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.
Review: (spoiler free)
Ahhhh another 5 star review hahah. I’ve been reading so many great books recently its such a nice feeling! This is going to be a pretty quick review because I have nothing but great things to say!
I listened to the audiobook of this, and it was incredible. I would highly recommend the audiobook version, the narrator is SO GOOD! I am in no way a fan of audiobooks, before this one I had only listened to one. I find myself getting confused in audiobooks so the narrator makes a big difference for me. The audiobook was over 10 hours and I finished it in just over a day!
As I said on Goodreads, this book was everything I’d ever wanted in one book. One of my favourite aspects was the time period mixed with the humour. Monty was such an amazing protagonist, I was laughing at so many of his thoughts and dialogue! He was such a sarcastic ass but it made the novel so much more funny. It’s so hilarious seeing this group of high-class British men and women try to navigate the world, especially as Monty states he has “never had anything bad happen to him.” I also loved the characters of Percy and Felicity, they both had such amazing personalities and Felicity was so sassy that she was just as humorous as Monty! It’s like a buddy road trip story but with a high society British group touring through 1700’s Europe. It’s amazing.
The time period made the story so much fun. It made the interaction with other characters so much more interesting as the social aspect was so specific to that time period! I’ve never been a big fan of historical fiction, but this story just made it so much fun that I couldn’t stop reading.
This review is quite short, mostly because I can’t think of anything else to say than “AHH I LOVE IT.” If you’ve been thinking about picking this up, definitely do! Also, check out the audiobook (even if you aren’t a big audiobook person, like me!)
Let me know if you’ve read this, and how you liked it if you did!