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Third Son's a Charm

(The Survivors #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,079 ratings  ·  382 reviews
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 braw
Mass Market Paperback, 401 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*DNF at 75%*

Though most readers seem to really love this one, I struggled through Third Son's a Charm before finally putting it down for the last time after reading ~300 pages.

I really enjoyed the male MC, who was the big, brooding type with a learning disability (one of my favorite themes in romance). The strong, silent hero is a weakness of mine, and I actually really liked the set-up to the story. It was interesting, if a little predictable, and I was excited to see where it went.

Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of lighthearted Historical Romance

Sooo I stayed up until 3 am reading this. My eyes hurt like hell, but NO REGRETS



Ugh my girl Shana Galen popping out these adorable light hearted romance novels like it's nobody's business. Once again, she has produced a couple whose personalities are perfect compliments to each other! They were both so unique and cute. I LOVE THESE KINDS OF BOOKS. This is the perfect example of why I fell in love with historical romance in the first place.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B at AAR.
In Third Son’s a Charm, Shana Galen introduces us to some of the gentlemen who will feature in stories of their own as her new Survivors series progresses. These men are closer than brothers; they served together during the Napoleonic Wars under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Draven in a unit that was given the toughest and most dangerous missions – those most likely to result in death. What started out as a company of thirty ended as one of twelve, nicknamed ‘D
Jacob Proffitt
This was a huge mess and I can't believe I actually finished it. Most of my problem was with Lorraine, particularly in the beginning, but Ewan climbed on my blacklist as the story progressed, as well.

Let me start with this: a woman who is desperately in love with a using jerk who won't give her more than slight pecks for affection and insists that they not do anything to offend her father and put that very large dowry in jeopardy? That woman is an idiot. I have a really hard time respecting, let
Stacey is Sassy
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I went back...

I started reading this series with book number two, loved it so much that I decided to go back to book one. I'm so glad that I did. The Survivors are a group of men who fought in the war and lived. They're scarred, fight nightmares and struggle at times to return to their normal lives. What makes these men and this series fantastic is seeing such loyalty and dedication to each other. No questions asked, they have each other's back.

The love story was great and I loved seein
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
"Third Son's a Charm" is the first book in a rather long series about "The Survivors" about 12 remaining alive soldiers who have fought long and hard in the Napoleon wars but now strives to find their places in the Society.This instalment opens up the story about Ewan Mostyn,the third son of a duke who feels unwanted by the world.Because of his reputation of discipline in action another duke chooses him as a bodyguard for his careless daughter,Lorraine Caldwell.While Ewan does everything to stop ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I had so much fun reading this historical romance! I have to admit that the cover of this book is what first grabbed my attention. I am always a sucker for pretty covers and the cover of this book is simply gorgeous. I have enjoyed Shana Galen's work in the past and this sounded like a good story so I knew that I would have to read it. It turned out to be a very enjoyable read that was really hard to put down.

Ewan knows his place in
Lover of Romance
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Third Sons A Charm brings together a powerful and charming romance that brings together the two most unlikely people into a solid foundation of love and wit…

Third Sons A Charm is a story I was very anxious to read for quite a few reasons. First off, there were quite a few mixed reviews on this one so I was hesitant and probably why it took so long to actually read it but I stayed up until 3 AM reading this one, I just didn’t want to put it down, I became so immersed in the characters lives and t
ARC provided by Edelweiss and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lady Lorraine is the youngest daughter to a duke. Lorraine has entered her second season and believes she has found love. Lorraine has good parents, but she's seems to be an after thought and growing up lacked attention and time from her mother and father. Hence when a gentleman pursues her and shows her time and attention, she believes she's in love. But what this gentleman really wants is her large dowry. The two decide t
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Honestly.. Kind of boring. I was excited because Ewan was a big brute of a man. He was a soldier and he didn't speak. That's one of my favorite HR heroes! And I did like Ewan for the most part but lord Lorraine was a flipping idiot. I mean she was seriously TSTL. I don't understand how she made it as far as she did in life. It was so unbearably obvious that Francis was after her money and she wouldn't listen to anyone about him. Oh and she fell in love with Ewan all of a sudden but still didn't ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stayed up late (or early rather) to finish this ARC. I must say this is one of the best historical romances that I've read in awhile! A gruff, gentle giant of a hero who doesn't say much meets his match as he serves as bodyguard to a passionate, headstrong duke's daughter who won't STOP talking. 😂A bit of role reversal as SHE pursues him. Funny, sweet and definitely worth a read. Beautiful cover! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to NetGalley!
Jacknsusan knight
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved THIRD SON'S A CHARM by Shana Galen! Our hero is Mr. Ewan Mostyn who is the third son of a...(the Earl of Pembroke). Our heroine is Lady Lorraine Caldwell who is the daughter of a Duke. Ewan and Lorrie are as opposite as night and day. She is an adorable, love starved chatterbox. He is a battle weary ex soldier who is a man of few words. Ewan is hired by Lorrie's father as a bodyguard. She thinks she is madly in love with her "perfect Francis". Francis happens to be Ewan's cousin, and Ewa ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The characters feel real, with real foibles and real issues. It's great reading about a hero with a learning disability that is able to function well without being able to read. The heroine is a real woman with realistic needs and passions. The secondary love story with the Duke and Duchess is a delight. I would have loved just a little more with an epilogue, but hope as this is the first in a series that I will get to read more about these characters.

I was given an A
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when Shana Galen decided to write a new series. I love all of her books. The Story is about Ewan Mostyn is in a group of younger sons of nobility who met when they were soldiers. Now he is offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington's daughter.Lady Lorraine wants to be out of her fathers control. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ...more
Erin Kelly
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure you have experienced it: you are staring at pages that seem to never turn, rereading paragraphs, switching between books in hopes that something will click. It's a reading slump, and it is where I was before I picked up this book. I have read Shana Galen before and enjoy her writing, so I figured I'd give this book a go. That evening, I got over halfway through the book, and I finished it quickly the next day. Slump defeated, and a wonderful book to recommend!

The Story:
Ewan is the muscl
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen is the First Book in the New Series Called "The Survivors". This is the story of Ewan Mostyn and Lady Lorraine 'Lorrie' Caldwell. Ewan is the third son of an Earl but more importantly he is one of a group of men who took jobs that few would because of the danger. Ewan was apart of a group of men who were Survivors! Now Ewan is leaving and fighting in a gambling hell when he is offered the job to be a 'body quard' t ...more
Addie H
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So here's the thing... the first kiss? Pure awesome - excellently handled - definitely swoon worthy. And the author gave the heroine a healthy sexual appetite, without "shaming" her for it, which I thought was refreshing. Yeah, nice girls gets horny too without ONE/THE guy needing to awaken it - go figure!


But this story was so all over the place - great scenes, great dialogue, great writing - then, wait am I reading the same book?


And the hero - strong, silent, war hero - or dumb as f*ck?


I don't
Sammy Loves Books
This was a cute story and a great start to the series.

I love that the series is about three special forces warriors that fought for England against Napoleon. They are now back home but not 100% welcomed by the Ton. This book featured a 3rd son who's mother had died and was left with a horrible excuse for a father.

The heroine was too naive, not too bright, and headstrong for my taste. She grew on me by the end of the book, but annoyed the living hell out of me the first 70%. I have nothing again
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great new series from Shana Galen! I always love reading about a strong heroine becoming that strong heroine. Since the heroes are some really tough guys, I'm sure there will be lots of action and adventure in these novels. I liked the bond between the men and the side story within the story made me happy. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! ...more
Lisa Hutson
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first story of a new series.
Wonderful story. Ewan and Lorrie are great characters.
Not typical or shallow But full of secrets and heart.
The story is full of surprises.
I enjoyed it very much and now I cant wait for the next one.
Free on Amazon today!

2.5 out of 5.
Joanna Loves Reading
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc, hr
I enjoyed this romance, and its strength was the primary romance and main characters involved in it. It was well-paced and kept my attention through the end. There was a secondary romance also in the form of the heroine's parents, which did not take up much page space, but it was relevant to heroine's story and was a nice addition.

The heroine, Lorraine, is the only daughter of a Duke and youngest child. She is in her second season and is very ready to get married. She thinks she has found the on
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

An amazing start to a new series! I was hooked from the moment Ewan threw the man out and then once they met I knew it was going to exciting and different with them. I loved how they were together from the start with trying to outsmart each other. I did not expect the trouble she found herself in or how desperate the person was to do that. I actually held my breath when her father told him no because I had no clue what was going
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great series this will be! During the war with France, a group of 3rd sons were recruited for what we would call a special ops unit. Some of them survived and created the Survivors’ Club. Most of them still have nightmares.

Ewan Mostyn thinks himself a lackwit because he can’t read. His nickname during the war was the Protector. He currently works as a bouncer at the Draven Club, a gaming hell. On his way to work he saves a woman, Lady Lorraine, who ran out in the street to save her dog.
Kristy K
One of the best historical fiction romances I've read in a while! Perfect escapism.

The hero is silent and broody but also a bit broken. He has dyslexia which isn't something I've seen in historical romance before, but it works well here and makes you fall for Ewan even more. Lorrie is a spitfire girl, albeit naive and innocent and she's the perfect compliment to Ewan. He's her bodyguard but of course it turns into more.

Not only did I love our two main characters (especially Ewan, he's such a dif
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
I really liked the setting with a group of war heroes banding together to support each other. The grumpy Hero has reasons, he struggles with triggers in every day life due to war and his brutal upbringing. I wasn't keen the heroine at first, she was arrogant. She soon learns that she's ignorant and to get what she wants she must see beyond the confines of her family. I loved the secondary love story about her parents. I liked this book more on my 2nd read. ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Third Son's a Charm was a wonderful start to a new historical romance series with a fantastic romance, a strong and silent hero, and a heroine determined to get what she wants.

Ewan Mostyn, third son of the Earl of Pembroke, is trying to find a way to fit back into society as a former soldier in the war against Napoleon. When he’s offered a position as the bodyguard of the Duke of Ridlington's daughter, he believes it will be an easy task. Lady Lorraine however wants nothing to do with a bodyguar
Barbara Rogers
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: The Survivors #1
Publication Date: 11/7/17

This book was a wonderful breath of fresh air. The writing was excellent as was the pacing and character development. I can hardly wait to meet the rest of the survivors and see them find their HEA with just the perfect mate for them.

I loved the characters in this book – especially Lorrie and Ewan, but I also loved her parents as well as the members of the Survivors who made appearances. I loved the banter between them and how well they worked tog
Tracy Emro
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great start to a new series!

This was such a fun book to read and almost impossible to put down.

Ewan Mostyn aka Protector aka the Viking is the third son of the Earl of Pembroke. He has returned from the war a hero, he was part of an elite group of men who took the most impossible missions and survived. Ewan is a man of few words and even fewer desires - a place to sleep, the opportunity to bash heads and food are all he really wants or needs to be happy. But beneath his stoic demeanor is
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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“Besides, I had to keep you alive,” Ewan said, thinking to make light of the situation and thereby erase some of the shadows from Neil’s eyes. “We couldn’t have the only virgin in the group dying before he bedded a woman.” As Ewan had wanted, Neil turned and scowled at him. “I’ve bedded women. I just haven’t performed one act.” “It made for a good rally cry. Protect the virgin!” 0 likes
“Unclenching her hands, she wrapped them around his bare back, pulling his chest against hers. “I love you, Ewan Mostyn.” He shifted to look down at her, and the movement made her grimace with pain. “I have to say I don’t know why anyone should want to couple like this. Are you certain we are doing it properly?” He chuckled, a sound she had rarely heard from him. “It will be better for you next time.” 0 likes
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