Book 1 of the Royals of Cardenas series, a Historical Fantasy Romance saga following the royal Rothchester family in the fictional kingdom of cardenas.
A rakehell prince …
Third son of the king of Cardenas, Prince Damien Rothchester is known for his drinking, gambling, and whoring. Knowing he will never inherit the throne, he goes about life feeling purposeless. 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.
A fiery Gypsy dancer …
When Esmeralda Amador steps into the 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 attraction; 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?
Previous published as The Third Son. Re-released in 2019 with all-new edits, content, cover, and title.
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Usually when I read these stories I can guess what is going to happen and how it will happen, not this one. It had many plot twists and turns and it was not all “roses” for the protagonists. They faced believable problems and moral confrontations. It kept me turning the pages and wondering how it would end. I downloaded for free and then had to buy, which usually doesn’t happen because I didn’t like it enough to care what happens to the other characters. The secondary characters were developed enough to make me care. I would absolutely recommend this story.
What a disappointment
This book was so not my cuppa. It should have been not had all the makings. But from the just squeeked out happy ending after loads and loads of tragedy, to the many typos and other mistakes...I ended up taking days to finish and get super disappointed.
Aside from the ending, this book needs major editing. Also, it reads like it wants to be historical but feels far too contemporary in many ways. Plus, the made up country is described more like a city. We don’t even know where it is in the world. They way it mentions Europe or the continent, it sounds like it’s supposed to basically be England.
So many people die too. It’s like the author was a bit too inspired by GoT. Idk. I was just largely disappointed.
I would have rated higher if the book had ended with a true HEA and not the crap that happened with davina and Damien at the end as well as Tristan and Esmeralda. It was truly just annoying.
Also: typically princes are “your highness” and kings “your magesty”. Not sure where the “your grace” came from (GoT again? Even thought that’s still not quite right). At least it’s a made up country, but still. Your magesty/highness is pretty SOP across monarchs. But whatevs.
Do not read if you like your historical more believable and with a true HEA.
Loved the characters and storyline! True love wins out over treacherous and evil people!