The Third Son's A Charm Review
Title: Third Son's A Charm (The Survivors, #1)
Author: Shana Galen
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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.
I received the first two books in Shana Galen’s The Survivors series in my first Page Habit box. I had never read her before but I was curious about the books. The blurbs sounded so interesting and my friend, who loves Regency Romances, is always talking about how great they can be- so I decided to give the series a chance. And I’m so glad I did- I’ve completely fallen in love with this series and with Galen’s writing!
Third Son’s A Charm was just so funny. I laughed out loud so many times while reading it. It was just such a great story with great characters. Ewan is one of those heroes that everyone loves. He was sweet, surly, and funny. He didn’t speak much and that irritated the hell out of the heroine, Lorrie. Their banter was hilarious and so realistic.
Ewan was such a dynamic character. His entire life he had been told he was a brute or stupid but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Watching his character arc was so heart-crushingly sweet. Ewan had placed himself in this box and refused to believe he could ever be something else. Having Lorrie there to prove how wrong he was, was so uplifting.
I also appreciated how Galen made sure to talk about the fact that Ewan and his friends suffered from various forms of PTSD. She sprinkled in hints throughout the book, which made the story so much more true to life. Ewan and his friends are survivors and heroes, which is all anyone will talk to them about. No one really cares about the fact that these men experienced horrendous trauma- they just want the war story. Galen really made sure to drive the point home and I so admire that.
Lorrie was such a surprise for me! One of the reasons I usually avoid Regency romances is because they tend to follow this trope of the helpless woman and the man that sweeps in and saves her or the woman that does not live up to society standards and this rake comes in and solves all the problems. I just can’t handle stories like that!
However, this story could not have been farther from that if it tried. Lorrie was such a compelling character. She was bold and strong, but also, very innocent and naive. She throws caution to the wind and demands to be herself. I also HATE the trope of women not knowing what they want sexually. It’s pretty ridiculous to portray women as sexually inept all the freaking time. Women have urges too, you know! It completely drives me crazy when I read a book with that formula in it.
However, Galen made sure to show that Lorrie knows she wants to experience sex. She wants that- you know like any human does. I loved that her sexual urges were talked about and brought up in general. It was soooo refreshing, especially in a Regency romance. Also, she was just a fun character. And when Ewan and Lorrie were in the same scene together there was no telling what she was going to say or do. Which, of course, was very entertaining.
Ewan and Lorrie’s story was a breath of fresh air for me. Ewan and Lorrie taught each other how to be better versions of themselves. They completed each other both physically and mentally. Each one brought something to the table that the other one needed.
I am so glad that I decided to give this series a chance and I can’t wait for more. Galen has stated there will be 13 books in the series and if they are as amazing as the first one was, then I am all for it. I flew through this book and am now flying through the second one and I have no plans of stopping.
If Regency romances aren’t your thing, I still suggest you give this book a chance. It was nothing like I thought it was going to be and I highly recommend it!