I was lucky enough to be a part of the Sunday Street Team for one of my most anticipated reads of this year. Did I love this one, or hate it?
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.
My thoughts :
5 stars – I honestly can’t stop screaming about this book. I’m always wanting more LGBT+ books in my life but it gets a little stale when it’s always a modern day contemporary. Queer people have always existed and I’m dying to see them in other environments. Or other genres. This was a treat, to say the least.
I’m the kind of girl that sits on her couch and watches every period drama known to mankind. I don’t know what it is about them. From the drama to the costumes, to the historical events, they’re everything I want. This book had everything I love about period dramas combined with everything I love about a good book.
Mackenzi sucked me in from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. As I always do with a good book, I devoured it all in one sitting. All of the characters were wonderfully fleshed out and there wasn’t a single character that didn’t have a purpose. One of my biggest pet peeves in a book is a character that is there for no reason at all or side characters I can’t connect too. Even though we see little of Monty’s mom and little brother in the book, they’re still fleshed out. We get little clues about who they are, and how they fit into Monty’s life.
This was a multi layered book, with more than one problem to solve. From Monty’s love of boys and girls, his feelings for Percy, his eventual return home to the adventure they get themselves wrapped up in, this book felt real. Each problem fits with the story and brought a new layer to each character.
I’m over the moon that Felicity is getting her own book. She was my favorite side character in this one. She was spunky and everything I could see myself being if I lived in this time period.
Pick this one up. Support LGBT+ books and especially ones like these. I’m not sure the actual genre of this one, but I would call it historical fiction with a fantasy twist.
About the Author:
Mackenzi Lee is a bookseller, history nerd, and the author of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THIS MONSTROUS THING (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), and the forthcoming SEMPER AUGUSTUS (Flatiron Books, 2018). She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.
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