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01 July 2021

Book Review: The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath ahead of the blog tour.

I love a Regency Romance, so I requested this one straight away. And I was not disappointed. The Marquess Next Door is excellent, truly superb.

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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?

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5 Word Review: Reputation, friendship, society, notoriety, love.

Excuse me, I need more?

Hope is basically my favourite type of protagonist. She had me about howling at the beginning when she was chewing out Lord Harlington.

Lucius arrives in a bit of a state - to be frank he's a mess. He's a bit of a Hot Cross Bun, my favourite type of historical love interest. But he can keep his emotions generally in check, and he has a wicked wit.

I loved the relationship between Hope and Luke. The way they met had me giddy with excitement - I couldn't wait for all to be revealed and it was exactly as marvellous as I anticipated.. They have such a wonderful friendship and it was a lovely foundation for their more romantic relationship to grow. I love a friends-to-lovers trope and The Marquess Next Door does it excellently. I loved the quips between them, and they way they just got each other at times.

That they're both running from someone made it even better.

I liked the juxtaposition of their lives, what Hope is used to, and what Luke has been thrust into. I thought it was a very clever way to show the breadth of society, and how it wasn't only the super-rich who were part of the Ton.

Something I really really enjoyed was how fashion was used to show Lucius's societal constraints. It turned the usual woman-oppressed-by-fashion turned on its head, and it was great seeing it reflected in Luke's thoughts on his own apparel.

The Marquess Next Door is perfect for fans of Bridgerton, and particularly if you love the dry snark of Lady Whistledown. The snippets of Whispers from Behind the Fan were excellent. I can't wait to read the rest of Virginia Heath's books.
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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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