The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – By Mackenzie Lee


Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 

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I really wanted to get a copy of this book, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it. Thankfully I got a copy in one of my OwlCrate boxes!  Also I have to say, I like the cover for the OwlCrate box way better than the original cover.

It was hard not to have high hopes for this book, it is Historical Fiction (my favorite genre) and has a male bisexual main character.  And let me say, this book does not disappoint.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is such a fun read. From the very beginning I fell in love with the main character Monty. He’s selfish, but he’s always amusing, and relatable.  The secondary characters are also great. Monty’s sister is brilliant, she’s kickass and I can’t wait to read Lee’s book about her.  Monty’s crush Percy is selfless and practically Monty’s opposite in every way, but he doesn’t come off as know-it-all.  I shipped Percy and Monty so hard. 😀

At times I thought I was able to predict where the plot was going, but I was usually surprised. Which is awesome for me, I really like it when I’m surprised, it keeps me interested.

I don’t want to give too much away for this story. I just want to say that you should definitely read it.  I gave it four stars on Goodreads and I will probably be rereading this book sometime next year.

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