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.
OKAY, so I’ve had a week to sit on this book after finishing it.
First of all, I had NO IDEA what to expect from this book at all. I knew it was about travelling and a gay romance, set in an older time period, but that was it.
Typically, I wouldn’t pick up a book about travelling, but I’m not opposed to reading about older times (dependant on the genre and plot), and I just happen to love my romance novels. Together, the combination was unique enough that I figured ‘why not’.
And you know what?
I don’t think anything could have prepared me for this book. Not only was it completely unpredictable, but the plot twists were wild, the humour was on point, and the characters were REALLY interesting and fun to hang out with. This book is one in a million.
What I Liked:
1 | The characters– I loved how badass Felicity was with her medical knowledge. I loved Percy’s mellow nature and Monty’s outgoing personality. But I ALSO loved how Monty had very distinct flaws that were portrayed quite well in the novel.
2 | The plot– it was a really good story.
3 | The culture– obviously, it had to be accurate to the time period, and I feel like this was done incredibly well. I never once felt like anything was out of place. It was as if the writer had lived in this time period herself.
What I Disliked:
1 | The ending– I had many thoughts on the ending and many expectations that I’m a little sad didn’t happen.
Firstly, I was curious to see what would happen with the panacea because Epilepsy is still a thing in our day and age, so I didn’t know if it would work on Percy or if he’d take it or what.
Secondly, I was really hoping that Monty would at least have gone back to tell his father to his face what a d*ck he is.
Overall, this book is AMAZING and you definitely, 100% have to read it. It’s diverse, it represents a lot of 18th-century issues that were shunned in that time period, such as disabilities and sexual diversity and POC– and these also happen to be issues that don’t get a lot of representation in today’s literature.
I would describe TGGTVAV as a mixed bag of sweets, but every single sweet delicious.
Mint Tea | The most exclusive tea rating. This book is a breath of fresh air.