The Modern Gentleman

Author: Meghan Quinn

Alright, it’s been awhile since I reviewed an MQ and let me say, I sooooo needed this! I devoured this book. It’s one of her older books, and one of the few stand-alones. I wanted a light and funny airplane read. What a mistake. First of all, the amount of times I actually busted out loud laughing while reading this was downright unnatural. At one point my friends made me put it away cause I was too embarrassing. Totally not my fault FYI. I suggested they just read it to understand why I was in a fit of laughter.

Okay, okay so what’s the story?

The Modern Gentleman is a hilarious story of the ‘woo’ gone wrong. Poor Wesley (Wes) Williams has no idea that meeting June is about to flip his entire perfect gentleman persona back into a fumbling, disasterous dating experience. Curious to know how he goes down in flames? Keep reading…

Have you ever hit rock bottom?

I embarrassingly have.

It’s why I’m wearing my girl’s decorative scarf over my head, clutching her lady drink to my chest, and singing ever so softly to Joni Mitchell while swaying back and forth.


Wes is a very popular columnist for Hype Magazine. His Persona “The Modern Gentleman” aims to teach men to grow up, get their shit together, and act like gentlemen instead of overgrown frat boys. His column dishes out advice to those needing a little help in the love department, how to groom, dress, and of course be the all-around guy, ‘you want to be’.

Wes knows his column is big business for the magazine, but he can’t help but cringe when his boss ‘dreams’ up a revolutionary idea to make the magazine more relatable. And, boy does he have reason to. Among many new ideas his boss has, it also means that single Wes needs to put his money where his mouth is. That’s right, his boss is now making his column personal. Wes is ordered to find a girl and actually date her to prove that his tactics work. The kicker is that under absolutely NO circumstances is she to find out about it, or he will risk his career. (Yeah, you can see how this is going to go…) Wes has only one week to find someone suitable to ‘woo’ otherwise, his boss gets to set him up with ‘someone’ (his daughter who Wes has zero interest in.)

June July Lacy (Yes, you read that right. Her name is June July…) is no ordinary girl. When she saves Wes from a pile of dog shit (literally) She then proceeds to lecture him on being so focused on his phone that he can’t even see what happening around him. Wes is taken aback by June’s views on technology. Meaning she doesn’t really believe in it. Like doesn’t even have a cell phone (welcome to my youth…)

June’s quirks and hard-to-get attitude are unexpected. Not used to being flat-out rejected using his usual charms, June already has him off his game. Wes is intrigued. He wants to know more about her, but June refuses to be charmed by the ‘all to perfect guy’ she met in a park. She is about to test his theories. Including holding out on the number exchange. Wes is reduced to ‘stalking’ her in the park for quick meet-ups and dog walks before she even entertains the idea of it.

When he finally convinces June to go on a date. What a date it turns out to be… I’m betting he wishes they stayed in the park. Somehow they stick it out and ‘date’. Each one of their dates go hilariously wrong. Like I mean, epically wrong.

The good, bad, meh…

The good: Funny! absolutely, downright LOL moments. Their relationship (swoon here). The way they actually spend time getting to know each other is so damn adorable. I love that June pushes back and holds her ground. It’s a single POV, except there are a couple spots it flips to June and it is done very cleverly. An added bonus for that. The story is simple, clean, and easy to read. Their over-the-top date fails are so unbelievable and yet will leave you hysterically laughing.

The bad:

The meh: I feel like I could have like a touch more spice, but it’s not needed.

If you’re looking for a meet cute, gone wrong, calling out all the BS in the oh-so ‘perfect’ gentleman and laugh-out-loud situations then this is a must-read!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Sejal says:

    This is certainly interesting! I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of the covers, I heavily dislike when they have pictures like this. Calling out bs and funny books are my type, so thank you for sharing!

    sejal |

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