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The Gentleman’s Book of Vices by Jess Everlee

The Story

THE GENTLEMAN’S BOOK OF VICES synopsis from the publisher:


Is their real-life love story doomed to be a tragedy, or can they rewrite the ending?

London, 1883

Finely dressed and finely drunk, Charlie Price is a man dedicated to his vices. Chief among them is his explicit novel collection, though his impending marriage to a woman he can’t love will force his carefully curated collection into hiding.

Before it does, Charlie is determined to have one last hurrah: meeting his favorite author in person.

Miles Montague is more gifted as a smut writer than a shopkeep and uses his royalties to keep his flagging bookstore afloat. So when a cheerful dandy appears out of the mist with Miles’s highly secret pen name on his pretty lips, Miles assumes the worst. But Charlie Price is no blackmailer; he’s Miles’s biggest fan.

A scribbled signature on a worn book page sets off an affair as scorching as anything Miles has ever written. But Miles is clinging to a troubled past, while Charlie’s future has spun entirely out of his control…

My Review: The Gentleman’s Book of Vices

If you’re looking for a LGBTQ+ historical fiction that will sweep you back to London 1883 with a grump and sunshine trope this one is for you. THE GENTLEMAN’S BOOK OF VICES is a story about two people trying to find happiness in a world that would see their love as a crime. What stood out most was how Everlee crafted the sense of urgency, desperation, and high level anxiety of being queer in 1883. Where, like Lee’s characters, readers will feel that constant tension of if these characters will have their happy ending.

And you want that for Charlie and Miles.

You become desperate yourself in wanting their happiness to last a lifetime.

Filled with humor, charmingly protective characters, while capturing the time period with authenticity and detail, readers will be ready for Everlee’s next story.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

Content Warning

Please be aware of the following content information before reading:

Period-typical homophobia and sexism, coercive parents, discussion of the imprisonment and death of a previous lover, discussion of blackmail, brief discussion of forced adoption and birth trauma, explicit sex that is mildly (somewhat humorously) kinky.

Publication Details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
29-Nov-22978-1335679987304Carina AdoresAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCSeptember 13, 2022

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