Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: (Guide #1)
Genre: Historical, YA, Romance
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 travelling 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 year-long 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.
WONDERFUL. Just wonderful! So delightfully charming, witty and heartwarming. The Gentleman’s Guide follows our main character Monty who sets out on a grand tour around Europe with his best friend Percy and younger sister Felicity before taking over the family estate… and things basically go to Sh*t. Excuse my language.
I cannot stress how hilarious this book is. Mont’s narration on the situations they find themselves in, the banters and insults they throw at each other back and forth and way the author weaves in a range of themes and topics like disability, women’s place in society, abuse, race and sexuality and what it was like dealing with those issues at this point in time with such intellect and compassion – while inserting humour and lightheartedness was like a breath of fresh air. The entire premise of the book was simply put, excellent.
Our trio of characters were so realistic and believable – in their issues, struggles and wants that they just left you wanting more.
- Monty: A hilarious, rogue-ish fun-loving Bi-sexual British lord in love with his best friend Percy. He is an absolute delight who not only happens to be utterly and completely useless in times of crisis, more often than not, he is the cause of most of their crisis.
- Percy: A ray of sunshine and Monty’s best friend. He’s this sweet, patient and loving guy who constantly has to deal with the backlash of his racial status. Mind you this is the 18th century England and Europe.
- Felicity is simply a badass. She is fierce, utterly brilliant and a resourceful girl whose role is more like an older sister than Monty’s tag-along younger sister.
There is so much depth and layers to these characters like Percy having to deal with racial discrimination, Felicity not being able to do what she really wants as opposed to what society says she must do, Monty, though clueless at the start and somewhat shallow slowly having to confront his privileges over these two people that he loves and cares about in terms of their social standing as well as having to confront his own issues and realising certain things about himself, his growth over the course of the book was all beautifully portrayed.
And the romance! If all of the above is not enough to encourage you to read, the heavy dose romance that’s simply sweet heartwarming and gush-worthy should more than suffice.
Seriously – Go. Get. Yourself. A. Copy!