancestral home Eventually it is an imperious letter from Blanche informing him that his father has suffered an apoplexy that gives him the excuse he needs to return home for goodSebastian arrives home to find his father well on the road to recovery and after spending some private time together they finally make their peace his father admitting to his earlier failures with regard to his son Sebastian is still not entirely convinced of his father s ability to let him run his own life but I began to warm to the viscount as his obvious pride in his son was rather touching Whether in spite of or because of his reported escapades I m not sureWith his father out of danger and the decision all but made to remain in England Sebastian decides to go to London in an attempt to convince society that he is a reformed character There he seeks the help of Adrian Devereux Earl of Sarre The Player the two men having met and become close friends whilst both were exiled on the continent Adrian proposes a plan in the form of a private wager placed in the betting book of his gaming club With this in place Sebastian is protected at least in the short term from ridiculous wagers by immature young bucks His first tentative steps are fraught with pitfalls especially as he has recently gained the moniker of The Wicked Cousin courtesy of Olivia Delahaye the rather silly younger sister of Cassandra Cassie whom we met in previous books as a secondary character Cassie s father a close friend of the Duke of Rockliffe plays uite a prominent part in this story and I liked his uiet reasonable character and wise council especially regarding Sebastian The familial relationship between the Delahaye s and Audley s is tentative but nevertheless one in which Olivia is than happy to bask in among her bevy of young female friendsSebastian s initial accidental meeting with Cassie is brimming with misunderstandings and only serves to reinforce her pre conceived opinion of him as an arrogant feckless philanderer whom she could never like However after several encounters Cassie reluctantly begins to see why he is so popular with and intriguing to the men and women of society he is witty and amusing but in a kindly non mocking way with no apparent artifice and importantly he seems genuinely interested in her as a person Then with some simple sweet gestures Sebastian has Cassie hooked along with the rest of society and by now she is already half way in love with him In Cassie s experience she has only ever attracted dull dogs and then only because their mothers think her suitable daughter in law material Never in her wildest dreams does she imagine that her feelings could be returned by this gorgeous young man who could uite frankly have his pickBut they are returned because Sebastian is utterly smitten He sees through the eyes of a man in love the beautiful captivating and interesting girl that other less discerning suitors have failed to see From the moment the two acknowledge that they are meant to be together Cassie is loyal to a fault refusing to believe anything to Sebastian s detriment and when his spurned ex lover tries to make trouble for him she fights tooth and nail for him regardless of the opinion of others Charles and Serena Delahaye are nonplussed by the change in their previously gentle biddable daughter and in the words of her father You Mr Audley have turned my lovely girl into a damned Valkyrie Cassie s parents have always appreciated her worth never pressuring her into settling for second best So when Sebastian reuests permission of her father to pay his addresses to Cassie with her approval the astute Charles Delahaye is than happy especially as his daughter has never sent a young man to him before Despite Sebastian s reputation Sir Charles has always known there were valid reasons for his past behaviour and has some sympathy for the young manThe Wicked Cousin is very much a beautifully crafted love story with interesting and likeable characters I particularly like the author s uniue way of taking apparently ordinary women and showing us that we all have hidden depths and just need the right man to see them as Sebastian does with Cassie I adored both of these characters Cassie is sweet determined and loyal and Sebastian kind protective and with a generosity of spirit one cannot help but be drawn to His outward carefree attitude hides a depth of grief for his twin that Cassie sees and understands I thought Stella Riley rather clever in her pairing of these two so different and yet so right for each other Sebastian s rather naughty sense of humour and Cassie s whole hearted acceptance of it is amusing and a little risu but not too much because true to her style Ms Riley allows us just enough to wet our appetite and no The unforgettable Duke of Rockliffe The M salliance again leads the group of friends that Stella Riley has cultivated and grown since the beginning of the series They are once in action as they close ranks to protect one of their own Amusingly at one point in the story the friends take the normally calm and collected Rock away to entertain him at the reuest of their wives to give his wife Adeline some respite from his fussing as she awaits the arrival of their first child When at last the child arrives my heart just melted Imagine the perfectly controlled formidable Rock as a doting papa Stella Riley is one of only a few authors who can reduce me to mush and she always succeeds in one way or another his Grace was walking back and forth by the windows holding a small bundle wrapped in a lacy white shawlI was very happy to see the return of Adrian Deveraux one of my favourite characters in this series His story is told in The Player which is one of the best and most intriguingly complex stories I have read in Historical Romance the genius of which is captured to perfection by Alex Wyndham in his splendid audio performance of the various personas and voices of Adrian I loved seeing of Adrian and how his marriage to Caroline his countess has progressed but also how he plays such a pivotal role in helping Sebastian and Cassandra attain their own HEAAs always the recording of one of Ms Riley s books into audio by her chosen narrator Alex Wyndham is a treat worth waiting for Mr Wyndham has a uniue talent whereby he transforms anything this author writes from wonderful to extraordinary Actor and author are completely in tune as he interprets her words with perfect precision sometimes bringing something to my notice I had missed in the reading of itEvery character is easily distinguishable male or female old or young The male cast of friends has become larger and complex as the series has progressed yet this appears to pose no dilemma for Mr Wyndham as yet again he manages to pull another voice out of his ever deepening hat For instance this is the first we have heard of Sebastian in the series his voice is perfectly pitched to indicate the light buoyant slightly amused and occasionally naughty tones of Sebastian which I imagined when I first read his story There are a few occasions where Adrian and Sebastian are in conversation and I wondered how Alex Wyndham would deal with these two eually charismatic characters to my satisfaction How could I uestion his ability because he flawlessly delineates between the two men with never a doubt as to which one is speaking and all the time still retaining the exact voice he used for Adrian in The PlayerI can t complete my analysis of Mr Wyndham s performance without mentioning his superior portrayal of Nicholas Wynstanton younger brother of the Duke of Roxton In previous books this young man has been easy going and ebullient but now smitten by a young woman who is resisting his advances he has become grumpy and short tempered whilst still remaining very recognisable as himself Another thoroughly enjoyable and faultless performance from this supremely talented actorThis series is really addictive and I m particularly fond of a saga where we see the return of family and friends in high profile These people have become so special to us as readers that we feel invested in their lives Ms Riley has done this to such great effect that these men and now their women too feel like old friendsMs Riley infuses the story with her customary wit and humour and I was particularly entertained by the scene where Sebastian ties up his ex mistress and cuts off her hair this scene is captured admirably by Mr Wyndham who sounded as though he was enjoying himself immenselyAs is the case with any Stella Riley novel her research is so impeccable that we can be sure she has it right whether it is the intricacies of chess or the cut and thrust of a tense and exciting fencing match I highly recommend Stella Riley s work to the uninitiated because in my opinion she is consistently a 5 star writer and each of her stories is special in its own right I would recommend starting at the beginning of this series mainly to gain a perspective and understanding of how Ms Riley has developed her intriguing group of friends and relatives and to see how their loves and lives intertwine but importantly how they all support one another However it isn t necessary as each story is uniue and different to the previous books in the seriesMY VERDICT The audio of THE WICKED COUSIN narrated by Alex Wyndham is a terrific listen and another worthy addition to the author s fabulous Rockliffe series Stella Riley never disappoints and I always look forward with eager anticipation to a new release and with HAZARD the next in the series nearing completion we won t have long to wait

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Read ☆ The Wicked Cousin í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal sheets in profit Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies – many of whom have never seen him into a fever of anticipationCassandra Delahaye is not one of them In her opinion. I absolutely love Stella Riley s Rockliffe series and THE WICKED COUSIN is another wonderful addition to the series At its heart is a gentle heart warming funny and beautifully written traditional love storyMs Riley drew me into the story from the first page with a powerful and heart breaking Prologue I could feel the eight year old Sebastian s intense feelings of pain guilt anger and bewilderment following the loss of his beloved twin brother Theo His family do not realise just how deeply he has been affected that for Sebastian it was like losing the other half of himself As the only remaining heir his father takes every precaution to keep Sebastian safe wrapping him in a cocoon of overprotectiveness for the next thirteen years Even at university where Sebastian hoped to enjoy freedom for the first time he couldn t escape his father s control entirely So when the opportunity finally arises I could perfectly understand Sebastian s desire to kick over the traces and enjoy all the things he had been denied The Honourable Mr Audley didn t give a damn about the gossip and rumours or what anyone said After thirteen years in the cage he was entitled to enjoy his freedom and do what the hell he likedSo he did In the next few years he cuts a swathe across Europe and the gossip sheets eagerly report his daredevil exploits and success with the ladies However when he receives a curt letter from his eldest sister Blanche advising him that his father has suffered an apoplexy he is ready to return home as his life of excess had started to pall some time ago Now he is back in England Sebastian hopes to live down his reputation with some help from his good friend Adrian Devereux Earl of Sarre The PlayerDespite everything Sebastian still loves his father and makes annual trips home hoping that his father s attitude might change but it never does He is also subjected to Blanche s bitter and cruel words which still have the power to hurt and his trips home over the years have always been brief ones When Sebastian finally returns home I was touched by the scene where his father admits that he had only himself to blame for his son s actions and I liked that they made tentative steps towards a reconciliation I also enjoyed seeing Sebastian s interactions with the other members of his family and couldn t help feeling satisfaction when he took his subtle revenge on his hateful sister BlancheCassandra Cassie Delahaye the eldest daughter of Sir Charles Delahaye has always been the perfect daughter biddable gentle and demure Among the ton she is considered a lady of impeccable behaviour and perfect propriety just the perfect daughter in law for all those matching making mothers with marriageable sons However Cassie seems to attract nothing but mild mannered dull suitors whom she is constantly having to reject in a kindly way Her younger sister Olivia has been constantly bombarding Cassie with all the latest gossip regarding Wicked Cousin a very distant relative Sebastian s exploits abroad and is in a flurry of anticipation because of his return to London Cassie however is not at all impressed If you ask me all those duels and love affairs and ridiculous wagers make him sound like an idiot Sebastian and Cassie are such engaging characters and watching them falling in love was just delightful I enjoyed the animated exchanges between them in their unconventional first meeting which only serves to confirm Cassie s opinion of Sebastian as both arrogant and conceited but she is not completely unaffected by the experience As for the interlude in the library it had been the most peculiar alarming and exhilarating half hour of her life and she still didn t know what to make of itAs they meet at various functions Cassie finds Sebastian dangerously easy to like with his charm intelligence and humour She also notices his kindness in dancing with Harry Caversham s cousin Henrietta who is in her third season and so often left on the side lines with the chaperonesnot to mention his smile which makes her nerve ends tingle Sebastian realises how much he has come to like Cassie and enjoy her company and unlike the other men he sees the real Cassie a lovely intelligent and witty young woman It isn t long before they are both smitten and there is a very moving scene at Theo s graveside where Sebastian talks about his feelings for Cassie She makes me want the things that are meant to go with it things I ve never wanted before Love I suppose though I know damn all about it All I do know is that I ve got this all encompassing sense that she s mine but nobody knows it not even her How stupid is that There is drama in the form of Sebastian s venomous former mistress who has become obsessed with the idea that he still wants her and a scandalous accusation made against Sebastian I love how Cassie believes in Sebastian in spite of what the rumours say and is a veritable Valkyrie in her defence of him I also like how Sebastian is open and honest with Cassie and there are no secrets or misunderstandings between themFamilies are often portrayed as dysfunctional in historic romances and it was refreshing to see such a loving family like the Delahayes I really like Cassie s father because he appreciates his daughter s worth and wants her to marry the man of her choice He also understands that Sebastian had valid reasons for his wild behaviour and is ready to believe that he can put his past behind him He is also astute enough to realise the significance of Sebastian being the first man that Cassie has ever sent to him to ask for leave to court herOne of the joys of reading this series is seeing the characters from the previous books The wonderful camaraderie and easy rapport between the Rockliffe circle of family and friends always produces some delightful scenes memorable moments and witty banter Among my favourite moments are Adrian usually the epitome of sartorial elegance having to meet his wife s grandfather for the first time looking as though he d been rolling in a ditch Adrian s wife Caroline giving her odious mother in law a well deserved set down The normally sophisticated Rockliffe with his baby daughter dozing contentedly in the crook of his armI am also intrigued by the situation between Nicholas Wynstanton Rockliffe s younger brother and Madeline Delacroix Aristide s sister and I hope their story is nextI like how Ms Riley gives the reader snippets of information which on the surface seem unimportant but only later in the story does their relevance become significantMY VERDICT Another beautifully written story from Stella Riley VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Rockliffe series so far click on the book covers for details This review was originally posted on my Rakes and Rascals Blog


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    The Wicked Cousin) [Pdf Download] ´ Stella Riley Stella Riley ã 6 characters Free download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ã Stella Riley The Prologue to The Wicked Cousin the fourth in Stella Riley’s magnificent Georgian Rockliffe series is moving and poignant and sets the scene

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