Two neighbors fall in love while chatting across their balconies.
Today, we are thrilled to be part of the Pub Push for The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath.
The Marquess Next Door is book #2 in the Talk of the Beau Monde series but can be read as a standalone.
Our thanks to the author, Harlequin, and Rachel Random Resources for the advanced reader’s copy.
Title: The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath
Publication Date: Harlequin Historical (June 29, 2021)
A dashing new neighbor…
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! He’s revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbor, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, and 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?
From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Hope was the middle sister in a very artistic and talented family. She felt insecure about her own talents, a situation that was aggravated by the fact that she had to cope with incessant ogling eyes from the gentleman of the ton, as she was a red-haired beauty with an alluring figure.
Luke was the younger son turned Marquess upon the death of his distant and cruel half-brother. He was determined to take control of his inheritance and to fully understand his family business.
The story is told in Mrs. Heath’s usual light-hearted prose. Still, it takes time to touch on some serious and important topics as postpartum depression and the appalling treatment received by patients with mental conditions in Regency England.
Both main characters were lovely. It was refreshing to see the inversion of roles: Luke was emotional while Hope was cerebral and calling him to see reason and make their relationship work.
The side characters were multifaceted, especially Luke’s mother, Maria. Her strength and courage to face her vulnerabilities were very inspirational. I could not refrain from wishing she finds love again somewhere in the series.
I particularly enjoyed that none of the characters was perfect. They all had many flaws and made mistakes, sometimes of the hard-to-forgive kind. Still, true love and understanding came to their rescue and helped them recover and grow.
The Marquess Next Door is a fun read that touches on relevant topics in a light and positive way with lovely characters and a fulfilling HEA.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
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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. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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