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

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

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
By: Mackenzi Lee
Published: 2017
Call #: YA Fiction Lee.M

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.

Let me tell you something, this book was the queer John Hughes-style adventure that I never knew I needed. This book seriously has it all; queerness, pirates, alchemists, love, and smart girls kicking butt. The author acknowledges the anachronistic bits of this story, and doesn’t apologize for them. Don’t read this if you’re expecting an exacting recreation of 18th century Europe, but do if you want a fast-paced and smartly written love story. Do yourself a favor and pick up our copy today!


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