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Enlightened This Is A Second Edition Of A Book Previously Published By Samhain PublishingDavid Lauriston Has Been Recuperating At Lord Murdo Balfour S Laverock Estate For The Last Five Months At Laverock, He Has Regained His Health And Confidence And Has Found With Murdo Happiness And Contentment Than He Has Never Known BeforeDavid Is All Too Aware That Some Day Soon He Will Have To Leave Laverock And Murdo And Return To His Legal Practice In Edinburgh, Just As Murdo Will Have To Return To His Life In London But When David S Mentor, Patrick Chalmers, Asks David To Return To Edinburgh To Visit Him On His Deathbed, It Seems That Day Has Come Sooner Than Either David Or Murdo Would Have WishedChalmers Begs David To Undertake One Last Piece Of Business For Him To Secure The Future Of Chalmers S Daughter Elizabeth But To Carry Out His Old Mentor S Wishes, David Must Travel To London, With MurdoNo Sooner Have The Two Men Arrived In The Capital Than They Encounter Murdo S Ruthlessly Manipulative Father, Who Reveals A Shocking Secret That Rocks David To His Foundations What S , When David Discovers Elizabeth Is Facing Far Greater Danger Than Even Her Father Feared, He Is Determined To Help Her, No Matter The Cost To His Own SafetyAs The Stakes Rise, It Is Murdo Who Must Choose What He Is Prepared To Sacrifice To Keep David At His Side, And Ask Whether There Is Any Possibility Of Lasting Happiness For Men Like Them


10 thoughts on “Enlightened

  1. says:

    I am enlightened 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 excellent job plotting this series because each boo I am enlightened 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 excellent job plotting this series because each book grows and builds on one another until the pieces slot together and make perfect sense at the end This is a series for readers who want an epic romance Enlightened is a story of a hard fought happily ever after, a story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles and emerging victorious It is a story that restores hope in love conquers 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 experience for yourself The story isn t mushy or sappy or overly affectionate or extremely sexual It is everything in balance It is smart writing, smart characters, and an ending that will make you clutch your chest with a prickle in your eye.Enlightened, and the entire series, is historical romance done right And it won t let you down Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


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    PERFECTIONIt s just, I ve loved you for so long, David I really didn t think you felt the same wayI ve been fully immersed in David and Murdo s story this week and my only regret is that I didn t finish this series sooner.Trust me,if you re a fan of MM romance and Historical romance this series is a MUST read.I m very late to the party here,there are so many great reviews about so I ll just say.MURDO.I honestly couldn t love a character I feel as though I should PERFECTIONIt s just, I ve loved you for so long, David I really didn t think you felt the same wayI ve been fully immersed in David and Murdo s story this week and my only regret is that I didn t finish this series sooner.Trust me,if you re a fan of MM romance and Historical romance this series is a MUST read.I m very late to the party here,there are so many great reviews about so I ll just say.MURDO.I honestly couldn t love a character I feel as though I should be quoting Shakespearesomething profound to explain how much I adored this character but I ll just show how much I was into him, view spoiler hide spoiler Highly Recommended


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    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 Sex Murdo MurdoIt s just, I ve loved you for so long, David assdjjjldklkdjldldnlddjfgjsisspsshjnjjgfiufddbbfgnnbvvfgfdfhjjkjyfdhgrruhgfdssfhjkkjfffddhjkjklknjfdsdsfhjjdkkddkld Murdo Murdo Murdo Murdo and David Murdo and David Just. justI am just going to leave this hereHe grinned at that, his black eyes gleaming with 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 Sex Murdo MurdoIt s just, I ve loved you for so long, David assdjjjldklkdjldldnlddjfgjsisspsshjnjjgfiufddbbfgnnbvvfgfdfhjjkjyfdhgrruhgfdssfhjkkjfffddhjkjklknjfdsdsfhjjdkkddkld Murdo Murdo Murdo Murdo and David Murdo and David Just. justI am just going to leave this hereHe grinned at that, his black eyes gleaming with humour, and David was swamped, quite suddenly, by a wave of helpless love and affection Love for this complex, sometimes difficult man who was, nevertheless, capable of great kindness.This 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 own.Murdo 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


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    June 2020 Audiobook 4 4.5 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 withthan 200 pages in one go, but this was one of those rare occasions when I simply forgot everything around me, so com June 2020 Audiobook 4 4.5 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 withthan 200 pages in one go, but this was one of those rare occasions when I simply forgot everything around me, so completely engrossed in the story and even 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 eyes glued to my Kindle would have yielded me some funny looks, not least from my horse The ending to Murdo and David s story was simply perfect and 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


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    4.5 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 good.Enlightenment 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 expecting to read one book after the other with no breaks in between.This last book was genius All the pieces falling in 4.5 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 good.Enlightenment 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 expecting to read one book after the other with no breaks in between.This last book was genius All the pieces falling in the right place, nothing forced or OTT It was brilliantly done and I loved that.The 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


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    Book 3 in what has become one of my favorite series, Enlightened is perfect.It kills me how much I love this book.this story, this couple, this author The writing is so precise a story told so perfectly, giving the reader a true essence of the time period, the emotions and the struggles of the characters, the conflicts turmoil both inside and outward it s hard not to be completely lost in this book David Murdo THEIR LOVE urghewlekjelkjewe0 just so freaking good The EMOTION I m completely v Book 3 in what has become one of my favorite series, Enlightened is perfect.It kills me how much I love this book.this story, this couple, this author The writing is so precise a story told so perfectly, giving the reader a true essence of the time period, the emotions and the struggles of the characters, the conflicts turmoil both inside and outward it s hard not to be completely lost in this book David Murdo THEIR LOVE urghewlekjelkjewe0 just so freaking good The EMOTION I m completely verklempt I just can t GAH The treat of this series is the growth of the characters, the 2 MC s separately, them together as a couple, and even all the supporting characters it s a journey you get to take with them and it s so worth it But really the 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 glorious ending THIS IS A TRUE CLASSIC ROMANCE I really can t gush enough about HOW MUCH I love this series Joanna Chambers writes deliberately and with purpose but makes it feel effortless This series converted a non historical romance reader and now all I can think about is horse drawn carriages in Scottish countrysides.You can also read Sara s review of the book at


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    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 exceptional and I fear my book hangover will be epic.I 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 end of the Regency period in Scotland Edinburgh plays as large 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 exceptional and I fear my book hangover will be epic.I 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 end of the Regency period in Scotland Edinburgh plays as large a role 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 self.David is a self made man He chose to go to university to study law rather than 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 exquisite 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 even 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 muchingrained Thus he only allows himself the occasional furtive and anonymous tryst then hates himself afterwards and turns to scotch as a panacea.Murdo 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 easy to like So easy But I loved them both equally Murdo s character isn t simplistic but he wears his heart on his sleeve which made him easy 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 everything 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 elapsed between Provoked and Beguiled, I think I maybe had a touch of the vapors But in those two years both evolved 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 easily 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 enjoyed the bird s eye view over thecommonplace myopic stories that focus entirely on the couple and their coupletry It enhanced David, and to a lesser extent Murdo s, characterizations by showing how far they are willing to go in the service of a friend and each other thereby making for a richer story altogether.One such act of selflessness leads them to Perthshire, Murdo s newly acquired estate, for a good portion of Enlightened where they ve lapsed into an easy domesticity filled with fishing and walks in the country and unruffling some neighbors feathers.What 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 each other and make each 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 becomeimportant to him than anything else Everything he d worked for respectability, a shining career, wealth all of it would be ashes in his mouth if he lost Murdo To 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 likedthan anything was how Murdo cossets David and how comfortable they are with one another All the small, quiet 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 epilogue The epilogue 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 Edinburgh.The whole series is magnificent and if you re a historical romance reader Enlightenment is simply a must read Review copies were provided.


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    I adore this series, and this is a brilliant ending Beautifully written, emotional, 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 element extraneous to the main relationship in book 2 becomes the solution to everything in book 3 This is a proper trilogy, with the relationship s progression and the rolling plot elements really well handled, while each book is intensely satisfying individua I adore this series, and this is a brilliant ending Beautifully written, emotional, 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 element extraneous to the main relationship in book 2 becomes the solution to everything in book 3 This is a proper trilogy, with the relationship s progression and the rolling plot elements really well handled, while each book is intensely satisfying individually You don t have to try many trilogies to see quite how hard that is to pull off Not an 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 trilogy enough don t give me I don t like historicals , you ll like this and I am grumpy that it s over


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    Joanna Chambers Enlightenment series have definitely opened my eyes to the wonder of MM historical romance and easily become one of my all time favorites This story is the PERFECT ending to the whole trilogy Enlightened continues few months after the ending 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 endearing ingenuity flair, but he has definitely grown as well Oh, Davi Joanna Chambers Enlightenment series have definitely opened my eyes to the wonder of MM historical romance and easily become one of my all time favorites This story is the PERFECT ending to the whole trilogy Enlightened continues few months after the ending 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 endearing 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 ever 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 somehow.Then 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 makes Murdo a hero in my eyes.I know my review is shorter compared to the ones I wrote for the previous two but I simply cannot say anything else 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 every single way Definitely one of those that deserves my 5 stars


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    Written May 8, 20144 1 2 Lovely Stars A great last part to an wonderful historical gay love tale in 3 amazing good booksBook 3I m in love in these gorgeous men and this Enlightenment series The last part Enlightened was no exception.Another funny, heartbreaking, tender romance story about two male lovebirds David Murdo, a love couple I m not going to forget in a long time Yummy sweet and so very well told Big applause to a great romance tale,Joanna ChambersWritten May 8, 20144 1 2 Lovely Stars A great last part to an wonderful historical gay love tale in 3 amazing good booksBook 3I m in love in these gorgeous men and this Enlightenment series The last part Enlightened was no exception.Another funny, heartbreaking, tender romance story about two male lovebirds David Murdo, a love couple I m not going to forget in a long time Yummy sweet and so very well told Big applause to a great romance tale,Joanna ChambersI m a big admirer of the two first books 1 Provoked 4.5 stars and 2 Beguiled 5 stars and for the first time ever I actually dared to wrote a letter to an author and I asked for the honor to get an ARC copy to read for an honest review Ms Cambers was very nice and polite, answered and sent me a copy of her new novel Thank you, Ms Chambers I m so pleased you trusted me with this copy. Of course I planned to read this ARC book a bit earlier view spoiler publ the day before yesterday May 6 but an quite long vacation in China keept my time for other fun things than a huge time of romance reading these last weeks I m probably a very crappy time planner but at last Ior less read and finished this novel on an 12 hour flight Shanghai Kopenhagen hide spoiler My F.I.R.S.T review written thousands of meters up in the sky somewhere over the big Russia Perthshire Scotland Laverock House 1823This last installment in this Enlightenment series take off half a year after we left these men in book 2 David Lauriston was injured in Edinburgh view spoiler after rescuing his friend Elizabeth from her cruel and abusing husband hide spoiler and his lover Lord Murdo Balfour took him to his country estate, Laverock House to recuperate David still limp and his hip and knee ashes a bit but he have truly had the best time in his life these months with Murdo , the richest, happiest monhts of all his life, he admitted to himself, in a single trunk I don t want to tell too much about the plot but, as always in these books, it was both tender, steamy and grandly romantic And as in the previous books added with some exciting thrilling moments We will again meet some of David s dear friends and get to knowabout what happened to them all As always is this beautiful David man a bit stubborn, so very careful and almost a bit slow in his hopes for him and Murdo He don t even dare to think that they maybe could have a chance to a good chared loving and hopefully HEA. life together He is still so afraid and angsty about Murdo s plans of his theirs future To be fair, David maybe has to be, but sometimes he actually made me a bit sulky when he didn t tell Murdo why he was sad, felt angry or hesitated etc Why don t men even try to talk to each other Anyone here who can explain that but of course I loved him this third time as well David is a truly sweet and very pleasant man Lord Murdo on the other hand is the big, sexy alpha hunk and a very brave Scottish Oh Yeah a real highlander hero He is just amazing everything a smut reader like me could whish for The lord didn t dissapoint this time either Murdo was just so awesome cute, tender and in a gentlemanly way took care of a lot of important things and the grand love of his life A true larger than life hero as my nice GR friend SueBee usally call them It was just breathing at first their lips resting together, the air from their mouths mingling Impossible intimacy Impossible tenderness So unbearably sweet it was a barb in David s heart He felt it like a physical pain, like physical joy I sincerely recommend this historical M M series The very best in it s kind This third part Enlightened was a big enjoy to read from the first to the last page The story just flow over the pages and I just wantedI truly belive in these two mens love and future together I will miss them So you ll come back with me, then he whispered To Laverock If you want to try a smexy gay romance, set in Scotland two hundreds years ago, don t hesitate Go and grabb the first book Provoked It may be three books view spoiler before you get an HEA hide spoiler , but don t let that scare you, they are not that long and very easy to read These novels are all filled with so much joy and fun, witty banters, a lot of dialogue, some suspense, thoughts about important human rights issues, huge feelings, believable lovely and some nasty characters and of course as every great nowadays romance they are also filled with smexy yummy moments.I ve big hopes and am so much looking forward toenjoying gay romances, set in older days, from this authors talented pen Cross my fingers then it s somewhat hard to find a lot of really good M M HR A genre I love.I LIKE enormously a grand series finale ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.Woot Joanna told me in a email that shemay write a short 1.5 story ie between books 1 and 2 from Murdo s POV this yearPlease, I m already waiting for it I so want to knowabout the year Murdo spent in London The Enlightenment series