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Synopsis:

“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 in the changes 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 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:

This book was fantastic.

I had been hearing about this book all around BookTube for months. From the time that people got early (ARC) copies of it to the day it was released, it was getting nothing but rave reviews. Both the physical book and the audiobook were getting those fantastic reviews so I figured it was about time that I pick it up.

I was not disappointed.

I decided to go with the audiobook format for this particular book. It was done very well. I was shocked to learn that the narrator of this book played young Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter movies. I think he was perfect for the voice of Monty. He was able to capture Monty’s personality so well and I will definitely be reading more books narrated by him in the future.

I loved all of the characters featured in this book. Monty was absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the majority of the book. Like I said before, I think that the narrator did a fantastic job of capturing his personality. Those factors have definitely made me put Monty on my list of favorite book characters.

I also love Percy and Felicity as characters. Both of them I could relate to in multiple ways. Percy was a great side character (and love interest) and his personality mixed perfectly with Monty’s. Felicity was the character that I connected the most with. She had the mix of her love of books and the medical field that I also have myself. Both of these characters were fantastic and I want a couple of spin-off books just about them.

The romance between Percy and Monty has become one of my favorites. I think that they were just so cute together. Their personalities perfectly evened each other out. I think that their close bond (even before they were in a relationship) just made me smile. One of my new favorite book couples by far.

The plot of this book was just full of twists and turns. Monty’s actions made the plot very unpredictable which is what I really enjoyed about the book. It was one of those books that I didn’t want to pause the audiobook at all. It made me laugh, cry out in shock, and put a smile on my face all at the same time.

I also really enjoyed all of the diversity in this book. We had Monty who was bi-sexual, Percy who was bi-racial and epileptic, and Felicity who (from what I have heard) is A-sexual. Lots of great representation in this book.

My only problem with this book, and the only thing that prevented me from giving this book a 5 star rating, was the epilepsy representation. As someone who happens to have that condition myself, I don’t think it was accurately represented in this book. Any time a book features a character with epilepsy, I always have high expectations going in. I have only read one book before this book that featured an epileptic character and it was perfectly represented in that book. This book in my opinion wasn’t so perfect.

Now I don’t know anything about how epilepsy was treated back in the Victorian era. This book could have represented it perfectly and I just didn’t know. I was going off my knowledge of the condition and kind of basing it off some of the experiences I have had going through the condition since I was in second grade.

Overall, this book was very enjoyable in my opinion. Like I said, if the epilepsy representation had been more up to par for me, this would have been EASILY a 5 star read. But other than that, I think this book was worth the hype and I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.

RATING: 4.5/5

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