Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - Book Review

Series: Guide #1

Genre: Historical Fiction, Y/A

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue  has been getting all the hype and I think it absolutely deserves it. I have seen so many of my favorite booktubers reading this book in the last week or two and I decided that I didn't want to miss out on all the fun. And fun I did have!!! This book had action and adventure, it made me laugh and deeply want to go on a European trans-Atlantic trip (essentially this book gave me everything I think any person needs in the summer). Lately, I have been reading so much contemporary and I really wanted something fresh and fun to read. I've never been much of a historical fiction reader before, but I have had a lot of people recommend this genre to me for the warmer months. I have always thought of historical fiction as being boring or sad, but recently I have been hearing about these historical fictions books that were comedic and fast-paced (e.g. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, My Lady Jane, Alex & Eliza) and now I AM LIVING FOR THIS GENRE!!

With that being said, I would HIGHLY recommend The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. Not only was this book action packed and hilarious, but the diversity within race and sexual orientation was also great. I felt so invested in the relationship between Monty and his best friend Percy. They were the cutest couple I have read about in a while and you completely understood why they felt so strongly about each other. However, there were a couple aspects about the plot that felt a little unrealistic. I will say though, if you can suspend your disbelief just the tiniest bit, I really think these plot holes will not affect the overall story. 

If anyone has any recommendations for books that are in the same vein as this one, PLEASE leave a comment below... I would absolutely love to hear what you think!


  1. I`ve been hearing so much about this book, definitely need to get my hands on it.


    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I was such a quick, fun read 😀