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.
Disobedience By Design was a finalist in Passionate Ink's 10th Annual Passionate Plume Contest.
Disobedience By Design was previously published in 2014. It has been reedited with minor revisions and has a new cover.
The Harwell Heirs
Victorian aristocracy has very strict rules concerning marital connections and familial obligations. But the Harwell heirs--Helena, Sophia, and Arthur--discover love doesn't always follow the rules. Scandalous affairs force these scions of society to choose between duty and desire, deference and destiny.
Book 1: The Pleasure Device, Helena and Nicholas's story
In Victorian London of 1879, a new device for the treatment of hysteria has just arrived from France. Dr. Julius Christopher plans to use the invention for his own salacious scheme. Can Dr. Nicholas Ramsay prevent his beloved, the innocent debutante Helena Phillips, from being the next patient?
Book 2: Disobedience By Design, Sophia and Joseph's story
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 innocence and her dowry. Can Joseph save his beloved without scandalizing upper-class British society?
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays, Arthur and Lavinia's story
A night of passion at Victorian England's most notorious masquerade finds Arthur Harwell in the arms of Lavinia. A wealthy viscountess with strong political ties, she's the perfect match for the future marquess. But tragedy has left her unable to provide Arthur with the one thing he needs: an heir. Must Arthur abandon true love to satisfy aristocratic obligations?