This was such a delightful story and it had me laughing SO much!
“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” had an incredible pack of characters (I can’t name a favourite), it was filled with action and I deeply enjoyed each step in their “tour”. The potatoes scene might need mentioning because it had me laughing out loud.
What started as the dream of a delightful trip full of drink, love affairs and indulgence, turned into a new way for Monty’s father to ruin his plans, by sending someone to watch over them and mess with their fun. And then it turned into a way for drink and love affairs to break hell loose in a race around Europe to save their runaway, hunted asses.
Highwaymen, pirates and Monty’s forbidden feelings for his (dark-skinned) best friend make for a hilarious story of (old days) British high society. The author also tackles tactfully subjects like gender, race, illness and homosexuality in the given time period. The story is rich in humour and even though light and silly at times, it keeps the reader highly addicted to the aventures the trio work through.
“What’s the use of temptations if we don’t yield to them?”
His sarcastic narration painted him as immature and foolish, but in a cute and entertaining way. Running into trouble again and again, mocking everyone and everything including himself, coming to terms with his willingness to cross the thin line between his privileges and his heart’s desires… Monty was simply adorable.
On the other hand, Felicity was an intelligent and headstrong young woman. All she wanted was to study medicine and be seen as more than a pretty decoration. She wasn’t a burden on this trip, as Monty expected, and their relationship changed slowly throughout the story.
The same happened to Monty and Percy. They grew apart and found each other over and over and their story was definitely cute. I also liked Percy’s part in this story – his genetic inheritance and his illness made the story gather some depth in a natural way.
All in one, “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” is a highly addictive and humorous story and it left me giddy and wanting for more.
“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”