Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th 2017
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.
Welcome to one of the best books I’ve read in my life! Yes,The Gentleman’s Guide of Vice and Virtue managed to melt my stone-cold heart and melt it in to nothing but a puddle. It is hands down my favourite book I’ve read so far in 2017, better than Strange the Dreamer, even. This book is phenomenal. Phenomenally brilliant, phenomenally important, phenomenally heartfelt and just phenomenally PHENOMENAL.
I didn’t realize how much I was hungering for a diverse historical adventure with the cutest gay romance I’VE EVER READ, until wallah, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue came into my life. I still haven’t properly processed just HOW amazing this book is and how it’s affected me so much…I literally have no words to coherently explain my love for all of it! All I can really say is that every word in the book filled my heart with so much joy and and I felt AMAZING after I’d finished reading it.
My favourite thing about the novel, although difficult to choose because EVERYTHING WAS MY FAVOURITE GOD DAMNIT, was the characters. They were unbelievably amazing, like I can’t even coherently describe HOW AMAZING THEY WERE OH MY GOD. Monty was the sweetest, vainest, most dramatic, hilarious, sarcastic lemon-with-a-chocolate-center character that I’ve ever had the luck to read about. His voice was so charming and unique and I want more Monty’s in YA fiction SO BLOODY BADLY. Percy was the apple of my eye and was literally the most adorbs person ever. He was so kind and lovely and thoughtful and GOD DAMN I LOVED PERCY. Felicity was the most badass female character EVER EVER EVERRRRR. I loved how she had like no time for anyone that wasn’t bleeding or dying or both. <3 I have no words to describe how excited I am that she’s getting her own book as well!! *screeches*
THE ROMANCE OMG. It killllllled meeeeee. Percy and Monty were so perfect for each other and it was bloody painful I tell you to read the novel and see how obviously in love they were with each other but because of misunderstandings and arguments and fights AND MONTY BEING SILLY MONTY AND PERCY BEING PERCY AND WITHDRAWING…it. killed. ME.
I LAUGHED SO SO SO SO MUCH. LIKE SQUEALED AND SCREAMED AND WITCH CACKLED. The humour was just brilliant. I’ve highlighted SO MANY quotes on my kindle that made me laugh out loud that I’ve highlighted like 80% of the book!
Percy looks sideways at me. “Oh no what?”
I swallow. “I’d first like it to be noted that I am most certainly not a smuggler.”
“Monty…” he says, my name sopping with dread.
“And,” I continue overtop him, “I’d like you to both remember just how much you adore me and how dull and gloomy your lives would be without me in them.”
“What did you do?”
Overall: The whole book was such a rollicking adventure! And nothing that I thought or expected to happen, happened! And I was on the edge of my seat the whole time,and I loved it! SO JUST READ THIS BOOK PLEASE!