Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) – Mackenzi Lee

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction


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.


I have been seeing this book all over Goodreads for the last couple of months, but I actually wasn’t interested in this book for quite a long time. Until I got in a bit of a reading slump and wanted to read something a bit different and not fantasy (I know!! I don’t know who I am! Where is Lena and what have you done to her!). So I decided to give this book a chance. Now I’m so happy I did give it a chance, because it was GOOD and totally not what I expected.

The three main characters were all people who didn’t fit in, it’s set in the 18th century (or so I think, don’t shoot me if it was a different century, I suck at dates) and gay people (Henry), dark skinned people (Percy) and women who wanted to have a career in science (Felicity) weren’t exactly loved back then. Combine those three characters with all the adventures they have and BOOM you have a star concept for a novel!

Henry is a real brad, but a sweet brad (if that even makes sense…). He has big daddy issues and he is the kind of person I would try to avoid at all cost in real life. But we all know that characters we love in books are often completely different from the people we love in real life, so obviously Henry was the perfect main character. There is an incredible amount of character development going on and it made me love Henry even more at the end of the story.

I loved the romance in the beginning of the book (CHAPTER 2 OMG!!!). But the farther I got in the book, the more I felt a bit irritated by the romance. It went soooo slow!! Every time they took one step forward in their relationship a few moments later they took 10 steps back! And it was fun in the beginning, but it really started to annoy me half way true. Don’t play with my feelings like that, okay?! But they were really cute and you will root for them from the first page until the last. Because to romance was so slow I could definitely use another novel starring Percy and Henry. Don’t drag me along so long and then never write about them again! Don’t you dare! This slow romance is the one and only reason I can’t give this book 5 stars. I’m sorry but, my sucker for romance heart just couldn’t take it any longer.

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