The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 18 August, 2014 by Amanda / 10 Comments

The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen {Amanda’s Review}The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen
Series: The Sons of the Revolution #2
three-half-stars
Also in this series: The Making of a Duchess, The Rogue Pirate's Bride
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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…

Not completely believable, but still awesome.

Thoughts on The Making of a Gentleman

Sooooo. Let me just begin by saying that I liked this book. We’ll get that out of the way right now. I think book 1 was probably my favorite, and that’s likely because of some… aspects that were relatively unbelievable in THIS book.

The picture we get of Armand in The Making of a Duchess is one of an extremely… stunted(?) man. He can’t talk, doesn’t appear to understand what’s going on, and is pained by touching. That’s how The Making of a Gentleman starts off, so suffice to say, Armand went through some SERIOUS transformations in this book.

I just don’t know how much of that transformation I can believe. It kind of makes me want to go out and research psychological issues like this, where someone goes mute after a traumatic experience. You know, rather than read the book or write my review.

I chose to suspend my belief instead of getting annoyed or questioning the logic behind it because I was looking for an escape, and Shana Galen provides that. And it was kind of cool to see how Felicity managed to break through Armand’s defenses and walls.

And, of course, this book sets up the next in the series and I can’t wait to dig in.

three-half-stars

Filed under: ESR: 7, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda,

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10 Responses to “The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Sometimes it’s just easier to go with the flow, no matter how unbelievable certain aspects may be. I’m happy that this book was able to provide the escape that you were looking for, and at least the author also got you interested in psychological issues, even though it was for the wrong reasons.

    • She has another series that I enjoyed a bit more than this one. (If I recall correctly, the next book in this trilogy made me wonder if I was burning out on historical romances. But it turns out I wasn’t. Hurrah for that!)

  2. Does sound like it’s stretching things… I’ve heard of kids going mute after tragedy/trauma but I haven’t read of this happening to adults. I’m sure it does. Our brains are crazy and will do extreme things to protect us. So, this is a maybe for me (but probably not).

  3. Yeah . . . there are definitely limits to how far I can stretch the bounds of credulity, but I’m glad you were able to mostly ignore it. There’s a YA contemporary book I read years ago called The Only Alien on the Planet, and it deals with something like this. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but unless you really like research, it might be more entertaining ;)

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