Monty's Coming of Age

The Grand European Tour (The Saga of Monty)

Romance - Sizzle
264 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2022
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Monty’s Coming of Age: The Grand European Tour (The Saga of Monty) by Eustace Hope Langmore is a somewhat farcical look at what was known as the Grand European Tour during the Victorian era of Great Britain. Montague Finch-Morton (Monty) was born into privilege and wealth. When he is informed, as a student at Eton, that his father has been killed in battle and he is now the 8th Earl of Benfleet and responsible for the family fortunes, his plans for the future must change. Monty’s mother explains that his beloved father, the 7th Earl, was not only an inveterate gambler but a pretty poor one at that and the entire family fortune has been frittered away with the Finch-Mortons standing on the brink of bankruptcy. Monty’s mother and her sister, Monty’s Aunt Caroline, advise that the only way out of this disaster is for Monty to marry quickly and to marry wealth to preserve the family estates. It is decided that in order to attract a suitable wealthy wife, Monty must present as the perfect, young English gentleman. This transformation will only be achieved with a Grand European Tour accompanied by his delectable aunt, where Monty will come of age and return as the perfect catch for any wealthy young woman. Monty, Caroline, a maid, and a valet will tour the capitals of Europe, instilling everything a young gentleman needs to know into Monty.

Monty’s Coming of Age is very much a satirical look at a period of English history that espouses restraint, propriety, and chastity and yet in reality was as wild and wanton as any other time, especially for the privileged. Author Eustace Hope Langmore has done a fine job of relating Monty’s rise from a mere stripling of a schoolboy, who dreamed of far-off battles to be fought for Queen and country in the far-flung reaches of the Empire, into a man prepared to do whatever was necessary to restore his family’s fortunes. Monty’s introduction into the rather dark and seedier side of Victorian society was fun and well written. The sex scenes are torrid, titillating, and genuinely exciting to read. Monty’s time spent in Germany was perhaps stereotypical of the English view of Prussians at the time but nevertheless fitted the narrative well. I particularly enjoyed Monty’s relationship with Betsy, Lady Caroline’s maid and Johnathan, Monty’s temporary valet. Their relationships transcended the usual master / servant of normal Victorian society and this gave the tale a soft and almost sweet edge. I was thrilled to read that this story is just the beginning of Monty’s adventures, with two more books planned on his future exploits as he searches for a wife to forestall the bank’s foreclosure notices on the estates. I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next adventure in Monty’s life. This book is uncomplicated, titillating, and unapologetically pokes fun at what most of us would regard as stuffy Victorian society and morals. I can highly recommend this read for a sexy jaunt through Victorian high society.

Pikasho Deka

Monty's Coming of Age: The Grand European Tour (The Saga of Monty) by Eustace Hope Langmore is a coming-of-age tale about a young English nobleman exploring his sexuality at the tail end of the nineteenth century. After the untimely death of his father during his service to the British crown, Montague Finch-Morton (Monty), a seventeen-year-old born into a life of privilege and wealth, learns the shocking truth that his father had squandered most of the family fortune because of his vices. As the new Earl of Benfleet, it falls upon Monty to restore his family legacy. But first, he must learn how to be a man. With his beautiful and seductive Aunt Caroline, Monty embarks on a European tour, where he soon realizes that being a gentleman isn't just knowing romance languages or attending galas, he must also learn to be a generous lover.

Eustace Hope Langmore tells a captivating tale of a young English nobleman's foray into the world of seduction and sex. Monty's Coming of Age is full of romance and lust and offers plenty of drama and humor to keep readers entertained throughout the plot. The characters are colorful and brimming with life. Their vibrant personalities make them pop out of the pages and keep you hooked on the story. Monty is a compelling protagonist who starts as a naïve young man unaware of the ways of the world and ends up as a ladies' man who is confident and assured and not afraid to stand up for himself. If you enjoy erotic romance novels, this is just the book for you.

K.C. Finn

Monty's Coming of Age: The Grand European Tour (The Saga of Monty) by Eustace Hope-Langmore is a work of fiction in the steamy romance, interpersonal drama, and historical humor subgenres, and it is the first novel in a proposed series. It is intended for the mature adult reading audience owing to its sexual content, violence, strong language, and adult themes. Set in the Victorian era, this enjoyable romp follows the racy journey of a young aristocrat experiencing his sexual awakening. Monty is charged with an educational journey across Europe when his family circumstances demand that he assume his forebear's mantle, but becoming a man of the world has many more intriguing and pleasurable challenges than he might have imagined.

Eustace Hope-Langmore offers a rakish drama that is not for the faint-hearted, and fans of Casanova-style tales of travel, disaster, debauchery, and steep learning curves will not be disappointed by Monty’s adventures. One of the features of the work which impressed me immensely was how funny it was, pitched perfectly between the classic Victorian witticisms and a modern sense of farce and bawdy jokes. Monty’s character development endears him, no matter whether you think all of his actions are appropriate or not. It makes him a fully rounded protagonist who often stumbles, but we still celebrate his triumphs and giggle at his misfortunes. Monty's Coming of Age is a recommended read for fans of Victorian farce and racy romance everywhere.

Stephanie Chapman

Monty’s Coming of Age, written by Eustace Hope-Langmore, is the story of Montague “Monty” Finch-Morton III’s experiences on The Grand European Tour. While attending a boarding school, Monty receives news of his father’s death during the war. While he believes his father was a heroic, honorable man, he soon learns otherwise. His mother and Aunt Caroline tell him that his father had left his mother and Monty destitute. As the Eighth Earl of Benfleet, he has nothing to show for the title. However, Aunt Caroline and his mother have come up with a plan. He has to marry a wealthy woman. Aunt Caroline will accompany him on the Grand European Tour, so he can learn how to become a gentleman and find a wife.

Eustace Hope-Langmore’s story is full of details through Monty’s eyes. Monty did not know he was going to learn more than just etiquette, but also the art of pleasuring a woman. I found his development to be slow because he starts the tour with only sex on his mind. Erotic training in the book is prevalent, but looking beyond this, I watched him learn how to be respectful of others. He learns his title as an earl is nothing more than self-entitlement. The descriptions of the scenery in places like France and Germany were exquisite, and the various clothing all the people wear is easy to envision. The quick conclusion of the story was a shock to me. Monty’s Coming of Age would be appropriate for mature readers who enjoy steamy romance novels detailing a young man’s development into adulthood.

Mariam Tijani

Monty’s Coming of Age: The Grand European Tour by Eustace Hope-Langmore is the story of Montague Finch-Morton, an English boy born into a rich family whose life was almost perfect. He was focused on his education and enjoying his boyhood. However, things changed when he lost his father. His father's death changed his life completely. Monty's mother is now faced with the responsibility of running their estates and staff. The family is on the verge of running into debt and the only way to save the family from humiliation is for Monty to get married to a rich woman. His Aunt Caroline takes him on a journey through France to educate him on becoming a perfect gentleman. Monty is told to change his ways and act like a man and Aunt Caroline urges him to explore his sexual fantasies. Monty was living his sexual dreams with his constant erotic encounters with different ladies.

Monty's Coming of Age is a romantic historical novel with sexual and adult content not suitable for young readers. Eustace Hope-Langmore does a great job of making the book enjoyable for lovers of romance and erotica. The plot is easy to follow and Monty's sexual encounters are described vividly. I marveled at Aunt Caroline's sexual escapades during the trip. Monty was right when he said his aunt had weird sexual proclivities. The book lacks originality in some aspects in that I did not understand why Monty would be asked to have sex with a girl as a birthday gift from his aunt. Also, it seemed almost impossible that he was constantly having sex without any guilt. However, the descriptions of lovemaking will appeal to readers of erotica. His tour of Europe was entertaining and a fan of travel fiction would be interested in it. The book is recommended to lovers of erotica with a touch of humor and travel adventures.