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Where Destiny Plays (Harwell Heirs) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 31, 2016
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The Harwell Heirs Series
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
Book 2: Disobedience By Design, Sophia and Joseph's story
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays, Arthur and Lavinia's story
About the Author
Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of high-heat historical romance. Her short stories and novels make history more fun, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She's even heated up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora's Cave, Andrews UK, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to romance when all her characters suddenly demanded to have more "fun".
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Lavinia was a colorful supporting character through the series, but a part of me always felt the darkness that lurked in her background and wanted so much to see it culminating in something that gave her true joy. And Arthur’s story left me heartbroken in the previous book and wishing he hadn't had to experience the anguish life dealt him. Bringing the two of them together was nothing short of brilliance on the part of the author. The sex involved does not wash out the story itself but is an important part of history and our understanding of where some of our current ideology originated.
I am reluctant to give anything away but what I have already vaguely described, because it is so worth the read I could never do it justice with a summary. And I recommend the first two volumes be read before this one, as there are episodes between several of the characters in this one that cannot be completely understood without the knowledge contained the first two books. I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. Brilliant!
The love story focuses on Lavinia and Arthur, two secondary characters in the first books who play pivotal roles in helping their friends and family find their happy-ever-afters. It's finally their turn to find love--and have some fabulous sex while doing just that! These two are my favorite characters from the other books as they're both self-assured, mature (Lavinia is in her mid-forties), intelligent, yet both have a tragedy in their past preventing them from giving their heart to anyone. Characters I can relate to. And I loved taking this journey with them.
There is also a redemption story with a secondary character who was a piece of evil crap in the Pleasure Device. I had my doubts when I first got the inkling of where the story was going--I wanted to hate this man until the end of time because he deserved it! And let's face it, this is *romance* where the reality of complex emotions doesn't have to intrude. However, without giving too much away, the plot works and intertwines beautifully with Lavinia and Arthur's love story, enriching the HEA to where I had tears in my eyes as I read the last pages.
Where Destiny Plays is also a historical *erotic* romance. And somehow it works without being a trashy novel that felt like I was reading a contemporary story with people playing dress-up and pretending to ride horses instead of driving cars. It takes a very skilled author to convince me to put aside my pre-conceived notions of the time period and go along with the premise of sex, sex and more sex (along with that HEA). Ms. Kammer succeeds in doing just that. She's clearly done her research in the period in regards to societal norms, expectations, and the acceptable interactions between people of differing stations and culture. People are people, no matter what time period they're from, with desires and emotions that would be familiar across the ages. Where Destiny Plays makes the reader believe that this erotic love story actually could take place in London in the 1800s.
If you enjoy historical love stories, if you enjoy erotic romance, if you appreciate a smart read, you will LOVE this series.
I was given a free copy of Where Destiny Plays in exchange for my honest review.