Provoked

Provoked Librarian note this is an alternative Kindle cover for ASIN B YJ FThis is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain PublishingDavid Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation

  • Title: Provoked
  • Author: Joanna Chambers
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  • Page: 479
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Librarian note this is an alternative Kindle cover for ASIN B071YJ254FThis is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain PublishingDavid 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, promptingLibrarian note this is an alternative Kindle cover for ASIN B071YJ254FThis is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain PublishingDavid 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 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 than a mere distraction Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for Warning Contains mystery and danger set in 1822 Scotland, and a forbidden love between two men that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the next book.

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    1. **Now FREE at all major retailers (ebook), 6/8/17!!***4.5 stars* To be honest, I was nervous about this series.I always feel really hesitant to start a series that is so universally beloved. For one, I never like to hate what other people like, though it happens often. I like to see the magic that other people see, and I always feel like I'm missing something critical when I don't. In addition, I feel this weird pressure about reading a very popular, very adored book, something I don't feel when [...]

    2. Confession time: I’m writing this review after having already read book 2 in the series. I usually NEVER do this. I usually write a review immediately after reading a book…and definitely before reading another one…and forbid myself before reading another one in the series. But…I just couldn’t stop reading…And honestly…it makes a difference.I really enjoyed Provoked. I say it over and over again: I don’t read Historicals. And then I always get a raving recommendation from someone [...]

    3. Written March 21, 20144 1/2 Huge Stars - a charming, well-written super romantic genuine historical romance - just stunning goodBook #1I LOVE this traditional old historical romances genre (though here with men who loves men). Speechless, overwhelmed, devastated and so surprised. I couldn't imagine that this HR book would be that good. I would like to write a stunnig and loving "tribute-review" about this fantastic romance. but you better read it instead. ~ I dried my tears and here we go:~<& [...]

    4. irritating.occasionally melodramatic dialogue, crushingly boring prose, and unsympathetic characters hurt my face.what a frustrating experience!i find few things more tedious than a whining, puritanical mungbucket denying himself the pleasures of the fleshrdo's dialogue was all over the place—sometimes making him sound like a spiteful brat instead of a coolly sardonic peer of the bloody realme ending was completely ineffective, and the proseeverything is dutifully described in enervating langu [...]

    5. I picked this book up as part of my own Personal Historical Month Challenge. Straight-up historical romance (without any element of paranormal) has never been a favorite genre of mine (either male/male or male/female). Provoked was recommended by a friend, MandyM, and since she loved historical romance, I trusted her judgment.Initially, I had issues -- what can I say, my brain seemed to start doing mental blocking when I read historical. I was moaning and ready to bitching about the sense of 'ol [...]

    6. Damn! these MM/ Historical books. They have now permanently crawled their way into my heart.All the books that i have read in this genre i have done so in one sitting. When i start i never want to stop until i am done. “Yes, I hate what I am at times, but at least I accept myself enough to realise that I can’t lie my way through life, pretending to prefer women when I don’t.”David - you can't help but root for him. I adored the pretty guy.Murdo- You either love him or hate, i ended up lo [...]

    7. ***4.5 Stars*** Consider me hooked and better brace yourself! I have no friggin' clue why I always hesitated to read m/m historicals, but from now on you might get tired of me indulging myself in the regency world more often. Oh, and as for Murdo of course he gained a new proud member to his fan club. ;-)He and David have a chemistry that knocked my socks off! Next time please warn a girl, okay? This book should come with a 'don't-read-this-at-the-office!' sign, especially not when your boss is [...]

    8. ****4.5 Stars ****Thank you, Ariana, for taking me out of my dark hole with this recomm.This was a fine read.

    9. Review: Provoked This is the first book in a trilogy about David Lauriston, a young lawyer from a humble background and Murdo Balfour, an anglified Scottish peer. David is idealistic and honourable and sees his weakness for men as a sin. Balfour is self-assured, domineering and carnal. He indulges his urges without guilt and it does not even occur to him not to marry and have a family as well. These two men meet against a background of rebellion and treachery and their brief encounters become mo [...]

    10. Excellent. Great atmosphere, cracking sexual tension, intriguing plotting, likeable but very human characters. The Scottish Enlightenment setting seemed like it might be dour, ditto the massive internalized homophobia issues, but they were brilliantly done, with life and passion. Looking forward to book 2.

    11. Wonderful start to a trilogy!Those of you who read a lot of historical M/M romance, you know that the majority of it just isn't realistic. I mean the norm is: two confirmed bachelors meet, have a hot and steamy, illicit affair, figure upon a perfectly illogical reason for two men to share housing, then live out their happily ever after togetherr and ever. Totally cliche and predictable, right? You're not going to see any of that in Provoked.First of all, I'm not going to rehash the plot; thats n [...]

    12. Chambers makes Harlequins fun again! The prose wasn't particularly enjoyable. I found David a honorably dull and uninspired Mary Sue and I can't say I enjoyed spending time with him. The ending annoyed me to no end too. BUTe nice pacing and Balfour made this an unputdownable book for me anyway. Though all would've been much better if Balfour had gotten his way If you know what I mean*eyebrow waggle*. Other than that, I find myself agreeing with Rachel 100%, and will therefore lazily refer to her [...]

    13. Since I plan to power through this series, I'm not going to one of my super long reviews, but rest-assured I loved this book.4.5 just because I wanted MOAR.**This review is also slightly scattered.Although Murdo was hot shit, the best part of this book (to me) wasn't the romance. It was the setting and how that tied into the actions and internal conflicts of the characters. The Enlightenment was an era when people stopped living their lives solely based on moral standards set by the Church. They [...]

    14. This was a very enjoyable historical romance, with a plausible period feel, an interesting (beginnings of a) plot, a sympathetic narrator and a nicely enigmatic love interest. David is a man with a deep sense of honor, and integrity. This sets him at odds with his sexual desire for other men, because he sees it as an unnatural failing. He tries to remain celibate, but occasionally gives way to temptation. Afterward he battles self-disgust, sometimes with the help of a dram or two of whiskey. Unt [...]

    15. YERRRRP.I would totally bone Joanna Chambers based on this book. Her words, at least.This book created some serious excitement in my life yesterday. I was at my boyfriend's hockey game reading this book, and afterward, he said to me, "Did you see the goals I scored?". No, of course I didn't see your goals, I was completely enveloped in this book. "I think so," I replied.I love the little misunderstandings, the obvious jealousy, the strong male lead (small people can be tough, too!), the partings [...]

    16. This has bored me to tears every time I picked it up. I actually love well-written historical romances, whether m/m or m/f. I like them realistic and steeped in historical detail. So, thinking I can't miss with this after reading quite a few reviews, I bought the whole series. God, do I rue this at the moment! It's however why I tried so hard to get into this story. But I can't, and I haven't even yet reached any naughty bits or whatever. I'm still just into the setup. Which was enough to show m [...]

    17. 4.5 StarsJust a few words before I rush onto book II because I am riveted to this series. Joanna Chambers is quite simply more than a wee bit brilliant. I LOVE that she set this story in an era of such political and social unrest. Bringing together two very different men from the opposite and opposing ends of the class scale is always an interesting perspective for a reader, but here we have David who has worked or is working his way up the rankings, not quite belonging to either of these worlds [...]

    18. Wow. Just… wow.I don’t have it in me to dissect this one at the moment, but I’ll just say that this book far exceeded any expectations that I had for it at the outset. Both Murdo and David are compelling characters that command the page and demand a closer look. I adored both of them and the realistic growth in their relationship with one another was beyond well done; Chambers ignited this agonizingly slow burn that made it feel like someone was playing tug-of-war with my emotions. When th [...]

    19. I love a good historical romance, and there is plenty to love about Joanna Chambers' Provoked, the first book in her Enlightenment series.Provoked gives us two fascinating characters at opposite sides of the spectrum. Lord Murdo Balfour is a wealthy Scot with an estate in Argyllshire; David Lauriston, the son of a farmer, is an advocate (comparable to a barrister) with no safety net of wealth nor privilege. David is ashamed of his sinful "unnatural defect"; Balfour is much more pragmatic:I don [...]

    20. Escribiré la reseña cuando termine la serie, pero si no lo digo, reviento: ¿Murdo? ¿En serio????? Que me perdonen los Murdos del mundo, pero es un nombre horroroso para lo muchísimo que me gusta ese personaje, Sra.Chambers, maaaaaaaal, porque para colmo, viene de Murdock, sí, como el del Equipo A, la visual no es para nada buena jajajajajajajaHacia el 2 de cabeza.

    21. Rating: 4* of fiveI'd rate this lower if I hadn't been prepared for the modest sexual content. What there was the author did well and it wasn't gratuitous or inorganic. I was sure the story needed to be in that place at that moment; I was sure the characters were true to their established motivations; in the end, it wasn't about dissatisfaction that I've read from a few other reviewers. I suspect the issues arose from what I was inclined to see as "instaluuuv" between men of radically (!) differ [...]

    22. 19 Aug 2017 Addition: sooooo, in the last week or so, I've received my order of the paperback copies of this series - with the new covers - and I've purchased the audio book for this, the first in the series - just this morning.*contented sigh* David and Murdo Take the plunge. Oh! And the narrator is a Scot. :D PS: how the HAYULL has it been almost 4 years since I first read this?? 😱 😁 💗~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~From the opening pages, the setting for this story [...]

    23. 4.5 starsI'm just moving on to book 2. It's that good and that ending made me sad because I can see it being the end of the story for a lot of gay men back then.

    24. Murdo reminded me of the typical irresistible, intimidating and jealous tall, dark, and handsome romance hero but it worked for me in this setting. I’m not sure why he was smitten with David so quickly, and lines like this: (view spoiler)[“It’s like a sickness,” Balfour continued. “Ever since I met you. You’ve been…preying on my mind. It’s irritating. I never entertain repeat performances.” (hide spoiler)]made me cringe a little bit. (I guess I’ve read similar statements in r [...]

    25. **Conflicted Reader Alert**Can one hate and love something simultaneously? Of course. Talk about bittersweet. This story is tragic, sweet, honorable, incredibly sexy, sigh worthy and depressing. I loved the time period that provided fertile ground for so much turbulence without melodrama. Woof. Ready for the next story, but feeling a bit like a rag doll in rottweiler's mouth right now. So, small break. Favorite quote:Lust didn’t make you forget all the reasons you shouldn’t do something. It [...]

    26. Re-read in May 2017 because it’s one of my favorite series and I had to revisit David and Murdo. And I enjoyed it even more this second time, because it’s exactly what I look for when reading.“And besides all that, he’d tasted, if only once in his life, real, honest passion. With Murdo Balfour…For now, it was enough”No, David, that’s not enough, neither for you and nor for me : going straight to the next book : BeguiledHighly, highly recommended, even for readers not fan of histori [...]

    27. ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Alright read*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱It wasn't all that bad. However, I had expected more from this book. Provoked centers around lowborn and a laywer David ‘Davy’ Lauriston (24) and Lord Murdoch ‘Murdo’ Balfour (in his thirties?). Balfour is bold, sure of himself and not shamed of he he wants. David is a good man, with a kind heart who's grown up with being told that being with a man is a sin. However, meeting Balfour makes David want more than he's willing to give Overall, [...]

    28. Grrr I didn’t like David. Once in a while you come across a character you just don’t vibe with and, for me, David will go down in the books as a particularly dull character. A passionless stick in the mud that bored me, greatly, but he did do me the favor of not simpering. His lackluster character was an obstacle through 218 pages of a story, told solely from David’s narrative. I will admit to skimming sections, but I didn’t miss a beat - you see, I’ve read this story before. Many time [...]

    29. Lust didn’t make you forget all the reasons you shouldn’t do something. It just made you not care. It made you not care, even knowing you would regret your actions later. I have mentioned before, Historical Romance was my first love. I devoured everything I could by my favorite authors in that genre and even tried a few new ones that fit fine for the moment. I have been overjoyed to find historical m/m romance stories that translate just as well and give me that oh so special feeling as I re [...]

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