The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

Posted February 4, 2020 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Gentleman's Guide to Getting Lucky

The Gentleman's Guide to Getting Lucky

by Mackenzi Lee

Series: Montague Siblings #1.5
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books on November 26, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+, Romance, Short Stories
Target Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: ★★★★★

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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?

 

This was just… utterly delightful.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky was a sweet and humorous foray into the aftermath of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  As fans of the trilogy know, this little novella was originally offered as a pre-order perk to those who pre-ordered The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.  I did miss out on that pre-order perk, unfortunately, but back in December MacKenzi worked with her publisher to release a proper, hardcopy edition and honestly it is sweet and heartwarming and perfectly saucy and awkward.

Despite Monty’s prior promiscuousness, The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky never gets x-rated.  Instead, Mackenzi explores the complicated nature of navigating sex and love and fear.  Fear about the relationship, the act, and the future.  Percy and Monty are still their charming selves, but there is a new layer to their being.  You root for them every moment.

This novella retains the tempo and voice of the first book, with new, added elements.  The plot is simple, the characters have already been developed in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  This novella absolutely cannot be read without having read that first book if you want to have a full appreciation of the characters and their relationships.

Other than that, there’s not much to say!  I enjoyed it and I’m glad have access to this story.  It’s a wonderful treat for fans of the boys and yes, they definitely both still hate Richard Peele.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

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The Gentleman’s guide to getting lucky is staying on my shelf!

I already own Lady’s Guide, and after reading Gent’s Guide last year, I simply must have all the Montague Siblings’ adventures on my shelves.  What’s particularly nice about a novella is that it’s a perfect companion for a gloomy Sunday afternoon, promising a quick read ending in high spirits.  I can easily see myself reading this one again.

And it goes beyond the length and the characters.  I love Mackenzi Lee’s writing style and her bright sense of humor and word smithing.  Her books are easy to devour and I’m happy to have them.

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Do you believe this book should have remained exclusive to pre-orders?  I don’t really mind if I get a pre-order perk and it ends up being widely available, because I’m generally pre-ordering the book if I want it, perks or no perks.  That said, I’m on the wrong side of the situation with this one!  Do you think Mackenzi did the right thing by widely releasing it?  Tell me in the comments!

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