- Page Count: 528
- Release Date: June 27, 2017
- My Rating: 4 stars
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
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.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
These characters are so wonderful! Monty is a philandering aristocrat who was kicked out of Eton, so his father sends him on a Grand Tour of Europe with his sister and best friend Percy. Monty steals a box from a Duke in Versailles and they get wrapped up in all sorts of plots and adventures as they’re chased around Europe (and there are PIRATES).
Monty was a bit difficult for me to like because his idiotic behavior kept hurting those around him and he didn’t really learn or change by the end. I did like seeing the bisexual rep, though. And I totally kept reading for the side characters! Felicity (Monty’s sister) has spent years sneakily reading medical textbooks, saves the guys countless times, and even lectures Monty on women’s rights. And then Percy was a total gem and deserves his own book/series!
But the ending wasn’t as solid as I would’ve liked… I just wanted more resolution in some areas like with Monty’s father. It felt like it was going to be part of a series for a bit. But I still had fun with the story and recommend it!!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.