July 13, 2017

Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: June 27th 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4.5/5

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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

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.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

This book is really really good! I didn't expect to like it that much despite having seen good reviews of it. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a historical fiction book that takes place in the 18th century and which features a bisexual young man.

Monty is described as a handsome young man who knows that is handsome, he´s immature, charming and accustomed to using his charms to get what he wants, be they beautiful maidens or handsome gentlemen, but he´s in love with his best friend Percy.

Lord Henry Montague, Viscount of Disley or Monty as the people close to him call him, is heir to the title of viscount in his family and therefore he´s expected to take over the family estate under the guidance of his father with whom he doesn´t have a good relationship because he was expelled from Eton. So his father sends him on his Grand Tour through Europe for a year, but on his return he´s expected to not cause any more problems or else. So Monty travels with his best friend Percy for which he has romantic feelings and his younger sister Felicity whom they have to take to finishing school along the way, but plans change when in France, Monty as prank or sort of revenge takes an object that puts them in serious problems, since from that moment onwards there will be people chasing them in order to recover the object.

Due that there are a group of highwaymen following them, Monty, Percy and Felicity will have to leave their itinerary and flee through Europe, where they will have adventures that will include pirates and other dangers.

Overall, I loved this book, it was a lot of fun and I really care for Monty, he´s lovable and I liked him, because more than once he's the young gentleman in distress that needs to be rescued or helped by his younger sister or Percy. I really enjoyed the romance, the historical elements as well as mythical (or magical) elements. It has a good ending and I just found out that it will have a companion novel where the main character will be Felicity, so I cannot wait to read it.

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