The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee | Pride Month Book Reviews

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue book review

This was one of my favourite reads of Pride month last year. It was one I’d seen a lot of hype for, and it managed to both live up to that and completely surprise me. The plot was a lot more adventurous than I was expecting, and it features an awesome and diverse relationship.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Well, that turned into more of an adventure than I was ever expecting. What started out as three teenagers sightseeing (and partying) through Europe, ended up with said three teenagers encountering highwaymen, pirates, and embarking on a quest across the continent to find a fabled alchemical artefact. Despite all the excitement, what really makes this a great story isn’t what happens, it’s the characters.

Our main players are Monty, his sister Felicity, and best friend Percy – who also happens to be the object of his affections. At the start, Monty is petulant and selfish. He has too little regard for other’s feelings, and too much pride to apologise or admit his mistakes.

Felicity is a wonder of sass and smarts. My favourite quote from her was: “Oh dear God, Monty, stop,” because I found myself echoing it many times while I read – this boy seriously knows how to put his foot in it.

Percy, on the other hand, is an utter sweetheart – but not so much that he won’t stand up to Monty when he needs to. On the subject of Monty and Percy, the TENSION between them was insane. Is there anything more painful than two characters obviously in love but oblivious to each other’s feelings?

“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it at most.”

By the end of this book I think it’s fair to say Monty and trouble aren’t just acquianted, they’re married with kids. How one boy can get himself into so many situations I don’t know, but it kept me on edge and waiting to see what hilarious escapades he’d get into next. This book is incredibly funny, but there’s a particular scene where Monty is running naked through the gardens of Versailles, which honestly nearly killed me. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard, and honestly, if the promise of that scene doesn’t make you want to read this, I’m not sure there’s anything I can do to persuade you.

This is a hilarious, character-driven book, that takes you on a wild adventure across Europe. It has a diverse range of characters, and excellent LGBT representation. What more could you want?


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee book cover

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are 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.

So Monty 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, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Have you read this? What did you think? What’s been your favourite read so far this Pride month?

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4 thoughts on “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee | Pride Month Book Reviews

  1. This book is one of my favorites, so I’m so happy to hear you loved it too! 😀 It’s soooo hilarious, and all the characters are so much fun. Your assessment that “Monty and trouble aren’t just acquianted, they’re married with kids” is SPOT ON 😂 Have you read the sequel, or are you planning to? (I loved it just as much if not more than this one!)

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    1. It is absolutely so much fun to read! 😀 Haha yeah, I wrote this review a while ago but I’m still proud of that line 😂 I’m definitely planning to read the sequel because I love Felicity and I need more books that will make me laugh as hard as this one did. I’ve just not gotten round to reading it yet – although I have included it on my latest list!


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