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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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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • MAB
  • 2020/04/15

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.

UPDATE: I did completed the series and I was happy I did. So, I do recommend pushing through.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • KD
  • 2018/11/12

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!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Viv
  • 2018/04/19

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!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • W. Floyd
  • 2020/07/13

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.

#BooksILove #ListenedOn2020 #Audible #KindleFire #AudioCreditWellSpent

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sativa
  • 2017/08/28

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Neta_BER
  • 2017/08/20

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.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • tsarin black
  • 2021/04/29

M/m erotica for straight cis women who are faintly repulsed by gay men

Very much in the vein of typical m/m gay erotica written by a straight cis woman, *for* straight cis women. Focuses a lot on themes of masculine domination in physical space and action, the paramount importance of “the final boundary” (you know what I mean) as the be-all end-all of sex, and contains more than the usual helping of internalized homophobic self-loathing and asides about how “disgusting” m/m sex is. Murdo reminded me strongly of Christian Grey. I sincerely hope Davey gets some help for his drinking problem in the next book, and also that Elizabeth turns out to be a savvy lesbian instead of getting her heart broken.

As a queer person, this was a tiring and disheartening read, and I got through it mainly because I’m incredibly bored and have a bad case of completionitis. I can understand why certain kinds of straight women would find it enjoyable, though I equally wish they’d read something better. Or maybe stop perpetuating certain things by projecting onto people they clearly don’t understand. The writing quality itself was not as terrible as some examples of this genre. I appreciated the historical background, and that it did feel for the most part like the (lower class, at least) characters had lives outside their affair. Hamish McKinlay’s narration was fine, easy to listen to, and made good use of nuanced character voices.

I don’t know, take it or leave it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Di
  • 2020/06/02

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Troy
  • 2020/05/16

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Retired 39
  • 2020/05/15

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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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 2017/08/19

Really a gem

Really enjoyed listening to this book. With great narration by Hamish McKinlay whose voice was a great bonus.
This book is set in Edinburgh. David is trying to rebuild his reputation in the legal world. Murdo is determined to wed one day. But to a woman as back in those day Same sex was a taboo subject. But Murdo thinks he can keep his true feeling for men quite,
This is part of a series. It was wonderfully written with great care put into the characters. What's not to like. Waiting for the next audible.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Serin6
  • 2017/12/26

Set in Scotland, British writer, Scottish narrator

Plenty of historical back-story which sets up the two characters who have little life experience in common but understand each other nevertheless. The events in which both protagonists are enmeshed are just as important as their relationship but the balance between romance and history is fine, neither dominating while each aspect enhances the other. Well-written and brilliantly narrated with a range of accents. Makes most sense if you listen also to parts 2 and 3 for full development of characters and romance.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Thing
  • 2021/01/16

Solid performance

Hamish McKinlay did a good job, overall, but there were a few places where the vehemence of Murdo's reactions appeared to come out of nowhere. The story was quite well written, but Murdo was such an unlikable person I hoped something unsavory would happen to him.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • DeadNotSleeping
  • 2021/01/04

Great story, fantastic narrator

The writing is brilliant, but McKinlay's voice acting is phenomenal. I really hope this voice actor works on more audio books because his intonation and expression is amazing.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • C M Silver
  • 2020/12/05

Provoking

Well written historic tale of social conditions and conditioning, well planned and plotted, excellent atmospheric narration enhancing the drama and tension. This writer has captured the genre perfectly. Looking forward to Book 2. RECOMMENDED

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 2020/10/30

Wow, I loved this Victorian romance!

When lawyer, David Lauriston defends Scottish weavers who have risen up against the British in late 1800s Edinburgh, he can’t guess he’ll put his own life in danger. Lord Balfour takes a shine to the lawyer but they must be careful. I loved this Victorian romance - set in an interesting time in history, David is a decent man while Balfour is an enigmatic one. While the story was 80% romance and 20% history, the dialogue, characters, and scenes felt authentic and very compelling! 🎧 Hamish McKinlay gives the performance of a lifetime - great Scottish and British accents with perfect and expressive historical cadence!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/08/27

I'm a harsh critic, it was nearly a five

Honestly so enjoyable. Offered to me as a gay romance, I expected simple, cheese, not much depth. But this is genuinely a STORY first and foremost, historically accurate seeming views of homosexuality, and then a little passion more than romance at this point. But it's a trilogy, thankfully!

Onto the next!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • BevS
  • 2017/11/30

Great narration from Hamish, really good story....

I've been putting off reading this series for quite some time, but thought I'd take a chance on the first audio...and am SO happy I did. Hamish McKinlay's narration was just superb, and yes, he's really Scottish, not someone pretending to be. 5 stars.

Davie is a wonderfully sympathetic character who always tries to see everything from all sides except when his own happiness is involved. He's ashamed of his feelings for men, and until he meets Lord Murdo Balfour, has only done the basics where uncomplicated things are involved. I can see further down the road that he and Miss Chalmers will become firm friends [once he's persuaded her that he's not the marrying kind of course]. As for Lord Murdo...well, I sense he's halfway to being in love with David Lauriston already, he just won't accept it, but time is a funny thing....

The secondary story regarding the weavers and Government agents was well done, and maybe we'll get to catch up with Ewan in subsequent stories?? Now onto to Beguiled...after I've finished Seven Summer Nights of course.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • choccygrl
  • 2017/09/01

Excellent but no happy ending.

This was one of the rare occasions where I listened to a book I hadn't yet read, and both the author and the narrator did an excellent job of holding my attention.
The narrator is excellent, with perfectly differentiated voices for the MCs and a great tone to his voice.
The story doesn't have a happy ending for our MCs, but there are two more books in the series before their story is finally finished so I guess I'll just have to dig them out of my TBR pile.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RachelM
  • 2017/08/21

A 5+ Star Listen

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

Joanna Chambers storytelling is spot on, I listened to this in one sitting and it's going to be one that I'll listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it has to be David, I love his voice, his insecurities and his strength, the way he always wants to do the right thing.

Which character – as performed by Hamish McKinlay – was your favourite?

Again I'm going with David although Hamish was wonderful with all of the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment with David and his father, it's very touching.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the rest of the series, highly recommended.