Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Published in 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Page Count: 512 pages

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

With “The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy” being released, it being a long awaited release of mine, I couldn’t resist the urge to re read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, it being one of my all time favourite books!

As soon as I started my re read, I was caught up in all the marvellous angst and adventure, and I loved every minute as much as the first time around! Percy and Monty are just too precious for this world, and I remember wanting them both to be happy, despite the times and that it felt like everything was pitched against them.

Which brings me to the writing itself, I love how wonderfully Lee captured the time, and her writing just felt so vivid; Once again it felt like I was on the Grand Tour with our gang, going through everything they did. When I first read this book, I felt like it was a favourite, heart warming and at times heart wrenching read, and ultimately one of my favourite books, and one of the best adventure tales with all of the intrigue, and the second time around is no different.

Special mention to the character that I adore especially, Felicity! I adore her quips throughout and how she’s so determined to do what she dreams, and my heart is all of the ready for Lady’s Guide!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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