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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue



The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Henry โ€œMontyโ€ 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 havenโ€™t been able to curb any of his roguish passionsโ€”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 familyโ€™s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still, it isnโ€™t in Montyโ€™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 Montyโ€™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.

My Thoughts

It is probably one of those reviews where I won’t be able to do justice to the book. I’ve had a copy of this book for a while now and I can’t believe I’d had put off reading it for so long. I’m cursing myself out for not having the words to gush about it and write an eloquent review. I’m possibly being dramatic but I do think it’s gonna be the book I read on my deathbed. Okay, I’m definitely being dramatic but I think I’m gonna tell my priest to read it to me instead of prayers for my last rites. This is also gonna be the book that I take with me to heaven– even though I don’t believe in the existence of heaven.

An eighteenth-century love-story featuring a white protagonist who falls in love with his brown guy best-friend and goes on a Continental Tour with him and his sassy sister? Not only was I up for reading it, but I was also trรจs excited!

Since I am a history enthusiast I HAD to read this book (umm, I was an enthusiast even though I barely passed my classes).

This book was way better than I had expected. A Continental Tour was never gonna be easy for two guys who realize they are in love with each other in a society that considers homosexuality a sin, and for a girl who is ambitious and intelligent and is expected to go to finishing school but she instead wants to be a doctor. This book is not a fun read even though everybody says it is…for some reason? It touches upon important subjects like addiction, homophobia, child abuse and epilepsy in eighteenth-century Europe. It was quite important and powerful, though.

I loved the three main characters and a few secondary characters. Monty, who is the narrator of the book is a flawed human, and I really liked him. I didn’t care one bit about his assholery and I just fell in love with him, instantly. I hated his abusive father and I wish I could enter the book and make sure that bastard ended up in a slammer for giving pain to his son.

My favorite character was Percy, who suffers from epilepsy and the way people treated him for being dark-skinned and having epilepsy was so harsh. Those jerks need to be thrown to some distant planet where dinosaurs are not vegetarian.

I felt so bad that he had to go through all that shit! I shipped the duo from the very first page. I also liked the smart and sassy Felicity and I think I would love to be girlfriends with her. She would be badass and I would be boring. Such a great duo.

I loved the beautiful writing and I think I’m a fan of Mackenzi Lee now even though this is the only book I’ve read written by her.

I really loved this book and I think I’m gonna read it again sometime. It is a lot more than a “sweet love story”. If you like books with pirates and manhunt and villains who die a dramatic death, just go for it, I’m sure you won’t regret it!

(I had published this review months ago but I took it down. I have made some changes to my review now –basically fixed some typos and added certain things.)ย 

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Have you guys read this book yet? Did you think it was ” a fun read”?

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26 thoughts on “Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue

  1. I have wanted to read this book for SOOO lomg but always put it off for some reason! Well, if you declaring – โ€œI think Iโ€™m gonna tell my priest to read it to me instead of prayers for my last rites.โ€ doesnt make me pick it the hell up then I dont know what will!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ SERIOUSLYY GIRL YOU ARE MAKING ME ANXIOUS TO GO AND BUY AND READ IT RIGHT FUCKING NOWWW!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Great, now my history expert has a 100-year-old grandmas brain. Great post. You are dramatic๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ now tell me how is padhai going? I am sure you are busy reading than studying. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. ๐Ÿคญ Thank you, Suzie (can I call you that? It’s so cute ๐Ÿ˜)!! Lol, I think so too! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m busy finishing Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. It’s one of the best books I’ve read…so you do know now how my padhai is going. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  3. You are welcome and Suzie is my pet name so it’s cool. Bekar ka Melodrama!! Hey, what happened to that horror novel?? Miss chicken.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ” I knew it you can never study. BOOKS ARE AWESOME!!!!

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      1. You are still reading it?? When will you finish, I am dying to give you a romantic horror recommendation. Oops just gave you a hint. Now if the word romantic doesnโ€™t make you read like crazy, change my name. Okay? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I know your trigger points. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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          1. Well, then there are 2 possibilities, you will end up hating horror because it will scare you to death
            Or
            You might end up loving horror and it will give you Salman Khan’s Kick.
            AND THEN WE WILL BE BEST BUDDIES!!!!!
            Btw where the heck do you live?? I really want to meet you over a cup of coffee for a good book chat. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’›

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          2. I think it will scare me to death but then I’ll end up in someone’s horror story as a ghost. Even if it scares me and I end up hating it you need to be my friend alright? I need someone to rant about! ๐Ÿ˜‚

            I live in the most polluted part of the country. Make a guess. Having a cup of coffee and talking about books sounds like a delicious idea! ๐Ÿคฉ

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          3. You will probably be in my horror story because I will be the one who will write, โ€œtold you to start slow but no you just wanted to hurry. And who did you choose?? Stephen King. Donโ€™t worry I will make sure to write โ€˜died reading Stephen Kingโ€™ on your grave. see I told you to go slow. But no. Let me tell you this, I will not be friends with ghosts, no thank youโ€
            Of course, I will be your friend, after all, I am the only bookworm who can handle a crazy bookworm who reads half stories and leaves the rest of the story to the brain to solve. We will have coffee in Ahmedabad okay? I donโ€™t want to die in fog. Delhi should be the new Fogg perfume ad spot,

            Kya chal raha hai? Bass fog aur death hi chal rahi hai. *Fogg perfume*

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          4. That’s absolutely what I want written on my grave. And you can’t stop being friends with me just because I died reading horror ๐Ÿ˜‚

            Yaha bahut buri halat hai๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ญ! I don’t want to die in it either but I don’t have any option other than going out every day๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ! It is super sucky… but Fogg ad spot lmao ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ you’re hilarious but wouldn’t it be absolutely right?! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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          5. I will write that, I promise. Well, I can stop, after all, I wouldnโ€™t like a ghost abandoning half-read books. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ

            I know, I read the news. You wonโ€™t die in it, Stephen King will kill you. That book is terrifying as hell honey. I wouldnโ€™t love to see you die. ๐Ÿ˜ although I would actually so that I can say, โ€œTold ya to stay away from too much horror.โ€
            You know I am not teasing Nikki. You should start slow. I canโ€™t let you read a novel that will scare you too much. You donโ€™t have any experience in the horror genre, Nikki. Hope you arenโ€™t a real scared cat๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ or I would love to see you cry. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
            Fogg ad spot would be perfect. Trust me, it is foggier than fogg. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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          6. If I get scared, I’ll have throw the book out ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have watched a few horror movies, but never read any book. I know I’m gonna lose my sleep for some days but let’s get it over with. And I am a real scaredy cat! ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

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          7. Don’t YOU DARE THROW THAT BOOK OUT. Courier it here to me๐Ÿ™ˆ horror movies are less scarier than books because they don’t show every detail properly. Lose sleep??? you forgot you have to lose your life for your grave. ๐Ÿ‘ป. And I still won’t be friends with a ghost. Come on scaredy cat. Get ready to die. ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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