Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review-The Making Of A Gentleman

The Making of a Gentleman
The Son's of the Revolution (2)
Shana Galen
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Mass Market Paperback
Published October 2010
373 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3866-6
Author's Website
Synopsis (Goodreads)
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…
My Review
Armand, has recently been rescued from twelve years in prison by his brother that he barely recognizes. Armand, can't stand another's touch, and he doesn't understand most of what is going on around him. He can understand some of that which his family speaks of, but he has yet been able to communicate with them. After continually suffering from nightmares, his brother and sister in law decide to hire a tutor for him, to bring out his speech. Felicity, needs this job desperately. Her father has just passed away, and unless she can come up with the funds, she will be forced to marry someone she despises more than anything. She is shocked to learn that she won't be a governess for a child, but a tutor for a grown man that has a wild look about it, but for some reason she doesn't fear him. She senses something more about him, she feels drawn to him. Armand is shocked to find that for the first time in his life, he can touch someone and not be overridden with pain. He knows he must have her, he doesn't understand his attraction to her, but he starts to feel love and will do anything to protect her from those that would destroy him.

The Hero (Armand, Compte De Valere)
Armand, doesn't remember much from his past. He just remembers pain and torture, and being forgotten in a prison in France. He has nightmares of fire and heat and burning. Armand was able to barely escape the chateau before it was burned. Which led him to being alone as a young boy, with no food, no home, and no family. But then he ended up eventually being in a prison, held in a tower, where he was only fed once or twice a week, enough to keep him alive. He hasn't been able to speak to anyone for years, but within a day of being around Felicity he has been able to force himself to speak. He knows she is his destiny.

The Heroine (Felicity Bennett)
Felicity, is forced to become a tutor for the Valere's. When her father is sick and dying, she finds out that he has had her betrothed to a man with a hidden agenda, who only wants money. Felicity knows her father had good intentions, but she finds herself embroiled in a scheme that she doesn't know how to get out of. When she first meets Armand, she knows he is not normal. He has a fierce look about it, but she feels a connection with him, where she discovers a fierce desire for Armand. Armand needs her, and she needs him even more. She just hopes that her past won't destroy the love and trust he has for her.

My Thoughts 
After reading The Making of a Duchess, I had heard some average things about "The Making of a Gentleman", so I wasn't expecting a great and fabulous story. I just love it when I am wrong though. The circumstances of the story are exactly what I love about a good book. The hero is different, the kind that we don't see too often. He is a very tortured hero, he can't even speak, has never felt desire for anything, and can't abide another's touch. Armand has a strong will though, stubborn to a fault, and defends fiercely. Armand is a virgin hero. Which is one of the things I enjoyed about this story. Its rare to find a virgin hero, and I enjoyed seeing Armand and Felicity grow together in a intimate way. It was such a delight to see these two fall in love, it was very heart wrenching at times. Felicity, has a difficult past, grieves for her father, but is determined to help Armand, even though her life is about to crumble. I did feel like Felicity could have had a bit more backbone though, but eventually we see her finally have one toward the end. I did like how Felicity is able to reach a part of Armand that no one else is able to, there were many sweet and tender moments of the story that totally captured my heart. Overall a entertaining read, that had such vivid descriptions and such a delicious story that is unforgettable. Full of intensity, passion, intrigue that turns into a wonderful tale.

First Line 
Eleven year old Armand Harcourt, the Comte de Valere, should have been asleep.

Favorite Quote 
She couldn't remember ever being so drawn to a man, had certainly never been drawn to Charles like this. but this man--this aristocrat, whom she had expected to abhor--drew her like no other. The comte said more with his eyes than most men did with a lifetime of words. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In The Series 
The Making of a Duchess
The Rogue Pirate's Bride 


  1. First time at your blog, at least the phone version. ;) Really liked your review! I love it too when I'm proven wrong, and when the hero is tortured and falls for the girl is great reading material!

  2. I have only read a couple with a virgin hero, its different though, but I like it. You see the couple grow together intimately, so its like a breath of fresh air when it happens since its very rare.



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