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.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable romp through historical Europe! I don’t normally like historical fiction but this drew me in. I think because it was more concentrating on how NOT to behave in society! 😂
Monty is not always likeable, often foolish and a little self involved, but he’s a good fun character at the heart. Percy is my absolute favourite, he’s loveliness incarnate! And I really liked how we learned about Felicity along with her brother – she was really pretty damn awesome!
I wasn’t sure about the book basically until after they left Paris, but loved everything after that! The robbery, the surviving on very little, the intrigue and detective skills, the piracy, the heroics! All of it. Though my favourite is the piracy, which is why I’m definitely looking forward to the follow up book 😊😊
I also really enjoyed the obvious work Lee put into getting it right – from the royal issues, to the women not being allowed in a lot of the boarding houses, and the island sinking in Venice! It had the right touches to make it interesting without (for me) bogging it down like I often find in historical reads. Great fun, and brilliantly done.
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