Give Me More Books About Gay And Bi Boys Going On Adventures, Please!: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Posted June 29, 2017 by Nick/ 34 Comments

Give Me More Books About Gay And Bi Boys Going On Adventures, Please!: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi LeeThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: June 27th 2017
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
Pages: 528
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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How delightful was this book though? So delightful I want to squee when I think of it! I went into The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue pretty much blind. The only thing I knew about it was that it was about gay boys in a historical setting, which was honestly enough to convince me to read the book. And OMG! Mackenzi Lee has quite the gem here and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

What made this book so charming were the characters. They were all so vibrant and likeable, and I could not get enough of them. I especially loved being inside Monty’s head. He was a rascal through and through, but damn it if I didn’t instantly love that boy. He was honestly a complete riot, and said the darnest of things that had me laughing until my belly ached. He has no shame, and makes one mistake after the other, but Mackenzie Lee writes him in a way that makes him come across as endearing instead of annoying. I loved him so much! His sidekick and love interest, Percy, was another character who was just gorgeously written. He was very much the opposite of Monty, so they balanced each other out well. He was a precious character, the kind you want to protect from everyone and everything. I loved that even though he was quieter than Monty, he had no qualms calling him out for his nonsense. He was smart and brave, and I loved this boy with all my heart.

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Then, there was Felicity, Monty’s sister, who was just as great! She was very no-nonsense, did not mince her words, and smart as a whip – I mean, she’s been secretly reading medical textbooks so she can study to become a doctor even though that wasn’t quite possible in her time. Just how can you not love this girl? The relationship dynamics between these three were fabulous. There was a ton of witty banter, lots of sass, and even more loyalty between them, which of course made me love them extra hard. Felicity and Monty’s sarcastic teasing of each other was on a whole other level. Beneath all that teasing was so much affection, and of course that made my heart all fluttery. And the romance! SHIP! SHIP! SHIP! That’s what I screamed within the first chapter. Percy and Monty were so damn cute together, and the chemistry between them was A+. All I wanted was for them to kiss forever, because that’s how much I needed them to be a couple.

The plot and historical setting were loads of fun too. Historical YA is so underrated, and there are so many great books out there that seem to fly under the radar. I’m glad that The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue isn’t one of those books, and I hope that readers will want to read more historical fiction after this one! Anyways, this book has it all: adventures, a lush 18th Century European setting, freaking pirates, and danger left and right! Like I said, it was fun. Though this book was certainly light-hearted and humorous, there were also some underlying important commentary on feminism, racial politics, mental illness and being LGBTQIA in a time when you could be punished for who you love. Mackenzie Lee approaches all these themes with care and subtlety, but they still come across as powerful.

You’ve probably heard all the buzz about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and this is one case, where the book deserves ALL THE HYPE. I feel like this is one of those books that will appeal to anyone because it had many great things going for it. Everything about the book was great, but really the OTP itself should be enough to get you excited about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

Have you read this book yet? What are some of your historical adventure books?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • My fave book of the year to be honest. SOOOO much love for it. Monty is the best and I will ship him with Percy forever.

    • It’s at the top of my list for sure!

  • I can’t WAIT to read this one! Mackenzi is such a gem and THIS MONSTROUS THING was fabulous. Great review 😀

    • Eep I hope you love it! I haven’t read This Monstrous Thing yet, but I clearly need to after this one!

  • Yes lots of hype on this one but glad it all seems to be deserved!! Sounds like it is a blast to read and love the historical setting. Great review!

    • It’s worth the hype. 🙂

  • Sometimes characters can make or break a book so I’m glad they were amazing in this one! I really like the cover and the title is quite funny. Surprisingly, I haven’t seen the hype for this one. I’m behind LOL Great review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • The title reflects the book – fun and funny!

  • I saw another review of this one and was all fun! I’d read it

  • People have a lot of good things to say about this one! I’m adding it to my to be read pile.

    Great review.

    • Totally a good idea!

  • I was wondering about this book when I loaded it into a Friday Forecast, it didn’t scream read me from the cover alone, but I am seeing the buzz and after reading your review, I am curious. I will look at my library for this one.

    • I highly recommend looking for it at the library, Heidi. It’s a hefty book, but so entertaining.

  • For some reason this book wasn’t on my radar at all, I think because I haven’t had much success with funnier books. But I love historical YA and I have 4 audible credits soo…

    • whaaaattt??? But how?! This is your kind of book!

  • This sounds totally cool and I am so glad it lived up to the hype. Even though this is YA I think I would enjoy it. I am listening to an audio sample now!

    • It’s so fun, Kim. It doesn’t like YA, maybe upper YA?

  • Yep, I need this book in my hands right now. lol! I have seen so many positive reviews for this one. It definitely sounds like one I would love and I’m glad to see that it lived up to all the hype! I definitely need to pick this one up soon. Great review, Nick!

    • I can’t wait for you to read this, Julie. You will adore it!!

  • Jazmen Greene

    I’ve heard about this. Glad it lived up to it’s hype!

    • Yeah, definitely!

  • I don’t think I heard of it, but it looks awesome! I have to meet these characters.

    • You’d love Monty and his antics!

    • You’d love Monty and his antics!

  • Way to remind me how much I need this book in my life. I’ve decided to wait for the hardcover edition to be published here in the UK before buying (it’s not out until August!) because the Kindle edition is crazily priced and if I’m gonna spend a load of money on a book I want to be able to hold it in my hands. That, and that cover is really damn pretty.

    I am excited for this book from everything you and Danya have said so it will be a long wait until August but it sounds awesome. There really isn’t as much Historical YA as there should be and considering I can only think of a handful of books which fit this category I’m a little sad. I mean, all I can think of is Wold by WOlf which is totally more fantasy and it’s an alternate history so does it count? The Diviners, which also has fantasy elements (why do most historical YAs have to be fantasy as well?) and then These Shallow Graves. That’s the only one which isn’t a fantasy one but I loved it a lot. I seriously need to find non-fantasy historical YA. That’s going on my list of things to do.

    • August will be here before you know it. That’s smart to wait for the HC. It’s a pretty cover, so a great investment. 🙂

      You are going to love every word of this book. I haven’t read Wolf by Wolf, so I’m not sure? I need to read These Shallow Graves. The His Fair Assassin Series is a good one. This is giving me a post idea!

  • YASSSSS. I couldn’t agree more with this review, tbh. Monty comes so far throughout the book, thanks to the help of Percy (precious cinnamon roll) and Felicity (my queen). I loved the character development, and I especially loved how the story peeled back the layers of people Monty thought he knew so well…but perhaps didn’t. Seeing a bi male protagonist was awesome too, and I really liked how Lee handled being queer in the 18th century. The ship was, of course, amazing and their kissing scenes had me like 😍

    • Right? Both are too precious for words. Need to protect them at all costs, but I think Felicity is doing that for us! 😉
      THE KISSSINGGGG!

  • Eeeeep! I completely loved this one, too. Monty’s POV was hilarious to read from, and I just want to give all of the main characters a huge hug. Plus, Monty and Percy. <3 omg, I shipped them so hard. I loved reading about queer main characters in a historical setting, too! I would love to see more of that– I mean, us queer people have always existed, after all. Overall, this book was too much fun, but it also had so much heart. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Awesome review, Nick!

    • He was a hoot! YES! The ship was so good. It was done really well. I hope this will open doors to more queer HR that are fun!

  • I’m SO HAPPY YOU LOVED THIS ONE NICK 😀 I adored it as well. Haha funnily enough, I had the opposite feeling of you when we first meet Month. I was hesitant to like him and more than a little annoyed at his selfish/jerk-ish behavior. BUT THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS SO GOOD IM CRY and I ended up loving this precious bean. Wonderful review!

    Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    • Thanks, Aila! I find myself gravitating towards these assholish characters like Monty, but I am glad he grew up. He IS a precious bean! 🙂

  • This was such a fun shenanigan-y read! I just adored this trip of Monty, Percy and Felicity! And yes, totally shipped the heck out Monty and Percy! I’m glad you loved this, too! Great review, Nick!