Friday, October 27, 2017

REVIEW: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee - Erin

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee 
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN (ISBN13: 9780062382801)
Received In Owlcrate Book Box

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. 


Where to start…..
Well we have an 18th century European tour (road trip) taken by Monty, his best friend Percy (who he has a major crush on, and yes they’re both boys), and Monty’s little sister Felicity. On their tour they lose their chaperone, get attacked by highway men, steal something valuable, get kidnapped by pirates, and learn more about themselves and each other that bond them for life.  At first I didn’t think I’d like this book. I don’t think I would have picked it up myself if it had not come in my book subscription box. I’m glad I did read it though. The book is fast passed, light, and silly. It’s full of drunkin shenanigans, adventure and growing up. There is gay romance, which you don’t see often in books set during this time period. There is a young girl who decides to go against the norm of society and learn about things she shouldn’t. The book touches on the topics of homophobia, epilepsy, racism, PTSD, alcoholism, and parental abuse. Bet you didn’t see all those coming! At first I really disliked our main character, Monty. He was obnoxious, self-centered, a drunk, and a flirt. As the story went on though you find out more about his backstory and you watch him grow up. He is a very different character at the end of the book, which I loved. Percy is hiding a dark secret that also comes into play with Monty changing. I loved tough little Felicity. I hear that the second book in this series is going to be centered around her. 

This book is filled with adventures, complex relationships, and a lot of sass. The characters are flawed but more realistic that way. It’s a silly book but if you suspend your disbelief a little I think most people will enjoy the ride. 

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