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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review - "The Second Son" by Elise Marion

The Second Son
Publishing Date: 1/1/12
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Won a Copy (Kindle Edition)
Buy: Amazon
 Set in a world of kings and queens, palaces and royal courts, warriors and battlefields, book two of Elise Marion’s ‘Kings of Cardenas’ family saga continues with a story of love, passion, and destiny.
Princess Isabelle has spent her entire life bending to the will of those who have planned her life out for her. Sent into hiding when she was just an infant to protect her from the rebellion in her own homeland, Barony, she was betrothed to Prince Lionus from the neighboring province Cardenas when she was just an infant. Despite the forced engagement, Isabelle has loved Lionus all of her life. When a devious plot against the royal family results in her husband’s death, Isabelle is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. Only one year after his brutal murder, she has no choice but to choose a new husband and return to her homeland to take her place as queen and repair the war-torn land.
Prince Serge has secretly loved Princess Isabelle his entire life. The fact that she was promised to his brother has brought him no end of pain and suffering. The second born son of the king, he has resigned himself to a life of living in his brother’s shadow. After a deadly plot against the royal family leaves Serge hovering on the edge of death, he awakens from a coma one year later to find that his older brother has died and his youngest brother has taken the throne in his stead. His future is now uncertain, but Serge is determined to find his own way in the world now that he has been given the gift of new life. When it is suggested that Princess Isabelle take him as her husband, Serge begins to hope that all of his most secret dreams will now come true.
Despite unexpected spark of desire between them, Isabelle resists the new path her heart is taking as she clings desperately to Lionus’ memory. Can Isabelle let go of her past and learn to love Serge in return, or is she destined to a life tied to one man as she mourns the other?
Once united as king and queen, Isabelle and Serge face the monumental task of rebuilding her broken homeland and rescuing it from the clutches of those seeking to destroy it. Can the pampered princess find the strength to stand beside her husband and fight for her people? Will the second son of a king finally get the chance to prove his worth? Can either of them learn to let go of the ghosts of the past and find love?
My Review:
I was looking forward to reading the next book from Elise Marion's King of Cardenas Series.  After reading "The Third Son" I fell in love with the world she created.  I had never read Historical Romance before until I read "The Third Son."  I don't know what I was thinking about avoiding the Genre...because now I can't get enough of it.  
This book was about Serge and Isabelle.  It picks up from where the last book left off.  Serge was badly hurt in the last book and he was in coma.  They never thought he would wake up...but he proved everyone wrong.  The only person who really didn't give up him was Isabelle, his brother's wife (Lionus).  Isabelle was his best friend and he always had feelings for her, but she was destined to be married to his older brother, Lionus.  Isabelle never thought her world would thrown upside down though and she lost Lionus in the last book.  In "The Second" Son, Isabelle is being forced to remarry so she can claim her throne in Barony.  Who does everyone suggest she marry...but her best friend and her late husband's brother, Serge.  Can she love him though like she did Lionus...the only way for you to find out is to read this book.  =) 
What I loved most about this book, was how strong a character Isabelle was.  She was dealing with a lot during the beginning of the book and couldn't get over her husband Lionus.  She had been mourning him for over a year and now she had to make a hard decision of re-marrying.  How could she love someone again?  Towards the end, she made a decision to become a stronger woman than anyone expected.  She took it upon herself, to make Barony realize she would be amazing Queen to them and she wanted to take care of herself and not rely on someone else.  
Elise Marion, brings two characters together after going through so much.  She puts both the characters through tests that they must figure out how to get out.  I don't know how many times, poor Serge had to put Isabelle in her place because of the dangers she put herself in.  He just wanted to keep her safe and all Isabelle wanted to do was help.  
I cried several times in this book because I felt so sorry for Serge in this book.  The poor guy lost his brother, lost a year of his life and he loved a woman who really didn't know how to love him back.  I also felt sorry for Isabelle because she had lost her husband, was being forced to re-marry and had to learn how to be fully a Queen.  She broke Serge's heart so many times in this book too.  I just wanted to jump in the book and tell her to WAKE up already.  
This book is full of action packed love trials that will have you keep turning the page to read what comes next.  You will cry,  laugh, smile and get mad in certain parts of the book...but in the end, you will be amazed on the outcome like I was.  I'm looking forward to the next book which will be about Esmeralda's cousin, Tatiana.  ***You also get a glimpse on what happens to Tatiana in this book***  =)  
So if you haven't read "The Third Son", yet you need you can read "The Second Son".


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