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The Making of a Gentleman (Sons of the Revolution) [Kindle Edition]

Shana Galen
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Praise for Shana Galen:

"Galen's signature sense of humor, expertly blended with deep emotions, will hold readers captive right to the end." -Romantic Times

"Lively dialogue, breakneck pace and a great sense of fun." -Publishers Weekly

Twelve years in prison has stripped him of his humanity...

Armand, Comte de Valère has lost the ability to interact with polite society, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor, and he starts to come alive again...

Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate...

Felicity Bennett vows she'll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long...

With Felicity's help, Armand begins to heal, until a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040RKX74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit her website at www.shanagalen.com

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Start, Fades Away 26 Nov 2010
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Left penniless after her father's death, and facing an intolerable future with a wastrel fiancé, Felicity Bennett applies as a governess to the Valère family, but her pupil is not quite the sweet little boy she expected. After twelve years rotting in a French prison, Armand, comte de Valère cannot speak. Neither can he bear to be touched, and his nights are plagued with terrible dreams. He wants nothing more than to be left in peace, until the piano playing Felicity arrives, offering a peace he never knew existed. He'll do anything to keep the music going, and even more to remain at her side.

But Armand's problems are not the only obstacles that lie between them, and no amount of tutoring in the Rules of Society will induce him to keep them. Yet if Felicity thought Armand's kisses were dangerous, that's nothing compared to what's waiting in the shadows.

'The Sons of the Revolution' series (Making of a Duchess) about three brothers torn apart by the French Revolution continues with Armand, the youngest and most traumatised. Armand has real trouble communicating, thanks to years of holding his tongue and suppressing the worst memories, affecting much of what had come before. His family can remember him as an intelligent, bookish boy, but Armand has changed. Yet with the help of music and patience, Felicity is able to coax him towards recovery.

Stubborn and strong-willed, Armand is a handsome and surprisingly gentle man considering what he's been through. With one look at Felicity he knows what he wants, even if he doesn't quite understand all the Rules and methods yet.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More holes than swiss cheese, but just as tasty 21 Nov 2010
By E. A. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fun book, but one with a lot of plot holes. Armand has spent a decade in solitary confinement only to be rescued by his brother in The Making of a Duchess. At the opening of Making of a Gentleman he is mute, half clothed, eats with his hand and hates human touch. Faster than you can say Miracle Worker he's carrying on conversations and attending social events. (He really, really, really wants to sleep with our heroine, Felicity.) But, since having a mute and traumatized hero isn't enough drama, Felicity comes with a blackmailing, possibly dangerous, absolutely cookie cutter fiance. When people from Armand's past come to England to hunt him down the logic problems in the series really show up. All is forgiven because Making of a Gentleman is a fun read. If you like Kasey Michaels, you will like Shana Galen. It has some elements readers really like - the 'wild hero' tamed by the understanding heroine, the virgin hero, the French Revolution, an easily solved mystery and a uniquely satisfying resolution for the criminals.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Making of a Gentleman 22 Oct 2011
By MSEreads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was immediately engaged by the book and enjoyed the different hero and fairly unique plot.

The book opens introducing an intelligent and inquisitive 11 year old French boy, Armand. Then the peasants come to burn his home and he loses his parents and his elder and twin brothers as he tries to escape. Twelve years later he has been rescued from prison by his elder brother, Julien (the hero from book one in the series). But now Armand is a dark, wild creature who doesn't speak and can't be touched without pain. His sister-in-law decides to hire a tutor to help teach him to speak again and to teach him manners so he can begin to reenter society.

Felicity Bennett is trying to escape from the clutches of her wastrel "fiancé." She didn't agree to the betrothal which was made by Charles deceiving her dying father. Now Charles is using the marriage contract to blackmail Felicity into paying him money if she wants him to cancel the Agreement. She takes a position as a governess with the noble Valere family. She is in for a surprise when she discovers that her position is not as governess to a young boy but tutor to a young, handsome and tortured man.

I liked the dark mystery that is pervasive in Armand's history and current situation. Especially when creepy men start threatening the household. Armand's trauma all seemed feasible but I didn't understand how he could be so strong and physically healthy only months after coming out of a prison cell where he had only received meager rations. Also his progress seems very rapid from a stunted and blocked prison mind to a lusty 23 year old. Even so, I really liked his primal character traits and his cave man "mine" attitude towards Felicity.

I also liked how Felicity's music draws Armand from his shell. You sense the depth of his passion that is locked inside. The romance is love at first sight, sweet and strong between these two likable characters. The story is engaging with several veins of conflict and the pace is quick and easy. A really nice read.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Making of a Gentleman is enchanting, engaging and full of adventure 2 Nov 2010
By Sally Pink Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Galen crafts a tale full of rich emotion, adventure, and discovery with "The Making of a Gentleman." Armand Harcourt, comte de Valère, has escaped his French prison, but life in London isn't easy until he meets Felicity Bennett, a talented pianist who is also hired to be his tutor.

The novel opens with Armand struggling to fit into society. He's smart and educated, yet his time in prison has compromised his speech and he doesn't care to be touched. His brother shows patience, but the family hires a tutor in hopes of drawing Armand out of his inner prison.

Enter Felicity Bennett. This is her first job as a tutor. She plays pianoforte very well and Armand is undeniably attracted to her. Very quickly, Felicity breaks through his barriers and awakens his heart.

Armand, however, has been followed from France. The mysterious prowlers make their presence known using sabotage and vandalism. Felicity, also, has her own worries. Her father signed a betrothment between her and a scoundrel named Charles St. John. Charles tries to blackmail Felicity, but she's got no money to buy her freedom.

Armand's family takes him to a dinner party to test his newfound speech and skills without Felicity. Soon, though, she's summoned to play the piano. Armand brashly throws her over his shoulder and departs. The couple make love, but will Armand's pursuers and Felicity's blackmailer derail their burgeoning happiness?

Galen snares the reader on the first page. Her writing is sharp, and her style is easy to read. Galen's distinctive, lighthearted wit shines through. She paints a delightful and vivid setting without lingering. Her dialogue is crisp and charming, easily capturing the essence of the time period.

There's a wonderful blend of discovery, suspense, and adventure that makes for a strong plot and fast paced action.

Galen's characters are engaging, strong willed, and lively. Armand has lived through incredible hardship. Felicity allows him to see another side of life - a kinder, gentler side, but to embrace it, he'll have to find his inner courage. Armand has looked fear in its cold, ugly eyes. He's honorable and fiercely loyal.
Felicity is a delightful heroine, talented, patient, and full of vigor. Charles's blackmail of her is ugly business and she shows true character when she refuses to get the money he demands from Armand's family.

Galen's love scenes are tasteful and sensual, full of rich emotion and compliment the story well.

"The Making of a Gentleman" enchants, entertains, and will leave you wanting more.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 5 Sep 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really wanted to like this one, but could not. I was hoping for the wit of Loretta Chase or the vivid characters of Miranda Neville. But no. Romance novels are fantasy--I accept that. But the fantasy needs to be believable, and there are two big things in this book that are totally not.

First, Felicity's engagement to the dastardly drunken St. John is an obvious contrivance by the author to keep the lovers apart.

Second, Armand is supposed to have been imprisoned for twelve years. Yet he's this strapping guy with muscles and "corded," tanned forearms. Riiiight. You know how you make beefcake--by locking it in a dark prison for a decade! Sure! Maybe if he'd been doing hard labor, with plenty of food, but no, I'm not buying it. Armand is fake. Granted, the author has done her research on the effects of solitary confinement and on ptsd, but he is still fake.

Actually there are three big things that are not believable, and that's the immediate sultry attraction between Armand and Felicity. It flares up so fast, not arising naturally from their characters (what you see of their characters, which isn't much), but another forced move by the author.

I'd give it one frustrated star, but Armand's interior development is somewhat interesting and the writing itself is acceptable. If you've read more of Galen's books, will you comment and tell me if any of them are better than this one? I'd like to try more, but this one isn't promising...
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had Great Promise But Then Went Downhill (C+ Grade) 23 Oct 2010
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Felicity Bennett has been hired to tutor Armand Harcourt, the comte de Valere. The former vicar's daughter thinks she'll be teaching a young boy, and has no other choice but to accept this work, although she isn't too thrilled working for an aristocrat. Felicity is being blackmailed by her deceased father's former caretaker, Charles St. John, who is threatening her. She must find a way to give him twenty-five pounds or marry him. Why he needs that exact amount in some sort of mystery that I found a bit silly, but hey, we need a nasty villain to threaten the heroine and her virtue after all. Felicity had no clue that her father and this man signed a marriage agreement before he died. And because Felicity has no where else to turn for help, she may have no choice but to accept marriage to this nasty, "I'm channeling my twirling mustache, let me tie you to the train tracks" suitor.

When Felicity arrives and is met by the Duchesse de Valere, she's incredibly nervous but is soon put at ease. That is until Felicity is left alone and begins to play the pianoforte where she is met by a strange man who comes into the room and starts to howl. Even though she is frightened by this hottie wolf singer, the Duc and the Duchesse comes to her rescue. She won't be tutoring a young boy as she was led to believe, but will be teaching this howling man who has lost the ability to speak and is close to wild. Due to the French Revolution, the comte has spent the twelve years in a Parisian prison starting when he was only eleven-years-old. His brother the Duc and his mother were able to escape, and have spent all that time looking for Armand and another brother who also went missing.

Armand can't stand to be touched by anyone, that is until Felicity, the pretty woman with the yellow hair comes into his home. He can't bear to hear people speak and dare not speak himself. But with Felicity, he does want to communicate with her through touch and with her music. Armand finds Felicity more than pleasing, and although he barely has had any contact with women in general, he wants Felicity to teach him about the passion a man and woman can share with one another.

Felicity wants to help Armand function in society again. But his past comes back to haunt him and soon he and Felicity are caught up in a dangerous world of intrigue. There are those who will stop at nothing until Armand can lead them to a buried treasure only he can find.

The Making of a Gentleman has a true tortured and scarred hero who learns to live again thanks to his teacher. Felicity becomes part of a very strange family due to the past horrors they have endured because of war. Armand has suffered the most and longs to be free from the mental and emotional chains surrounding him. The way he and Felicity interact makes for wonderful reading, especially when Armand decides he wants Felicity as his wife. Armand has no idea how to court or romance a woman. As he tries to make sense of the "rules" of society, he also tries to make Felicity want him as much as he wants her. Armand has never been with a woman on an intimate level, and when he meets Felicity, he decides she will teach him in the ways of love. *insert swoony sigh here*

I really wished Shana Galen had stuck to the growing relationship aspect of Felicity and Armand and not this whole subplot of French spies who stalk Armand for this own nefarious reasons. Also the drama regarding Felicity and St. John doesn't make sense at all. Felicity has nothing worthwhile that St. John would want. There really is no reason given why he is forcing her into marriage, as well as the need for specific amount of money that he feels only she can get. His motivation simply didn't make sense to me as a reader. It felt so out of place along with Armand's enemies who come out of nowhere. The whole basis of the story changes in such a way that you can't help but wonder if Shana got to a certain point and found herself boxed into a corner.

I've read Shana Galen's past works and I can say her writing has vastly improved with The Making of a Gentleman even though some of the plot devices are far fetched and out of place. This book has so much promise, but then lost it more than half-way through. Shana has created a wonderful hero with Armand, even though Felicity is a bit too wishy-washy and simplistic in a way where she faded into the background.

The Making of a Gentleman may have had me asking too many questions on why certain things were done, but I would recommend you read for the characterization of Armand and how he tries to lay claim to Felicity, the only woman he allows not only to touch his body, but also his heart and soul.

Katiebabs

The Making of a Duchess
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