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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.

What compelled me to buy this book and read it after it having been out over a year? Who knows, because when this came out, initially, I never thought I would read it, as at the time it didn’t seem up my ally.

However, I’m so glad I did, because I ended up loving it.

The beginning of this book I feel is typical of a love story in the making, however the setting is something that really seems to throw it off and make it sort of “abstract” from the rest.

Monty is hilarious. I loved him throughout the entirety of the book. I thought he was great and just all around a good character.

Percy was also very likable. While I felt he was more of a mirror of Monty and his emotions towards the end, he was definitely a very good love interest.

Felicity was just downright kick-ass. I’m afraid she beats out Percy when it comes to favorite characters aside from the MC.

This book’s synopsis doesn’t really give much away. Only that Monty does something that is quit stupid which sends them on this fantastical journey. The journey they end up going on is not something that I expected at all and probably would have made me not read the book if it had been in the synopsis. However, I felt, in the end, it was very fun.

A couple of things I really didn’t like about this book, as every book has its imperfections, is that it felt very “fly by the seat of your pants”. That is, I felt that the author was kind of making it up as she went along rather than having a set plan, other than the outcome of the relationship between Monty and Percy at the very end.

I also didn’t particularly care for the way things were wrapped up, as I felt that characters kind of avoided confrontation that I felt was building up throughout the work. There was a point in this novel where I thought I was going to make it a solid five stars, but I’m going to have to knock it back to four.

Overall, fun story, amazing characters. Overall a great time.


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