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The Duke of Andelot (School of Gallantry #7)

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For some, unraveling love takes a lifetime...

Long before becoming the flamboyant courtesan known to men as Madame de Maitenon, Thérèse Angelique Bouchard, dreamed of becoming an actress capable of commanding not only the stage but all of Paris. Until she meets an extraordinary aristocratic gentleman who sweeps her into his arms and the danger of his life, while offering he
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Published April 10th 2015 by Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
☆4.5 Stars!☆

What a beautiful love story set in the times of the French Revolution!
Delilah Marvelle is quite the storyteller. The Duke of Andelot spans about 40 years. Thérèse escaped from her family because of a forced arranged marriage. On the way to Paris she meets Gérard, the dashing Duke of Andelot. They made an alliance to help Gérard's cousin, the King of France, escape the Republic. Well history tells us how that part of the story ends. With France at war and unforeseen circumstances, Gér
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Delilah Marvelle
Jul 20, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My dearest Reader,
The amount of research that went into this book was staggering. I started researching it two years ago and loved every breathing moment of it. Thérèse and Gérard first appeared to me when I was in France researching the French Revolution and I knew their incredible story had to be told. What I ended up creating was a very twisted version of The Scarlet Pimpernel meets The Sex and the City.

The inspiration for Thérèse is my knock off of Marilyn Monroe. Not many will see it unless
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This final book in the School of Gallantry series was such a gripping, powerful and passionate love story.

Thérèse and Gérard’s story was heart-rending, poignant and dramatic. It was an emotional roller-coaster of a journey and I lived every moment… the intense emotions and powerful passions; the stark dangers and the terrible betrayals; the heart-breaking choices; the forgiveness and the enduring love.

Some of my favourite moments:

She wanted a dashing man capable of seeing more than her brea
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Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Never have I picked up a book by Delilah Marvelle and not come away completely in awe. Ms Marvelle's stories take a tight grip of your heart and soul and never let go.

Therese Angelique Bouchard left her family's overrun home in her small town for Paris to fulfill her dreams of becoming a famous stage actress. When she meets a mysterious man on the road, her life is forever changed.

Gerard Antoine Tolbert, the last heir to the Andelot dukedom needs to save his godfather, the imprisoned King of Fra
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Olga therebelreader
I love historic romantic novels and this one looked very promising. It was nothing really amazing, but not a bad read. I found myself skimming paragraphs, but it was ultimately a decent read. The story and characters were pleasant enough, but I could not feel the chemistry between them. Both heroine and hero were appealing characters. The author observed her characters very nicely and definitely got me inside their minds.

I felt the story was too fast-paced focusing on unimportant details and ig
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Keri
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a case of where you just need to trust that the author will take you where you need to go. There is a 30 year span between the h/h HEA, but it was still a heartfelt read. At times I have a lump in my throat wondering if Theresa was going to get out of the situations she found herself in. It was in the end a good read, I just wish that the ending would have been drawn out a bit more with Gerard and Theresa, before the epi.

I want to thank DM for giving me a chance to read this as an ARC f
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Wollstonecrafthomegirl
Apr 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF, 60%. Oh, where to start. I re-read Cecilia Grant midway through this. So Marvelle hasn't been assisted by that comparison, but honestly, I suspected this would be a DNF from about the 10% mark.

A lot going on. French Revolution romances are perilous. I studied the French Revolution and that's one helluva an historical shitstorm to have to factor into your background and keep your eye on the main point of a romance novel: the romance. Marvelle does not manage it. The language was horribly mo
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Jujubee
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The School of Gallantry seemed like a fun premise for a historical series, which is what caught my attention to begin with. The Duke of Andelot is the final book in The School of Gallantry series. I had read thru the other six books in fall of 2015, and it was clear that Therese and Gerard had history...a lot of history. But I hesitated to read about the hero's backstory (French revolution), how they met, and what circumstance kept them apart, as the author snuck in little details that touched o ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent final for Delilah Marvelle's series!
Delilah Marvelle has done it again, by charming us with this sensual final of her School of Gallantry series. The Duke of Andelot is a must to read! She couldn't have it done better! It had everything to please me passion, betrayal, forgiveness, desire and a dash of erotism. I loved her heroine Thérèse and hero Gérard. Their story is complex but full of sensuality and rich passion. It tells the story of Thérèse, a woman that men wanted body and soul,
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Diane Peterson
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very different book from Delilah Marvelle (that doesn't surprise me -- she often tries new things). This was somewhat of an epic love story since it actually covers over 30 years! To me, it seemed like a terribly long wait for the HEA. Then there is the fact the central story revolves around the French Revolution. Not the happiest of scenarios. I really enjoyed the characters and I completely believed in their devotion to each other. It was a well-written story, full of emotion. I liked it a l ...more
Jessie
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When the author makes the Marquis de Sade a character, you know this is not your grandmother's historical.

I truly am in denial that this is the end of the School of Gallantry
Aoife

Sadly, as this was an e-book I couldn't do this to the book even though I really, really wanted to for it was absolutely horrible.
I was immediately drawn to it when I heard it took some inspiration from The Scarlet Pimpernel, a book I really liked but The Duke of Andelot doesn't even come close to being that enjoyable.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a story about a French noblemen who rescues other noblemen from the clutches of the French Revolution. It was also written by a baroness so it is not the m
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Eileen Dandashi
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-written sensual read with lust then passion coursing in the veins of Thérèse and Gérard both. That itself was most entertaining including much humor provided by our heroine. However, it was much more, set in a time where men did mad things to each other. With raised eyebrows I must say man hasn’t changed--only place and time has.

Passion aside, this is a very intense read with a lot of powerful emotions that keep slashing at you until you find you become as angry as the hero. The a
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Natasha
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finishing this book was wonderful, yet sad. I was ecstatic when Delilah announced she was continuing with this series and have enthusiastically awaited each new release. The series has been a phenomenal journey, spanning so many amazing characters and stories. It is with extreme excitement that I began this story, knowing it centered on the sun of this wonderful universe Delilah created – Madame Maitenon! Her story is full of comedy, tragedy and plain ‘ol scandal! I have loved Therese ever since ...more
Jaci
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful ending to The School of Gallantry Series. This was my favorite. Not only did you get to see how life began for Therese, Mistress of the School of Gallantry, you see how she survives and even thrives in the face of truly horrific life events. The love of her life is Gerard, The Duke of Andelot who she meets on the side of the road in France just as the French Revolution is getting chaotic and out of control. Gerard is trying to save his Godfather, the King of France and Therese is try ...more
April
#7 in the "School of Gallantry", but can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced tale that will have you turning pages, as you follow this cast of characters through life.
From France to England, from the French Revolution to a bit of peace in England, from Actress to Courtesan, readers will find a wide variety of action, passion and romance that spans thirty years and many trials and with much turmoil. What would you give up for love?

Ms. Marvelle is an amazing storyteller! She has written a well
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Sylvia
Every story has a beginning with a wonderful happy ever after. I truly enjoyed this final installment of the School of Gallantry series. It was great to read the backstory on Madame de Maitenon, Thérèse Angelique Bouchard, owner and creator of the School of Gallantry. The inspiration behind how she needed to teach certain techniques and give advise on how to handle a woman to thick headed men. From the beginning, she's always been a smart woman and comfortable in her own skin until she met Gérar ...more
Linda
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Escaping an arrange marriage, Thérèse leaves her little village for Paris.
On her way she crosses paths with a highwayman, Gérard, who turns out to be an aristocrat, and has a proposition for the actress-to-be.
He needs help with listening to the gossip in this revolution, and shes willing to help his cause.
When the revolution turns even bloodier, theyre facing a hard decision. Will they ever make it together, or are they forced apart?
Madames own story, how she started in Paris and how she ende
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Eva
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
*I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

“The Duke of Andelot” is the 7th book in the “School of Gallantry” series by Delilah Marvelle. I didn’t read all of the series so far, only #5 “Master of Pleasure” and I loved this one.

This book tells you the story about the founder of the school of Gallantry, Thérèse Angelique Bouchard, later known as Madame de Maitenon and starts its story in the year of the French Revolution 1789 . She meets Gérard Tolbert, the later Duke of An
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Melanie
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Delilah Marvelle’s romance stories have always had a heart besides being unbelievably sensual and sweet all at the same time. This one had taken the sensuality just a bit further and made this story too erotically charged for me. That however had not stopped me from enjoying this wonderful story told from both points of view of our hero and heroine.

After six books, The School of Gallantry series is at an end and we finally get the story of its Mistress.

I actually loved that Ms. Marvelle dedicate
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Linda
When Thérèse Angelique Bouchard left her home in Giverny to escape a arranged marriage , with dreams of becoming an actress she never imagined ,she would find the greatest passion of her life .However on a lonely back road she meets the man who would forever change her life Gérard Antoine Tolbert. Gérard hurrying to try and save the life of his godfather , the king of France is traveling alone dressed as a highwayman cakes across the most beautiful women he has ever seen, besides deciding he has ...more
Julie
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Thérèse Bouchard had always dreamed of becoming a famous Parisian actress, an actress capable of taking all of Paris by storm. Until she meets Gérard Tolbert while on her trip to the city, he sweeps her of her feet with passion and promises of fame and wealth.

It is during the rise of the French Revolution and Gérard is now the heir to the powerful dukedom of Andelot, and he finds himself fighting for his own life, and fleeing to Paris he meets Thérèse, a beautiful young actress who inspires pas
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Samantha
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a story! Gerard and Therese have such an amazing love story which weaves the French Revolution, mystery, and heartbreak into it. The two meet in the most interesting of ways and fall into one another under almost laughable reasons. They go to Paris together and from there Therese makes a name for herself acting while having Gerard financially and emotionally dote on her. They have quite the unique relationship.

The story comes to the climax when Therese must make the most painful decision o
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Ash P Reads
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash P by: Delilah Marvelle
Finally we learn the whirlwind, heartbreaking romance between Madame de Maitenon and Duc de Andelot.

He is on a quest to save the King of France and she is on her way to Paris to conquer the theater. She allies as a spy with him to help in his quest to save the throne. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and the attraction an unstoppable force. In spite of infrequent meetings neither is able to get the other out of their mind. Their love blossoms in the midst of the French Revelation an
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Megan
Apr 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
**May contain a few spoilers** The description of this book had me intrigued. I love historical fiction and was excited to see a title featuring the French Revolution with the addition of my favorite guilty pleasure: steamy romance. Unfortunately, I felt the characters were not very likable, and the scenes were not very believable. I did not like how the main characters met. I was promised a strong female lead, but she gave in to the Duc's sexual desires within minutes of meeting him. It never f ...more
Dot Salvagin
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the most dramatic of the books in this outstanding series. With her superbly constructed plot, Ms. Marvelle has given us a book rife with powerful emotional conflict, vivid atmosphere and a sizzling romance. There is danger, betrayal and heartrending results from the violence of the French revolution. This book gives a nod to the often unheard voice of the aristocrats of the revolution. Showing us another side to the “Les Miserable” story.

Number 7 in the School of Gallantry Series, we g
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Final book in The School of Gallantry series which takes us on a journey through the backstory of Madame and her mysterious Duc, the love of her life. Some interesting insights into the horror that was The French Revolution and a surprising inclusion of one Citizen Sade (Yes, he who was the Marquis de Sade in his former life!) and who taught Madame a few things about debauchery.

Neatly ties up the series with an epilogue and a glimpse into all the characters living their Happy Ever Afters.

3.5 s
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Tammy
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story of Madam de Maitenon is finally revealed, it begins during the French Revolution where she is running away to Paris to escape an unwanted marriage. On the way she runs into Gerard, a man/boy on a mission to rescue his godfather the King. This story draws you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go. It is an emotional and entertaining read, I couldn’t put it down. This was an enjoyable series and it ended with a big finish. Excellent Read!
Marie
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My friends & Family
Recommended to Marie by: Net Galley
I received a free copy of this book from the author on Net Galley.
What a whirlwind adventure. At times it was so exciting I didn't know if I could go on, but I did. I loved the characters, they were very funny at times even though the book took place at a difficult time in their lives. There was romance, love scenes, mystery, suspense and (not too graphic, but it was there) violence. I would recommend this book. Another author to add to my reading list.
Jennifer
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received this ARC via Netgalley*
Delilah Marvelle's grand finale in her School of Gallantry Series was a triumphant ending to an exceptional series. Meticulously detailed and full of heartfelt passion The Duke of Andelot is a work not to be missed. Any author that can show a human side to the Marquis de Sade and make him almost likable gets a thumbs up from me! Take the time to read this book you will not be disappointed.
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I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. I scribe ...more
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