Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to (finally) be sharing my review of the gorgeous; The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath. I am super excited to be sharing this book and it’s charismatic, sexy-as-hell hero with you all 😉

Firstly, thank you to Virginia heath for the complimentary copy.

About the Book

The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath.

Series: Talk of the Beau Monde #2

Genre: Historical Romance

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?

Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/talkofbeaumonde2

Review

Firstly, before I begin waffling on about luscious Luke (he is heavenly) I have to mention ‘the kiss’ oh, lordy!!! What a swoon-fest that is. Flirty, fun, sexy, passionate, knee-trembling and very cheeky – you can almost see the wolfish grin on Luke’s oh-too handsome face, it’s like he’s saying; yup, that was how you kiss a woman. It’s quite something!

The Marquess Next Door is the second book in the Talk of the Beau Monde series, and can very easily be read as a stand-alone. This is easily my favourite of the series so far – I do realise it’s only the second book but I am a fickle reader, once I latch on to a book I don’t tend to let go (I sound like a limpet, don’t I?) this one spoke to me on levels that the previous book; The Viscount’s unconventional Lady didn’t. I connected with this book and its wonderfully complex and realistic characters. I loved the honesty, the passion and the underlying sadness that weaves through the characters lives and I loved the ending which brought all those threads together.

Luke is outspoken and brusque – my heart went out to him on several occasions especially when he thinks of or speaks about his mother and her illness as someone who has cared for a loved one my entire life I can relate to this gorgeous man his frustration that he dong wrong or life isn’t going the way he had hoped and then the light with the moment of happiness and when things go right. It’s the small wins that make us smile, anyone caring for a loved one will understand that sentiment.

He is a grafter not scared of getting his hands dirty and that tenacious, solid, stubborn and determination hooked me and made me fall in love with him all the more. He is kind and caring, passionate, funny, cheeky charming, oozes sex appeal and is intelligent. Plus, let us not forget that he reminds Plus, not forget to mention that he reminds me of a pirate – I do love a rough around the edges hero, don’t you?

I loved, loved, loved, Loved, loved Luke, at first sight, the moment he strolls peacock-like across the gardens, you know he is going to be good fun and going to have us all swooning away all of a fluster. He is at first glance a stereotypical rakish scoundrel and thoroughly deserving of being unceremoniously shoved into a fountain (shame he didn’t feel the need to rid himself of a few layers of clothing on exit – oh, well I can dream 😉 !) yet once we get to know him and as he removes the mask he portrays to the world, you see his true self and that he is a complex multi-layered creature who has far too much resting on those impossibly wide shoulders.

He isn’t your usual lord-ling and that is actually why I have taken a huge liking to him he isn’t a spoiled little aristocratic brat – something, in my opinion, we see far too much of a lately – he is a well rounded hardworking and very real man who has found himself in a position which is well out of his depth.

The secondary storyline which swirls in the shadows, of mental illness beautifully and emphatically done the truth of what happened to this person is heart-breaking but the way the subject is handled is perfect – but, I wouldn’t expect anything less than perfect from Virginia Heath, she is an incredibly gifted author who writes from the heart she isn’t afraid to tackle some pretty sensitive topics.

Despite their initial introduction which rather amusingly ended with our hero arse first into a fountain, they become good friends. I liked that she didn’t treat him like so many others do, she doesn’t fawn to him because of his newly inherited title (like her mother did). Unlike so many men he genuinely takes an interest in her and not just staring perversely down her dress, I liked that when she told him of her dream of becoming a published author of gothic novels, he didn’t mock or patronise her he appeared genuinely interested in her ambitions – which speaks so much of what a decent level-headed, forward-thinking man he is. 

I adore the scenes on the balcony, it’s like walking into a different world, neither of them has to put on any mask, it’s a special private place for them to be themselves. It’s like the moment each of them opens the doors to that picturesque balcony the stresses of the day and the pressures of life melts away, they can breathe for the first time that day. It’s a beautiful setting, it’s where they properly get to know each other, where they become friends and where their beautiful friendship blossoms into a cherished and sizzling romance. Plus, this is where we get a fine view of a certain well-made man wearing nothing but his birthday suit 😉

Now, where do I get a balcony like this from?

I love the slightest nod to one of Heath’s earlier books; The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide, in the form of the said book being mentioned in this, which is very cleverly done.

I mentioned in my review for the first book and I will do it again that I love the whispers from behind the fan parts which start each chapter are such fun to read and would love to see more of them in future books. The Whispers behind the fan would make a great novella in their own right.

I have just noticed how many times I have used the term ‘I love’ during this review…hmm, I think it’s time I invested in a thesaurus.

Overall, The Marquess Next Door is another delightfully dreamy, wonderfully witty, scandalously splendid and tantalizing tempting love story. This is Regency romance at its very best, you won’t find a finer, silkier love story than this – that is until the third book pops along.

Highly recommended for any who not only love Ms Heath’s stories (which, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t) but perfect for those who love an unconventional couple and a bit of regency glamour.

About the 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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