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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) YA Historical Fiction Hardcover 513 pages Goodreads


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.

Is it weird if I wanna reread this book every single month? I wouldn’t say it’s weird. 

This was a reread for me, I read it .. last year? Or the year before? I don’t know but omg. are there actual people alive who don’t like this book? Who are you? The child of satan?? This book is perfection in every single way. 

I’m gonna tell you a secret: usually I don’t really like main characters. They’re dull, boring, I don’t care for them, usually I care for side characters a crap ton more than main characters. But that’s not the case here. Because we’ve got Monty. 

“We’re not courting trouble, “ I say. “Flirting with it, at most.” 

He’s pure perfection, he’s God, he’s someone I want to eat, to consume so I have him inside of me. okay, i’ll stop now. 

But dude! Have you read this?? Don’t you find him perfect and want to protect him??! He’s so funny, charming, perfect and ahhhhhhh!!! Where will I ever find someone like him? 

“I swear, you would play the coquette with a well-upholstered side. “ 

“First, I would not. And second, how handsome is this sofa?” 

I literally want him. 

“They can hardly be blamed. I’d fall in love with me, if I met me.” 

But okay, I’ll stop, let’s move on to other perfections this book has. 

I really, really love Percy and Monty together even though I’d want him to be mine (eye roll) I still want him to be with Percy too because Percy is perfect as well, I’ve seen love interests in ya that suck ass, they’re just there to be the love interests, hardly able to think for themselves. Percy isn’t like that, he’s smart, strong and perfect for Monty, they’re beautiful creatures together… I’m dying. They’re swoon-worthy together, every time they’re talking, looking at each other, being jealous because the other person is flirting with other people.. I can’t, their romance is so fleshed our, done and written in a way that’s just amazing, their friendship is also beautiful, they’d do anything for the other person and … it’s just amazing. 

Also loved Felicity, a lady who medicine and isn’t afraid to kick your butt in the 1700?? Yes, please! She’s a queen and I can’t wait to read “The lady’s guide to Petticoats and Piracy.” 

So, we’ve got characters that I’d die for, there’s also a plot which I LOVED! It’s adventurous, entertaining and not boring whatsoever. I couldn’t wait to find out what the frick is going to happen even though I’ve already read it but granted I barely remember anything. It was entertaining as hell. 

This amazing of a book also deals a lot with issues of the 18th century which were racism and sexism. Percy is black and it’s shown how black people were never treated anything like white people, they were always treated like trash. 

The sexism part we see with Felicity, it’s clearly stated that women weren’t given opportunities like men were, it’s shown that women were always below men but Felicity is quick to shut down sexists which is cool! I really enjoyed her character. 

“I’m sorry, “ she says. 

“What for?” 

“You’ve had a rough go.” 

“Everyone has a rough go. I’ve had it far easier than most people.” 

“Maybe. But that doesn’t mean your feelings matter less.” 

I could go on and on about how amazing and perfect and perfection and awesome and cool this book is, I’m sure you guys know my feelings towards it. Please read this if you haven’t yet, you’re gonna have a good time with it.

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27 thoughts on “The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by Mackenzi Lee

  1. I found that book to be super hilarious, I loved all the characters and the novella “The Gentleman’s guide to getting lucky” too

  2. Usually I don’t like people on covers but for some reason I’m really liking this cover! Thanks for the review!

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