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Provoked This Is A Second Edition Of A Book Previously Published By Samhain PublishingTormented 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 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


10 thoughts on “Provoked

  1. says:

    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 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 I go into a book totally blind However, I recently read the very lovely A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers so I was feeling cautiously optimistic As well I should have been because this book was all it s cracked up to be and .I think you have to view this book as a part of one longer book It doesn t really stand alone, and I don t know anyone who could read this story and not one click the whole series I was afraid that there wasn t going to be enough tension, enough of a slow burn, but I got a really good burn, and this heated I want you, I hate you, I need you vibe that I wasn t expecting Provoked is also far from insta love, with a really intense buildup and a cliffhanger esk ending No HFN even at the finish of this installment However, the writing makes it all worth the wait I died for the gorgeous language, setting, and characters I usually don t love single POVs, but Joanna Chambers made it feel like a perfect fit I couldn t get enough A truly wondrous start to what is shaping up to be an addictive series, I can t wait to see this story unfold Just lovely Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    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 in this case, K 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 in this case, KJ Charles and I feel I must I begrudgingly, kicking and screaming, open up said Historical and I, 4 times out of 5, fall in love shhh don t tell anyone apparently I love Historicals Provoked feels dark to me I don t think it s the intention It s reallythe period and how unacceptable it was, and dangerous no less, to be gay Men often loathed themselves for being unnatural and reduced themselves to seedy encounters in dark alleys This just makes me feel sad And I had anxiety throughout the whole book, terrified that they d get caught.Despite this underlying emotion for me, I truly came to love David and Balfour Their brief interactions were so FILLED with desire both acted upon and not And their growing attraction from physical towas delicious to read.All the side stories that filled out the information about their lives were interesting and entertaining A historical romance that included political radicals, assassination plots, childhood heartache, class society struggles and closeted men trying to find lives that include room for their proclivities all melded together so engagingly by Joanna Chambers.The ending was abrupt and it s why I ll say do NOT read Provoked as a stand alone Read it with the intention of reading the entire series Book 2, Beguiled, is PHENOMENAL, and it just made the foundation set in book 1 THAT MUCH BETTER HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDwhether you like Historicals or not


  3. says:

    June 2020 Audiobook 3.5 Stars I wasn t overly thrilled with the narrator s voice for Murdo, he sometimes sounded as if he were pushing 60 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 worldoften Oh, and as for Murdo of course he gained a new proud member to June 2020 Audiobook 3.5 Stars I wasn t overly thrilled with the narrator s voice for Murdo, he sometimes sounded as if he were pushing 60 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 worldoften 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 around I was so desperate to see them together on page all the time, I was almost tempted to skim a few pages, although the story itself and the atmospheric mood captivated me And what the hell kind of ending was that Well, one that made me download the next book immediately


  4. says:

    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 doneYes, 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 loving him 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 doneYes, 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 loving him.Overall I loved the damn book


  5. says:

    irritating.occasionally melodramatic dialogue, crushingly boring prose, and unsympathetic characters hurt my face.what a frustrating experience i find few thingstedious than a whining, puritanical mungbucket denying himself the pleasures of the flesh.murdo s dialogue was all over the place sometimes making him sound like a spiteful brat instead of a coolly sardonic peer of the bloody realm.the ending was completely ineffective, and the proseeverything is dutifully described in enervatin irritating.occasionally melodramatic dialogue, crushingly boring prose, and unsympathetic characters hurt my face.what a frustrating experience i find few thingstedious than a whining, puritanical mungbucket denying himself the pleasures of the flesh.murdo s dialogue was all over the place sometimes making him sound like a spiteful brat instead of a coolly sardonic peer of the bloody realm.the ending was completely ineffective, and the proseeverything is dutifully described in enervating language of such unbelievable dullity i could hardly stand it.it was wasteful writing long stretches of quelling details about how a person lights a candle or whether the footman heard them fucking it was pedantic recitation dead words that were not plot, or insight, or romance.srrssly oh, and the fucking hot unusually hot but all of a page, once, plus a bit of alleyway cocksucking, because that s not regency homofic cliche at all, and fuck you very much because the promise of MOAR SEXORZ was the only reason i kept reading.but there wasn t anyjust a kiss that apparently exploded all the blood vessels in david s mouth like a left hook.oh, what ever.despite the malformed characters, my body was ready.i wanted to see murdo dick that boy s guts out.i got Notes On What Everyone Is Doing With Their Hands Right Now, instead


  6. says:

    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.


  7. says:

    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 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 goEdinburgh, Scotland 1820 Provoked is the story of the former peasant boy David Lauriston who moved to Edinburgh and studied law He is now a, twenty five years old, unestablished poorly paid lawyer advocate who just lost one of his first hopeless from the very beginning. own cases Two freedom embattled Scottish workers have just met the executioner David is in Stirling to honor these men and to say farewell.At an inn, meets David, the same evening, a tall stately, a few years older, welldressed and very good looking, charming man David gets later seduced in an dark alley by this sexy man He will never forget this new amazing feeling he got when this stranger tenderly caressed him and kissed him passionately Some time later, they face up in Edinburgh on a dinner party in the house of some mutual acquaintances David is shockedand the cheeks flare on this beautiful redheaded young hero The attractive man a witty hunk shows to be Lord Murdo Balfour, the youngest son of a mighty Scottish Marquis A thrilling and sentimental carousel begins and David kind of closeted. take big steps, slopes back, hesitates and experience another earth shattering erotic nigh with Balfour Slowly and reluctantly admits David once again that a man has taken a big place in his heart Would he dare to unleash his feelings, needs, and what he longs for Lust didn t make you forget all the reasons you shouldn t do something It just made you not care Besides this heartbreaking romantic story, we also get an intricate mystery about a snitch..or a authority spy and a bitter younger brother who lost his big brother to a distant life in a labor camp in the new continent What my heart was hurting a bit extra for was perhaps these poor sweet gentleman daughters and their hopes of marriage David actually meet a very nice and brilliant youg girl he really likes, but he is doubtful Should he listen to a noble gentleman s Balfour s crass, and partially masculine practical, view of marriage and how it should be handled when a man is fond of, and want to bed, other men I played the game wrong with you before, he murmured I thought I should appeal to your reason but I needed to appeal to your body, didn t I Dear sweet David, you captured my heart Big hugs You conqueror, Lord Murdo Balfour, I don t know if I should hate or love you right now Highly recommended If you like, or used to read a lot of, m f historicals with the Lord s Noble and cynical, larger than life heroes and lovely, witty heroines am I sure you will enjoy this M M version also Provoked is a wonderful and captivating start to this three books series se below It was a pleasure to take part of this early 1900 century city life no oldfashioned alpha highlanders here in Scotland Very well done Ms Joanna Chambers There is so much to say about this heartbreaking romance, but I shall confine myself here Time to finish the next installment Beguiled my review about these gorgeous gentlemen.I LIKE very much seduced and enadA novel ecommended by Elizabetta a time ago Thank you and Thanks my sweet Spring Santa view spoiler Bev, it s you kindness which maked this book jump from the huge bookstore to my e reader hide spoiler The Enlightenment 3 parts series..and in May


  8. says:

    4 StarsI can see why this M M historical series is so beloved by many As an idealistic lawyer, living and working in 19th century Edinburgh, country born David Lauriston does his best to fit in among high society, fighting to right injustices on behalf of his clients With strong ideals and a pure heart, David works tirelessly to set aside his own forbidden sexual desires, which seems to work well for the most part, but when Lord Murdo Balfour enters David s life, the walls David has carefully 4 StarsI can see why this M M historical series is so beloved by many As an idealistic lawyer, living and working in 19th century Edinburgh, country born David Lauriston does his best to fit in among high society, fighting to right injustices on behalf of his clients With strong ideals and a pure heart, David works tirelessly to set aside his own forbidden sexual desires, which seems to work well for the most part, but when Lord Murdo Balfour enters David s life, the walls David has carefully built around himself begin to crumble Murdo Balfour is everything David isn t He s wealthy, self assured and powerful, speaking his mind and self indulging in his sexual appetites with other men when he sees fit He challenges everything David thinks and feels, infuriating and captivating David in equal measure The chemistry between the two men is palpable, despite David s constant efforts to deny his growing attraction at every advance Yet, although David is strong of will, his resolve slips a littlewith each encounter shared with the provocative Lord To make matterscomplicated, a case David is working on, to help a client s brother seek out a wrongful party a potential government spy just so happens to lead David time and again into Murdo s path, casting suspicion on Murdo s character and making David doubt his new feelings for the powerful man who may not be what he seems I liked this story a lot I was completely immersed in Chambers writing from the first page I was won over completely by the stories atmospheric Scottish setting and the wonderfully rich and complex characters that filled the pages of this memorable historical romance David and Murdo undoubtedly made a compelling pair, and although their first story ended without so much as a HFN for them as a couple, I feel there is still great promise and hope for these two going forward, despite the times and their individual circumstances I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next


  9. says:

    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 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 old language one of reasons why I don t like historical I was worried that I would get confused with all the period terms used But this was a challenge, I must powered through And I am so glad that I did.Because WOW This book is really good I was charmed with the great writing, sense of place, SEXUAL TENSION and the characters, especially David There was a kind of Harlequin esqe feeling of it as well, with Balfour as the arrogant aristocrat while David is the kind blue collar man, which I wholeheartedly found alluring.Young David Lauriston was honorable and idealistic and had such gentle heart He was sympathetic with the cases he took, the men he defended David was willing to help a young friend, Euan MacLennan, to find the person who betrayed Euan s brother, even if David thought it would be a lost cause I was deeply touched and rather sad with David s perception that his indulgence with men was a sin which was part of the consequences of men living in that era But at the same time, I was proud of David for not willing to live a lie by marrying a woman because he thought it would be unfair to the woman.While Lord Murdo Balfour was pretty much David s opposite he was overbearing, brash, and unapologetic on his time with men There was something delicious and raw when these two men met for the first time, doing it in the alley David on his knees and later on when they met again due to circumstances I am already been warned that the romance is pretty much unfinished there s not even HFN here but I definitely will be there in December for the sequel Because I cannot wait to see how the story moves on from here How will they meet again What will Balfour do Will there be compromise in their relationship I guess the 1st book for my personal historical month challenge is a success


  10. says:

    This is brilliant It goes straight onto my Best of 2017 shelf Honestly, I had no idea Joanna Chambers could write like this My standards for historical fiction are very high go ahead and call me a snob, I don t mind I loathe anachronisms, and the worst anachronism of all is populating historical fiction with modern day people with modern day values and modern day attitudes You know, those fundamental attitudes about sex, gender, social class, government, religion, childrearing, personal This is brilliant It goes straight onto my Best of 2017 shelf Honestly, I had no idea Joanna Chambers could write like this My standards for historical fiction are very high go ahead and call me a snob, I don t mind I loathe anachronisms, and the worst anachronism of all is populating historical fiction with modern day people with modern day values and modern day attitudes You know, those fundamental attitudes about sex, gender, social class, government, religion, childrearing, personal hygiene, etc, that most people prefer not to have questioned as they go about their daily lives those are among the many things that writers of historical fiction must research and attempt to render convincingly Not to mention the countless details of the physical world that need to be captured as well Writing historically accurate convincing fiction must be a nearly overwhelming job, and I m sure glad I don t have to do it.I was totally swept up in the world created here I want to say I was beguiled , won over by details large and small From the way shadows fall in a room lit only by a single candle, to how David struggles with his inner sense of worth in a society that would condemn him as an abomination I thought it was brilliantly executed, richly atmospheric, and emotionally engaging.Before I move on to book 2, I need to say that I think Provoked would have made a magnificent stand alone novel It wouldn t have pleased romance readers, that s for sure but this book packs such a punch, and is so perfect in its self contained way, that I m almost sorry there are sequels I guess that pretty definitively outs me as not really a romance reader I do sometimes feel like a bit of an imposter here amongst real romance readers, but everyone has put up with me so far and I do appreciate that If the remaining books in the series are as immersive and moving as this one, I ll be blown away And if they re not, I m still going to remember this one as nearly perfect of its kind Oh yeah, and THAT COVER The old one wasn t bad, but the new one helped move this book right up to the top of my TBR shelf Go ahead and call me shallow, I don t mind