TITLE: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

AUTHOR: Mackenzi Lee

Rating: ★★★★

PAGES: 513

PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books


GENRE(S): Historical Fiction, Romance, Travel

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - The Contented ReaderHenry “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.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is such a fun historical fiction with tons of adventure and humour. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the writing and the characters!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue follows Monty as he embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend Percy and his little sister, Felicity. But, their Grand Tour does not go according to plan and a number of hilarious events occur.

It’s no secret that I love historical fiction. This book has such a fun and charming vibe and I love that it’s set in the 1700s. There’s definitely something intriguing about the time period and the events that happen. Mackenzi Lee is very historically accurate and she shows this at the end when she explains certain aspects she discusses in the book.

The characters in this book are absolutely wonderful. I love Monty – he’s hilarious and oh-so into himself. There are so many occasions in this book where I found myself laughing out loud. Monty’s relationship with Percy is adorable and I absolutely love it. They’re connection jumps through the pages and it’s super sweet!

And Felicity!! I am so happy she’s going to be the focus of the next book. She’s fiesty and incredibly intelligent. I absolutely adore her!

Mackenzi Lee’s writing is so easy to read and is a style I really enjoy. She transports her reader into the 1700s, which is sometimes hard to do. She created vivid settings and described everything perfectly.  She’s able to highlight controversial issues in the 1700s and mix diversity right alongside it. It’s something that was quite impressive.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun travelling adventure with a little drizzle of history on top! You’ll totally laugh in this book and fall in love with these characters – of that I’m sure!

What's the use of temptations if we don't yield to them?

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About The Author

Mackenzi Lee Author Photo - The Contented ReaderMackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels THIS MONSTROUS THING, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, which won a 2018 Stonewall Honor Award and the New England Book Award, and its sequel, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY, which debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of BYGONE BADASS BROADS (Abrams, 2018), a collection of short biographies of amazing women from history you probably don’t know about but definitely should, based on her popular twitter series of the same name.

When not writing, she works as an independent bookseller, drinks too much Diet Coke, and romps with her St. Bernard, Queenie.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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