Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he’s offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington’s stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged.
Lady Lorraine wants none of her father’s high-handed ways, and she’ll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard ―until she lands herself in real trouble. Lorraine begins to see Ewan’s protectiveness in a new light, and she can only hope that her stoic guardian will do for her what he’s always done―fight for what he wants
Titles in The Survivors series include: Third Son’s A Charm – No Earl’s Allowed – Affair With A Spare
Title: Third Son’s a Charm
Series: The Survivors #1
Author: Shana Galen
Genre: Regency Romance
Published: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Third Son’s a Charm is a delightful beginning to Shana Galen’s new series The Survivors. The third or any additional sons didn’t really have a place in Society. They were beyond the “spare” and often lead uneventful lives forging their own place for themselves. Ewan wasn’t exactly what one would call close with his father, so his partnership in a gaming hall plus his residence just above it fit them both just fine. A hero of the war, Ewan and the men he fought beside are returning to a Society that doesn’t really know what to do with hem now. Although his strength, and stubbornness had served him well in recent years, his learning challenges often kept him silent except among close friends. At this time in history not much was known about dyslexia or how to help those suffering with the condition. Because of this Ewan was often thought to be slow or aloof. Nothing could be further from the truth but he had learned the lesson the hard way to simply keep his thoughts to himself, and speak even less.
His reputation as a war hero, his muscular build and his usually silent attitude made him a perfect fit for a job the Duke of Ridlington offered to him. Bodyguard to his stubborn, determined to give her father the slip young daughter, Lady Lorraine. Ewan’s first instinct was to refuse the offer until he learned that Lorrie was foolishly involved with a lowlife cad cousin of his, Francis. The Duke believed this man to be after his daughter’s dowry and he’d already attempted an elopement to secure those funds. Ewan had his own issues with Francis and would be more than happy to keep an innocent miss out of his greedy, grubby hands. Only thing is… Lorrie is far from the damsel in distress that he had imagined.
It took me a little while to really warm up to Lorrie. At times she comes off as a spoiled younger daughter who desperately wants to get out from under her father’s rule by any means possible. Other times she’s sweet and sensitive to the needs and moods of others around her. I questioned her stubbornness about Francis, even after knowing what a jerk he was. And yet, her thoughtfulness toward Ewan, her growing affection for this brave, silent man was touching beyond belief. So, in truth, I was very torn about Lorrie throughout this story. I finally just allowed myself to know that Ewan saw good in her, that they seemed so right for each other that the other small things were nothing more than small, unimportant things getting in the way of a very real love story for Ewan and Lorrie.
In all I greatly enjoyed myself in the beginning of this new series. And I’m looking forward to diving into the next one, No Earls Allowed. I’d recommend this story to any reader who enjoys Historical or Regency romance, likable characters, an introduction to others we may meet again along the way and a couple that on the surface are so different except in their hearts where love matters most.
One final thought — that cover is simply stunning. It makes me want to open up the book immediate.y.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
**This review first appeared on Keeper Bookshelf and later was brought over here to my purely Historical Romance blog**
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