Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

And my review catch-up continues!

This one just may be one of my favourite books that I’ve read in recent memory.

It’s been described as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

It’s been described as, “the Big Gay European Road Trip Novel you didn’t know you were waiting for”.

It’s, of course, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

And here’s the blurb:

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.

Basically, this book is pretty much a literal representation of heart-eye emojis. Because that’s how I felt the entire time I read it: 😍😍😍


I knew from the moment I read the description that I would love this book. I was BEYOND excited when I got my hands on it.

It’s got fun, adventure, love, thievery, pirates, kissing and more. Did I mention kissing and pirates?

The book also tackles some serious issues in very real ways, like illness, sexuality, class, race and gender. This is very much a historical book and Lee makes it as accurate as she can. All issues are tackled in a very real 18th century way.

Monty is an absolute mess, but he is perfect all the same and you will love him.

And Percy is basically goals. He’s beautiful inside and out, and he plays the violin. So like, move over Monty, but he’s mine now.

This is one that I know I’ll read again because it’s just so entertaining. Gay teen historical fiction at its finest, all thanks to the amazing Mackenzi Lee!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue releases June 27th.

Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review.


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