Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen

With its innovative premise and original characters, The Survivors series begins with a story filled with realism. The Draven Club members are former soldiers who served under the same man while at war against the French, and they are the lucky ones who came home. One individual was called the Protector for a good reason, and his astute abilities lead to him interacting with a woman who frustrates him just as much as he irritates her. But somewhere along the way, unexpected feelings emerge and neither of their lives are ever the same. I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency story of opposites attracting, where situations are cleverly depicted and often not anticipated. Every scene in THIRD SON’S A CHARM entertains and totally enthralls because of imaginative developments and intriguing characters. Shana Galen has created a captivating historical that never disappoints.

After being an English soldier in the fight against Napoleon, the current career of Ewan Mostyn is working at a gaming hell where he makes certain the patrons behave. Since he has two older brothers who could inherit the title of earl, his family has little use for him, so the men with whom he fought are more like his relatives. When one man at the establishment, the Duke of Ridlington, offers Ewan the opportunity to use some of the skills learned in the war by becoming a bodyguard to his only daughter, the ex-soldier refuses at first.

Ewan thinks Lady Lorraine Caldwell really does need someone to make sure her reckless activities do not cause any harm, but a personal reason is what motivates him to accept the proposal. As he tries to carry out his many responsibilities, he finds the woman under his protection to be exceedingly obstinate yet also tempts him like no other female. Ewan and Lorraine are frequently at odds when it pertains to her conduct, yet they gradually become closer because their inner longings are revealed when they spend so much time together.

The descriptive details in the book make every moment believable. Whether it is an escapade outside or facts about an individual, I could easily picture the situation or person because of vivid portrayals. The Regency period never felt more real, and the rules for how society perceives a person during this time in history is shown in various ways. Shana Galen made all circumstances particularly convincing.

While the storyline for THIRD SON’S A CHARM is one I will long remember, the characters are also equally unforgettable. Ewan may be abrupt at times and often not have much to say, but he definitely won my heart after only a few minutes. His background had me feeling sympathy for all had to live through, and I cheered him on when things went right in the present. Shana Galen gave this man true-to-life problems, and I absolutely loved this troubled hero. Lorraine is delightful with her spirited personality and stubborn streak. When she and Ewan were talking, I laughed when comments were witty, while their more serious discussions had me sensing any personal anguish. I never wanted this couple’s story to end, and the concluding scene has me very eager to read the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  The Survivors – Book 1

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Releases:  November 7, 2017


Genre:  Historical

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Rating:  5 Stars

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