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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Historical Romance Review: The Making of a Gentleman, by Shana Galen

As I said when doing my first review of Shana Galen's book in this Brothers of the Revolution series, The Making of a Duchess, I am hooked on her talent!  Naturally, when I was offered the chance to review the second book in this series, The Making of a Gentleman, I greedily grabbed it up!  Once again, Ms. Galen did not disappoint.

Back Cover Blurb...

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…

Product ISBN: 9781402238666

Price: $6.99
Publication Date: October 2010

My Review...


I want to be mad at Shana Galen for keeping me up all night with this book...  But honestly, I can't be mad at her, it was FANTASTIC!  Hello, its 3:20am and I'm posting this review, I couldn't wait to tell you how great it was!  I had to remind myself to breathe...

We are gripped from page one with the story of Armand, who we found about in the first book in this Brothers of the Revolution series.  (Just a note, these books can stand alone, but I always think its more fun to read them in order.)  From the beginning there is action, a sense of urgency, as a young boy his very life is threatened by peasants storming his home, and it doesn't stop.  When next we meet Armand, he is a grown man, but one who has been traumatized and tortured for twelve years.  He has some heavy emotional battle wounds, and it is going to take some major healing for him to come around.

Meet Felicity.  She's got issues of her own and along with them--a personality we adore because she's smart, talented, passionate, determined, true to herself--a heroine we can root for.  In just a few moments of their meeting, you see that Felicity is exactly the type of healing Armand needs, but she's up for a major challenge--one she's not so sure she can handle.

Together, they will have to heal each other and be their own respective saviors from dark secrets that haunt them both.

An emotionally poignant book, Ms. Galen really knows how to grip the emotional soul of the characters and wrench our hearts with their pain, passion and depth.

I highly recommend this book!

Also, I was truly touched by the dedication.  A mama after my own heart :) 

About the Author...

Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. Shana is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas where she is working on the final book in the Brothers of the Revolution series, The Making of a Rogue, which will be in stores in 2011. She loves to hear from readers: visit her website at http://www.shanagalen.com/.

2 comments:

ShanaGalen said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review.

Eliza Knight said...

You're welcome :)