Third Son’s A Charm
Book 1 in the Survivors series
Author Shana Galen
Narrated by Victoria Aston
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Nov 7, 2017
Running time 11 hrs 14 min
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. http://shanagalen.com/survivors.php
I listened to this book as I traveled south for the holidays. I felt for the hero as he is considered to be stupid because he is only semi-literate due to dyslexia. Of course, reading disabilities were probably not treated well at all. In the brief look I have had at the history they were considered either insane or “idiots.” That last term, idiot is used to describe Ewan a couple of times in the book. But, since there was a law defining insanity as different from learning disabled we know people were thinking about it but probably not Ewan’s family.
What I don’t get is the character’s almost violent reticence to be helped to overcome the disability. And, yes they were macho but it feels contrived. The plot feels contrived. And the whole gaming hell environment is overdone.
Regarding Lady Loraine needing a bodyguard it is not so much for protection from violence as from her own naivete and her adolescent belief that she has the right of her situation and her father does not. Well, that’s just about everyone’s adolescent experience, right?
An attraction between the two is unlikely and is also allowed to develop naturally. The Duke sees something in Ewan. And he, of course, wants to give his daughter a choice, but not the one she wants at the outset. There’s a fun subplot with the Duke and Duchess with a somewhat unbelievable expression of “Mama-Bear” attitude.
I don’t really know why but I did not really believe the characters or the plot. It was a reasonable diversion on a long plane ride, but it just wasn’t a favorite for me. But, what I do admire is that not all Ewan’s issues are solved at the end of the book. I also thought the details given by the Regent at Carlton house fun and believable.
The narrator has a pleasant voice and a posh accent but I found it unaffected.
The upshot is that I have enjoyed other books by Shana Galen, but this one was not my favorite.