Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review today for The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the Publication Day Push and to the author for my copy. Also there is a fab giveaway to win an ecopy of the book, so do check that out! First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
A dashing new neighbour…
Temptation on her doorstep!
To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?
What can I say? The Marquess Next Door was wonderful and such fun to read. With engaging characters who captured my attention from the moment they met. After all, who could resist a pirate lookalike?! Luke has a little bit of a playful side to his personality but as the story progressed you see a deeper side that shines through. As the reader sees his strength and determination in protecting his mother. Hope was another brilliant character with a vibrant and determined nature especially as she had to fend off so many unwanted suitors. While at the same time trying to follow her dreams at a time when that was near impossible.
Oh the balcony! I have to mention it because there were so many brilliant scenes that took place there. This was where the connection between Hope and Luke became even more special. As a wonderful friendship between the pair began to grow along with a simmering chemistry that made this book even more entertaining. Virginia Heath always writes fun and flirty interactions between her characters. This was yet again portrayed perfectly in this book. It all played out so brilliantly! There was also the theme of mental health that was threaded throughout the book. Which gave a greater depth to the story. The Marquess Next Door is a fabulous Regency romance filled with friendship and sizzling chemistry!
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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