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Enlightened (Enlightenment) [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Chambers

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Kurzbeschreibung

The cruelest duel may not spill a drop of blood…but it could break their hearts.

Enlightenment, Book 3

Five 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.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 421 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 191 Seiten
  • Verlag: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (6. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HVEDKY6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen EXCELLENT CONCLUSION TO THE SERIES 12. Mai 2014
Von Sirius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT DEAR AUTHOR WHERE I RECEIVED THE BOOK AS FREE REVIEWING COPY

Dear Joanna Chambers,

We are back with David and Murdo when David is still recuperating at Murdo’s estate. David is growing restless – he knows that he needs to return to his law practice– but he is just so very happy being where he is. As the blurb tells you, external circumstances force David to go back sooner rather than later – his mentor is at his deathbed and he wants to see David. The conversation between David and his mentor leads David to go from Edinburg to London on a mission to help Elisabeth once more, because her psychopathic ex-husband keeps looking for her and David agrees to help transfer the trust in her name to another law office. Murdo has his own goals to pursue in London, and he is not sharing much about those goals with David, except that it may have something to do with getting back at his father, and David ends up going with him. Now that the trilogy is complete I want to talk a little bit about certain things which I saw in all three books.

I thought that the author kept zeroing in on our characters and made the focus narrower and narrower with every book. We start with David defending the weavers and the implications their actions have for society. Murdo was involved too, Euan would not let go of super radical views (-totally understanding but super radical views), and I really loved how the characters’ love story played out against settings and issues which were so much larger than these individuals. In the second book social issues are still there, but we can clearly IMO see how David tries to do what he does best – change the system from within. Meanwhile Euan, while working for a radical newspaper, uses his wit rather his gun which I thought was a huge improvement for him. Then the focus gets even more narrowed down, and rather than change society David puts everything at stakes to help a friend. I liked that shift, because how can we help society unless we keep in mind the needs of its individual members, and if there are people who are decent and want to help people who are more vulnerable than themselves then such society will hopefully survive.

And in the third book the focus is most entirely on David and Murdo – on them learning stuff about each other, on them revealing stuff to each other. Oh there is something else going on in the book, but it was also all very personal, very individual oriented so to speak – I thought it was very different from first two books and I thought it was done by design. This something else eventually helped lead David and Murdo into their happy ending. On one hand I liked it a lot. Both men are even more vulnerable in this book, but to me they never lost believability as two men from different classes, who had a lot in common, enough to fall in love with each other. I thought I finally got a good grasp of Murdo’s character and I liked what I saw a lot.

“I didn’t know I wasn’t happy before,” he murmured. “Before what?” Murdo gave a lopsided smile. “Before you. Not that I was actively unhappy. I had plans. Objectives. Things to acquire or achieve. But—“ He paused, then said simply, “You make me happy, David.” David stared at him, his throat clogged with emotion. “The feeling’s mutual,” he managed at last, his voice little more than a whisper. Then he pulled Murdo down, pressing their lips together in a fierce kiss”

I had a little bit of an issue with their happy ending. Not in the sense that it did not fit the story – it is surely not an easy feat to come up with a believable happy ending in a historical, more than any other romance setting, and I thought the author managed it admirably well. No, it is just that they both sacrificed a lot in order to achieve their happiness and obviously being with each other was more important for them than anything else, but David’s sacrifice kind of made me personally a little sad. Do not get me wrong – Murdo also sacrificed a lot, but he wanted to be rid of what he sacrificed if that makes sense. David on the other hand could have done so much good. I mean, it is not like he still cannot and more importantly he is blissfully happy at the end. I thought their happiness was shining from the pages. It really is a little issue, believe me. There was also a coincidence closer to the end of the story which was not believable to me – in order for David to close certain page from his past a person appeared in the situation David found himself in and I just wondered how likely was that. But this was a very good book overall and I eagerly await the next m/m book from this writer. Grade: B., B+ for the whole trilogy.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved the conclusion 14. Mai 2014
Von xpatreader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I really enjoyed this trilogy. I liked how the secondary characters played a part throughout these books. I was wondering how the whole thing would resolve and found it entertaining how it did. Definitely well worth the price for all three books.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Review: Enlightened by Joanna Chambers 13. Mai 2014
Von Tori @SmexyBooks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ FIRST TWO BOOKS IN TRILOGY

The third and final installment of Joanna Chamber’s historical M/M romance brings a conclusion to this poignant and sensual love story between two men who defy convention and society’s edicts to be together. Lush emotional scenes and heartfelt declarations only serve to remind us that no matter what gender is being presented, love is a gift and should be viewed as such.

Enlightened picks up five months after Beguiled ended. David was badly injured when he helped a friend escape her abusive marriage. His lover, Lord Mundo, takes David to his country estate to recover and they use the time to indulge in their growing passion far away from prying eyes and judgmental tongues. But David knows something is wrong; Mundo seems to be drifting further away with each passing day. When David’s learns his mentor is dying, David and Mundo travel to London and David agrees to perform one last act to ensure his mentor’s daughter will be safe. While in London Mundo’s father pays a surprise visit and delivers some shocking news that makes David question Mundo and their relationship.

David Laureston, an Edinburgh Advocate, has always been ashamed of his love for men. A complicated man whose sexual preferences have cause him pain and confusion in the past. His ethics continuously war with his passions. He knows he should not be attracted to men but is unable to resist. Especially concerning Lord Mundo. Mundo breaks through David’s walls and has him imaging the seemingly impossible-a lifetime together.

Lord Mundo Belfour, a Scottish Lord, was a self proclaimed hedonist who did not see his enjoyment of male companionship as a hindrance to his eventual marriage and procreation of a heir. It was merely an itch to be scratched. David is the only man who has ever made Mundo question his actions and feel something beyond physical attraction.

The intense and unavoidable chemistry takes a softer note in here, having gone far beyond the initial base attraction. We are shown the intimacies that exist when two people fall in love. The confusion and conflict our two protagonists struggle with strikes a poignant note in your heart as you wonder how this can possibly work. David’s near death brings out a side of Mundo that both enchants and scares David. Seductive and heartfelt dialogue and actions speak of our lovers deep feelings towards one another.

The continuing arc comes to a head as David sets in motion a plan that will protect his friends once and for all; helped along by a most unexpected source. Events set in motion by David’s plan creates an unintended domino effect that leads to an exciting and well earned conclusion for this trilogy.

Joanna Chambers’ Enlightened trilogy has been a joy to read and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

RATING: B+
5.0 von 5 Sternen Could it finally be love? 13. Mai 2014
Von Spifette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
David and Murdo, Murdo and David. Just looking at these two names, together, makes my heart skip a beat. What a winding, grinding, delicious, anxious, humorous, intimate, and yes, enlightening journey these two have been on. I loooooooooooooooove that I got to go on it with them.

By the time we get to this third book in the Enlightenment series, David and Murdo know each other rather well. They can read each other’s manners and emotional reactions, they know each other’s tendencies and foibles. They do still have things yet to learn about one another, both in terms of history and how they can try and live their lives together, to have a future.

As much as they each may still close the other out sometimes, they each have learned how to also allow the other in when they need each other. This story is mostly about that, about their relationship, whether they can make it work, make the choices that would allow them to spend the rest of their days together, happily. Truly, that’s what it’s all about. With, of course, some excellently concocted obstacles, emotional and otherwise, to test these two. Even as I type this, I have a knowing smile on my face.

Besides their internal conflicts, there are still external forces at play. They both propel David and Murdo towards each other and threaten to separate them once and for all. Ms. Chambers knows these two men, which means details are unique to them, to only them. There are no overused or rehashed tactics or storylines here. Refreshing, it is, completely refreshing.

She also manages to make it feel like, as the reader, I’m right there with David and Murdo as things happen, as revelations are made. In other words, there are very few instances when we learn something and then, for pages and pages, we’re left to shout at our screens with the likes of “tell him, already!” and “no, don’t do that!” I like experiencing things with them, not at their expense and detriment. Immediate. It all feels immediate.

Excitement.
Uncertainty.
Contentment.
Choices.
Love?

The idea of growth, as an individual and as part of a couple (no way would David or Murdo admit that they are one… yet) is a large part of this journey. These two have been through so much and I’ve loved every word of it, no matter what it did to me.

If you feel historical novels are not really your type of read, but you’ve been thinking of trying it, I highly recommend this series. What an excellent place to start. Ms. Chambers’ writing is fluid, delightful, earthy, and supports a story arc of this length in a way that more than keeps your attention.
Let me put this another way: I can get passionate, feel passion for a book, we all can and do. I’m passionate about this series, including this utterly fulfilling final entrant. At least, I think it’s final… is it? maybe not? I will always be hopeful for more David and Murdo! Anyway, passion. Passion for these characters and their story and I could not recommend this book more if I tried.

Review originally published on Prism Book Alliance.
I was provided a free copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.
5.0 von 5 Sternen perfect 12. Mai 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Perfect and I don't usually write reviews, this is my first series in this sub-genre but I will definitely follow this author.
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