A Victorian erotic romance, Disobedience by Design is Book Two in the Harwell Heirs series.
Published by Viridium Press, 2016
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Love doesn’t always follow the rules…
In 1860, the railways of Victorian England transport American stevedore Joseph Phillips to the lush countryside of Lincolnshire…and into the arms of Lady Sophia Harwell. But Sophia is betrothed to a violent villain who wants only two things: her virginity and her dowry. Can Joseph save his beloved without scandalizing upper-class British society?
Lady Sophia Harwell has just been presented to Society—and its eligible bachelors—and is quite unimpressed. Her parents are encouraging the suit of the Duke of Royston, a man older than her father! Yet free-spirited Sophia is smitten with Joseph, her brother’s handsome American business partner, a man who introduces her to sensual delights beyond the bounds of propriety and the dictates of her social standing.
…And The Laborer
Joseph Phillips is out of his depth amongst the British aristocracy trying to secure investors for his American railroad enterprise. To make matters worse, he can’t keep his hands off his business partner’s sister. Sophia is far out of his league and expected to marry a duke. But when the duke reveals his villainy, Joseph decides some risks are worth taking, and, to protect Sophia, he embarks upon a partnership of an entirely unexpected nature.
Sexy fun includes: virgin heroine, role play, m/m bisexual exploration, anal sex, ménage, double penetration, spanking, voyeurism, polyamory
Tropes include: opposites attract, working class hero, villainous duke, secret pregnancy with a twist
Content warnings: attempted sexual assault, remembered childhood sexual abuse, death of a character
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
Recognition for Disobedience By Design
Disobedience By Design was a finalist in the Las Vegas Romance Writer’s 2016 I Heart Indie contest for cover design and back cover copy!
Disobedience By Design was a finalist in Passionate Ink‘s 10th Annual (2015) Passionate Plume Contest for Published Authors coming in 3rd place in the Historical Erotic Romance category.
Disobedience By Design hit the Kobo bestseller list on June 23, 2017, hitting #1 in Fiction & Literature, LGBT on Kobo South Africa!
Disobedience By Design hit the Amazon bestseller list on July 29, 2014 — the day it was released on Amazon! It went from #58 to #20 to #9 in
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > Victorian
and by August 1st hit #4 in Hot New Releases!
Disobedience By Design first media mention! “Check out some of these newer romance releases” from USA Today.
Reviews for Disobedience By Design
“…the camaraderie between the main cast was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and I truly was disappointed that it had to end.” — Laura of The Book Vixen.
“…the conflict trails through the entire book, hooking you from the beginning and not letting you go until the very end. … This is a wonderful tale [of] danger and intrigue, love and fantasy come true. … [the author] weaves a tale that pulls you in and wraps around your heart.” — Dawn Yacovetta, five stars on Amazon!
The cover for the 2014 edition of Disobedience by Design as published by Ellora’s Cave.