The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Cover Reveal, Excerpt, + Giveaway!

October 13, 2016 2016, cover reveal, giveaway, historical, Wendy 121



the gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

Today we’re hosting the exclusive cover reveal for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee! I enjoyed the author’s debut This Monstrous Thing, and I’m a huge fan of her weekly #BygoneBadassBroads storytime on Twitter. She gives back so much to the YA community through education and enthusiasm, so I’m delighted to help unveil her upcoming historical novel.

Friends, you are going to want to gaze adoringly into this book’s eyes and buy it dinner. It features pirates and villains and two rascally boys who are lifelong friends, but who are OH, also fighting their growing feelings for each other. *swoon*

Mackenzi joins us today to talk about sowing wild oats, tackling historical fiction tropes, and being queer in the 17th century.

Watch Mackenzi Lee Introduce The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

As Mackenzi says, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the big gay 18th century road trip novel that you didn’t know you needed!

Now…are you ready to see this cover?




(It would save time if you just handed over your pants now, since Percy and Monty will charm them right off you.)




BEHOLD! Your very first look at this delightful book.



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What do you think of this cover? It promises fun and adventure, but you can also see a sense of purpose in Monty’s eyes, I think. Though that purpose could be anything from tracking down a priceless missing object to calculating how swiftly he could undo your laces.



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.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue will be released on June 20th, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books. Add it to your GoodReads and pre-order it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound!

About the Author: Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history (in the middle of which she took her own Grand Tour of Europe) and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her first novel, This Monstrous Thing, which won the PEN New England Susan Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, was released in 2015 from HarperCollins. Her second novel, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, a queer spin on the classic adventure novel, comes out June 20, 2017. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. You can find her on Twitter @themackenzilee where she curates a weekly storytime #Bygone Badass Broads about badass women from history you probably didn’t know about but should. She currently calls Boston home. Keep up with the latest on Mackenzi’s books on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Read the First Chapter!

To whet your appetite even more, here’s your chance to read the first chapter of the book below!

Fair warning: reading this will make your grabby-hands feelings even stronger. I fell in love on the very first page, and I bet you will, too.

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(Hover your mouse over the bottom left side of the PDF to advance to the next page.)

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Mackenzi Lee at Versailles. After you read this book, picture Monty streaking through this grand palace behind her.


Win an early ARC of the book!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue won’t be out until June 20th, 2017, but thanks to the author and our friends at Katherine Tegen Books, one of our lucky readers will win one of the very first ARCs as soon as they’re available. That’s right, you’ll get one HOT OFF THE PRESSES. That ARC will include a gushy blurb from me, by the way, so that should tell you how much I enjoyed the book. As if you couldn’t tell already, right?

To enter to win the ARC, all you need to do is:

1. Leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re looking forward to reading this book.

2. Retweet Wendy’s tweet about the cover reveal, linked on the image below. If it’s not glaringly obvious what your Twitter handle is, please include that information with your comment as well.


Alternatively, if you don’t have a Twitter account, you may also leave a link below showing us how you’ve shared it on another form of social media. Either way, you MUST have a public account in order for us to verify; also, please use the official RT button for easy tracking, as those quoted tweets will get lost in my mentions and will not count.

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Please see our usual giveaway rules, as they always apply. Ends November 7th, 2016.

Giveaway copy is provided by the publisher; photos, video, and artwork provided by the author.


Are you looking forward to falling in love with boyish dimples so deep you could pour tea into them? I’m fanning myself just thinking about them.

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121 Responses to “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Cover Reveal, Excerpt, + Giveaway!”

  1. Ralston Tuason

    Oh boy have I been waiting for a book like this! I love YA queer fiction for the representation I’m getting as a gay male myself, I honestly can’t wait for this book to release! (and the cover looks pretty cool to boot!)

  2. Alexandra Soto

    I’m so ridiculously excited for this book. I’m always looking for books that have good queer representation that is outside the contemporary coming-of-age category. I love the setting, and I already love Percy. Honestly shocked by how quickly I was drawn in, within the first 3 pages. I cannot wait for the release. For some reason I thought it was out in January, so my heart sunk a little (a lot) when I realized it’s not out til June.

  3. ElizabethReads

    I’m majoring in History, Art History, and English, and over the past few months I’ve been working on research in queer history and the Enlightenment … so you can imagine how much screaming there was when I discovered this book on Goodreads this past summer. And now I finally get to read an excerpt of it?! And it’s even better than I could’ve imagined?? And I have to wait 8 more months to get finally get my hands on it?!?!?! (Unless I’m lucky enough to win an ARC… *fingers crossed*)

  4. Alyssa Nichole

    I cannot wait to read this book! I love historical fiction more than anything! Not to mention that this book seems to be filled with adventure, romance, and everything else that makes a book great!

  5. Robyn B.

    This novel sounds amazing. Queer Historical Fiction, yes please!!

    Twitter: crazybluebird

  6. Traci (The Reading Geek)

    I’m excited to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for many reasons. First, I love the cover! Next, the synopsis sounds like an amazing and fun adventure. I love the sound of the setting in eighteenth century Europe! Monty also sounds like a great main character who I want to get to know. I’m especially excited about seeing more representation in YA books as well! Lastly, I loved reading the first chapter and I cant’ wait to read more!

    Thanks! (twitter: @thereadinggeek)

  7. Lexie C.

    Aside from how lovely the cover is, how scrumptious the summary is and how enticing the excerpt was…I would like to win this ARC because I have a number of friends who have been following the publication journey of this book – friends who don’t blog, who normally just turn to me for recs or who read purely small/indie press for the content they want – and felt their excitement soar when I excitedly forwarded all the information I could find.

    Friends who despaired of finding fun, witty young adult books with adventure, romance and two dashing lads. Friends who just from the summary and the stuff the Lee has posted on twitter and her blog feel connected to the story and characters more than any other mainstream title they could think of.

    Friends who want to see themselves and their life’s struggles and choices in a book without it becoming an afternoon school special or filled with sex. I’ve preordered the book, and made a vow to drag those friends to any signing that is within our range, but I think it would be super if I could share it with them early. Thank you for this chance!

  8. Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    This book sounds amazing! I adore the cover and the synopsis- especially that cute sounding crush omg. This is definitely a unique take on historical fiction that I can’t wait to read!

  9. Denise

    The cover (It’s GORGEOUS)
    BISEXUAL MC!!!!!!!

    This one sounds really good!

    Twitter: @Dandelionns

  10. A.J.

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is by far my most anticipated read of 2017. After reading the excerpt, I’m somehow even MORE excited for it.

    I’m bisexual, so it is so amazing to be able to see people like me represented in different time periods (especially the 18th century). Visibility is so important especially in both young adult and historical genres. The plot itself sounds so adorable and fun and has best friends to lovers, which is one of my favorite tropes.

    I’d love to be able to get my hands on this. Thank you so much for doing this!

    My twitter is @laceliteracy.

  11. EJ Martin

    My best friend told me about this book, and I’ve had a hard time keeping my mind off of it since! I love reading LGBTQA+ books, and it’s always refreshing to see them placed in a time other than our present. After reading the first chapter I’m even more hooked and can’t wait to read it as soon as it comes out! Everything about this book just looks amazing! Thanks for the chance!

  12. Stephanie

    I am so excited to read this! I’ve been following the progress on Twitter, and it sounds really good.

  13. Brittani

    I’m SUPER excited for this book! I recently realized that I really love historical fiction and this looks absolutely delightful!

  14. Jessica James

    I’ve been hearing nothing but amazing things about this for months. I’m so here for anything involving “one last hedonistic hurrah” involving two rascally boys on a historical road trip. And the pirates.

    Oh man. I need this book!

    Thanks for the chance :)

  15. Savannah M @cintheera

    This book has basically everything I am here for. LGBTQ+ characters; strong (in the sense of complex and realistic, not necessarily physically strong), complex women who don’t shame femininity and embrace it; POC characters; road trips; intersectionality between the aforementioned things; pining; friends falling in love; flirting; pirates; and did I mention everything I need in life?? I am so here for this. I’ve been thinking about this book literally every day since I first saw it and read the description. I’ve told like all my friends about this book. I can’t wait. I am so excited aaaaaa!!!! As a person of color in the LGBTQ+ community who is all for feminism and friends falling in love, I am so excited. Representation is really important to me, and not only does this book have positive representation, it just has an amazing premise and all sorts of other amazing things and I’m just so excited!!! Have I mentioned that I’m excited? I’m so excited I literally can’t stop thinking about this book. I’m Ready.

  16. Kat Gray

    I’m beyond excited for this book! There’s never enough LGBT historical fiction with positive rep (which is dreadfully sad.) I’m already hooked from the excerpt! Plus, pirates!

  17. Sky

    I’m excited for the book because there is such a lack of LGBTQ historical fiction books (or period drama books? Idk the correct term) and this will be the ultimate addition to my library!

  18. Theresa Snyder

    Why wouldn’t I want to read this book? First, Mackenzie Lee wrote it, then there’s the historical part (which is one of my fav genres to read!)
    Plus diversity! What more could you ask for!?
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  19. KM

    I’m looking forward to this book because it’s a genre I haven’t really read before—but it sounds so intriguing!

    Twitter: @chocogirl71

  20. Mithila

    Okay but that cover is so cute. I love the font and basically everything. And the title because it reminds me of the Panic! at the Disco album. But that isn’t why I’m so excited for this book! I’ve never come across an LGBTQ+ book and lately, I wanted to widen my reading horizons to include more of everything. This books falls PERFECTLY into the category of “everything” and it seems like such a fun read! I’m so glad Lee’s publishing this–can’t wait for June!

  21. Nikki

    Hmmm…what am I NOT looking forward to in this book? I recently discovered my love for historical romances and now it’s about two dudes and PIRATES and bisexual characters with adventure!?!?! SIGN. ME. THE. EFF. UP.

  22. Cole B

    Gosh oh gosh, my breathing is heavy and I’m finding it difficult to write… [clutches chest] I need this book way too much. I mean I can wait until next summer, I probably won’t die from not reading it, but yes- my favorite things queer YA and historical fancy boys in one book? I’m in heaven.


  23. Brianna Robinson

    First of all, thank you so much for the chance!

    I’ve had grabby hands for this book as soon as Dahlia Adler started talking about it months ago.

    Plus, I need more books about friends falling in love. I need more books about guy friends falling in love. There isn’t nearly enough fun historical fiction out their either and this one looks like so much fun. I can already tell that what will be my most-anticipated read of 2016 is likely to be my favorite read of 2016 just from the excerpt alone!

  24. Rachel

    Oh gosh, I only recently followed Mackenzi on Twitter because of Bygone Broods, but then I found out she writes YA books! I LOVE YA BOOKS. ESPECIALLY DIVERSE, ROMP-FILLED, PIRATICAL YA BOOKS. More than that, I’m a YA librarian, and I’m always looking for great recommendations. Our Rainbow Reads bookmarks are always the first to go, so any new titles I can give to our teens are much appreciated. :)

    My Twitter handle: @mikkaybear

  25. Kristie @ Lost in Ever After

    First off, I love historical fiction stories. But what really has me wanting this so badly is ALL THE QUEERNESS!! Having queer main characters is hella different and amazing for a HF book and I can’t bloody wait to have it in my hands. I’ve been following the journey on Mackenzi twitter and god damn the teases are mean. I just need it now!

  26. Kathy

    European ‘road’ trip with historical flare and amazing characters?! YES! YES! YES! This one is on my personal 2017 Most Anticipated list so I cannot wait to get my hands on it. My twitter handle that I retweeted from is @kathycoe

  27. Kami

    I can’t wait to read this! I love the cover! Why is the release date so far away? :'(
    Twitter: @starbound_books

  28. Krystal Larson

    I honestly love the cover (always draws me in). I love the sound of the love interest and the setting is unique! There aren’t too many YA historical fiction books.

  29. Jen

    Historical fiction with LGBTQ love? Sounds like a definite must read! And the first page alone already has me wanting more…

  30. Jen

    Sounds extremely interesting! Historical fiction with some LGBTQ love? I most definitely want to read it! And already from the first page it has me wanting more.

  31. Alyssa Bailey

    This is so exciting! I’m in love with the idea of lgbtq historical fiction that allows queer charcters to be happy and charming and have a good time despite the struggles of being lgbt in ages past. These two boys seem sickeningly charming and I can alreay tell I’m going to be head over heels for both of them *swoon* I’m also just really hype about whole “road trip novel” genre and having that concept in a historical setting with queer characters is just everything. I can’t wait!!! Ahhh what am I going to do until this book comes out D:
    Twitter: @alyssaisafish

  32. Carolyn

    I can’t read that excerpt, I just can’t! If I read it and can’t keep reading I know I’m going to hate everyone around me, even if I’m just by myself. But all I needed to read (if I didn’t already adore Mackenzi Lee’s spirit and love of history) is “big gay 18th century road trip novel that you didn’t know you needed.” I love historicals, and I love queer historicals even more. I’m so excited for whoever wins the ARC! And whenever I get to read this, I’m going to be so haaaappy!

    Tweeting from: @akaTheReader

  33. starryeyedjen

    OMG, that cover is perfect!!! It will look so good next to My Lady Jane. ;) This book sounds amazing and fun and HAWT! I need it now. NEEEEEEED IT. Seriously, I’m getting drool all over my keyboard right now. :D :D :D

  34. Liz

    I’m excited for this book because I love the cover and the era that it’s set in. I’ve also been told it’s a fantastic depiction of gay characters. My Twitter handle is lizpatanders

  35. Jessica Powell

    Super looking forward to a best friend/adventure/romance book…my three favorite things :D I usually take one day off a year for the release of my most anticipated book…I think this one will be it!

  36. Raneem Kankan

    Oh my God I’ve been intrigued about this book since I saw MacKenzi write it. So i cannot wait for this book and may the odds be in our favor !! @raneemkankan

  37. Alice

    I’m so excited for this book because it sounds utterly charming and fun, and I adore Mackenzie. So there’s that too. Thanks for this chance! :D

  38. Sara @ A Gingerly Review

    I was excited for this book before I read your blog post but now I am even MORE excited! I am slowly becoming a lover of historical books and would love to read this one.

    Thank you for the chance!

  39. Mason

    I’m so excited for this!!! There definitely aren’t enough historical fiction-queer books out there!

  40. Adri

    I’ve been looking out for this book on Goodreads for such a long time and now it has a cover and everything!! (which, by the way, is gorgeous) June 2017 is way too long of a wait, I don’t think I can wait that long. Historical fiction, LGBT and PIRATES- I NEED. I’ve re-read the excerpt way too many times. I’m already falling for Percy and Monty. Thanks for the chance :D *fingers crossed*

  41. Maryssa

    Monty sounds like my absolute favorite kind of character! I’m 100% here for LGBTQA+ road-tripping with fun twists and enticing stories! I’m generally not big on historical books, but this sounds right up my alley and like something I can’t miss out on.

    My twitter: @jonnybtoews

  42. Eliza Wass

    Ah man this is SO up my street. Fun fact, but I used to write teenage Oscar Wilde-based slash fiction for years and that’s what this reminded me of (although this probably has more plot–or rather A plot)–but the wittiness, the debauchery, the clothes, the Europe, the gay *sigh* Also, Monty and Percy are such great names–especially Monty which reminds me of Withnail & I. Love the Grand Tour setting as well–GENIUS. My name is Eliza Wass but my Twitter handle is @lovefaithmagic

    Thank you for the chance to win an ARC!!

  43. CapesandCovers

    Monty’s story sounds SO amazing! I’ve never read a historical LGBTQ novel before, so I’m really looking forward to see the differences. This whole book sounds amazing, friends to lovers (or friends in lovr with vest friends) is a favorite trope of mine, and Monty & Percy sound like they’re going to have some crazy adventures together. The first chapter was amazing, I can’t wait to read more (this book is SO up my alley it’s like it was written specifically for me)!

    @capesandcovers Twitter

  44. Sam Taylor

    Oh my goodness the cover!!! Mackenzie has been teasing about it for MONTHS on Twitter and it’s so gratifying to finally have seen it. I love her writing and I really want to read this historical road trip and back in June on Twitter she mentioned an alchemical heart–and that sealed the deal for me on this book, so I was devastated to learn it wouldn’t release for an entire year (seriously, it was one year exactly from the release date). An ARC would be better than European pastries.

    Twitter handle is @jsamtaylor, to track the retweet.

  45. Cath Comfort

    I absolutely adore Mackenzi and her work. This Monstrous Thing was ~spectacular~, and I’m beyond excited to read more from her. This book can’t come out soon enough! <3

  46. Lily Frenette

    This book sounds so freaking amazing. A) I love road trips. B) I love romance. C) I love pirates. D) I love complicated boys who are just trying to figure life out and really should just screw everything and be together cause that would make them happy. I would love to read this book.
    Twitter is @journalingirl

  47. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    You had me at “road trip.” I love Europe travel books – LOVE them. I haven’t read too many historical ones, and definitely not with YA characters, much less queer ones. So add all of those things to the list of why I want to read Gentleman’s Guide. On top of all that…OMG, I so want to be a Man of Leisure at that time. I feel like I’d totally be great at gambling, drinking, hanging out in taverns…basically, this just sounds like complete and total irreverent historical fun. NEED IT.

  48. Ava

    I’m looking forward to reading this book because I adore the author and the things she does (especially #BygoneBadassBroads), and the book itself looks amazing. I love getting to read more LGBTQIAP+ books, especially as a queer person myself. The representation really does matter, and I KNOW this book does a good job of it. Plus, the cover looks WONDERFUL, and the story sounds incredible. Thanks for the chance to win an ARC!

  49. Marisa

    I am so excited about this book! The LGBT+ books out there don’t always click with me voice-wise, but I fell in love with this by the end of the first page. I am definitely starved for fun queer historical fiction! Thanks for the great review; this probably would have taken forever to get on my radar without it.

    Oh and Twitter handle is @mayflymgdoherty.

  50. Danielle

    Historical adventures are always fun and I’ll always have a soft spot for books about unresolved romantic longing. It sounds like fun so why not try to win a copy! :D
    My twitter is @chipmunkwarcry.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Danielle

      So in my previous comment you can see me trying to be all cool about my interest in the book. But the more I read about the book, the more I can’t wait to read it. So I thought I’d mention this in case enthusiasm is a factor in the selection process. :P

  51. Jane

    This sounds amazing! I love historical fiction, but there’s an unfortunate lack of quality YA historical fiction with LGBT characters/relationships. A funny tale about pining for your best friend? Sign me up!

    And thanks so much for this chance to win an ARC! :) (Also, I’m ItsJaneLindsey on Twitter!)

  52. Mona M

    CANNOT wait for this to come out! This kind of reminds me of my Lady Jane with the added bonus of some LGBTQ goodness :3 (twitter handle is @itsgranger)

  53. Fatma S

    I’m kind of like SUPER EXCITED to read this? I heard about it only a few days ago but it sounds right up my alley! Tropey fun adventures here I come! <3
    (my twitter handle is @itsgryffindor)

  54. Jessica R

    Ever since I first heard Mackenzi describe her “big gay European 18th century road trip” novel I have been all about it, but the more I’ve heard since, the more I’ve been convinced that this book is just about everything I have ever wanted. And now to see Monty looking so dashing on the cover, well, I think it’s safe to say that the wait until release day is going to be a rough one!

  55. Wafiyah

    I decided I haven’t read enough LGBTQIA+ novels, and just chanced upon your review on Goodreads. I feel like, with discussions about diversity in YA, and me being an intersectional feminist, this would be a fun, and educational, experience. It looks like it’s breaking gender norms while also being adorable. And funny. And exciting. And it’s historical fiction – all of that together makes for a good book, in my opinion. I’m so looking forward to reading this.

    Thanks for the giveaway alert!

  56. Katerina

    I’ve been waiting for this book since there was nothing but the genre and the title. And now, after reading, the first pages of this beauty, I know that my intuition was right. This book sounds really amazing. I’m already in love with Monty and can’t wait for his adventures. I wish more authors wrote YA historical romances, especially with queers.

  57. Amy :o)

    Why am I looking forward to this book? I have been looking for ‘something different’ to read for a while now. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump that I can’t seem to get out of. After watching Mackenzi Lee Introduce The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and reading that excerpt… I think I may just have found what I needed.

    I am totally excited to read this and cannot wait until it comes out!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  58. Nancy the Ravenous Reader

    Since I read the synopsis months ago I have been lasciviously lusting after this novel. Then with the cover reveal today it has only spurned my ardent feelings for it.

    I have a very soft spot for Roguish men and their scandalous ways.

    Thank you for this very generous offer for a chance to read this novel early.
    Nancy the Ravenous Reader recently posted…Cover Reveal: UNBREAKABLE by Kallie Ross

  59. Danielle V

    As soon as I heard the title for this book, I knew I wanted to read it! This feels like the perfect marriage of classic and edgy lit, and the excerpt was quite unlike anything I’ve read. Also: the cover is swoon-worthy! A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue has gravitated to the top of my TBR. Thanks for the opportunity!

  60. Wren

    This book just seems like so much fun. I love all the author’s tweets. Mackenzie is awesome. Her weekly spotlight BadassBygoneBroads makes me want to write historical fiction.

  61. Hannah Cuckler

    This is the book I’ve been waiting for. I can feel it. I’ve been excited for this since she announcing it and I honestly can’t wait to see what great places we’re taken on this adventure!

  62. Beth

    I’ve been excited about this book since Mackenzi Lee started talking about it on her Twitter (which I love following). Can’t wait to get my grabby hands on it. The excerpt is only making the wait that much more difficult!

  63. Lynette Floyd

    I absolutely love the sound of this book. Not only am I sucker for historical fiction but the extra added awesomeness that is a LGTBQ+ is completely awesome!!! Might I add, I love the cover!

  64. Karla Moon

    This looks like so much fun, with just the right amount of sweetness and spice. I can’t wait to read it – whether or not I win. Definitely going on the list of books to keep an eye out for!

    • Karla Moon

      And, like an idjit, I forgot to mention my twitter handle. Splodygirl.

  65. Denisa P

    To quote Mackenzi (albeit with a little addition of my own at the end) “This is the Big-Gay-European-Road-Trip-Novel-Set-In-The-18th-Century-That-I-Didn’t-Know-I-Needed-But-Am-Now-Super-Desperate-For-Like-I-Need-A-Time-Machine-Right-Now.”

    I’m sooo looking forward to this book, the stuff described in the video and synopsis is everything I’ve ever wanted to see in a historical novel. POC characters, Queer characters, and female characters wearing dresses and now being belittle or thought of as weak. UGH, this book is going to kill me, I already know I’m going to love it so much based off the chapter preview.

    Thank you for this chance to win an ARC! I’m so hyped for this book now like you can’t believe!!!

  66. Brenda

    A book that Wendy is swooning over, yep count me in! :) And pirates, and that video is just so darn cute, can’t wait.

  67. Kristen

    I am so excited to read this because it sounds amazing and looks beautiful!!

    My twitter handle: @kmichelle_10

  68. Lara Elena Donnelly

    I didn’t know I needed this book until right now. As an author of queer historical adventure stories, I want to fill my shelves–and everyone else’s–with exactly the same.

  69. Abbey

    I really appreciate the author’s commentary on “strong female characters”, and am REALLY looking forward to female characters finding that to be strong, they don’t have to have characteristics that are typically male. Being feminine can also be strong. ALSO really excited about a bi boy, swoony romance, and madcap adventures!!


    I need this book because there are not enough representations of bisexual characters in YA, especially Bi Boys. Add in the fun, rapscallion-y voice that just shines in the excerpt, and I’m honestly can say that this is a MUST HAVE for me. Historical queer fiction is one of my favorite genres! (Is it a genre? It should be a genre!)

  71. Brie Spangler

    I want this book because I have nerve endings that have atrophied from lack of fiction regarding the Grand Tour and they are aching to be punched into life. I NEED this BOOK.

  72. JM

    I needed this book in my hands even before I read the first chapter and now I need it even more. I’m honestly not sure how I’m going to wait until next year to read it. ;__; It sounds so perfect. Historical and romance and road trips and questionable decisions are all *grabby hands*

  73. Deshipley

    Wrong: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the big gay 18th century road trip novel that I /absolutely know I need/. June’s not coming soon enough!

  74. Nikki

    LOVE, LOVE, I AM IN LOOOOOOVE. I usually don’t read excerpts, but the wait for this book is KILLING ME so I did–and it was a mistake because now I am even more in NEED. *dies* Love the characters already, and Mackenzi’s writing is so wonderful. Seriously, so excited for this book! *crosses fingers and toes in hopes of snagging that ARC*

  75. Adriyanna Zimmermann

    I’m really excited for this book because I loved the author’s debut This Monstrous Thing and I’m also interested in the setting, Europe. My twitter username is @akzfineart

  76. Mikki Weber

    This sounds absolutely amazing! Historical fiction repping queer men is something I’ve been dying for!

  77. Jane @ Watch Jane Write

    She is a new author for me, but I fell in love with the first chapter, and I am itching to get my hands on the rest of this book! I have a pile of books sitting here to be read, but I will slip this one to the top of the pile!

  78. Rachel G.

    !!! I have a lot of Feelings both about queerness in time periods before sexuality was a well-defined concept, and about the Grand Tour and the cultural climate/attitudes surrounding it (and what it harked back to). Those things + swashbuckling + a kickass and feminine little sister + cute, cheeky, roguish bi boys? All in one book?? I can’t *wait*!
    (Twitter handle: @elentari7)

  79. rogier caprino

    Not entering . Just a passing comment . Hell yes to bi representation. I’m planning to have my 2017 reading year to be as diverse as possible. I ‘ve always liked historical novels. This one sounds great. plus the cover is so cute

  80. Megan Broderick

    I’ve been following Mackenzie for her Bygone Badass Broads threads for a while now and when I heard she had a book coming, I was thrilled! It sounds like so much fun and I am ALL about fun YA these days :)

  81. Stefani Sloma

    That cover is INCREDIBLE. I absolutely adore Mackenzi, and I love following all of her historical information on Twitter. She really knows what she’s talking about. Plus, this story sounds super fun and I CANNOT wait to read it!

    Thanks for the chance!

  82. Alex U

    Are you kidding?! A historical adventure book about a bi main character with an unrequited crush on his best friend! I’m 100% sold on this book! And so excited for it! Thank you for the giveaway! (Twitter handle: ajupde91

  83. Emma Gisclair

    I’m already shipping Monty and Percy and cursing myself for reading that excerpt when the release is still 8 months away. Road trips and pirates and queer boys, all wrapped up in historical fiction?? Sign me up! (Twitter handle is @TheEmmaKate)

  84. YAWednesdays

    I loved This Monstrous Thing, have been following Mackenzie’s #BygoneBadassBroads weekly tweet stories AND JUST CAN’T WAIT for this story of two boys possibly in love fighting pirates in 1700’s Europe because it sounds like THE most perfect premise ever.

  85. Erin Blake

    I’m such a sucker for 17th century men. I’m so excited for this book!


  86. Bee

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book! Excited to read it! Thank you so much for the chance!

  87. Tess

    Really looking forward to this. I already know I’m really going to like Monty from that excerpt. Two friends falling in love is possibly my favourite type of story. Also though pirates… I always enjoy a good pirate.
    My twitter handle is really not obvious so:@hHeroes65

  88. Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    That cover is amazing! I am so excited for this book. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and honestly any YA historical novel will have me a little interested. I totally agree though, we need more queer narratives in historical fiction. Plus I’m excited about this book because I loved Mackenzi’s debut, This Monstrous Thing, and I want more of her books.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally recently posted…ARC Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

  89. Ellie

    YAY! It’s finally live! I’m so so excited for this book. I went to a reading at Porter Square Books and Mackenzi read a part of her book and it was pretty much the best ever

  90. kayla keefer

    This book sounds like so much fun I love historical novels looking forward to reading it!!

  91. Sylvie Bower

    This looks soooooooo sososososo good! Who wouldn’t want to read a book about a road trip, pirates, a queer love story? I’m so excited! Thanks for this chance

  92. D Strickland / dswrimo

    Road trip historical fiction – sounds like a fun and intriguing read!

  93. Jared Povanda

    I am very excited to read this book. So. Excited. Queer men (with respectful rep) are hard to come by in historical fiction, especially in YA historical, so I can’t wait to read this sexy, funny, and overall awesome-sounding book. And it comes out on my birthday! Twitter: @JaredPovanda

  94. Lirasii

    I’m super looking forward to this book because it has two friends falling in love and pirates! And look at that cover!! How can I not be excited by it!?

  95. Jaime Arkin

    Ahhhhh I was so excited the first time I heard about this book, but reading the blurb today has me dying to get my hands on this.

    Roguish passions!! Gambling, Drinking, and sexy stuff – SOLD on all of the above.

    I’m not a huge historical reader, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to fall in love with this story!

    Thank you so much for the chance to win an early copy!
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  1. Read excerpts from new YA books! (October 18) - YA Interrobang

    […] The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Release date: June 20th 2017 Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. 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. Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. 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. To read an excerpt, click here. […]