Sunday, June 11, 2017

Street Team Sunday: The Gentleman's to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

I am super excited to be part of this Street Team Sunday! I absolutely ADORED Gentleman's Guide and I can't wait to share all my feels with you! But first, some background information!

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzie Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Pages: 528
Release: June 20, 2017
Review: 5 Stars!


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.

You Can Find it At:
The Regulator
Amazon- US
Amazon - UK
Barnes & Nobles
The Book Depository

First Impressions

I knew I wanted to read this book from the first time I heard about it. Two young men on a romp through Europe while slowly falling in love during the 1700s? Yes please! I expected it to be amazing, and it did not disappoint! I can't wait for everyone else to read it, because it is so much fun! The description "the Big Gay European Road Trip Novel you didn't know you were waiting for" is as apt a description as there can be!


I loved Monty. He's such a fun, lovable character, but he still has *much* room to grow. Being a white male, he is a bit blind to the world and troubles faced around him. But Mackenzie Lee handles that incredibly well. We start with a Monty that's more or less only concerned about himself, but get to see him grow into a loving older brother, as well as become more aware of the feelings of those he cares about.

Percy was a nice companion for Monty. They balanced each other out well. Where Monty was irresponsible and rash, Percy was grounded and thought things through. Percy has many things going behind the scenes that we the readers don't find out about until Monty does. It's obvious from the first page that Percy and Monty have feelings for each other, but it takes a little while for the two of them to figure it out.

Now, for quite possibly my favorite character, Felicity. Felicity is Monty's younger sister. She joins Monty and Percy on their little adventure, as she is being sent off to finishing school. Felicity is a book nerd, and for that alone I would love her. Felicity knows that all the answers she needs can be found in a book. So when pulls out some rather surprising skills, I'm really not surprised. While Felicity herself doesn't change much throughout the book, Monty's perception of her does.

World Building

I don't know much about 18th century Europe. So Mackenzie Lee's world building was rather important to a better understanding of the book. In the back of the book, Lee includes an author's note with some important background information for the story. While not vital, it's nice to finish with a general understanding of the time. Monty and Percy manage to traipse through many countries, through many modes of transportation, and meet many a strange character. Everyone from king's guards to pirates. The novel and world were truly incredibly done, and I can't wait to read more by this author!

Author Bio:

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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1 comment:

  1. Dear Isabel,

    Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I'm so excited to read it (and I will be sometime this week) but your review makes it better. Felicity sounds so much like Hermoine to me haha.

    Thanks so much for being a part of the SST Blog Tour!

    Aditi @