Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: LGBTQ, sex, partying, drinking, drugs, kidnapping, violence.
Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
What a fun, sassy, clever read! I pulled the audiobook of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue from the library, and listened to it’s 10 hours of audio in less than 3 days. I understand why it has grown such a fan base, and why Monty and Percy have become a new favorite #OTP.
Lord Henry “Monty” Montague has been best friends with Percy Newton for as long as he can remember, always getting into minor (and occasionally major) mayhem together. Monty was raised in the lap of luxury, but always rebelled against his abusive father, who wanted Monty to straighten up (in more ways than one) and take over the family business. Instead, he preferred to have fun, drink, and persuade anyone he fancied into bed with just a flash of his dimples. But there has always been a connection between Monty and Percy, and though Monty’s father has planned an European tour scheduled out for the both of them to make business connections, Monty is more interested on making his feelings for Percy known, despite the taboo of a relationship.
Along with Felicity, Monty’s younger sister, the three set off on the trip, starting in Paris. Then, Monty and Percy have a fight, and Monty decides to shake things up. He steals a small, expensive but seemingly insignificant box from Versailles… which ends up being something very significant. This leads the three characters on the run, crossing Europe to track down the one man who might have the answers to the little puzzle box. Monty is determined, and despite all the obstacles, he perseveres to prove to Percy how much he cares.
(Adorable fan art from Pinterest.com)
I absolutely adored this book. For me, it started off rough because Monty is such a privileged, arrogant, unlikeable main character, but he still has just enough charm to keep you interested in what he’s going to do next. (Gilmore Girl fans- I kept imagining a 1700’s Logan Huntzberger) Then, as his character develops over the course of the book, you can’t help but like him in all his flawed ways. His internal dialogue is hilarious and oozes charm, and his love for Percy is sooo pure. I also loved the adventure in the novel, and the pace is whip-lash quick, even while listening to audio. The narrator, Christian Coulson, did a fabulous job. His accent is divine and really makes the character of Monty come to life in a way that my own internal narration wouldn’t have accomplished.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this read, and even more so recommend the audiobook. It’s entertaining, witty, and guaranteed to get both giggles and sighs out of the audience. Though it’s set in the 1700’s, it’s a modern breath of fresh air!
TL/DR:The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is a novel set in the 1700s about a young man whose life of luxury gets shook up while on a European tour.
Read it? Yes, especially if you are looking for a diverse YA read.
Recommend it? Yes, especially to fans of historical fiction, YA, fantasy, and LBGTQ friendly books.
Buy it? YES. I bought a copy for myself because I just adore Monty, Percy, and Felicity!
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