Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1)

Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1)
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Gift
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


This book was such a fun adventure.

Monty was the main character and narrator. He made so many bad decisions, but they were made out of love. I kept wanting to shout at him “Don’t do that!” but it would have stopped the story pretty quickly if he had made safer decisions.

I love the diversity in the story. Monty is bisexual and in love with his mixed race, male best friend. Felicity is an intelligent young girl who wants to study medicine rather than go to finishing school. Percy is mixed race and he lives with a chronic illness. I loved this diverse cast, especially set in eighteenth century Europe.

This is a great book! I can’t wait to read the next one!

What to read next:

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

Have you read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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