Name: The Gentleman’s guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: June 27 2017
Number of Pages: 513
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
This book was absolutely amazing and I’m finding it hard to put into words just how much I loved it.
The book follower the story of Monty and Percy who are going on their grand tour of Europe with Monty’s sister Felicity in tow as she’s being sent to a Finishing School in France. However thanks to Monty’s recklessness things don’t go as planned and the trio are spirted off on an adventure that takes them across Europe.
I absolutely adored the characters in this book. Monty is a scoundrel, a rake, selfish and can be a privileged
prick at times but I loved reading from his point of view. I also liked that people call him out for the things he says throughout the book. I also loved Percy he has such a good heart and I just want to wrap him in a blanket and protect him form the world. Of course I can’t forget Felicity, she is such a badass , she loves books and wants to become doctor instead of a lady.
I loved the sibling relationship between Monty and Felicity, it was so realistic. They argue with each other a lot and find each other annoying but when it comes down to it they both care for each other and want to protect each other. Monty and Percy have now been added to my OTP list, I adore them together. They both care for each other so much and this comes across so well in the book. While their relationship is so cute and sweet it also has just the right amount of angst.
The writing style is amazing. Its written in the first person following Monty’s point of view. Its fast paced and had me hooked from the very beginning and will also have you laughing out loud throughout.
The book is also very diverse. Monty is bisexual, Percy is biracial and suffers from epilepsy. It also features a M/M romance and covers issues such as PTSD, alcoholism, racism and abuse.
Overall, this book is amazing. It’s full of adventure, absolutely hilarious and you never realised just how much you need queer historical fiction in your life until you read it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and it will definitely be on my favourite books of 2018 list.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?