The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath

The Marquess UK cover

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?


A totally brilliant must read
Hope is determined to be an author and a chance meeting causes her to push Luke into a fountain (what a fabulous start!) before they end up realising they will be neighbours with adjoining balconies that enable them to learn more about each other 
I loved Hope, she is dedicated and always her own person but she struggles with people not taking her seriously because of how she looks. As a result she has a lot of defences in place which can at times cause her problems and I think all of this together make her a brilliant character unwilling to give up on her dreams 
Luke doesn’t want to inherit a title but ends up with one anyway and following an incident with his sister in law he winds up living next door to Hope. He is uncomfortable in London as it has too many bad memories for him, it was from London that his mother was taken away to a madhouse and as a result he can be very overprotective. He struggles to adjust to London life and I enjoyed reading about how he starts to understand the responsibilities that come with his title and the impact that he could have. He is a complex character who I very quickly started to adore and each new development made me love him even more 
Both Luke and Hope have their own challenges and they change and develop so much over the book as their confidence starts to grow and they learn to be the people they can be
I didn’t know much about mental health care in the 1800’s but hearing what Luke’s mother went through was quite distressing for me and I’m so glad that I could get the types of help that she eventually ends up getting in a more modern method of care. Caring about the person, not just the illness. Mental health is so often glossed over and I think it’s inclusion in this book makes it even more addictive to me
This story drew me in right from the start and as each new twist came along I ended up holding my breath to see how it would affect Luke and Hopes relationship. Their story is full of drama as well as the importance of friends and family who’s lives I became so invested in that I can’t wait for the next book in the series 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance with a difference with characters who you will love and a story that will capture your interest straight away and have you unable to put it down 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

Lilian Author

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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