Third Son’s a Charm – Shana Galen

Ewan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke’s daughter’s bodyguard will be easy—but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion

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.

The Survivors Series:
Third Son’s a Charm (Book 1)
No Earls Allowed (Book 2)
Affair With a Spare (Book 3)

My review

The amazing cover and the strange title drew me to this book. I hadn’t read anything of Shana Galen, but since it was from Sourcebooks Casablanca, it probably would be something right up my alley.

And indeed! We meet Ewan Mostyn, an ex soldier, who has heroically saved a lot of his comrades during the war. However, he is done with being a soldier. As the third son of a duke, he is seen as the expendable son. Therefore, he never learned how to read and write properly, especially since dyslexia wasn’t common knowledge during his childhood. This makes him vulnerable and his self esteem is very low. You just want to hold him and cuddle.

Lady Lorraine (or Lorrie) on the other hand, isn’t lacking of confidence. She is a bubbly and sparkly personality. As daughter of Duke Ridlington she is entitled to a large dowry (or to be precise: her future husband will be). Therefore there are a lot of men interested, not so much in her, as in the money she represents. Hopelessly romantic, Lorrie is convinced that Francis Mostyn (yep, Ewan’s cousin) is the one for her. So, she tries to elope with him. However, her father hires Ewan to prevent this from happening. Especially since he is convinced that Francis is after her money.

Lorrie is not amused by having the silent and stubborn Ewan as her bodyguard. Especially since Francis tells her that Ewan bullied him as a child. So Lorrie tries everything to escape Ewan and meet with Francis. Their banter is hilarious, and so are Lorries unsuccessful tactics (climbing from trees, but falling into the arms of Ewan, who is waiting outside her bedroom window…).

But slowly, Lorrie learns more about her bodyguard and the reasons why Ewan is trying very hard to keep her from Francis. Maybe Francis is not what he seems. Or is Ewan jealous? The friendship between Ewan and Lorrie is strained, especially when Lorrie finds out that Ewan can’t read very well. She wants to help him, but Ewan thinks she only finds it amusing to have ‘a project’. Can they overcome their differences?

Just when they start to have a mutual understanding, Lorrie is kidnapped. And now Ewan has to find her, before it is too late…

So, four out of five very swoon-wurthy stars from me for Third Son’s a Charm. And a special thank you to Netgalley and Casablanca books for providing the arc.

 

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