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Provoked by Joanna Chambers, Natasha Snow

Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, lawyer David Lauriston tries to maintain a celibate existence while he forges his reputation in Edinburgh's privileged legal world.

But then, into his repressed and orderly life, bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.

Cynical, hedonistic and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. And 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, forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.

But Murdo is not the only man distracting David from his work. Euan MacLennan, the brother of a convicted radical David once represented, approaches David to beg him for help. Euan is searching for the government agent who sent his brother to Australia on a convict ship, and other radicals to the gallows. Despite knowing it may damage his career, David cannot turn Euan away.

As their search progresses, it begins to look as though the trail may lead to none other than Lord Murdo Balfour, and David has to wonder whether it's possible Murdo could be more than he seems. Is he really just a bored aristocrat, amusing himself at David's expense, or could he be the agent provocateur responsible for the fate of Peter MacLennan and the other radicals?

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ISBN-13: 9781548175634
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/22/2017
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 841,941
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Provoked 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I was touched by David and his struggle's at the time period. I loved his loyalty. Can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was really amazing. The characters were 3 dimensional and so likeable that I didn't want the story to end, ever!
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
David is struggling to make a name for himself in the legal profession, or at least do what he feels is right and create a secure and stable future. Lord Murdo is not quite so noble in his life's pursuit but he does have an idea of what his future should look like. When these two meet, its pretty obvious that neither will ever quite be the same. Provoked is a lovely introduction into Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment series. Overall Series Review: With this being a trilogy you have to read the entire series to see the whole story. As any followers of my reviews know, I am a true history lover so when I find a new(or new to me) historical I tend to gobble them up. Well, I have never felt so satisfied after binge reading a trilogy before as I have with Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment. David and Lord Murdo will definitely try your patience but their passion for life and each other, even when they deny it, will bring a little zest into your life and a pep to your step. Don't get me wrong, you will most certainly want to wring their necks more than once but it only adds to the passion and heart of the story. I loved the secondary characters as well, there isn't a single one that could be labeled as just filler, they all a part to play in the journeys of David and Murdo. It's through the couples' interactions with these characters that we get to see what drives them, we see that David wants to help others from the beginning but it isn't really until Beguiled that we realize Murdo isn't as selfish or self-involved as originally portrayed. It may be cliche but there is more to him than meets the eye and it's lovely watching David discover Murdo's drive and heart. It isn't often that I find myself saying that with each installment the story got even better, sequels by nature are often inferior to the original but not with this trilogy. A truly lovely historical that showed the morality of the time but never lost the passion the characters have for life or each other. Enlightenment has a little bit of everything but at the center of it all is heart and that only grows with each page. So blessed that this series crossed my path and makes a great addition to my historical shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not quite the romantic ending that I'm accustomed to....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have now finished reading all of the Enlightenment novels and strongly recommend them to readers interested in strong character development, historical settings (Scotland in the early 1800s), passionate attractions between men, action, suspense, twists, and love. David and Murdo are definitely not a match obvious to anyone. However, their story is one that is bound by love even when wracked with outside forces that could tear anyone apart. The mores and manners of the time play a large part in the story lines, and are interesting and well-researched. Read these novels in order and you will have many exciting, romantic and entertaining hours. I did not want the story to end.
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jimbo21 More than 1 year ago
The mood of this book is somber with some startlingly sensual moments which as it should be in an era when homosexual liaisons were punishable by death. David Lauriston hates what he is and strives to curb his primal desires, that is until he meets Murdoch Balfour, a man much more in tune with his urges, and attractive with it. David finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Lord Balfour but finds it hard to give in to the attraction,especially as he has doubts as to Balfour's integrity. He might just be the man behind the hanging deaths of David's friends. The story is rich in atmosphere, Scotland in the 19th century, and definitely worth reading. I have read all three in the series and it is interesting to read the character development. and the friendship that grows stronger between the two men until neither can deny just how much they mean to each other.
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It is hard to find good gay historical romances but this is definitely one of them. It is a well written story. The relationship is frustrating but realistic and definitely makes you wanting to read the next book! There will be three all together.