I am so thrilled to be part of the Sunday Street Team for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee! This is one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year! I cannot recommend it highly enough, and it is absolutely the perfect book to read during Pride Month!
I paired this romp of a read with this Gentleman’s Collection Chardonnay! Not only is the label nearly as dashing as Monty himself, but it’s equally as witty. The Gentleman’s Collection shares a gentleman’s lesson with their connoisseurs on each bottle. This one is a lesson on avoidable topics: “a gentleman avoids all topics religious or political. He is an expert at steering conversations away from that kind of trophy terrain.” On top of enjoying himself some spirits, Monty is a bit of an expert at avoiding sticky subjects, so I do believe he would highly approve of this pairing!
*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
About the Book
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.
- Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
- Author: Mackenzi Lee
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Pub Date: June 27, 2017
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an action-packed romp through 18th century Europe. Filled with debauchery, revelry, self-discovery, and even a bit of alchemy, this book is everything I hoped for and so much more!
After falling in love with This Monstrous Thing when I read it last summer, and then hearing about the premise for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, this book skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated list of 2017, and I am so grateful that I got to read an early copy, because it was absolutely wonderful.
Mackenzi’s wit shines throughout this book, particularly in the personalities of the unforgettable characters she has created. Her knack for combining magic and reality has created a plot that kept me glued to the pages.
Henry “Monty” Montague is a character that you will not soon forget. He is brilliantly flawed and yet utterly lovable. He is the very definition of an 18th century rake, and when he sets off for his grand tour of the continent with his bookish sister Felicity and swoony best friend Percy, his proclivity for causing trouble propels them all on a harrowing adventure they never expected.
The romance in this book is lovely. I fell head-over-heels in love with Monty and Percy from the very first page. I was rooting for them through each dilemma they encountered and right through the very end. There are so many obstacles in their way from Monty’s rakish behavior to the expectations of their families and society. The odds are certainly not in favor of these two star-crossed lovers.
Between all the trouble Monty lands them in, the familial drama, and romantic angst, the plot of this book is already incredibly entertaining, but when Mackenzi mixes in a dash of magic, the stakes get even higher, and the book even more unputdownable.
I’m in love with Victorian-era books as it is, but none have ever transported me into that setting to quite the degree that A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue did, because of the way Mackenzi has crafted these incredible characters and delivered their dialogue. I wanted to live inside these pages with the characters! This is certainly a book that I will be reading over and over again!
Mackenzi Lee is a bookseller, history nerd, and the author of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THIS MONSTROUS THING (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), and the forthcoming SEMPER AUGUSTUS (Flatiron Books, 2018). She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.
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Will you be reading The Gentleman’s Guid to Vice and Virtue when it hits bookshelves on 06/27? What is your favorite 18th century read?