A Victorian erotic romance, A Delicate Seduction: A Harwell Heirs Legacy Romance is Book Four in the Harwell Heirs series.
Published by Viridium Press, 2023
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Love is patient… but desire is demanding
Percival Wood, the Marquess of Norrington, is free. His former lover Jack — a blackguard and a brute — is dead. Percival no longer needs to hide. While his father insists Percival take the opportunity to rejoin Society, Percival has other plans. He wants to get away, far away from the traumas of the past.
For years, Bertram Atherley, the Viscount Ravensburgh, had waited on the sidelines, helpless while his cousin Jack had been a cruel beast to his boyhood chum Percival. Now Jack was dead, and Bertram is eager to resume his friendship with Percival. This time, though, Bertram feels something more than mere camaraderie.
At Percival’s behest the two embark on a Grand Tour of sorts, a journey from England to Italy and France. While abroad, friendship blossoms into something more. But trauma and pain have a way of reasserting themselves no matter where one may go. For Percival, physical contact with Bertram dredges up the horrors of his past. But Bertram has waited so long for a chance to woo his boyhood crush and his patience is running out.
Will the two be able to bury the past and embark on a future together in each other’s arms?
A Delicate Seduction is Book 4 in the Victorian erotic romance Harwell Heirs series. The story takes place in 1879, at the same time as Book 1, and is a male-male slow-burn, childhood friends-to-lovers, vacation abroad, historical romance. Interwoven with the romance is a story-within-a-story featuring a pirate hunter and his trusty mate. A Delicate Seduction can be read as a stand-alone; however, the novel is enhanced by first reading The Pleasure Device.
Sexy fun includes: kissing, masturbation, mutual masturbation, frottage, sixty-nine aka topsy-turvy
Tropes include: male-male, slow-burn, childhood friends-to-lovers, boy next door, vacation romance, there’s only one bed, healing emotional wounds
Content Note for A Delicate Seduction
The character of Percival Wood, the Marquess of Norrington, is a survivor of intimate partner violence. The abuse happened prior to the timeline of this novel, and is not described overtly on page. However, past abuse is referenced, and some situations trigger Percival’s memories. For this very reason, the heat level of this book is different than my other works. As the author, I felt compelled to protect Percival. The heat level is best described as a languidly paced, slow-burn sensual romance.
The Harwell Heirs connection
Nicholas, his father, and the butler Mason from The Pleasure Device all make an appearance.
Book 1: The Pleasure Device, Helena and Nicholas’s story
Book 2: Disobedience By Design, Sophia and Joseph’s story
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays, Arthur and Lavinia’s story
The Harwell Heirs Legacy Romances
Book 4: A Delicate Seduction, Percival (Norrington) and Bertram (Ravensburgh)’s story, set in Italy and France
Book 5: Discovering Her Delight, William Peel and Beatrice Smythe’s story, set in Turkey
Book 6: Their Noble Deceit, Percival, Bertram, Penelope Hardcastle, and Lady Viola Pemberton’s story, set in England, France, and Spain