Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 528 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are 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.
So Monty 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, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.”
I was very excited to get this book. This was an incredibly fun read for me. This book is a historical fiction which just a little bit of the unbelievable and a tad of magic. I loved the humor and wit throughout. I enjoyed the alchemical ramblings and plotline as well. However most of all I enjoyed our wonderful characters and the romance between them; it was just so sweet and well done.
Monty is getting ready to go on tour with his best friend Percy before being forced to settle down and learn how to run his father’s estate. However, Monty has a huge complication..he has fallen in love with Percy and can’t be sure that Percy feels the same way about him. When Monty and his friends are set upon by highwaymen and left penniless and lost, things turn into even more of an adventure.
I loved this book right from the beginning. The relationship between Monty and Percy is sweet and complicated. The side characters, especially Monty’s sister, were equally interesting. Then when the mysterious puzzle box and the alchemical aspects were added to the story I was completely hooked.
I am not a huge romance reader but this book was a perfect blend of humor, adventure, romance, and mystery. I really enjoyed it a ton and absolutely could not put this book down. The writing style was amazing as well; it flowed beautifully, was flawless, and was a joy to read.
Overall this was an amazing read that was incredibly fun and entertaining. I loved the characters, the adventure, the setting, and the mystery. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series when it releases.