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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
** a few spoilers**
This book had alot going on in it, back stabbing, betrayal, and it was Dark, way darker than how the book description seemed.
I had an issue with, Davina, Damien's mistress.
I mean.. her being Damien's mistress could have just been "mentioned", however,
there was a very "detailed" scene between the two of them in the Prologue.
There was too much time spent on Damien admiring Davina from her head to her toes.
I thought that the story was supposed to be about Esmeralda, Damien, and their budding love but it felt as though Davina's scenes just took over the book and away from Esmeralda and Damien's relationship.
Overall, the storyline was very Interesting but..
There were two things that could / would have added to the book's rating in my opinion:
1.) The prologue could have been omitted, and..
2.) There was alot of cursing throughout the book.
P. J. Houry did really well with the narration.
"This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Third Son the most enjoyable?
This was a lovely story! A good old love story that gave that wonderful ending!
What did you like best about this story?
The story was a mix of twists and turns and not knowing what would happen next!
What does P. J. Houry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I enjoyed the experience P j Houry gave to the book because it made the characters real!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I felt that that Ezmarelda marrying at the end finally to the love of her life made me very emotional!
Any additional comments?
This was a wonderful romance, giving the warm feel good feeling by the end! There were a lot of unexpected twists and turns that made the book exciting and unpredictable! I would recommend this book and the others in the series to anyone that wants a romance from another time in history and fictional places!