The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
5/5 STARS - MINOR SPOILERS
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.
I am absolutely smitten with this novel! It was just so lovable and left me feeling so content with life after reading it haha – I was in my own little happy bubble!
Lee has created an adventure novel of a lifetime that had me smiling from ear to ear, cringing at Monty numerous times, face palming, laughing, getting teary and holding my breath. Lee takes the reader on an adventure, she pulls you into the novel and you feel as if you are there with the characters on the not so fortunate but fortunate at the same time trip of a lifetime!
The characters, well where do I start?! I am in love with Month, Percy and Felicity – they’re were incredible!
Monty had me hiding my face in embarrassment at times, wanting to lightly punch him for being so stupid but also wanting to hug him and his beautifulness (yes, beautifulness) and his relationship with Percy had me pulling my hair out at times because I just wanted them to BE TOGETHER ALREADY haha. Monty was so frustratingly oblivious to so many things but I absolutely adored him.
Percy was so beautiful and loving, he cared for Monty so much – he had such a tragic twist in the novel and it made me so sad to know his family didn’t want him as his epilepsy was too hard to deal with for them – but he always remained so strong in the face of his future at an Asylum. He was Monty's rock throughout the years.
Felicity, where do I even begin with Felicity. At the start of the novel I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like her, my tune soon changed! Felicity was so incredible, she was strong, brave and didn’t take crap from anybody! Incredibly smart, she educated herself medically - as she was a lady and in those times she was expected to marry and pop out babies and nothing more - her witty remarks had me laughing and smiling from ear to ear.
I was fist pumping throughout this novel at the diversity it showed, not just for the LGBTQ characters, but also for showing epilepsy and PTSD which is not something widely shown in YA novels and I am so happy Lee wrote about this in her novel. They are very important and it was good to see them represented in a YA novel.
The plot was constantly go go go, it never slowed down - usually consisting of Monty doing something that left me wanting to face palm or the trio being chased down for Monty doing something stupid – it never let up and it took you from one crazy escape to another!
The adventures of Monty, Percy and Felicity will hands down be one of my favourite of all times and I have already downloaded the audio book of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue as it comes HIGHLY recommended.
Keep an eye out for the companion novel The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Felicity’s novel) to be released in 2018!