Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 27, 2017
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.
Overall good writing and entertaining story however I couldn’t stand Monty and having the whole story written in his narrative made this book really hard to get through. Aside from Monty, I loved everything else about this story.
Percy and Felicity were great supporting characters and if I’m being completely honest, I think that this story would have definitely been a 5 star read if it were told from Percy’s point of view.
At the time that this review is being written, it was recently announced that there will be a second book all about Felicity and told in her perspective which I am so excited for! Felicity was my favorite character for multiple reasons, she is smart, witty, and not afraid of confrontation. I loved that she wants to study medicine and that she doesn’t let society rules govern how she lives her life.
Percy was my second favorite character. He has overcome so many barriers and has not had an easy life. Even so he still maintains a positive attitude and for some reason puts up with all of Monty’s antics and continues to stand by his side. Okay I lied I do know the reason as to why Percy puts up with Monty, which I don’t believe is a spoiler because it’s pretty obvious from the start, but I still don’t feel as though Monty deserves Percy’s love nor friendship. Percy’s character is so complex; he is the ward of a high society family while being a person of color which in this time period is still frowned upon and people of color are seen as less. In addition to being a person of color, Percy’s character has a disability and his sexual orientation goes against what society deems to be normal in this time period. Regardless of all that is working against him, he takes it all in stride and does the best that he can in his given situation without complaint.
As mentioned earlier, I couldn’t stand Monty. I think that the author intended for Monty to be an unlikeable character so that we can see his development throughout the story but this just made it so hard for me to keep motivated to finish the book. Monty lives a very privileged lifestyle. He is the son of a lord and set to inherit everything that his father has earned. To Monty, his future is so boring he makes it out to seem as though it’s the end of the world for him. He drinks and sleeps his life away with hardly any repercussions. He is so far into his own ass that he doesn’t even see how the world doesn’t revolve around him and all of his decisions are for his own selfish needs. I am glad that both Felicity and Percy call him out on this countless times throughout their journey but it doesn’t seem to stick. I know that Monty goes through his own hardships but in comparison to Percy, I don’t think he has any right to complain. I hated reading inside his head because his reasoning just drove me insane plus, all of the trouble that the trio ran into was most likely a cause of Monty’s actions. I do believe that he finally gets humbled near the very end but by then, I was so over him that I couldn’t even enjoy it.
The ending was a disappointment for me as well. I felt as though they went through all that they did for nothing. I get the point that the author was trying to get at and I do believe that it is all for their own good at the end of the day but to me it just seemed as though the book was a waste of time. The thing that was driving the plot doesn’t get resolved and I am upset that it took almost 500 pages for nothing. Anyway, it was an entertaining read but was dragged out way too long and didn’t captivate me enough to want to keep reading. I had to force myself to finish which is never a good experience.