The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky (#1.5) by Mackenzi Lee

Published: 26th November 2019Goodreads badge
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult
★   ★   ★   ★   ★ – 5 Stars

In this funny and frothy novella that picks up where the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue leaves off, freshly minted couple Monty and Percy fumble through their first time together.

Monty’s epic grand tour may be over, but now that he and Percy are finally a couple, he realizes there is something more nerve-wracking than being chased across Europe: getting together with the person you love.

Will the romantic allure of Santorini make his first time with Percy magical, or will all the anticipation and build-up completely spoil the mood? 

It was a complete shame I didn’t get to read this as an audiobook because I am still living off the high that those books gave me. Instead I had to read it myself but I had all those wonderful voices stored in my head so I could re-enact it as I went along.

There is so much to love about this novella. Not only the further adventures of Monty and Percy, but the joy of seeing them trying to navigate their new relationship in all its awkward and blushing glory.

Narrative wise it is amazing. There are actual proper conversations about feelings and insecurities, not to mention an overflowing display from these two emotional boys who adore one another. The premise of trying to progress their relationship is dealt with in a fun but respectful manner. Lee has already established these characters are flawed but wonderful and seeing the exploration about love and waiting, and the amount of self-reflection about this entire endeavour was so refreshing and I loved that Lee took the time to do that.

Once again Monty steals the show. Monty who is broken but healing, who is insecure but is trying his hardest. His character growth in Gentleman’s Guide was incredible but is clearly hasn’t stopped. There are heartbreaking lines like “Why do you think everyone needs some sort of recompense for being around you?” which crushed my soul, but there is also a lot of the fun and jovial nature we’ve seen between Monty and Percy as well.

This is truly not in a younger YA scope because Monty is not entirely shy about describing various parts of Percy that he enjoys. Considering this novella’s entire premise is trying to find the right time and a bit of alone time to finally be together it is more suited to older readers.

This story also contains new characters which bring their own fun and help set the mood. Felicity makes an appearance as well, Monty’s fabulous sister who deals spectacularly with her brother. I mentioned this in my review of the second book but her character around Monty is divine and I loved seeing the sarcasm and sibling interactions once more.

This is a relatively quick read but there is an emotional depth and a detailed story throughout. With new places and people to introduce their introductions are woven into the narrative well so there is no unnecessary clunky exposition. The blending of a Santorini adventure alongside trying to navigate your own emotions and relationship is juxtaposed wonderfully. I honestly could read about the Montague family forever, no matter how trivial their lives or adventures may be.

You can purchase The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky via the following

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Celebrating Pride Month

June is here! Honestly who would have thought it would ever come with the rate at which some of these months were passing (looking at you March). The start of June brings on winter, brings on the cold days and crisp mornings, and it also means it’s the start of Pride Month. I was super not on the ball last year so I am going to try harder this time around to get some of the great LGBTQIA content I have read out.

The annual LGBTQIA Pride Celebration grew out of the Stonewall Riots in June 1969. Each June various events are held around the world to celebrate including street parties, poetry readings, educational sessions, parades, and peaceful protests.

This month to celebrate and raise awareness I will be posting up reviews of LGBTQIA books I read from my shelves, and I will also be sharing reviews on Facebook and Twitter of some absolutely amazing books I have read in the past so check those out. Or follow the tags because I have tried to have some consistency in that.

The wonderful thing is there are books in every age and reading range that can be celebrated. I will be covering picture books, junior fiction, anthologies and essays, young adult and adult books, #ownvoices, #LoveOZYA so many different areas so there will be a story for everyone to discover.

Certainly I will not be covering anywhere near what is out there and I would love to get some suggestions to expand my reading. If you have some amazing LGBTQIA books/authors you think more people should read leave them in the comments for people to discover. I know I have pushed a few of my favourite books onto people so I could have someone to gush about it with so feel free to share your favourite rainbow reads below. I will also try to share some great lists of Pride books that are floating around as well.

I am looking forward to sharing some of my favourite books with you this month and it will be a great chance to celebrate some fantastic books and authors.