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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by [Lee, Mackenzi]
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A hilarious and swashbuckling teen historical fiction novel, named one of summer's 20 must-read books by Entertainment Weekly! A New York Times bestseller!

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

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.

5 starred reviews and #1 pick on the summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2499 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (27 June 2017)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0WRN4B
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Was The Adventure Novel Of My Heart Given Physical Form 27 June 2017
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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This review was originally posted to the Goldilox and the Three Weres blog.

One of my favorite things in the world is to pick up a book and know immediately from page one that I'm going to love it and that it will soon have a spot on my favorites shelf. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of those books for me. I loved everything about it: the characters, the mystery, the romance, and the Grand Tour setting! But most of all, I loved the feeling of nostalgia it gave me. I'm not sure I can explain how much I absolutely adored this book without gushing but I'm going to try.

This book is pitched by the author as "the big gay road trip novel set in the 18th century you didn't know you needed!" which set the bar high and it was abso-bloody-lutely amazing! It's a coming of age story that kind of read like historical fanfiction and I mean that in the best way possible! This was the adventure novel of my heart given an actual physical form with words. There's pirates and highway men and tombs and alchemy and streaking at the palace of Versailles. The story started off fast and doesn't let up until the book is over.

As much as I loved the adventure, my favorite thing about this book was, without a doubt, the characters. I quickly fell head over heels for the main trio: Monty, Percy, and Felicity. Monty was seriously everything. He was the perfect combination of insufferable, charming, and oddly vulnerable. I loved him at his most sullen and reckless as much as I did at his most bisexually rakish. Percy is Monty's best friend and the unrequited love of his life. He is absolutely adorable and I love the two of them together. I ship it so hard, guys! So hard! I spent most of the book yelling at them to get it together and kiss already.

As much as I love those two, the character who stole the show was Felicity, Monty's sister. She's described as being bookish and boring but I found her anything but. She's snarky and intelligent and is totally the Hermione of the trio. She's the reason Monty and Percy didn't die at the side of the road. The whole time I was was reading I kept thinking that I just wanted a whole book about Felicity being herself and having adventures. AND WE'RE GETTING ONE NEXT YEAR! I just really loved her and the dynamic she has with Monty was amazing and so realistic. I loved watching their relationship change throughout the course of the book.

The Gentleman's Guide, at its heart, was a coming of age story. Each of our heroes go through their own journeys as they figure out who they are and who they want to be. The people we meet at the beginning are not the people we see at the end. And that character evolution was one of the best parts about this book. I also loved how the book respectfully addresses some serious issues. It covers so many things like LGBTQIA+ relationships and sexuality in the 18th century, being biracial in a racist society, mental health, disability, abuse, PTSD, and the privilege and power having money provides. The whole thing was exceedingly well done without the novel losing any of its lightness and humor.

I loved it and tried to read it slowly because I didn't want it to end. I grew up reading a weird mixture of fantasy, adventure, and historical fiction novels and this book was my whole childhood condensed into 528 pages. It brought back all the hours I spent devouring the adventures of characters like Sir Percy Blakeney, the Robinson family, Allan Quartermain, Professor Challenger, Phileas Fogg and Jean Passepartout, the March sisters and a metric ton of Sunfire Romance heroines which is the highest praise I can give a historical fiction adventure novel.

*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a fun read. 8 July 2017
By Mr Toad - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a wonderful read. It surprised with substance every so often, and surpasses the genre of gay romance and became a rollicking adventure that just happens to have a gay romance at its center. I would have liked to see a couple of plot threads tied up a little more clearly at the end- documents, and certain choices, and what happened to certain side characters. (I tried to keep that vague to not spoil anything) but overall I really enjoyed it. Would love to see it developed as an Amazon multi-part series. It kind of screams out that it would work beautifully on film and needs the long format that Amazon did so well with Doctor Thorne.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun! 30 June 2017
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the book, in a lot of ways, was something we've seen before - rakish and spoiled rich boys and secret crushes, best friends falling in love, misadventures, forbidden romance and women who want more out of life than embroidery - but in the important ways, it was not.
The tone and voice of the narrator was appreciated. He sounded and acted like a young man. He was not flawlessly brave or wise beyond his years. He was silly and frightened and genuine.
Having a queer protagonist with a happy ending will always mean the world to me.
I hope that books like this represent a trend in what's to come, not just for queer literature but for all of it
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with this book. 1 July 2017
By Carrie Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the funniest books I have read of all time. I have been anticipating this book for six months and as soon as I received it I got so excited. This book takes place in the 18th century. Our main character Henry "Monty" Montague was raised to be a gentleman but he is a far cry from even being close to this. He would rather go out gambling, get drunk, and sleep around with anyone that he can.

He embarks on a grand tour of Europe in an attempt to have all the fun he possibly can before he has to help his father with the family estate. His father is greatly against Monty's lifestyle and is forcing Monty to start behaving himself or he will lose his inheritance. Monty take his childhood best friend, Percy on the journey, who he helplessly loves and adores. Also he has his sister too. Their trip goes off track after they find a mysterious object that leads them from Paris to Venice in a manhunt, fighting highwaymen, pirates, and forbidden feelings for each other.

This book is hilarious and had me laughing so loudly
I loved the characters in this story and just could not get enough of them. Monty is so bad in this story and does so many stupid things but I could not help but love him. The romance was adorable. His sister, Felicity was an amazing female character that held strong in a world of the past. After reading the book I found out there is going to be a sequel next year with her as the lead. I will 100% be picking up that book.

Overall this is one of the best books that I read this year and held up to my high expectations for it. Also the cover and book are stunning. The map is awesome.

All I can say is read it. But be prepared for cuteness, some inappropriate behavior, butt-kicking characters, and one of the best historical fiction novels. At least to me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 29 June 2017
By BabyMo - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking forward to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for several months. I had it preordered on Amazon, and I was very excited to finally read it. I read the whole book yesterday, alternating between the Kindle version and the Audible version- thank you, Whispersync for allowing me to “read” and fold laundry at the same time.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a YA novel written by Mackenzi Lee. Its protagonist is Henry Montague, a young 18th century aristocrat who is generally perceived to be a rake and a wastrel. As the story begins, Monty is about to embark on his Grand Tour, accompanied by his best friend Percy and his annoying younger sister Felicity. Monty is looking forward to a year of debauchery, but his hopes are dashed when he finds out that this is strictly an educational experience. Monty’s father also issues a clear warning that Monty will be cut off if he doesn’t stop cavorting with other boys. The biggest problem with this sword of Damocles is that Monty is desperately and unequivocally in love with Percy.

The Grand Tour starts out well enough, but things quickly go awry, and Monty, Percy, and Felicity finds themselves on the run from bandits who are intent on recovering a stolen treasure. Suddenly, the boring educational trip becomes a Grand Adventure as the trio attempts to discover the truth about the mysterious item in their possession.

Monty is such a fascinating narrator; at first, he appears to be very superficial and not concerned about much more than his own pleasure. He is cavalier by nature, but the trip provides him with an opportunity for introspection and growth; he shows a more vulnerable side when he is forced to confront his own fears and insecurities. The story unfolds via Monty’s first person narration, but Percy and Felicity are thoughtfully rendered characters with fears of their own. I think that all three of these main characters had preconceived notions about each other, and they all realize that perception is different from reality.

I would absolutely recommend The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. At first glance, this is a fun book with a rollicking adventure. However, Lee presents a rather frank look at 18th century culture, tackling topics such as race, sexuality, and health and these elements give the book an element of depth. I am looking forward to reading more from Mackenzi Lee in the future!

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