Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzy Lee Review

Another gay romance book review!


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 travelling 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 year-long 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 like this book. It has great characters. They’re unique and have flaws. Monty, who at times can be a jerk, is charming in his own way. Percy is one of those characters that you want to hug endlessly. Felicity is the independent female character that I adore. Also double points for the diversity in this book. When I read this book I often found myself smiling or giggling, some because of the humour and others because of how the characters interaction. This book excels at character but not on the plot. The plot can be a bit predictable and the main antagonist is a bit one dimensional because the author doesn’t spend much time on the antagonist. There are also some awkward moments where the plot forces the characters to behave in a way that’s unrealistic.


Recommended for those that want to read a historical gay romance.

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