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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

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.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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I got a free copy of this to test out a feature on Goodreads and the Kindle app. It is much too pricey that I wouldn’t have read it otherwise.

The plot itself moved along quickly enough, but I found myself bored a few times. I just wanted the story to either get on with it or end. I really dislike the main character, Monty. He is pretty much a white rich kid who hates his parents and doesn’t listen. His character gets more depth later in the book, but he rubs me the wrong way the whole damn book. The only character I really care about is his sister. Once she becomes a more prominent character I was hooked. I can’t wait for the sequel because it is all about her!

The love story was so slow. There was just so much angst and complaining. Normally I love that, but when it came from Monty I was just annoyed and felt he was entitled and obnoxious. I have to give the author props for how terrible he was and how she was able to still hook me in. The writing for the book is superb. The speech of the characters was distinct and the language was so fitting. It was something I really appreciated and it earned the book so many points. The writing was just so pretty. It was beyond a general romance story, which is what I set out expecting to read.

This book is so much more than I expected and I have to sing its praises.

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4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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