Book Review: The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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.

Rating: 5*

Recommended For: 13+

Themes: Identity and acceptance, family relationships, romance, alcohol

LGBTQIA+ Content: Main character is bisexual. M/M relationship.

I loved this book. Henry Montague is a hilarious, honest and empathetic character and his narrative voice in this book is excellent. I laughed so many times as I was reading.

Henry “Monty” Montague is the ultimate playboy. He likes bedding men and women alike, drinking, gambling, and generally having a grand time. And now, after being kicked out of prestigious school Eton, he’s going on a tour of Europe, fully expecting it to be a year of debauchery and bloody good fun with best friend (and secret love) Percy. Monty’s father, however, has other ideas.

The characterisation in this book is divine. The trio of Monty, Percy and Felicity is a dynamic and compelling one and I found myself cheering them on all through their adventures in Europe.

Fun and unique, this was an excellent book. I’d recommend it to all teens aged 13 and above. Plenty of LGBTQIA+ content.

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