7.15.2019

finished reading

I highly enjoyed this romp of an adventure tale. It's a coming of age, in the 18th Century, when social norms were quite different for those born of the upper classes than those of us regular folks and there was a tremendous amount of sexual leeway and privilege to sleep with whom they wanted. Monty's love for Percy is almost a character too. I loved all of the secondary characters--they were fully fleshed out. The audio version is fantastic!

Memorable lines:
“God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”

“What’s the use of temptations if we don’t yield to them?”

“And then Jesus says, 'Well, watch this' - "
"Really? Well, watch this?"
"That's biblical language."
"If your Bible is written by Henry Montague.”

From the publisher:
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.

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