Third Son's A Charm by Shana Galen
Living with a learning disability is pretty tough in the modern world. Back in the Regency era, it must have been absolute hell.
Ewan Mostyn is the third son of an Earl, and he has what today we’d call a fairly severe case of dyslexia. Words are just meaningless dancing symbols on the page for him, and he’s spent most of his life being ridiculed for ‘stupidity’ because of his illiteracy. Finally finding a home in a unit of crack soldiers, only twelve of whom survived the Napoleonic Wars, once he has returned to England he is somewhat at a loss as to where he fits in society.
Asked to take a position as bodyguard to a duke’s wilful daughter, he fully intends to refuse, until he discovers that the man she needs guarding against is his own cousin, the worst tormentor from his childhood, who is determined to marry Lady Lorraine and gain control of her fortune. Worse yet, the lady has been entirely taken in by his cousin’s dubious charms.
Lorrie was a gorgeous heroine; young, naive and a little bit spoiled, she is nevertheless also kind and loving, and I totally believed in the slow-burn romance between her and Ewan which finally spilled over in some scorching hot sex scenes.
This is the first in a three-book series called The Survivors, and I can tell you I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one, because this one was FABULOUS. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.