A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an absolute gem of a book. It has everything you want: adventure, friendship, young love, and laugh-out loud humor. I could not recommend this book more highly!
The book features Henry Montague (Monty), a philandering Earl’s son who can’t seem to get his life together. The book begins when he and his best friend Percy depart on their one-year tour of the continent. It will be Monty’s last year of freedom and debauchery before he returns home to manage the estate with his overbearing father. It seems that they will have a grand time–so long as Monty ignores the fact that he’s head over heels in love with Percy.
When Percy is afflicted by serious illness, Monty, Percy, and Monty sister, Felicity, set off on a rollicking adventure to find a mysterious alchemical cure. Waylaid by highway men, kidnapped by pirates, and chased by a dangerous French Lord, Monty has plenty to keep his mind busy (other than thoughts of Percy!)
Monty is delightful protagonist. He’s hilarious and irreverent and just self-aware enough to not be insufferable. As Monty and Percy grow closer and romance blooms, you find yourself rooting for Monty to get over himself and learn how to truly share his feelings. It’s a refreshing change of pace to find a hero that is so unheroic. Somehow, this only makes you love him more.
If you like reading humor, or adventure, or historical fiction, or romance (really if you’re a breathing human being), I highly recommend this book!