Tuesday 5 July 2022

Book Review: The Gentleman's Book of Vices by Jess Everlee (LGBT Historical Romance)

Title: The Gentleman's Book of Vices
Author: Jess Everlee
Publisher: Carina Adores
Publication Date: 29 November 2022
Pages: 256
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: LGBT Historical Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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…


The Gentleman's Book of Vices was an enjoyable MM historical romance. Both Charlie and Miles came across well as characters, and their relationship worked for me, developing at a believable pace with a few bumps along the road that kept things interesting. I also appreciated the perfect balance between the steamier moments and the exploration of character and emotion. There were a few minor anachronisms, but mostly the historical setting was well presented. Meanwhile, the pacing of the book was spot on, the end of each chapter leaving me keen to begin the next. I enjoyed the fact that this book explored the difficulties of the time yet still allowed a HEA ending. It gets a solid 4 stars from me and I would definitely pick up future works by this author.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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