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The Third Son
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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595346049 Type: 


Copyright:  Apr 5, 2005

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The Third Son

T.L. Vance's fast-paced novel of love, greed, violence, betrayal and deceit is loaded with tension from the beginning to the end. The plot is intriguing, and the characters are real and complex, faced with dilemmas and choices.-Armchair Interviews

Born the third son of an English Duke, Kellson Berkley yearns for the one thing his money can’t buy: individual acceptance. But with a scandalous past and a father who’s impossible to please, "Kells" vows to keep his mind on business, and stay away from love. That is, until he returns from abroad to be blindsided by the American beauty his flat mate has moved into the house. Drawn instantly to her intelligence and wit, it doesn’t take Kells long to understand why the womanizing Bryant has coerced her into an engagement, or for him to realize he’d risk everything to make her his own.With values as deep as her Southern heritage, it’s difficult for Cydney Nash to accept a proposal from a virtual stranger. Nevertheless, when the opportunity arises to apprentice with one of London’s most prestigious architectural agencies, she chases her dream and moves into her "fiancé’s" flat, despite her reservations or the disproval of her protective father.Determined to stand on her own, Cydney's first sign of trouble comes when it’s Bryant’s friend, Kells, who stirs her heart and distracts her from her true agenda of becoming an architect. Through their instantaneous friendship grows a passion too deep for either to ignore, and the consequences of fate will leave them struggling to free themselves from a web of greed and deceit that they will be lucky to escape from alive.                        

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Armchair Interviews
T.L. Vance's fast-past novel of love, greed, violence, betrayal and deceit is loaded with tension from the beginning to the end. The plot is intriguing, and the characters are real and complex, faced with dilemmas and choices.

British-born and wealthy, Kells Berkley returns from a trip frustrated that his roommate Bryant has moved a young and beautiful American woman, Cydney Nash, into their home. To further complicate matters, Bryant is engaged to marry Cydney, who he'd only known for three weeks. Kells doesn't understand their relationship or engagement but he understands Bryant. It's not as if Bryant hasn't done something like this before.

Cydney isn't comfortable with her engagement to Bryant. But she does want to apprentice with a prestigious architectural firm. With a chance at her dream job she has agreed to move into Bryant and Kells' home.

Bryant must leave for Rome on business and so Kells and Cydney are together in the men's home. This becomes a difficult situation for Kells as he's attracted to and is falling in love with Cydney.

As love blossoms, Kells tries to resist it and Cydney. It would be a betrayal of his friendship with Bryant to become involved with his friend's fiancee. But is Bryant a true friend? Will events bring Kells and Cydney together or will their relationship be shattered forever?

Armchair Interviews says: The Third Son is a fun fast-paced read that will keep you turning the pages.

eBook Reviews Weekly-Mary Ebert
When Kellson Berkley agrees to let his best friend's newest fiancée stay in the house while both men are away he has no idea how much his life will change. When he returns home and meets her, he is shocked by a number of things. First, she is beautiful. Second, she's actually smart. And third, she fits in better with his friends than Bryant ever did. And so begins the bid to spend as much time with her as possible before his best friend returns and breaks her heart.

Before I read this book I never knew exactly what a beach read was. Well this is it; pack a lunch and
possibly a dinner because you won't want to leave this book even to eat. Addicting isn't even the word for this book and there may be no words to describe it.

Ms. Vance does something with this book that I think most Romance authors forget to do, she builds complete characters. There are no characters in this story that are underdeveloped or standard for the romance genre.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone whether romance is something you usually read or not. I am joining the others who have read this book and I'm hoping for a sequel.

TCM Reviews-Tami Brady
Kellson Berkley (Kells) is completely stressed out. His job is hectic and his migraines are becoming his closest companion. Even a month long vacation in Costa Rica doesn’t seem to help Kells' outlook on life. Upon his return, he realizes that things are about to get much worse.

While Kells was away, his friend Bryant invited his latest fiancée Cydney Nash to move into Kells’ apartment. Bryant then suddenly makes a quick retreat to Italy to spend time with another woman,leaving Cydney with a bunch of broken promises and lame excuses.

At first, Kells believes the situation is going to be a huge hassle. Unfortunately, Cydney isn’t half the irritation that Kells expected.In fact, she’s quickly turning into his best friend and maybe even a little more as the two are drawn together by common interests, a love of adventure, and a feeling of easiness. This could get really complicated.

The Third Son has a good deal of drama and romance but is based upon a firm foundation of friendship, common interests,and respect. Unlike a lot of the whirlwind romances in other romance novels, the romance in this book is much more realistic, more complex, and more likely to create a lasting true love affair. This is a true love affair that we can all dream of and attain, even if we aren’t the rich boy or the beauty pageant winner.

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Reviewed by Alice Berger 10/7/2005
Kellson “Kells” Berkley has sworn off love. Having his heart broken once was enough, and now he’s completely devoted to business. At least until his flat mate, Bryant, brings home his new fiancée.

Cydney Nash has been given an opportunity to apprentice with one of London’s most prestigious architectural agencies and she jumps at the chance – even though it means an engagement to a man she’s known only a few weeks.

When Bryant is called out of town on business and the trip is artificially extended by a few months, sparks fly between Kells and Cydney, igniting a romantic fire that neither expected to find. As their feelings for each other start to grow, the reader can’t help but care about this couple and want them to be happy.

Just when it seems that all their dreams have come true, unexpected trouble comes to call, putting both Cydney and Kells in danger. But a romance built on a foundation of friendship is strong, and nothing can stand between them.

“The Third Son” is a fast-paced story full of romance and intrigue. The satisfying conclusion will leave the reader with a smile.

Muse Review Mark: Great Read

Reviewer: Alice Berger, Muse Reviews

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