This review is spoiler free.
“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it, at most.”
Series: Montague Siblings
Published: 2017, by Katherine Tegen Books.
Genre: Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, LGBT, Romance
Contains: Violence, Crude Humour, Death, Blood/Gore, Strong Language, Alcohol, Racism, Homophobia, Child Abuse, Abuse
‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ tells the story of young Henry “Monty” Montague who was born and bred to be a gentleman, yet he was never one to be tamed. He embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, with his quest of his roguish passions to come to an end. However, that only ends in disaster.
This books has been on my ‘To Read’ list since its release in 2017, so needless to say it was about time I delved into the world of Henry Montague and his charming habits. And I could not have loved it more.
Henry “Monty” Montague is an incredibly charming and devilish protagonist, living the life of luxury seemingly without boundaries. However, as the story progresses, so does Monty and he develops into a more understanding and healthily passionate individual. Although, his humour never fails to entertain both the reader and co-characters, his arrogance and selfishness dissipates along with the terrifying journey the trio embark on.
Percy’s relationship with Monty was adorable to witness blossom, as they face hurdles head on and develop a more understanding and romantic relationship. The representation of chronic illness was also deeply appreciated, with the accurate research having been undertaken to provide a more precise reaction for that period in time towards the illness.
Felicity, however, was personally my favourite character. Her badass reactions and knowledge lead the story forwards beautifully, whilst her sarcasm and overall unladylike manner drew the story into its comfortable and pleasant close.
The novel itself generally moves at a comfortable pace, with steady progression throughout to the various points along Monty’s tour of Europe. The writing style suits the characterisation within the narrator perfectly, creating the beloved character of Henry Montague with all his hilarious quips and flaws.
Overall, I loved this novel. There’s accurate historical representation, a beautiful blossoming relationship, and pirates. What more could you want in a novel?