The Making of a Gentleman (Sons of the Revolution) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2010
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"The second installment of the Sons of the Revolution trilogy showcases Galen's talents for emotionally powerful romances that enchant readers... Galen gives her story wonderful twists and marvelous characterization that make it a standout." - RT Book Reviews
"Galen has created a wonderful hero." - Fresh Fiction
"You really can't help but become invested in the characters and their plot to overcome their respective pasts on the journey to a future together. " - The Romance Studio
"Get this book and sigh with us all... Love conquers all. Bravo Shana Galen!" - Aisle B
"This is the ultimate in a wounded hero... This is a DELIGHTFUL historical romance! I HIGHLY recommend it to historical romance fans." - Moonlight to Twilight
"Talk about a mysterious man and one filled with sooo much animalistic passion... Absolutely beautiful." - The Book Faery
"Galen brings her characters and their stories to life with passion... The aspects of the French Revolution gives the reader a refreshing change." - Debbie's Book Bag
"Once I began reading, I was hooked... the plot is well done and the characterization is charming." - Luxury Reading
"This was a delightful book full of enjoyable characters" - Broken Teepee
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1402238665
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402238666
- Dimensions : 4.5 x 1 x 7 inches
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Felicity Bennett is alone in the world. Her father is dead and left her penniless. To make matters worse he has betrothed her to a man who only wants to blackmail her for the money he needs to pay off his depts. Through connections with her aunt Felicity is given the position of Armand's tutor. Expecting her charge to be a small child not the virile man with intensely blue eyes that seem to read into the depths of her soul Felicity has no choice but to accept the position.
Only through her music can she reach into Armand's nightmares and attempt to bring him back to his family. From the moment he hears her play to their first touch the two are drawn to each other. She must teach him to speak again while fighting off the attraction she feels. Armand struggles with the new sensation he feels for her, the only one who is able to touch him without causing him pain. As the two are drawn into a deeper relationship the class lines are drawn forbidding Felicity to dare cross over into his world. Armand however in his simple ways similar to a child does not understand the rules of society and his placement in their world. His only need is Felicity and his need to make her his.
You will fall in love with Armand and the struggle he faces to tear down the barriers in his mind. You will cheer for Felicity as she slowly brings Armand out of his shell and into society. You will face the challenges each face in the battle to protect the other. Well written, quick read and full of characters you will remember long after the last page has been turned. Well done Ms. Galen.
If you are new to Shana Galen, and you enjoy storylines that include atypical characters for a Regency romance, then you can't go wrong with this book as your first experience. However, to truly appreciate the overall storyline, start with the first book in this series, The Making of a Duchess, and then read this book.
Then betrayed by his cohort/friends and imprisoned for years and forgotten.
This is a wonderful period romance and Armand and the addition of his Tutor/love interest Felicity is a wonderful blend of exactly what I imagine it would have been like to endure and survive such an ordeal. A kind of caveman mute who used silence to survive and then had to be taught to live again.
I believe you will absolutely love this story.
BUY, READ, IMAGINE AND DREAM this tale with the author. You will be taken to another time and life.
There were some weaknesses in the subplots (especially the blackmailing fiancé), but for me, the characters carried this story. I completely identified with Felicity, especially her nervousness at starting her new job. What I loved most, though, were the glimpses into Armand's thoughts, which showed why it was so difficult for him to speak and made that part of the story believable.
I also loved the humor in this story. There were so many places that made me laugh. This was a Beauty and the Beast type story with a very likable hero.
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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. Patient and determined, Felicity has reasons beyond the obvious to want Armand's tutoring to succeed, though falling in love with him was not quite what she had in mind. Of the two characters Armand is much better developed. His struggles and frustration make for compelling reading, without becoming mawkish.
Unfortunately the promise of this great beginning doesn't last. Armand's recovery, after initial problems, becomes too smooth. Over a long period of time I might have accepted this, but only a month is pushing it. Then there's the plot with Charles, which was entirely unnecessary, especially with the addition of Marius and Claude. One flimsy villainous plot was not enhanced by adding a second. It would have been better if Galen had picked one and fleshed it out. Or not bothered with either. I personally would have preferred a more in depth recovery for Armand, and slower development of the romance. As it stands things are all a bit too convenient and easily solved.
A good premise with an excellent beginning, it's a shame the rest didn't live up to it. I'm a little disappointed. Still, looks like the missing pirate twin is up next - The Making of a Rogue - which may prove intriguing.