The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
Source: Personal Purchase
I have to be honest. Every so often I enjoy a good romance. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the kind of steamy summer read that is both romantic and sensual. It takes place in the 1700s and explores a lot of important issues.
The plot is fairly simple. Guy A likes Guy B and there are lots of complications that make this relationship difficult (more accurately, forbidden), which should give readers a good idea of how things are going to play out.
OK, there’s more to it than that. Lord Henry Montague, Viscount of Disley, is going on the Grand Tour of Europe – after being expelled from Eton – with his best friend, Percy (with whom he is secretly in love). His sister, Felicity, is in tow, along with a suitable chaperone to keep Monty in line (as if that is possible). After the Tour is over, Monty is expected to return to England and take over the family’s estate. However, Monty’s choices are going to change the trip from a simple Tour to a harrowing manhunt, with plenty of action and adventure to keep him – and the reader – busy.
Is this story truly plausible or realistic? I don’t know. In fact, I don’t even care. The story is so good and I was so caught up in the romance that I really never gave the whole thing a second thought (at least until I read the Author’s Note – and by then I already loved the story). Monty is a lovable, witty, smart-ass who will sweep readers off their feet.
One word of warning: I really liked this book but that doesn’t stop me from giving it a huge MOM ALERT. I like to offer reviews for all levels of young readers and this is definitely a YA selection that may not be appropriate for younger readers.