The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062382801
Call Number: y LEE 2017
Characteristics: 513 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Nov 09, 2020

Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue is a pleasure to read. Having won recognition as a YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and Rainbow List 2018 The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue has a broad readership appeal. Lee’s novel centers around Monty, Percy, and Felicity as they navigate late adolescence in the 1700s while journeying across Europe in a fast-paced and engaging style. The central romance is Male-Male and is complete with a childhood best friend will-they-won’t-they trope. Lee layers in superbly rich world details that firmly place the reader in the world of The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue. While at times the environmental conflicts were unrealistic and a tad distracting the central romance of Monty and Percy makes the shortfalls forgivable. The audiobook edition of The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue is very well produced, narrated, and paced. Often times I have a strong distaste for posh British male narrators, the tone often feels condescending, but the tone, cadence, and accent of the narrator for The Gentlemen’s guide to vice and virtue was perfect. There is youth and energy behind the narrator as they endeavor to bring this tale to life for the audience. On Novelist and Goodreads this novel has a solid 4 star rating and I have to agree. If you are a romance reader looking for an introductory book to LGBTQIA romances and minimal sensuality this is the book for you!

Oct 07, 2020

This novel is packed with action, and is great if you are looking for an exiting and humorous story. There are also some tender moments and a good amount of angst which will appeal to readers of all ages. The exploration of the awkward beginnings of a romance will warm your heart and have you invested in the characters.

Aug 11, 2020

Monty is heading out on his Grand Tour under the threat from his father that if he doesn't curb his mischievous and careless behavior he'll be in heaps of trouble upon his return. Joining him are his best friend/crush Percy, as well as his irritating sister Felicity. Set upon by highwaymen while journeying to Marseilles, the three are separated from their adult chaperones and are immediately immersed in a nefarious plot which threatens their young lives.

A charming and amusing tale of adventure and mayhem stretching across Europe, it would make a splendid palate cleanser/vacation read. Looking forward to its sequel.

WCL_Rosie Jul 16, 2020

Monty is the wild child heir of an English Earl, and has one last year to tour with his best friend Percy, who he just happens to be wildly in love with, before returning to his estate. This book is funny and packed with action, yet has some surprisingly tender moments. Our three main characters are well fleshed out, and the narrator for the audiobook does a fantastic job of bring Monty to life - both with his likeable and sometimes dislikeable traits.

STPL_JessH Mar 13, 2020

Do you ever read a book, dislike it, then realize that maybe, just maybe the problem was your mood?!?!

No, just me?

Well, anyway, when I first read this book a few years ago, I must not have been paying attention. It is SO much fun. I'm listening to the audio book which is a sheer delight and I highly recommend it.

While Monty is a ridiculous and annoying character, he's so loveable that I can't help but root for the hot mess that he is. Percy and Felicity are lovely and fierce in their own ways. There's much more depth to this story than I thought there would be. Such moments of tenderness accompany some real growth. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in the lives of this trio.

Sep 26, 2019

A super angsty adventure novel. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

Sep 04, 2019

Like I've said a million times, I LOVE a good time period piece, and this one in particular was extremely funny! Monty the main character is meant to be a well bred Aristocrat, but he finds his life of upper class parties with socialites to be a bit BORING! There's nothing Monty enjoys more than misbehaving, drinking a little bit to much and causing some of the most scandalous of scenes. These scenes are exactly what his father detests and he decides to send Monty away on a Tour of Europe so that he can hopefully receive a little bit of "refinement." Monty decides to bring his best friend, and secret crush Percy along. He wants Europe to be their last great adventure, of waking up in strange women's beds, gambling a little bit to much, and drinking the nights in Paris away before he needs to settle down and behave like an adult. This was such a good LGBT+ book! Monty is a bisexual character and Percy is Gay, they both harbor secret feelings for each other but neither one of them can really tell for certain how the other one feels. Also this is set in a time period where being LGBT was EXTREMELY frowned upon, so they both are just completely terrified of coming out to each other. This sets the basis for a lot of really cute flirting, to test boundaries and get a feel for how the other one is feeling. It was just really cute all around, like I SHIP this couple 100%. It was really well written, there's a lot of spontaneity and misadventures. This is probably my favorite read for the month. It's just so light hearted and a feel good romance. It's exactly what I needed after reading such a heart wrenching book, (Tyler Johnson Was Here), the week before.

LibraryRosanna Aug 22, 2019

I loved, loved, loved this book. It's such a fun romp, filled with memorable characters, and is a perfect read if you are looking for something light and humourous. Following the adventures as three young people embark on their Grand Tour, it also explores the love a young man has for his best friend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Aug 18, 2019

This was a practice in queer excellence. I devoured this book and it is an amazing piece of storytelling and character crafting. I about cried when I finished it and realized the library was closed so I couldn't immediately check out the sequel

May 14, 2019

I love these characters. They feel so fleshed out and I couldn't wait to see how they got out of each scrape that Monty managed to grt them into. I'm definitely going to have to read the sequal.

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Jan 25, 2018

Sexual Content: The main character talks about his many casual partners, but never in too much detail.


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JCLChrisK Dec 29, 2017

God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.


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