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The Wicked Cousin

(Rockliffe #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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 anticipation.

Cassandra Delahaye is not one of them. In her opinion, love affairs and duels
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Stella Riley
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May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1700s, historical, series
4.3 stars

After his twin brother died and his father smothered him trying to keep him from any danger, Sebastian broke the chains to live a wild and carefree life. Now that he is a little older and wiser, he just wishes all the fervor from his younger exploits would die down.
Cassandra is less than impressed with all the stories about their wicked "cousin" but when she actually meets the man, she finds herself singing a different tune.
Fourth in the Rockliffe series, The Wicked Cousin focuses on
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
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 story.

Ms. 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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another wonderful addition to the Rockcliffe series. I very much enjoyed Cassandra and Sebastian's story. It was a lot of fun to have a number of the other characters in this series present.

I am intrigued by Nicholas. I've already started his story. :) And from what I gather we also get Aristide's story as well. Oooh a two for one deal!

The continued icing on this 'cake' is the narration done by Alex Wyndham. Ladies, his voice is simply delicious. He does an amazing job with all the characters. ❤
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up

The Wicked Cousin is the fourth book in Stella Riley’s Rockliffe series of historical romances set in Georgian England, in which she once again presents readers with a gorgeous hero, an admirable heroine and a well-written, strongly developed romance that simmers with sexual tension and is deliciously, well, romantic. Add to that a delightful cast of familiar secondary characters, witty dialogue, wonderfully written friendships and a gently bubbling secondary romance with g
Lady Wesley
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just listening to Alex Wyndham say, "The Wicked Cousin" as the book begins is worth an Audible credit. Seriously, though, this is a wonderful story, with intriguing characters, luscious romance, and a bit of adventure. Alex Wyndham's performance is, once again, superb.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: georgian
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 cartoon ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was a bit of a disappointment. Probably would only have been a 2 but I gave it 3 as the Narrator, Alex Wyndham, is fantastic but even he could not drag it out of the pits for me! I know I am in the minority here as most of my friends really enjoyed it. Not even sure what it was about it that just did not grab me... I didn't really care about either of the two main characters. Story was a little boring ... nothing really happened.

I don't think the dress sense of the era endears me at a
Lexxi Kitty
Not sure what happened with this book. It pulled me in and I couldn’t stop reading until I was done. And no it wasn’t a short book that I could actually read in one gulp. Took me a day. A day I was supposed to be off working. But I couldn’t stop reading. And . . . well . . .

This is both the fourth Stella Riley book I’ve read, and fourth book in the Rockliffe series. A series I started reading in 2014. In my last review I noted I’d read 11 books by the author of the book I had read, all after Jun
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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 th
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is fourth in a series and characters from previous books pop up like ugly dolls in a jack-in-the-box warehouse in an earthquake. So read the others first. Or don't because then you might feel obliged to read this one and that's just so not worth it.

I had hopes after The Player turned out so well. Sadly, not so. We're back to the problem with The Mésalliance where the bad guys are venal and stupid and only ever have success through luck (i.e. authorial manipulation). It doesn't help that Cas
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars for this fourth book in the Rockliffe Georgian series. I think out of all four this one is my favourite so far.

Sebastian's life changed suddenly when his (older) twin brother died when they were children. Suddenly as the only male heir, Sebastian became victim to his father's extra overprotective feelings, while he also tried to deal with the loss of his loved twin. Eventually Sebastian rebelled against his father's strictures and limitations, and once he finished university he w
I've given this an A+ for narration (duh!) and an A- for content at AudioGals.

Those two names up there in the review title should be enough to tell you why you need to go and buy this audiobook at once. The combination of Ms. Riley’s wonderfully intelligent writing and Mr. Wyndham’s extraordinary skills as a narrator is always a delight to experience, and in The Wicked Cousin, book four in the author’s Rockliffe series of Georgian-set romances, both author and narrator are at the top of their ga
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This ia how this story starts...

-- and this is how it ends...

As you can deduct we have a stolker! A 1700 stolker, but stolker all the same! LOL

That's the main backstory that makes things difficult between our MCs! Otherwise there's no problem whatsoever! He loves her, she loves him, their parents are very agreeable, their friends are very protective and happy for them! But his ex, not so much!

A very nice writing, but the story was rather bland.

For me this was the less enjoyable in the series...
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
A new Stella Riley at the end of May, oh, I'm so excited! I LOVE her Rockcliffe books.


4.5 stars rounded up because I love her work and the writing is beautiful as always.

I really enjoyed this book, as I do all Stella Riley books I've read in the Rockcliffe series. I will say that this was probably my least favourite of the four so far, but that isn't to say it isn't a really enjoyable book. She is such a lovely writer.

The hero, Sebastian, has come back to London after being overseas for a
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

Loving this series. But I have to mention that I think I'm loving it even more because Alex Wyndham is narrating it. *sigh* Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I was somewhat disappointed by this fourth entry in the Rockcliffe saga. The romance was sweet and the characters appealing and the writing was better than competent, but it was a rather bland story, uneventful and uninspired. It's a character-driven story with not very remarkable characters, no angst, only mild romantic warm fuzzies, and not much of a plot. Mostly it seemed like a vehicle to keep us in touch with the characters of the first three books and to whet our interest in a future roman ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
I don't like this one.

A silly story with a weak hero who done nothing except did lots of pranks and sleep through every women in Europe including other men wives!!
One of them made into this story too much, in fact as much as the heroine.

Silly girl, what did she saw in him?

The weakest hero in the series and the stars rating is for previous H/h who appeared quite a lot here:)
Oh I skim lots of pages too, sigh..
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aar-to-review
I've given this a B+ at All About Romance. You can read my full length review here: The Wicked Cousin (Rockliffe, #4)

The Wicked Cousin starts off on a high note with a superb prologue that’s both gripping and moving, and introduces us to the book’s eponymous hero, Sebastian Audley. The story loses steam somewhat after the principals fall in love, but fortunately, Ms. Riley’s terrific writing elevates this rather basic love story from ordinary to extraordinary. Although our handsome hero isn’t so
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
4.5 "Unlikely Dare Devil Match" Stars for the story and 5 Stars for the narration!

The Wicked Cousin is another win for Stella Riley!  Having thoroughly enjoyed the prior books in this series, I jumped at the chance to listen to The Wicked Cousin and was once again impressed with Ms. Riley's talent for writing characters that her readers/listeners are certain to fall in love with.  Additionally, Alex Wyndham's narration is superb as always making this a title best enjoyed in audio format.  

Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always like it when the hero is just mad in love with the heroine. Just gone. This is one of those books.

Loved seeing all the other couples from the previous books ally around Audley as he deals with an obsessive ex who is determined to make sure that if she can't him no one else will. Also enjoyed that Cassandra trusted her guy.

Great story, good structure, nice amount of suspense without going overboard. Also the personalities of the characters just leap off the page.

Listened to in audio and
I think the whole book would have been better if there weren't so many scenes of the hero's stalkerish ex mistress. I get it that she was the main villain, but it seems as if that was the main plot of the book, and not the romance between the hero and heroine.
Speaking of heroine, Cassandra was a bit too perfect to be true - pretty, sexy, smart, reasonable. All those qualities and she still ended up bland imo.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars . . . . Quite delightful indeed!!!
I really like Stella Riley’s writing and I’ve absolutely loved the first book of this series “The Parfit Knight”.
This is the book 4 of the series and it was nice to see again Amberley, Rockliffe, Sarre and their wives but this story seemed to me to drag a little too much.
Sebastian and Cassandra are a nice couple, but there was no inner conflict in their relationship. They fell in love and that was it. All the conflict was external (the former obsessed mistress). It seemed a little poor to me. I
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook
It is tragic: I have finished the last of the Rockeliffe books. I enjoyed them all immensely. The jury is still out on which one I liked best.

This last one might turn out to be my least favorite because of the villain. The crazy sister in one of the other books I could take, but the obsessed ex was a little too much for me. Apart from that it was equally good. I loved the couple and I loved meeting everybody else again.

I love the world the author created and am very sad I am now cast out and w
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rockliffe #4 The Wicked Cousin starts with a Prologue that affected me deeply. I felt the sadness and terror that Sebastian Audley felt as his twin brother was taken from him by an illness. Sebastian literally lost the other half of himself. What shaped the rest of his youth was not only the loss of his twin brother but the complete elimination of his childhood. He was now the only male heir and he was not to go away to school, play with other children, not risk his safety in any way. When he fi ...more
4.5 stars. Just as with all the others in this series, I loved it. It took me a very long time to read because I was on vacation during the holidays and hardly left my house without company in the car with me but whenever I could, I was volunteering to drive places just so I could listen to a bit of my book.

Great characters, an engaging storyline and swoon-worthy romance alone would keep me coming back to this series. However, not going to lie, I'd listen for the delicious voice and stellar perf
MB (What she read)
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like Stella Riley's smart historicals. Going to eventually get my hands on this. (I did.)

In the meantime, saved this review to re-read afterward: Nice review. I agree.

3.5 stars upon reading.
Very enjoyable! I wasn't expecting it to be so exciting. It really picked up pace about mid-way and it was hard to stop reading for life's interruptions. It is always refreshing to read an authentic-feeling historical romance. Wallpaper historicals annoy me a
Tracy DeNeal
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra and Sebastian

A wicked female villain? Oh my!

The Honourable Sebastian Audley has been traveling the world apparently engaging in all manner of wickedness for the past seven years. His reputation back home in England is that of the most wicked libertine. The scandal rags and the little debutantes love him sight unseen. How dreary for him.

Mistress Cassandra Delahaye, everyone’s best friend and all around girl next door, steps to center stage in this installment of the Rockliffe series.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Wept with disappointment.... Another story with obsessive cartoon villains, another mad woman. So many characters were wonderful and I loved Sebastian to pieces, but the fatal attraction plot was just stupid and then that weird stuff between Nick and Madeleine. I am disappointed beyond belief. Had the author written it differently, say it was Blanche who was trying to ruin Sebastian's reputation out of fury and jealousy, well that would've been interesting! Why have the hateful older sister and ...more
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Stella Riley trained as a teacher in London and now lives in Kent, England. She enjoys amateur dramatics, salsa,belly-dancing, reading and travel.
After a break in her writing career, she has now published her back-catalogue [or as much of it as she intends to re-release!] as e-books.
The Marigold Chain, The Parfit Knight, The Mesalliance, A Splendid Defiance, The Black Madonna, Garland of Straw

Other books in the series

Rockliffe (6 books)
  • The Parfit Knight (Rockliffe, #1)
  • The Mésalliance (Rockliffe, #2)
  • The Player (Rockliffe, #3)
  • Hazard (Rockliffe, #5)
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