- Title: Enlightened
- Author: Joanna Chambers
- ISBN: 9781619219809
- Page: 376
- Format: ebook
The cruelest duel may not spill a drop of blood but it could break their hearts.Enlightenment, Book 3Five months ago, David Lauriston was badly hurt helping his friend Elizabeth escape her violent husband Since then, David has been living with his lover, Lord Murdo Balfour, while he recuperates.Despite the pain of his injuries, David s time with Murdo has been the happiesThe cruelest duel may not spill a drop of blood but it could break their hearts.Enlightenment, Book 3Five months ago, David Lauriston was badly hurt helping his friend Elizabeth escape her violent husband Since then, David has been living with his lover, Lord Murdo Balfour, while he recuperates.Despite the pain of his injuries, David s time with Murdo has been the happiest of his life The only 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 Edinburgh.That 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 ruthless father leaves David questioning everything they ve shared.As 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 them.Warning Men in love, men with secrets, and men armed with dueling pistols.
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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 [...]
**** 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 [...]
Book 3 in what has become one of my favorite series, Enlightened is…perfect.It kills me how much I love this book…is 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 [...]
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! Murdo!“It’s just, I’ve loved you for so long, Davidsdjjjldklkdjldldnlddjfgjsisspsshjnjjgfiufddbbfgnnbvvfgfdfhjjkjyfdhgrruhgfdssfhjkkjfffddhjkjklknjfdsdsfhjjdkkddkld!!!!!Murdo! Murdo! Murdo!Murdo and David! Murdo and David!Just justI am just going to leave this here:He grinned at that, his black eyes gleaming with humour, a [...]
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 larg [...]
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 [...]
"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 more than 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, [...]
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 Chambers.********************* [...]
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 [...]
Último libro de la historia de Murdo y David, aunque hay otro más en la serie con un personaje secundario del segundo libro como protagonista.Aunque empecé un poco dubitativa porque el comienzo no me resultó muy entretenido, la historia de amor entre Murdo y David va creciendo con ellos a lo largo de la serie, con un buen reflejo de la época y con un tono muy clásico, me ha recordado mucho a esas novelas históricas que leía hace años,lo mejor de ellas. Hay romance, por su puesto, mucho [...]
4.5 starsI love novels where I am totally involved with the characters and immersed in their time and place. This was quite the arch of a story over three books and quite the love story at that. Beautifully written, full of the vocabulary of the time with the food, customs, manners, dress and scandal as well! At times I get quite peeved when a story is divided into multiple books, but this is such a gem that I am quite willing to pay top dollar for it.I am sure there were men like Murdo and Davi [...]
What did we learn from this experience? We learnt that Renee is always right, and we should never doubt her.I'm utterly in love with this series. Undoubtedly my favorite historical after A Seditious Affair. The resolution was BRILLIANT. Read it!
This being a trilogy I decided that I'll write one review for all the books which I read back to back. I’ve kept one rating throughout the 3 books to reflect this as well.Idealistic, pragmatic, chivalrous David meets Murdo. Both come from a land of fleeting one time encounters and they now struggle with the surprising need for more. A struggle, which makes them question their beliefs, values and way of life. So we get the push and pull of their wrestling with this new need in their lives, play [...]
I DEMAND SATISFACTION!And I received it in the form of this series.When's the last time I rated an entire trilogy five stars? Probably never.Perfect conclusion to the series. Lustful, wanting, hilarious, dramatic, sad, exciting, and at some points, so very shocking. This series (not just because of the time period) strays from a lot of MM romance norms in popular novels, and for that, I shall give you a "job well-done", Joanna Chambers. I adore the drawn-out "I love you"s without any of the soci [...]
In the first two books in the Enlightenment series, Lord Murdo Balfour held all the cards - wealth, charm, prestige - along with the absolute certainty his life would turn out exactly how he wished. After marrying a suitable woman and providing an heir and a spare, he would continue to enjoy the company of men. But as Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley” meaning that no matter how carefully one makes plans . well, they often go awry. And [...]
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Glad it is over*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱A cute, freeing ending for lowborn and a lawyer David ‘Davy’ Lauriston (26) and Lord Murdoch ‘Murdo’ Balfour (in his thirties? 32? 33?). Overall, I was glad this series is over as it was a bit of a struggle to see the deep connection the couple was supposed to have; they kept holding themselves back - David the most - and that kept us from feeling their love. But it was a alright book, not better than either of the books before this on [...]
Review on Prism Book AllianceLet me just say that, I still don't feel like this review does this book justice. I'd have to write a novel of a review to really do that, for my own satisfaction. That or just keep saying, over and over: David and Murdo *siiiiigh*In lieu of that, here is my attempt. And if this doesn't convince you of the need to read this series, check out my reviews for Provoked, book 1 in the Enlightenment series and Beguiled, book 2 in the seriesDavid and Murdo, Murdo and David. [...]
The third book. The last book. The last time I get to wait anxiously for more of Murdo and David. I wanted this book and at the same time I never wanted to read it. Reading it would be the end but how could there ever be an end for these two when they hold a piece of my heart?Love should not be denied.Enlightened begins a few months after we left Murdo and David on their way to nurse David’s injuries at Laverock House. The men have settled into a new way of life together and the domestication [...]
1st read - 27 to 31 October 20142nd read - 29 September to 2 October 2016_________________And Murdo, oh MurdoThis series is just an absolute joy to read. I enjoyed it even more the second time and kind of want to start a reread already. David and Murdo are just so, so lovely and it's just all so, so lovely.
4 estrellas para el libro y 4 estrellas para la serieUnos históricos más que correctos, vamos que me ha encantado seguir la pista a estos 2. Os los recomiendo como lectura ligera, son bajos en angst, y aunque son de época, el elemento no pesa tanto en ellos como en los de K.J. Charles, lo que hace que se lean en un plis-plas. David es un personaje estupendo, pero ha sido Murdo el que me ha robado el corazón, imposible no amarle desde la novella awwwwwwwww
I've given this an A for both narration and content at AudioGalsEnlightened completes Joanna Chambers’ trilogy of historical romances set mostly in Edinburgh in the 1820s. Because there are overarching plotlines, it really is necessary to listen to all three books in order so as to enjoy the complete story; and because of that, there will be spoilers for books one (Provoked) and two (Beguiled) in this review.At the end of Beguiled, we left young advocate David Lauriston and his lover, Lord Mur [...]
Probably the best series I have ever read! I love it to pieces! 5 stars is not enough
4.5 stars, rounded up. This whole series hit the sweet spot for me - a slow burn historical romance series (especially slow in the first book), with excellent period feel and detail, characters I enjoyed, and a real plot. If there was one drawback, it was perhaps the single MC viewpoint - there were times by this third book when I really wished I could see David through Murdo's eyes and not just the reverse, because I was getting a little irritated by David, and Murdo's affection might have swee [...]
I have read so many bad and disappointing concluding novels to a series. This is not one of those. This is the best, I cried.My favourite novel of all time is Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". It may have been my "O" Level set text, but I've read it time and time again and always cry at the end. Well this series of three is a gay Jane Austen novel set in Edinburgh and London during the time of the Prince Regent. It may be a period set story, but the themes are those still relevant today; this [...]
Interestingly, while I would rate each individual book in this series as a four star--I liked it, would recommend to friends who enjoy historical romances--I find the series as a whole is bigger than the sum of its parts, and happily rate the series (and therefore this final installment) 5 stars.Again with the rich, lovely settings. Again with hot, gorgeous sensual scenes. Again with subplots focused on the social and moral quandaries of being gay in a time and place where homosexuality was ille [...]
Love should not be denied.It was amazing when David realized that the love that he felt for Murdo was so precious, that he couldn't deny anymore how much he wanted to spend all of his life with him! It was fantastic that Murdo felt the same way! It was fabulous how Murdo found the perfect solution to solve all his problems and take away any chance of someone could separate him from his beloved!This series, this writer, these characters, will always be with me! I will never forget this couple and [...]
Oh this series…What can I even say? I loved it, and this last book in the trilogy might have been my favorite. Joanna Chambers is the real deal when it comes to historical romance. Not only is she on the money when it comes to setting, language, and character development…She completely captures all the nuances that really engage those of us who love period romances. This third and final novel was the PERFECT ending to one of my favorite historicals to date. Murdo and David literally walk int [...]
A perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies I’ve ever read!!It’s been about a month and a half since I read this book and guess what…I still have no idea how to put into words how much I loved it…AND the entire trilogy! I’ve given all three books 5 stars, but this one went above and beyond in amazingness than I ever could have expected! If you haven’t read Provoked and Beguiled, you will need to get right on that because these books cannot be read out of order; David and Mur [...]
A pleasant read and a lovely ending of David and Murdo’s story.The last 30% were the best part of the book for me.Even though David and Murdo’s relationship developed more here than in the two previous installments, I enjoyed this the least of the three. It was a bit too melodramatic and only a couple of scenes stood out in the first 70% for me.My reading buddies, however, enjoyed it more than I did so it may be the case of it’s me and not the book with Irina, Sofia and Therese here.
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