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This is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain Publishing.David 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—more happiness and contentment than he has never known before.David is all too aware that some day soon he will hThis is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain Publishing.David 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—more happiness and contentment than he has never known before.David 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 wished.Chalmers 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 Murdo.No 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 more, 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 safety.As 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....

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enlightened Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-02-15 17:00

    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*

  • Jan
    2019-02-21 17:14

    **** 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!

  • Susan
    2019-02-09 10:50

    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:

  • Shile loves books
    2019-02-14 18:03

    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, David.assdjjjldklkdjldldnlddjfgjsisspsshjnjjgfiufddbbfgnnbvvfgfdfhjjkjyfdhgrruhgfdssfhjkkjfffddhjkjklknjfdsdsfhjjdkkddkld!!!!!Murdo! Murdo! Murdo!Murdo and David! Murdo and David!Just.. just...I am just going to leave this here:He 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

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2019-01-30 12:58

    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 much more ingrained. 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 the more commonplace 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 become more important 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 liked more than 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.

  • Ami
    2019-01-26 18:07

    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.

  • Simone
    2019-02-03 11:48

    "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, 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? 😊❤

  • Ingela
    2019-02-18 17:01

    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'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 I more or 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 know more about 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 wanted more. ~ I 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 to more enjoying 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 she "...may write a short 1.5 story (ie between books 1 and 2) from Murdo's POV this year..." Please, I'm already waiting for it!! I so want to know more about the year Murdo spent in London. 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  • K.J. Charles
    2019-02-09 18:51

    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.

  • Elsa Bravante
    2019-01-27 17:10

    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 amor, pero también hay aventuras, muy entretenido y con un estilo muy ágil que hace que resulten muy fáciles de leer.Un primer libro de presentación que está bien, un segundo que creo que es el mejor de todos, y un tercero donde todo se va colocando en su sitio.Muy recomendable, protagonistas y secundarios maravillosos que prometen hacer pasar al lector un rato muy muy agradable.

  • Jerry
    2019-01-21 14:55

    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 David in real life, but could they have really had this actual life? I am a gay man living in a time where I can be out with my marriage to my husband (of almost 35 years) to our neighbors, friends, family, work and even church. It is therefore hard to imagine this time and place where everything had to be concealed. The romantic in me wants to believe it could have been like this.Recommended to those who believe in love.

  • Ele
    2019-01-26 11:10

    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!

  • Sofia
    2019-02-14 13:15

    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, playing hot and cold with allowing themselves a taste of more and then denying it. I liked that the story is played out at a real time pace with no insta-love. It’s full of the usual h/f tropes but Chambers made it work for me. I think this was due to the fact that although the story has melodramatic goings on, this is left to the actual things happening. The characters themselves David and Murdoch are not melodramatic. They do not wear their hearts on their sleeves and are not prone to vapours so they end up being very relatable. Both of them are the kind of people who I admire. People who do not sit back and let life and other people beat at them and then turn to us for us to pity them. An example of this was Murdo doing what was necessary to gain his financial independence from his father. Or his realising that what he was holding on to was not what he needed and having the gumption to let go, change and continue. That's the kind of everyday heroes I admire. Men and women who find solutions, adapt to needs and circumstances and continue without a lot of yodelling about.BR marathon with Maya, Therese and Irina. Thanks for the fantastic read girls.

  • Natasha
    2019-02-18 12:11

    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 social conventions of big, dramatic proclamations of love.Sigh. Just fantastic.

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-02-14 14:49

    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 in Murdo's case, plans that once seemed so practical are blown out of the water by what he feels for David: “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.”And yet ... Murdo and David (and Elizabeth) still have a long distance to traverse before their HEAs. David feel he must return to his legal practice, Murdo has prior commitments that simply can't be neglected if one wants to remain in society, and Elizabeth's situation with her estranged husband is still very perilous. In the first two books, matters of society and government drove the plot, but to me Enlightened is driven by love; love and regrets about love a dying father wants to share with his most beloved daughter, career aspirations changed by love, familial and societal expectations shattered by love. And because we know these characters - we know what they've gone through, what changes they've made - there's a bittersweet aspect to this story that really hits your heart - hard.Sorry I can't be more specific about the plot elements of this book, but it is just so well constructed and richly developed and I don't want to spoil the journey for you. So ... simply put, Enlightened is the perfect conclusion to an absolutely exquisite M/M historical romance series. If you like well-written historicals, as I do, race to Amazon to buy this series. Even if historicals aren't your cuppa, give this a try. I think you might be surprised how much you enjoy it. 5 stars and Highly Recommended!“Words have power [...] Sometimes things must be said. And they must be heard too.”I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.Review also posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    2019-01-26 17:50

    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*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 one, but alright.“I burned all those bridges, David, and in that moment, I think I felt free for the first time in my life.” He stepped forward, closing the distance between them, touching David’s face with gentle fingers. “Come home with me.”Quick basic facts:Genre: - (Adult) Historical Romance (M/M)Series: - Series, Book Three.Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Favorite character? - Murdoch ‘Murdo’ Balfour.Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Sure.Would I recommend this book/series? - Sure.Will I read this again in the future? - No.Rating - 2.5/3 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
    2019-01-24 19:03

    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. 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.

  • Sara
    2019-02-02 19:08

    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 just about did me in. I have loved these men together and to see them this way was amazing. It wasn’t just the intimacy and how it grew between them it was those special moments, the ones where they work companionably side by side that turned me into a puddle of goo. The changes in both men were wonderful and yet they still had issues to deal with. David with his drive to do what is right feels the need to get back to his career in Edinburgh and Murdo has his own issues that weighted on him heavily.When David gets word that his mentor Chalmers is on his deathbed, the men leave their new found safety and comfort to head back to Edingburgh. There they begin to see how their life together can or cannot be. David sees Chalmers and oh my, what a speech that man gives. The story Chalmers tells had my heart in a vice and I could see through his words as they pierced David. They pierced me and I was a bit of a mess. Through Chalmers, David is once again sent to secure the safety of Elizabeth from her abusive husband and accompanies Murdo on his trip to London. Seeing London through David’s eyes was stunning. The comparisons to Edinburgh were so vivid that I could see the colors, heights and arrangement’s as he saw them. Have I mentioned how gorgeous this entire series is? The writing is exquisite while the detail is just enough to pull you back in time and cement you in 1823.While in London, David meets Murdo’s not so pleasant father and the earl delivers news that had my jaw on the floor. I mean I knew it would be there, it was mentioned but I was a stunned as David when I heard it. Oh these two, they kill me. They have so much emotion between them that it overwhelms the senses and quite frankly makes them non sensical. But this emotion is what brought them together and I hold onto it when any sort of angst comes their way.Already the world was intruding on them, making David realise how very sheltered these last months at Laverock House had been. No need to wonder what anyone thought there. Enough space and privacy for their intimacy to be kept between the two of them, and to go unnoticed and unremarked upon.Dear London…what a town you are. You bring out the worst in people and yet you bring out the best for those in love and you make magic happen. You also shocked the hell out of me once or twice and you well, you were extremely hot. Not as in temperature but in passion, abandon, trust and submission. Oh yeah. If there are folks out there who think the sex in m/m historical romance cannot be hot…the evidence to prove otherwise in this book. Hot is mild. Hot is bland. These boys were on fire!Through all that happens, from the beginning to the end of this book, the end of the journey with David and Murdo was gorgeous. It was exactly what I had hoped for and it was so much more. I have said that historical romance is my first love and this series shows why that is. It’s stunning. The author takes you through so many emotions that you don’t have time to breathe. You only have the ability to follow the journey, to feel the exchange of emotion, to want and to hope right along with the boys that they get what they deserve.Enlightened was the perfect ending to the story of David and Murdo. Though I finished the book last night, I miss them already. I have gone back and read my favorite parts highlighted and want to so badly to go back to page one and begin the story as if it were new. To walk with David, to plead with Murdo and to just simply fall in love with these boys over and over again.

  • Tara♥
    2019-02-14 12:49

    1st read - 27 to 31 October 20142nd read - 29 September to 2 October 2016_________________And Murdo, oh Murdo...This 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.

  • MaDoReader
    2019-01-21 14:53

    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

  • Jewel
    2019-01-25 16:05

    4.5 Stars

  • Caz
    2019-02-11 18:02

    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 Murdo Balfour, travelling north to Murdo’s Perthshire estate following an accident in which David’s leg had been badly broken. Enlightened opens some five months later, with David very much on the mend and enjoying his time at Laverock, where he has been acting as Murdo’s man of business. He is also very much enjoying his life with Murdo, one filled with affection, closeness (and great sex!), something he had never thought to experience. David dreads the end of their idyll, and the thought of parting from Murdo – probably for ever – is devastating, but the time is approaching when he must return to Edinburgh and his growing legal practice. David’s anxiety about the future is compounded by the still-nagging suspicion that Murdo is keeping something from him. He has never been able to forget Murdo’s long-ago declared intention to marry and continue to take male lovers (as so many men of their persuasion do) and he absolutely refuses to share or be relegated to the role of ‘dirty secret’.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

  • John The Cosmic Wanderer
    2019-01-28 12:09

    Probably the best series I have ever read! I love it to pieces! 5 stars is not enough

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-01-26 10:59

    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 sweetened him for me. But for the most part I was content to view this story through David's upright, compassionate, and ardently egalitarian, but sometimes blind, eyes.There is a strong emphasis on historical injustice in this series, on the lack of women's rights, on poverty and the wealth-makes-right attitude of the times. It's well done and realistic, even if it makes me want to go back and knock heads together (which I could not have done, being female and therefore the property of some man - father, husband, guardian - from womb to tomb.) Thank all the gods for modern progress in that arena. In this book David is almost recovered from the events in Beguiled and is contemplating the end of the painful but still idyllic time he has had with Murdo. The real world awaits them, with its complications and forces, none of which are likely to be kind to two men together. And despite everything, David is still unsure of Murdo's feelings and intentions. I thought about halfway through the book that we were going to plunge into melodrama, but in the end the author managed to avoid that, and to resolve the crisis in a plausible and satisfying way. I think the second book was my favorite of the series, but I recommend all three to any lovers of historical romance.

  • Simon
    2019-01-27 17:55

    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 author knows her stuff. The writing is so good, the sex is in keeping with the period and not pornographic....this is a LOVE story within three, well worth reading novels. (Wasn't P&P originally published in three novels?).A TRUE M/M romance. Loved it and wish I could rate it higher than the allotted five stars.

  • Vanessa North
    2019-02-19 19:07

    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 illegal.While each individual book explores a facet of these quandaries, it's in this last book that Murdo and David are finally faced with their responsibilities not just to society, to family, to career, but also to each other.It was the perfect ending to this trilogy.

  • Isabel
    2019-02-02 13:15

    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 their story! Joanna Chambers is an excellent writer! She created a scenario so beautiful with rich characters! Unforgettable!

  • Lauraadriana
    2019-02-02 14:54

    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 into the sunset, and everything about letting them go felt right. It is rare that I finish a series that I love as much as this one and don’t feel like I need more. This was just right. David and Murdo were is such a good place at the close of this book, that the only thing I had to give was a happy sigh.We come back to Scotland a few months after David suffered a serious injury while helping his friend Elizabeth escape her abusive husband. David has been recovering at Murdo’s home, Laverock House since then. The months living with Murdo have been the best of his life, he has been whole in ways he never thought he could be. But he knows it can’t last. He has to go back to Edinburgh and his practice, and Murdo has his obligations too. It has been so good to have him all to himself, but it will be over soon, how can it not, men like them don’t get to have that kind of happy ending. The thought of walking away from what he has now is too painful to talk about though. Murdo on his part is torn because he is unsure what David is thinking. He doesn’t want to push, because their happiness just seems so fragile, but he wishes he could make promises and say things that will help them both feel like whatever it is they have stands on solid ground. If there could only be a way to convince David that they could make things work in the long term.However news from Edinburgh that his friend and mentor, Chalmers, might no have long to live, make the decision of returning to the real world one David can delay no longer. Once they arrive there, they realize that the situation with Elizabeth is still not fully resolved. When Chalmers requests from his deathbed that David go to London and make sure that Elizabeth is safe from ther husband for goood, David does not hesitate. Murdo on his part will not let David, who is still recovering, make that journey alone. So, they head to Murdo’s London home, hoping they can put to rest any possible danger for their friend. Pretty soon it becomes clear that Elizabeth’s husband is not going to go away easily, things escalate quickly and they have to act fast before tragedy strikes.What I loved best about this series, other than Murdo and David who were magnificent, was the accuracy and coherence of the setting. I really enjoy a historical that is authentic and educating. David and Murdo were both men of their time and their own class, and they acted accordingly ALWAYS. It made their story so much more genuine, they both acted and made decisions based on their circumstances, which made every step they made toward their happy ending that much more solid. There was some ambivalence and a lot of insecurity that happened on both their parts, that’s true, but for me that made complete sense. For men of their time to even contemplate having what they both wanted was not only unlikely, but it was dangerous even for someone with Murdo’s means. When it comes down to it, they both would have to walk away from a lot to be able to be together, the question is how much they were willing to leave behind to have a future.Again, this trilogy is in my absolute favorites list and definitely one of the best historicals I’ve read in any genre. I really hope Joanna Chambers is just getting warmed up, because I want A LOT more from her.Totally and completely recommend.For a complete review and a recipe for delish Buckwheat, Bluebeery and Maple Scones I made to go with the book go to The Tipsy Bibliophile

  • Heather C
    2019-02-09 18:02

    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 Murdo’s relationship has developed and evolved across the entire series. GAH! I ♥ them so much! There was never a HEA in their cards…until NOW!  And trust me, it is not an easily achieved HEA! Luckily you now have ALL three books available at the click of a button. Enlightened picks up about five months after Beguiled; five months David has been recuperating at Murdo’s Perthshire estate…sharing his bed every night.  Now that David is better, certainly he can’t remain with Murdo for much longer…David must get back to his life and work as usual.  Should he leave?  Does Murdo want him to stay?  Of course Murdo wants him forever, but David refuses to be the “other person” in Murdo’s life whenever Murdo decides its time to find a wife.  David’s heart will never be safe again and its best if he moves on now…“David just sat there. What could he say?  That their affection for one another, so obvious during that tender moment a minute ago—“Nothing about you could ever be ugly to me.”—made David feel…unsafe?  Worse, that he knew now he’d never be safe again, that he had lost the safety of his splendid isolation the moment Murdo Balfour had walked back into his life six months before?”Then the decisions are all taken out of David’s control when he makes a promise to Chalmers…Elizabeth’s life might still be in danger.  And Murdo has been keeping a big secret from David!I loved EVERYTHING about this book:The tenderness.The intimacy.The sacrifice.The closure.If I had no other responsibilities, I would have reread this entire series…  It definitely goes down on my “desert island keeper” list as it has everything: mystery, deception, danger, friendships and a romance so beautiful it makes self-sacrifice no real sacrifice at all. All historical romance lovers MUST have this trilogy on their bookshelf!Reviewed for The Blogger Girls

  • Maya
    2019-02-12 19:16

    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.BR with Irina, Sofia and Therese here.