Book #82: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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. 

Talk about a whole lot of fun! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the first book (for the month) in the book club I’m a part of, OCBC. I was excited to get this book. The moment I found out last month’s OwlCrate theme, I knew it had to be this book.

IF I wasn’t doing OwlCrate, I probably wouldn’t have picked up the book. The cover isn’t my thing. I’m not sure what would be the best cover, but cover wise, it didn’t say what this book screams. And this book screams.

It has been a long time since I got really excited about a book. This book excited me so much that I took pictures of the text and ended up sharing it. The dialogue between the three main characters is just amazing. Each moment, no matter how mundane, becomes a juicy tidbit about the character. These people were my people.

Monty is a beautiful creature. He sounds like a cavalier kind of person from the blurb and you would think that. However, there is a part of him that is so sad you just want to cuddles him. It’s the same for Percy and Felicity, even though we only see the inner workings of Monty.

Not to mention the trouble Monty gets them into time and time again. It is both hilarious and cringe worthy. The real cringe parts also tore at my heartstrings. Each of the trio are going through a type of prejudice. It is beautiful, heartfelt, and fun.

I truly had fun with this book. It did take a bit for me to sit and read, but once I got there, I didn’t want to stop. I finished a good halfway almost in one day. This is definitely a book I would recommend. In fact, I already have two friends getting ready to read my book.

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