Furtive and anonymous tryst then hates himself afterwards and turns to scotch as a panaceaMurdo is David s opposite He s hedonistic charismatic outgoing witty wealthy and maybe a little rakish The Romantic Rascal as it were He s so asy to like So Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, easy But I loved them bothually Murdo s character isn t simplistic but he wears his heart on his sleeve which made him asy for me to read so I didn t mind not having his perspective I think he fell in love with David during their first meeting that segued into a debauched back alley blow job God but I want to do verything to you I want you in my hand I want you in my mouth I want to bury my tongue inside you and fuck you forever David is such a challenge for him though and I think his pulling away was a way of protecting himself from heartbreak When I realized that two years had lapsed between Provoked and Beguiled I think I maybe had a touch of the vapors But in those two years both volved Happenstance throws them together and from their first meeting I was riveted and ultimately dazzled by the second installment I felt as though my heart were being basted with romance Two years may have passed but it s clear neither of them forget the other The touch of Murdo s mouth made him feel alive his neglected body given meaning by the attentive desire of his lover Each kiss saying you are here in this world with me Make no mistake David and Murdo are the centerpiece of this series but the inclusion of the cast of characters that make up David s inner circle drives the plot forward These characters were all well constructed can just as asily break as warm your heart and how their lives intersect with David s and Murdo s made for a couple of verklempt moments I found I rather njoyed the bird s ye view over the commonplace myopic stories that focus ntirely on the couple and their coupletry It nhanced David and to a lesser xtent Murdo s characterizations by showing how far they are willing to go in the service of a friend and ach other thereby making for a richer story altogetherOne such act of selflessness leads them to Perthshire Murdo s newly acuired state for a good portion of Enlightened where they ve lapsed into an asy domesticity filled with fishing and walks in the country and unruffling some neighbors feathersWhat moved me and is making this series so difficult to let go of were the subtle changes both these characters made due to the other s influence over the course of their story how they begin to find a way if for no other reason than not to do so would leave them both heartbroken and their futures bleak I do so love couples who bring out the best in ach other and make ach other happy They still disagree and are truly awful at communicating their feelings but when it does finally happen it s glorious And so them Somehow Murdo had become important to him than anything lse Everything he d worked for respectability a shining career wealth all of it would be ashes in his mouth if he lost MurdoTo hell with what I deserve Murdo whispered All I want is you There is sex and chemistry between them obviously and it had its moments but I think what I liked than anything was how Murdo cossets David and how comfortable they are with one another All the small uiet moments between them Murdo rubbing David s leg with liniment pestering him about using the cane David wearing Murdo s old clothes to go fishing all the peccadilloes that you know and accept about another person that you live with and the rhythm of their shared life All those things made it crystal clear how in love they are and how perfectly they fit together but go unrecognized or are taken for granted until one is faced with the possibility of losing it forever Their level of comfort truly shone in the pilogue The pilogue that killed me dead The prose is lovely and stays true to the time with Chambers folding in a multitude of historical details that strengthened the narrative I also really loved all the Scottish details the streets the cobblestones the wet the tiny pubs Sir Walter the kilts the scotch all reminded me of a wonderful vacation and how much I loved EdinburghThe whole series is magnificent and "if you re a historical romance reader Enlightenment is simply a must read Review copies were "you re a historical romance reader Enlightenment is simply a must read Review copies were I adore this series and this is a brilliant nding Beautifully written motional moving but what s really impressive is the way the series as a whole is handled So that what seems to be a minor subplot in book 1 and then a key plot lement xtraneous to the main relationship in book 2 becomes the solution to verything in book 3 This is a proper trilogy with the relationship s progression and the rolling plot lements really well
handled while ach book is intensely satisfying individually You don t have while ach book is intensely satisfying individually You don t have try many trilogies to see uite how hard that is to pull off Not an The Shadow Reader easy solution and we see the cost of David and Murdo s HEA but we have no trouble believing they re both happy to pay it I glommed this book in a sitting I can t recommend this trilogynough don t give me I don t like historicals you ll like this and I am grumpy that it s over Book 3 in what has become one of my favorite series Enlightened isperfectIt kills me how much I love this bookthis story this couple this author The writing is so precisea story told so perfectly giving the reader a true Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies essence of the time period themotions and the struggles of the characters the conflictsturmoil both inside and outwardit s hard not to be completely lost in this book David MurdoTHEIR LOVEurghewlekjelkjewe0just so freaking good The EMOTIONI m completely verklemptI justcan tGAHThe treat of this. Things that trouble him are Murdo’s occasional bouts of preoccupation and the fact that one day soon David will have to return to his legal practice in EdinburghThat day comes too soon when David’s friend and mentor takes to his deathbed and David finds himself agreeing to take on a private mission in London Murdo is at his side in the journey but a shocking revelation by Murdo’s I can honestly say that this is one of the best historical malemale novels that I have read It s so genuine so riveting it s a historical page turner It was a joy to spend time with Murdo and David The best part about the book was finally seeing David accepting that he deserves happiness that it s right here for the taking and finally grabbing it with both hands And finally seeing Murdo s walls crumble down and his true self shine The book starts off some time after the vent of the previous one with David still recovering at Murdo s state This gives both men a glimpse at the life they could have at how happy they can be But real life has a way of spoiling people s dreams and David and Murdo have to go back and face the reality and the fact that they might never see The Power Of A Choice each other again But I think Fate intervenes this time and keeps them together Murdo is just a sweetheart under all the layers of aristocratic posturing andnnui He tries to keep himself in check but we already know what s hidden underneath and it all comes spilling through the cracks in his facade specially when they reach London and all the nasty family intrigue and secrets come to light It s hard to see them both struggle but I am glad they decide to fight for who they love for ach other David is promise bound to help Elizabeth and Euan and Murdo the honorable man that he is is always there to be that pillar of support to hold veryone up He is always there for David In the nd it s his ingenuity and wit that breaks the chains that hold him captive and save David s friends who also become his own We finally see how both David and Murdo changed how much they love The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right each other and how wonderful life can be and they jump off the cliff together Thending is lovely sweet and oh so romantic The picture of domestic bliss made me very lighthearted Knowing that Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling everybody is happy and content was the best I loved this series and I highly recommend it It s good for the soul Joanna Chambers Enlightenment series have definitely opened myyes to the wonder of MM historical romance and Monsieur Pain easily become one of my all time favorites This story is the PERFECTnding to the whole trilogyEnlightened continues few months after the nding of Beguiled David has been living with Murdo while he recuperates and it has been the happiest time of his life I love the development of David he still has an ndearing ingenuity flair but he has definitely grown as well Oh David still has sense of justice and do the right thing but he is willing to admit that he wants Murdo for himself as well While Murdo what can I say he just wins me over The moment he says Nothing about you could ver be ugly to me which HELLO similar words have been said by Jake to Adrien from Adrien English series there is no doubt in my mind that Murdo is completely besotted and in love with David Even when there is the surprising news about him comes to light I never worry He will make it right somehowThen there s the problem with Elizabeth and Euan and Elizabeth s husband Let me just say that the RESOLUTION FOR THAT IS WELL DONE ANOTHER THING THAT for that is well done Another thing that Murdo a hero in my yesI know my review is shorter compared to the ones I wrote for the previous two but I simply cannot say anything lse Sometimes when the book is that good you are just rendered speechless So I will just say that it s a perfect romantic tale and one of the most satisfying MM stories I ve read I have no complaints It s flawless in very single way Definitely one of those that deserves my 5 stars Love should not be denied I m not sure how I ll recover from this series I ve read some remarkable historicals but this was Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. exceptional and I fear my book hangover will bepicI read these in succession Honestly I don t know how you could read one and not them all They re like potato chips and I m infinitely grateful I did not have to wait between chips Provoked set the stage and drew me into this world just on the tail nd of the Regency period in Scotland Edinburgh
Plays As Large A as large a in Enlightenment as any character which is told from David Lauriston s perspective We follow him on a journey of self discovery as he falls in love with Lord Murdo Balfour and finds his truest selfDavid is a self made man He chose to go to university to study law rather and finds his truest selfDavid is a self made man He chose to go to university to study law rather stay on his family s farm He s difficult peevish His views on the world and his place in it are practical and somewhat inflexible He s got a vision of his life and though lonely he s committed to it His morals don t allow much leeway thus he s decided to never marry and have to live a lie He s gay and self loathing about it because he s been indoctrinated in the fire and brimstone which makes his future happiness seem an unlikelihood if not an outright impossibility This time period as confining and provincial as it most certainly is makes for a brilliant canvas on which to paint an xuisite romance filled with sexual tension that lingers in the memory and is what keeps me coming back to this genre again and again He d been convinced that his fascination with the act his desire for other men was a sign of a weak and sinful nature Something to be suppressed at all costs I can t ven imagine how difficult it would be to believe oneself anything other than abhorrent when constantly inundated with the sentiment that homosexuality is not only a sin but a crime a crime with a hefty penalty Chambers did a tremendous job of making this worldview the cornerstone of David s character David s beliefs are based as much on the law as the views regarding homosexuality and his being a lawyer makes them that much ingrained Thus he only allows himself the occasional. The cruelest duel may not spill a drop of bloodbut it could break their heartsEnlightenment Book 3Five months ago David Lauriston was badly hurt helping his friend Elizabeth scape her violent husband Since then David has been living with his lover Lord Murdo Balfour while he recuperatesDespite the pain of his injuries David’s time with Murdo has been the happiest of his life The only. Series is the growth of the characters the 2 MC s separately them together as a couple and Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, even all the supporting charactersit s a journey you get to take with themand it s so worth it But reallythe true highlight is being witness to the BRAVERY it took for David and Murdo to be together and how much they committed to it despite fear or doubt And the gloriousndingTHIS IS A TRUE CLASSIC ROMANCE I really can t gush Il morto di Maigret enough about HOW MUCH I love this series Joanna Chambers writesdeliberately and with purposebut makes it feelffortless This series converted a non historical romance readerand now all I can think about is horse drawn carriages in Scottish countrysidesYou can also read Sara s review of the book at 45 Stars I have a weird aversion with historical They are not my cuppa and I don t really know why since the few I remember reading mostly by Anne Stuart were really goodEnlightenment series is another winner to add to my little historical collection I had a blast with them Not really a surprise with so many fantastic reviews by my friends However I wasn t xpecting to read one book after the other with no breaks in betweenThis last book was genius All the pieces falling in the right place nothing forced or OTT It was brilliantly done and I loved thatThe story put me to think though Not only romance wise love between 2 males but also what meant to be a woman in those days What can I say people The world came a long way since that times and I am over the fucking moon about that June 2020 Audiobook 4 45 Stars David he said when they broke apart David He said David s name like it meant something all on its own Like a vow Like a promise Gahhhhhhh this book floored me and I m officially in book heaven I don t remember the last time I finished a book with than 200 pages in one go but this was one of those rare occasions when I simply forgot verything around me so completely ngrossed in the story and ven tempted to neglect my horse Nah not really but I might have hurried up a bit because I guess the alternative of running through the stable with my Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition eyes glued to my Kindle would have yielded me some funny looks not least from my horse Thending to Murdo and David s story was simply perfect and Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom even one day later I m sitting here with a dopey grin on my face and my mind still in the Scottish Highlands By the way sorry for swamping you with Murdo visuals but I just cannot help it sonotsorrySooo still any doubts how much I loved it All the stars for the whole damn seriesThis book This series The writing just flows it was like i was transported to another amazing universe The Sex The SexMurdo Murdo It s just I ve loved you for so long David assdjjjldklkdjldldnlddjfgjsisspsshjnjjgfiufddbbfgnnbvvfgfdfhjjkjyfdhgrruhgfdssfhjkkjfffddhjkjklknjfdsdsfhjjdkkddkldMurdo Murdo MurdoMurdo and David Murdo and David Just justI am just going to leave this here He grinned at that his blackyes gleaming with humour and David was swamped uite suddenly by a wave of helpless love and affection Love for this complex sometimes difficult man who was nevertheless capable of great kindnessThis man who d once said to David Don t try to find a virtue in me Lauriston You won t David reached across the white tablecloth and took hold of Murdo s hand lifting it up to his mouth to graze a kiss across the knuckles loving the warmth of the skin his lips brushed and the strength in the long fingers that curved about his ownMurdo looked briefly puzzled by David s affectionate behaviour but when David went to draw away he tightened his hold on David s hand and they stayed like that for a long while finishing their ale and watching the fire burn down to nothing but ash Ok PERFECTION It s just I ve loved you for so long David really didn t
think you felt same way I ve been fully immersed you felt the same way I ve been fully immersed David and Murdo s story this week and my only regret is that I didn t finish this series soonerTrust meif you re a fan of MM romance and Historical romance this series is a MUST readI m very late to the party herethere are so many great reviews about so I ll just sayMURDOI honestly couldn t love a character I feel as though I should be uoting Shakespearesomething profound to Sexual Secrets explain how much I adored this character but I ll just show how much I was into himview spoiler hide spoiler I amnlightened There are some books that stay with you and this book is going to stay with me for a very long time The Enlightenment series is one that you shouldn t begin unless you are prepared to dig into all three books In truth they are all like one very large book that has been split up into three pieces You really need to read all of them to get the full story and appreciate the full breadth of the romance Joanna Chambers did an xcellent job plotting this series because ach book grows and builds on one another until the pieces slot together and make perfect sense at the nd This is a series for readers who want an pic romance Enlightened is a story of a hard fought happily ver after a story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles and merging victorious It is a story that restores hope in love conuers all and makes you want to grab the ones you care about and never let them go It is just a really special story one that you have to Purely Sexual experience for yourself The story isn t mushy or sappy or overly affectionate orxtremely sexual It is The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 everything in balance It is smart writing smart characters and annding that will make you clutch your chest with a prickle in your yeEnlightened and the ntire series is historical romance done right And it won t let you down Copy provided by the author in xchange for an honest revie. Uthless father leaves David uestioning verything they’ve sharedAs tensions mount and the stakes grow higher David and Murdo are forced to ask themselves how far they’re prepared to go and how much they’re prepared to give up to stay together And whether there’s any chance of lasting happiness for men like themWarning Men in love men with secrets and men armed with dueling pistol.