Sunday 29 October 2017

Discussion: The Gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

Happy October everyone! 

This month Carole and I read and discussed "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue".  I am  in black and Carole in orange.  

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1)
Genre: Historical Romance & Adventure
Pages: ebook
First Published: June 27th 2017 
Where I Got It: Borrowed from Library

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. 

*waves* Bonjour!!

Aloha! I am happy to welcome you here on this rainy day

It’s rainy there too?? It is freezing and rainy. I’m scared it will turn to ice. X_X

Ugh yes horrid weather. I froze to death when I went out with the baby. I dreamed I was in Santorini with Henry and the gang instead.

Me too! It was nice to read of warmer places and beautiful places

And on our Grand Tour we go then. What did you think of this month’s book?

I’m torn really. It wasn’t HORRIBLE, but it wasn’t amazing like I was hoping it would be. It was simply JUST okay. You?

Same. I hoped for amazing. It was good, but the last part was only ok.

Yes, yes, the last half was not so good. It started falling apart when they got to Barcelona. :/

I did tell you :/ Up until that I could stand Henry who was a drunken wastrel but then Barcelona happened and it got dull and just weird. ...weird

I could’ve handled the weird, but Henry started getting annoying and I couldn’t stand him. He needs to just be a drunk all the time. That is the only way he is tolerable. Just so whiny. Even when the whole Percy secret came out he somehow made it allllll about him. Selfish little snot who complains that he gets to have a WHOLE estate to himself.

Poor rich bastard. I will be rich. I am a Lord. Poor me! My dad wants me to be responsible! Omg get a grip of yourself man. You selfish snot! And yes he so made it all about him. Booohoo, Percy blah blah blah, ME ME ME ME ME. You are right. He was better as the drunk

Yessss gah! I was so frustrated with him. Like I said...the weird and silly parts would have been fine but HE made it worse. I kinda wish the story was told in either Felicity’s or Percy’s POV. OR I wish that Henry would have stayed a drunk and whore running around Europe making me laugh. It just lost its charm when the author tried to get deep and serious. I was expecting a light and fun adventure about a man and his companions.

True. A light adventure about a drunken idiot. But when it got deep, well he has no depth. He was a drunken whiny rich kid who needed a kick in the arse. I certainly did not like it and hell no, I would not wanna spend time with him. I was so annoyed at him when the book ended

Same, same. And that letter at the end was annoying. I mean...I’m glad they found their happiness and whatever, but yeah…

Ugh the letter! Who writes something like that? Even if you are upset? Honestly I was annoyed with everyone at the end. Even Percy. He was just spineless in a horrid way because the author never looked into his soul or whatever. He was just there to be Henry’s bestie and to have a secret. But when it was all about Henry anyway I felt like I did not know Percy. What did percy enjoy to do? I have no idea. Even Felicity had more depth.

Yessss for being the love of Henry’s life I feel like we didn’t know him very well. Normally people in love know as much as possible about that person and I felt like Percy was just there. I knew nothing about him except for his secret and that his family stinks.

At least tell us if Percy enjoys a nice carriage ride, if he likes cat, or even if he drinks coffee. Something! I felt like Henry liked Percy but did not know Percy. Maybe he just fancied his looks just like everyone liked Henry cos he was so pretty. Yes yes, we get it Henry, you are pretty.

Well...let me give some possible kuddos to the author. Maybe she wrote it like that because maybe Henry is SO selfish he wouldn’t know what Percy likes. Henry is a selfish drunk rake who is shallow as sin. Soooooo it would make sense Henry wouldn’t know things on a level like that with Percy.

Might be so...but then she did fail too because I did not like Henry. Percy I did not know. Felicity, well she had depths. She wanted things. Yes I liked her, I could be friends with her.

Yessss I agree. She gave us nothing to really attach to except for a side character. I want a story about her!

Her and those people they met in the latter latter part. Oh that would be awesome!!

Team Felicity!!

It is a series so I mean there must be more

If it is more of Henry’s POV I am not interested. LOLLL But give me some time with Percy or Felicity and I would consider it

Sorry, not sorry. No more Henry. No more Henry.

*does some research* Ooooo the next one IS in Felicity’s POV! :D It is called “The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy”.

*nods* Could be good, just as long as she does not ruin it at the end

Or have her turn into Henry and be a whiny little snot. >_>

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I do fear that.

I’ll throw a fit! I SWEAR! But yes...half of this was good and the other half...just barely okay.

I’d want a new scale of ratings you know. Some word between Ok and Good. Now I rated it good because the first part was amusing and different. I feel ok would be too low for that even if yes the second part was barely ok.

We should come up with our own scale with made up words to express our feelings better

Yes we should!

Woo!!!! So...anything else you can think of that I am forgetting to mention?

Good try, good try. Failed to deliver at the end.

*nods and tips hat* Hopefully book 2 will be better if we don’t have to deal with Henry Mcwhiner.

Hear hear! Ok your turn next. I do think I picked a good one this time *coughs* fine, a first half good one that gave us things to discuss ;)

Not a bad choice though. It was worth a read I think even with the issues at the end. Mhmmmm I hope my choice is good. LOL I’m hopeful. xD

:D Until then then!


About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging a long while now. The last couple of years the epic duo have been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.


  1. I love the "he was better when he was drunk" comment. LOL Sorry this wasn't as good as you'd hoped. Better luck with the next one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. LOL, it was still good, if not counting the later part

  2. How fun and I like the name Monty. It's rainy here too. Happy Sunday.

  3. Ha! I knew you weren't going to like this one lol

    The next book is Felicity so maybe you will both like it better.

    I did enjoy it but I thought it was too long and I agree that Percy could have been developed more.

    For What It's Worth

    1. I did like it but then when I start to nitpick it all falls apart

  4. I don't think this is my kind of book, but I did like reading this post :)

  5. You guys actually make this sound very entertaining, its issues notwithstanding! I've actually been very curious about this author, maybe I'll take a look :P

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  6. Good to know, the wheels fall off in Barcelona. :)

    Fun discussion, ladies!

  7. Probably not my kind of book but I enjoyed the review.

  8. oh yes I remember hearing about this one

  9. Oh boo....I was looking forward to this one. I may still give it a try.



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