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The Third Son [NOOK Book]

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Rake. Rogue. Scoundrel. Each of these words has been used to describe Damien Largess, youngest prince of Cardenas, most frequently by his ridiculously somber eldest brother. Damien is perfectly content to spend his days drinking at the card tables, and his nights in the bed of his scheming mistress, especially since doing these things seems to vex his high-handed brother to no end. But when he steps into a glittering ballroom on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, the ...

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The Third Son

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Rake. Rogue. Scoundrel. Each of these words has been used to describe Damien Largess, youngest prince of Cardenas, most frequently by his ridiculously somber eldest brother. Damien is perfectly content to spend his days drinking at the card tables, and his nights in the bed of his scheming mistress, especially since doing these things seems to vex his high-handed brother to no end. But when he steps into a glittering ballroom on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, the roguish young prince’s life will be forever changed.
Beautiful. Graceful. Sensual. When Esmeralda steps into the center of the King’s ballroom to perform for his youngest son’s birthday, every eye in the room is glued to the tall, lithe Gypsy dancer. One pair of eyes seems to burn straight through her, and though she has worked endlessly to shield her heart, she finds her defenses slowly slipping away in the presence of the handsome prince. She cannot resist his devastating charm, nor is she immune to the earth shattering desire in his kiss. As she falls rapidly under his spell, Esmeralda dares to hope for a future she would never have thought possible.
With a deadly plot against the royal family surrounding him in danger and intrigue, Damien will face a decision he never thought he would have to make. Would he step up to claim a responsibility that should never have fallen to the third son? Or will he abandon it to risk all for love?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032914693
  • Publisher: Elise Marion
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Series: Kings of Cardenas , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 4,244
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Elise Marion is a lover books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. The Army wife and stay-at-home mother of two spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job includes writing stories about characters that people can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn't caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    Captivating tale of romance and intrigue. I highly recommend thi

    Captivating tale of romance and intrigue. I highly recommend this!
    First, let me begin by saying that this author has balls! Big, brass balls. The Third Son was Elise Marion’s debut novel, and it took a lot of guts to write a tale with so many twists and turns and angst ad absurdum. It’s a wonder she isn’t tacked to the wall with pitchforks. That being said, this book was pretty amazing, in my opinion. I was expecting a fluffy, historical read set in a made up country with a made up Kingdom and made up gorgeous princes and the women whose skirts they chase. I got all of that except for the fluffy. A villain hell bent on getting his revenge on the royal family, a prince on the verge of becoming King, another prince who pines for the one woman forbidden to him and another who falls in love for the first time, but learns that his past actions have serious consequences that could jeopardize his future, a vindictive and cunning mistress and a love triangle. That may seem like a whole lot of drama, but the author managed to expertly pack it all into around 300 pages and weave around it a tale so gripping and heartbreaking that you won’t be able to put this book down.

    Damien Largess, Prince of Cardenas and third in line to the throne is a rake, a gambler, and just a little bitter that his oldest brother has always received the attention and devotion of their mother. As the third son, he can pretty much do whatever he wants and get away with it. That includes carrying on with the vulgar Davina, his mistress. But all that changes the day he sees the beautiful gypsy dancer, Esmeralda. Yes, his intentions at first are far from noble, but something about her puts a halt to that. The beauty of their blossoming relationship is overshadowed by the attacks on the Largess family, and the underhanded attempts of a jealous ex mistress trying to tear them apart. And then the shockers begin to follow one after another. I won’t divulge what those were, but I was seriously tempted to just stop reading. However, my curiosity got the better of me and I was assured of a HEA, so I continued on.

    I loved Damien and Esmeralda as a couple. They had fantastic chemistry together despite their different backgrounds. He was so tender and loving towards her; a complete contrast to the way he treated Davina. That right there also helped to differentiate the two sides of him and his feelings towards each woman. The sex scenes were scorching hot, and I won’t soon forget them either. It also became apparent rather quickly that Damien was not all as bad as he had been made out to be. His character goes through a complete arc from beginning to end. Esmeralda was a breath of fresh air. She was genuinely good and kind. She put others before herself and never thought ill of anyone. I also liked the fact that she didn’t wait a long time to tell Damien her dark secret. That she could allow herself to open up to Damien body and soul proves that she didn’t let her past control her future. The story never lost steam so I had a hard time putting the book down for even a second. It was a well thought out plot, and the trials of each character were well planned and told.

    If you love angst and drama then this is for you.

    Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author. A review in exchange for the ARC was not promised. Full FTC disclaimer can be found on my blog.

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Good story

    I enjoyed this book, very well written good auther, well worth five stars

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Wonderful

    This book touched me to much. I think it was incredible. I fell in love with the characters. I would defintely read this again.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Fell in love with this book

    I loved this book read it in one day couldnt put it down

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    I got this because the ratings were so high but right from the b

    I got this because the ratings were so high but right from the beginning there was a sex scene and had to stop reading it. If you like clean romance this is not for you

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    A great read with substance

    A great read with substance

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    The Third Son

    Great book,i couldn't put it down it kept me spellbound until the end.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Great book

    A real love story that shows, real love has ups and downs. She is a great romance writer. Read it! You will love it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

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    I really enjoyed the story. Lots of twist and turns. But it could use a lot of editing.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Anonymous

    Excellent book and free A nice way to see if you like the way the author rights

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    I have read Historical Romance novels since the age of 14 years.

    I have read Historical Romance novels since the age of 14 years. I'm now in my 50's, please don't tell anyone. This autor is right up in the same class as Rosemary Rodgers & Kathleen Woodwiss. Therefore, please read this and you will not be disappointed. Great adventure, passion, love, and suspense in all of her books. Also, I reccomend, The Third Son volume 2. If you love to read about herioc, strong, passionate and woman who fight for their beliefs, then The Lady Nights of Barony will keep you reading.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Good book

    Giod read

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Hello

    Good bedtime book, read 3 or 4 pages and go to sleep. Archtipical romance novel without a variation. Proofreading not done or ignored, but not necessary on such predictable subject matter as this romance seems to be.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Oh my word!! AMAZING!!

    I absolutely loved this book! Everything was so great, the characters, the plot, the love, and pretty much everything else.
    I was so suprised and entertained by this story of the third prince in line to the throne and his love ( and loss and won again love) of a gypsy dancer. The relationship between all the characters is touching and will make you continue reading into the night and early morning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Anonymous

    Great book and you wont regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    5-stars

    I love it from beginning to end. How true love out way family titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Very good for a first book

    Needs some edittng but a really great story! I will be reading this entire series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Page turner!

    Page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    Needs proofreading

    Got to page 70 and had to to quit reading. First of all, I can't stand reading through numerous grammatical errors. Did anyone proofread?! In addition, very predictable storyline and dialogue. Written on a teen level. Characters have no depth. Expected much more after reading the reviews (I'm assuming they must have been written by very young readers).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Just ok

    Just ok, dragged on.

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