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

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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

Narratored by Christian Coulson


I fell in love with the irresistible Monty within the first paragraph and Percy shortly after. Witty, sensitive and adorable these two precious and extremely shippable characters will burrow into your heart before the end of chapter one.

So although I’ve got nothing on but my waistcoat—by some sorcery now buttoned back to front—and one shoe, it seems safe to assume we both kept our bits to ourselves.

It takes a little longer to reach the ‘real’ Felicity but she’s the kind of brave, smart, independent girl I’d love to be. Mackenzi Lee has promised a spin-off book The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy in 2018 where Felicity gets a turn to shine.

I’d like you to both remember just how much you adore me and how dull and gloomy your lives would be without me in them.

I listened to the Audible audio version and Christian Coulson was a brilliant narrator portraying the hilarious, oblivious, flawed and outrageous Monty through their unexpected detour off the preplanned road-trip.

We are not broken things, neither of us.

Fast-paced, adventurous, romantic and quirky The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is also the funniest book I have read in a long time.

There’s really nothing to do but pretend I’m fully clothed and in control of the situation.

The diversity of the characters feels natural and a far cry from the run-of-the-mill ‘read me’ stories who force diversity into the story like an add-on.

And we are looking at each other, just looking, and I swear there are whole lifetimes lived in those small, shared moments.5 Star



Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzie Lee 

Narrator: Christian CoulsonThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Publication Date: 27 June 2017

Publisher: Harper Audio

Source: Purchased


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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.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com



  1. Cova M. Lee @ Wonderful Literature

    I’ve known about this book for a while now, and I really want to read it. I’ve been considering getting the audiobook version,and now that I see you really liked it, I think I definitely am! Thanks for this review 🙂

  2. Maggie

    I am SO excited for this book! I’ll be reading it this month for a book club and can’t wait to start! So glad you loved it! Thanks so much for linking up to The Monday Review! 😀

  3. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    I have this one in my Audible queue for the summer and I am thrilled to hear that you loved it! I just love this whole concept and can’t wait to start reading it too. 🙂

  4. Megan

    I’m so excited to read this one after reading your review! It sounds like so much fun!
    Megan @ https://www.wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Angie @ Ba_BAMB

    I have gone back and forth for this one, but the reviews are so dang good! I may have to just bite the bullet and pick it up. LOL

  6. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I’m glad you liked this one! I think there were so many different aspects to fall in love with that I think you’d find something new and exciting every time you read it. I cannot wait to re-read this one 😀

    I think that getting to know Felicity more in her own book will be so exciting. I hope that Monty and Percy show up as cameos, though, because I would love to see more fo them after the ending we read in TGGTVAV!

  7. Breeny's Books

    I’m so excited to read this book, and your review made me even more pumped to do so! Awesome review!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    I want to read this so bad, everyone is talking about it! Glad you liked it, too 🙂

  9. Kimberly Sabatini

    Hadn’t heard of this one! Thanks for the great rec!

  10. Sophie

    Another one I must add to my TBR! ?

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