The Third Son

The Third Son

by Elise Marion


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The Third Son by Elise Marion

Rake. Rogue. Scoundrel.
Each of these words has been used to describe Damien Largess, youngest prince of Cardenas. 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 king's ballroom to perform for the prince's twenty-fifth birthday, every eye in the room is upon her. One pair of eyes intrigues her most of all ... those of Prince Damien, seeming to stare straight through to her soul.

The two know nothing can ever come of their love; he is a prince, and she a Gypsy dancer. Yet, neither can seem to resist the passion that sparks when they are together, or the unmistakable call of destiny forcing their lives onto the same path.

However, love is not the only thing destiny has in store ...

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. Will 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466425187
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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The Third Son 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I was not sure what I thought of this book in the beginning. (It seems I begin many of my reviews that way!) It had all the classic elements of a romantic story--the royal rake with no responsibilities, the commoner Gypsy girl who was so beautiful and caring, the evil villain from within. And it basically followed the classic love story with a bit of intrigue thrown in. And lots of lovemaking! I did not care much for Damien in the beginning, but I cannot say I cared much for any of the royal family until time went on in the book. Esmeralda, however, was enchanting from the first time she entered the book. And it is clear that Damien would agree with my affinity for her. Davina was harsh, cruel, and crass--typical of her kind indeed. No one else caught my eye but Nicolai. He seemed very likable. By the time I was about a third of the way through the book, I was thoroughly mesmerized by the plot. I knew who the villain had to be, but I often found myself second-guessing myself. The author painted the villain's character extremely well and covered her tracks impeccably. While I was thoroughly enchanted by the book, there were some minor thins I could have done without. I wish that the author had not quite had things work out in just the way they did. I don't want to give away the story, but it just seemed a bit gruesome in places. I also wearied of the intricate lovemaking, and all between unmarried people. That always does bother me. I could have done without the profanity that was used in the book. I felt it entirely unnecessary in most instances where it was used. For me, the greatest flaw in her book was the addition of the prologue. I think it would have been a much more mystifying book without that information positioned where it was. I think that the villain would have been more terrifying and kept me more on edge without it, but that is merely my opinion. One thing about which I am grateful is that the book shows that your past will find you out. I also liked that Damien was a man of principle when it came right down to it. I will be reading the sequel to this very soon, and I think I could find it just as intriguing if not more so! This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
SandyRuth More than 1 year ago
I’ve just returned from an escape into Cardenas – a land of lords and ladies, gypsies and fortune tellers, costume balls and jousts. But passion and intrigue threaten the realm. The third son in the book’s title is Damien, the royal family’s youngest child. Because he is not destined for the throne and has none of his older brothers’ responsibilities, Damien’s life has been filled with gambling, women, and drink. But when gypsy dancers entertain at a royal celebration, Damien is enchanted with one of the women (Esmeralda). Before long, he has broken off the relationship with his mistress and fallen in love with the beautiful gypsy. When the life of his ailing father (the king) is threatened by an assassin, and after a staged accident injures his eldest brother (the heir to the throne), the brothers try to discover the person behind the attempts. Add in the fact that Esmeralda is not an “appropriate” bride for Prince Damien, and there’s plenty of conflict in this plot. (I won’t tell more and give away the story.) This story kept me engaged from start to finish. I'd recommend it as a light, entertaining read.
DebR97 More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read for me, the more I got to know Damien (the hero) the more I fell in love with him, I was so jealous of Esmeralda but she deserved some happiness, without giving anything away just let me say her life had not been a bowl of cherries. This book has some very strong secondary characters that I can’t wait to read more about them in the rest of the series. I fell asleep reading on my kindle at 2 am and woke up two hours later and my first thought upon waking was trying to figure out how the author was going to get to a HEA from where the plot was, it seemed impossible. Any book that engages me that much has to be good! The characters were well developed and the plot was very engaging, I can't wait to read more about the Kings of Cardenas! I am starting the second book and hope there will be more coming after that. It is just one of those reads that allows you to escape for a few hours and that's exactly why I read in the first place. (Review copy supplied by author)
JT_Austin More than 1 year ago
I love books that are page turners and this was definitely a PAGE TURNER! Elise Marion has a way of pulling you in closer to all the character, and pulling at you emotions to make you care about the fate of the actors. The first few pages leave you waiting and wanting to see what dynamics will appear. You become bound to Damien and Esmerelda. You watch, you, wait,and you hope. This gives me hope for romance novels. It is written with real raw emotion. You will cry...You will stop reading and then re-read only to cry. I feel like if I give any details I will be giving away an intimate part of the book. This book is a well kept secret; a gem! My suggestion is read it and that she publishes the bound paperback soon so that you can crease the spine over and over again. I look forward to all her new releases and can tell that this is a rising star in the literary world. FYI: This is also a very book-club worthy book. Lots of topics for open discussion!!
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading "The Third Son" by Elise Marion when she contacted me via email. It was a different book that I wasn't used to reading. It took me away from Paranormal for awhile and I have to say...I really ENJOYED this book. I would've finished this book in a couple of days, but other obligations stepped of them being, me not getting enough sleep at night due to a rocking and rolling baby inside of me. Naps and going to bed early took me away from reading for awhile. =( This book had me in tears at the end. It's even worst being 35 weeks pregnant and reading this book. I don't suggest someone being pregnant reading this book. Wait until after the baby and then you can read it because you will be bawling at certain points in the book like I did. I fell in love with the characters Damien and Esmeralda. They went through a lot in this book, but in the end they conquered it all. Elise Marion definitely wrote the love of both of these characters perfectly and how nothing could stop the love between Damien and Esmeralda. Damien not only had to deal with love trials...but he had to deal with other family issues too. His family is being stalked by someone who wants to kill them all. For what reasons, he has no idea. When he does eventually find out who it is, it's already too late for some of his family members. Poor Damien who always was the one who got himself into trouble and loved being with women....had to step up in this book. He had help though...from Esmeralda who he never though tcould capture his heart. A Gypsy girl who happened to dance at a function in his castle one day and he had to know her. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves Romance. I also recommend it to anyone who wants a book that will capture your heart. I look forward to the next book in the series. The Third Son's Eplilogue at the end...let's you know who is next in the series to find love. =) Thank you, Elise, for giving me the chance to read and review your first book in the series your writing. You definitely have a fan who will keep up with your work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story. Romantic, drama, action. It kept my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovvvvvvvvvvve ??????
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars:  Overall  4  Narration  5  Story 4 I had read this book back in 2012, and found so much to appreciate in the author’s writing, the premise and the twists taken as Damien finds his way to happiness and love.  I love that Elise Marion started her royal tale with the third son: in royal families the third son is often the one who is left to his own devices without great expectation.  Damien is no exception to this stereotype: content to gamble, drink and womanize his way through life, living without responsibility or obligation that he doesn’t fine enjoyable.  A daunting debut offering, Marion has created a world that is familiar yet fresh, characters that were richly detailed and emotionally honest, and uses the threat of a conspiracy to overthrow the royals all wind together to present a book that is hard to put down: and was an in-one-sitting listen for me for the AudioBook review.  Esmeralda enters the story in a perfect moment, just as Damien is struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy with some late revelations just before his birthday.  A beautiful gypsy woman, his intentions were not honorable: women were not forever, but for the moment. But, Esmeralda’s inner goodness and depth of kindness work their magic on Damien, and while he is still less than pleasant to his mistress Davina, his walls are starting to thaw around her.  Mixing in the love story, and some super steamy sex scenes, the ominous twists from the plot-makers against the royals, the inner dialogue of the characters that reveals honest feelings and concerns, and the descriptions that create imagery with certainty and make this a great listen.  Not to be missed is the narration provided by P.J. Houry was a delight. His tone is masculine yet not overly loaded with bass until he adjusts his voice to present an ominous moment. With a smooth accent that isn’t quite distinctly British, yet not as nasal as Australian accents can be, the timbre and pacing of his delivery, and clarity of the enunciation is stellar and I would heartily recommend titles he has narrated.  I received an AudioBook Copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  
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