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Provoked

Enlightenment
Lu par : Hamish McKinlay
Série : Enlightenment, Volume 1
Durée : 5 h et 52 min
Catégories : LGBT, Romance
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David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh's privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother's downfall.

David's personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips.

But then into David's repressed and orderly world bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.

Cynical, hedonistic, and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety's sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day - and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo's unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man's sway.

Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers' fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.

But is Murdo more than a mere distraction?

Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for?

©2013, 2017 Joanna Chambers (P)2017 Joanna Chambers

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  • Keira Andrews
  • 12/11/2018

Incredible narrator and compelling story

Hamish Mckinlay is so expressive—one of my very favourite narrators I’ve listened to. I adore this series. It’s the perfect mix of compelling story with a vibrant historical setting, characters to root for, and a swoony, slow-build romance. The emotional slow burn between David and Murdo is a delight. Brilliant series!

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  • Viv
  • 19/04/2018

A favorite series brought to life!

This series is one of my favorite series of all time. I have read it countless times and I was thrilled when the audiobooks were released. I was a little worried as Hamish McKinlay is a new to me narrator, but his narration was so good. His Scottish accents were beautiful and he had a wonderful voice for Murdo. I absolutely adore Murdo and David. David's journey from self loathing to acceptance makes this whole series worth reading. Moving onto Beguiled immediately!

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  • MAB
  • 15/04/2020

Not romantic. But good story.

MC 1 is a likeable character. However, MC 2 is a jerk. Their connection is about sex only. So if you're hoping for some romantic connection, there isn't one. MC 2 may eventually (future books in series) like MC 1, but I'm not into love stories that start out with the jerks using the nice guy for sex then getting possessive and then realizing they have feelings.

BUT the story otherwise is very interesting. As long as you aren't reading it for romance, it's a good read. I do recommend it. The narration is excellent.

Also, the story doesn't end at the end of Book 1. It's not a crazy cliffhanger, but it's certainly not resolved. If you stop at the end of Book 1, it won't be as good of a story. I wish the author didn't do that. Now we have to pay another credit just to complete the story. For a 6 hour book, that's a rip off.

Again, Book 1 is the beginning of great historical story and has great narration. It's just not a romance and it's not a complete story.

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  • Sativa
  • 28/08/2017

Moving

Historical romanance with a bite. I really enjoyed the build up between characters and can't wait for the next installment. The narration was clear and easily followed and a little sexy. This book was not light and fluffy, it touched on darker subjects and kept the listener engaged. Well worth the time and money to listen.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 20/08/2017

One of the best MM books you will read

What made the experience of listening to Provoked the most enjoyable?

Hamish McKinlay was a delight! He has an amazing voice, with a great range od characters and fantastic accent that really made the story come to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Provoked?

i can't choose one, it was all very good and unlike the books i usually read

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending, I think it really sets it apart from most MM Romance books, and most historical romance books I read – and I have read many in the last 10 years, it’s one of my favorite genres. I think choosing not to make it a HEA in the classical way was so smart, emotional and true to the story and historic period the book takes place at. I was both happy to realize it and sad because I am a sucker for HEA’s.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it had smart funny banter and it made me laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

This book is a MOST READ for any M/M and Historic romance lover. The characters are true to the era and their interactions are genuine as well. It’s a slightly tragic love story, not because it’s about two men in a time that relationship is taboo, but because of WHO they are. And to me this is the strongest point about the book, David made the right choice for his and not the easiest selfish one. It was so touching to me, David’s character and soul that were so apparent in the book and narration. It was an unlikely treasure in a sea of (albeit lovely) romantic fairy tale type M/M books.

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  • W.F.
  • 13/07/2020

Liked reading it but listening it's even better!

Hamish McKinlay brilliant narration elevated an already gloriously enjoyable , intriguing , charming and sexy historical romance to new heights.

I loved the complex personalities of David and Murdo, the heroes. Their slow burn relationship , UST and cat and mouse interaction are simply delicious.

Provoked kept me engaged , captivated and entertained the entire time.

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  • Lady Di
  • 02/06/2020

5 stars all the way

This has got to be the best trilogy I’ve ever read/listened to. The story and narration is 5 stars strong. What a beautiful love/romance story. I thought of saving money and skipping one of the books. I’m so glad I didn’t. They each feed off the other. I only wish Joanna chambers had done all three books on one credit. It’s a really expensive trilogy done separately however this story is totally worth the money. I loved it so much. The only other books I loved even semi closely was maiden lane books by Elizabeth Hoyt. Thank you Joanna Chambers and Hamlisch mcKinlay for your awesome talents.

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  • Troy
  • 16/05/2020

Entertaining

Note: Review is for all three books in the series.
I totally enjoyed this trilogy. The couple are equal points hot, frustrating and engaging. Historical facts seemed right in. Narrator was perfect.

I was given these audiobooks in exchange for honest reviews.

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  • Retired 39
  • 15/05/2020

A Promising Beginning to the Enlightenment Series

The story of David Lauiston begins in ‘Provoked' by Joanna Chambers, the first audiobook in her Enlightenment Series.

Perfectly narrated by Hamish McKinley, Lauiston’s world and the people who inhabit it are vividly brought to life.

David is a young lawyer trying to build a reputation for himself in Edinburgh’s legal circles while at the same time attempting to deny his homosexual desires.

That desire quickly overtakes him in the form of Murdo Balfour whom David meets one night in a dark Edinburgh alley.

Only later does David learn that Balfour is actually a titled Lord who, like so many men of that time, is set on marrying upward, raising a family, and continuing to satisfy his own sexual desires on the side. David vows he could never do that to a woman he cares for.

Book 2, 'Beguiled', is next up on my listening list.

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  • Lulu Miami
  • 12/05/2020

history!

"You never did take the easy road. It makes me want to weep for you sometimes."

Story: 9
First MC: 9
Second MC: 8
Secondary characters: 5
Mystery: 5
Sexual tension: 4
Humor: 5
Hotness: 5
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Ridiculousness: 2
Annoying: 1
Audio: 10 (5h 52min)
To re-read: 10

I love awesome parents, warms my heart..many books with horrible parents pisses me off