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!

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