Title: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
After thoroughly enjoying This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee last year, it was a given I was going to enjoy this, especially because I was hearing nothing but fantastic things.
Henry “Monty” Montague is a gentleman in every way other than his behaviour. He loves alcohol, romantic endeavours, gambling, and long, adventurous nights out. Even the finest boarding schools in all of England cannot tame Monty’s youthful behaviour, and in a last ditch effort, his father agrees to a year-long Grand Tour of Europe. But it’s not at all what Monty expected: instead of a trip to be filled with pleasure and adventures and crushing on his best friend Percy, Monty is expected to go to balls, the theatre, and to mingle with other gentlemen in preparation for taking over the family estate, or risk losing his money and title. As Monty attempts to make the most of his grand tour, a reckless decision drops Monty, his younger sister Felicity, and Percy in the midst of a dangerous journey, being hunted across Europe where they encounter highwaymen, pirates, and coming to terms with Monty’s feelings for Percy.
I absolutely adored The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, despite reading it in the midst of a reading slump. It was everything I wanted, and more. All the characters are so lovely and well-developed. Monty was such a charming, fresh, cheeky voice. He’s so easy to fall in love with. And then we have Percy, who is sensible, romantic, and sensitive. I adored their relationship, and their slow-burn, well-developed romance.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a rush from start to finish. It’s full to the brim with wit, adventures, and romance. But more importantly, while he is still arrogant and foolish at heart, we get to see Monty grow up. If you’re looking for a historical fiction with a swoon-worthy m/m romance and bravado and intelligent women, and get to travel from London to Paris to Venice, then The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the book for you.
And lastly, I especially adored Felicity. She’s intelligent, fierce, and brave. I can’t wait for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy so we get to follow Felicity on her own, swashbuckling adventures. Overall, this is definitely a book I would recommend for fans of historical romance.
Lauren is a british blogger and book reviewer. She is an avid bookworm, writer and procrastinator extraordinaire. A recent history grad, Lauren is currently grappling with adulthood, finding solace in the written word. As an avid reader of YA literature, she’s a lover of sci-fi, contemporary romance, sister stories, and cute f/f books. Some of her favourite books include Code Name Verity by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Wein, and the soul-crushingly cute The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.