I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee! The book will be available on June 27th.
“A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are 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.
So Monty 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, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.”
The Gentleman’s Guide has it all. From alchemy to pirates to dukes, the book is an insane adventure from start to finish, and coming from me, that’s saying a lot for a historical book. I’ve never been one to care about history. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve wanted to fall asleep during history class. But The Gentleman’s Guide had me enveloped in the several cultures presented throughout the book. It had me researching fashion and politics in 1700’s-era Europe.
It also addressed many important issues. Race, gender, sexuality, abuse, illness- The Gentleman’s Guide looked at all of these from a historical viewpoint that is rarely seen in YA.
The characters were all magnificent. Each one had their own independent voice, and there was a tremendous amount of character development. I went from disliking Felicity and even Monty (Percy was the only one who started and ended on my good side) due to some snarkiness and partying tendencies. But as the main characters embark on the Grand Tour, it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. They change throughout to book to the point where it was hard to recognize the characters when re-reading the first few chapters.
The romance. It was beautifully written. I’m not usually one for romance being a big component in books. I’m much more of an adventure fan. The romance in The Gentleman’s Guide was well-balanced, giving readers a good taste of romance and a big sense of adventure. Very few books have gotten me invested in their romances, but this was one of those few. I LOVED Monty and Percy’s dynamic- from the very beginning I was praying that the two could have a happy ending.
This book is for anyone who enjoys a good adventure, an excellent romance, and has any interest at all in historical stories.
This rating is easy- five stars for Mackenzi Lee’s beautiful The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I’m so glad I was able to read this book and am definitely planning to read it again!
Has anyone else read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue yet? If so, what was your favorite part of the book? (NO spoilers, please!)
And if you haven’t read the book yet, what are you most excited to see from it?