Hello everyone! Today, I’m reviewing Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee through the Sunday Street Team for its release on June 27th. Without any delay, let’s get into the review!
I received the ARC through Edelweiss in order to review it for the blog tour. This in no way influences my opinion.
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.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
How can I even form words to describe the joy I felt while reading Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? If you don’t already have this book on your radar, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
I really didn’t know what to expect going into the book. I thought that it would maybe be a fluffy, historical fiction novel written like a typical contemporary. I thought maybe there’d be some romance sewn in between. Flat 4/5 stars. OOOHHH NO. Not at all! I was totally wrong.
First off, the writing style was wonderful. Mackenzie Lee’s writing style was magnificent. It fit very well within the world; it especially worked well with Monty’s narration. Monty is constantly plotting mischief and being sassy 24/7 and the writing DEFINITELY showed that. The plot was very thought out and surprisingly intense! I really thought that it would be like a contemporary (minimal plot, mostly driven by characters). Again, I was very wrong because there were many times where the suspense was so strong I just had to keep reading.
Speaking of characters, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CAST OF GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE. They each had very distinct personalities that really worked well together. The dynamic between the main three (Felicity, Monty, and Percy) really made me enjoy the story. Felicity, Monty’s sister, is now one of my favorite characters. The story definitely didn’t let her step out of the spotlight behind Monty and Percy, and I really loved that.
The cast of characters were also very diverse (racial rep, disability rep, and more that I know I’m forgetting). It was woven into the story really well. I thought the rep was really well researched, but I’m not within these marginalization (if you are, please leave your review in the comments! I’ll add the links here).
The only issue
and I say issue very lightly is that the beginning was a bit slow. I really think, though, that that was my fault more than the novel’s. I took my time reading it towards the beginning, and I feel like it made the book feel a bit slower before the 15% mark.
Overall, I LOVED Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It is definitely a book you need to keep on your radar of upcoming releases.
So, What Do I Rate Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue?
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About The Author
Mackenzi Lee is a bookseller, history nerd, and the author of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THIS MONSTROUS THING (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), and the forthcoming SEMPER AUGUSTUS (Flatiron Books, 2018). She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.
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