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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and swashbuckling stand-alone teen historical fiction novel.

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable grand tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are 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.

So Monty 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, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

©2017 Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Even better than I expected...

This was a wonderful book that took me by surprise with its humor, well-paced plot, and memorable characters. I took a chance on it, and I am so glad I did. The fact that characters felt flawed and real, yet didn't irritate me, was a refreshing change from other books I have picked up recently. I recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, fun read.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Must Read

Loved it so much. Witty, fun and romantic. Plus the performance was amazing. I couldn't put it down.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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My absolute FAVORITE audio book ever

Christian Coulson does such a fantastic job performing this book that I cannot express how glad I am that I decided to listen to it rather than read my physical copy. Not only is it an amazingly well written story, full of excitement and heartache and love, but Coulson brings Monty and all the other characters to life in a way that my own mental adaptation could not. It's an absolute must listen and a definite read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fun story BRILLIANT Narration

I enjoyed this YA story, it was a fun story, witty and cute. I am glad I finally got to it, but I am so happy I listened to the audio the narrator was brilliant he just nailed it, sometimes a bad narrator can ruin a book this is actually the first time for me the narrator improved the story. I don't think I would have enjoyed the humor as much if I was reading it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

This book was so good! I'm going to get the physical copy due to how good it was.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Complete surprise

This book was a refreshing surprise to the modern day tales we are constantly bombarded with. Absolute delight to read.

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💜💜💜

adored this beyond belief, amazingly read and a fantastic story 💛 couldnt put it down, I highly reccomend

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Such an amazing book!

This book had me completely enthralled within the first 2 chapters. I couldn’t put it down. The author is incredibly talented and witty and I will be saying a prayer every day from here on forward we get to have another book featuring Monty and Percy!

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Sassy and fun

I loved this story. The narration is excellent; but what really makes this story stand out and so much fun to listen to was Henry's voice and quips and unapologetic vanity. He's a hilarious and honest protagonist struggling with very relevant problems, though it takes place in the 19th century. The story touches upon: abuse, bi-sexuality, gender roles, class and race. Henry's growth is subtle but natural, and I wish for a sequel because I'd love to see what kind of mis-haps and adventures he and Percy can get themselves into as they enter adulthood.

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A blend of humor, adventure, and romance

Where does The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While not the best audiobook I've listened to, it is one of the more enjoyable. The scenarios were humorous, the characters were well realized, and the plot blended enough elements well that I will come back to this story sometime.

Which character – as performed by Christian Coulson – was your favorite?

Felicity was a real stand out. You got a very good sense of her wit, the way she was reacting to the world, and her complicated relationship with her brother.

Any additional comments?

One of the things that is wonderful about this book is its diverse cast, showing that history was as complicated (with many of the same issues) as today. Our main character is bi and lecherous and actually suffers the consequences of his action. His best-friend/love-interest is biracial and suffers from epilepsy. Felicity is wickedly intelligent at a time when intelligence in women was not necessarily prized, and is struggling with society's expectations of her. The three play off each other well, and all grow in their own way. I recommend this book.

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  • Lis
  • 08-22-17

A wonderful listen

Monty is a little hard to like to begin with but I did warm up to him. I loved Percy and Felicity and their adventure in Europe was a lot of fun. The narrator's voice was perfect and enhanced the experience.

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  • Jamie
  • 07-18-17

Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

One of the best books of the year. A hilarious romp of a historical novel, enough danger, magic and adventure to keep me on the edge of my seat, and brilliant, brilliant characters who aren't so much flawed as painfully, adorably real. I couldn't help love Monty even when he was being an idiot, selfish or completely ridiculous, or even all three at once. The side characters and the relationships between them were fantastically portrayed and really made the book. Also, outstanding handling of diversity in a setting and era where being anything other than white, male and preferably rich was subject to varying but usually horrifying levels of prejudice. It covered some really heavy, tough issues without ever coming across preachy or derailing the story and honestly, some of the hardships faced by the characters, especially Percy, brought me close to tears.

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  • 07-15-17

One of the best audio books I've ever listened to.

The narrator was amazing and perfect as Monty's voice and for the story set in the 1700s. This is the feel good adventure novel with a great set of main characters, all three of them distinctive and real. The language is creative and humourus, and I was smiling and laughing the whole way through it. Would highly recommend.

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  • Patricia Grundy
  • 11-23-17

Absobloodylutely brilliant

What a lovely surprise this book was! I stumbled upon it on the audible homepage having heard of it but not paid too much attention.
After reading the blurb I decided to download it.
Great story telling, the narration is outstanding and the characters are such good company that I couldn't stop listening.
Monty, the main character, is pretty flawed but self aware so still likeable. For me, Felicity was the show stealer while Percy was probably the weakest of them.

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  • Bethany Fisher
  • 10-16-17

I NEED MORE

This has been one of my best 2017 reads! Loved it! Such a rollercoaster though.

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  • Lyndsey T.
  • 10-11-17

A hilarious romp through 18th century Europe

This book was even funnier and more enjoyable than I expected. I absolutely loved the characters and how diverse and well crafted they were, plus the narrator was perfect and really brought Monty to life. I can't wait for Felicity's companion novel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-17

Loved it!

I loved this book so much! I usually don't like historical fiction but this blew me away

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-17

Amazing

Loved every second of it! Narators voice was amazing. So funny and well spoken and told!!

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  • Michael Phillips
  • 07-10-17

The Gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

Amazingly fun, a fast paced read. Christian Cousin does an awesome ob as narrator. Looking forward to MacKenzie Lee's next novel.

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  • Yasmin Trindade
  • 07-06-17

Lovely and so, so fun!

You will adore this main trio and all their adventures! Long-ish but a fast and fun read that will stay with you. I adored it!

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  • oceanjasper
  • 09-20-17

Beautifully crafted and superbly narrated

This is a rollicking adventure with a mostly historically accurate feel (I'm not sure if the occasional modern expressions were inadvertent on the author's part or a deliberate technique but they actually work well).

Monty is a wonderful character who proves to be much more complex than the dissolute young nobleman he appears at the start of the book. But his sister Felicity is a scene-stealer; fiercely intelligent, independent-minded and often sharp-tongued. The way their initial sibling disdain evolves over the course of the book is as compelling in its way as the relationship between Monty and Percy.

The prose is gorgeous, with creative and lyrical descriptions bringing the settings to vivid life. But the narration..... Christian Coulson is perfect for Monty; he sounds young enough, with the cut-glass diction of the English aristocrat. The precision of his delivery brings forth every nuance of Monty's feelings, far more than would be inferred from the written word. We experience his fear and helplessness and boundless love at different stages of the book. The other characters are equally vivid; Percy's voice is calm and melodious, Felicity's often harsh and impatient. I would give the narration 10 stars if I could.

I adored this audiobook and doled it out to myself in measured portions to fully savour it. If ever there was a perfect combination of story and narrator, this is it.

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  • Liv
  • 08-18-17

Amazing

Probably the best book I've listened to on audible! It was one of the few books that I felt was better listened to, mainly because I didn't have to try to read things in an English accent and could hear it instead. Definitely would recommend if you like history, science, romance and adventure, this book has it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-17

Abso-bloody-lutely wonderful

The story was fantastic, the characters compelling, the narration gorgeous, the setting wonderful. 10/10 will listen again