May 5 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Joanna Chambers’s Enlightened (May 6, 2014)

Enlightened by Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers
Enlightened (Enlightenment #3)
Samhain / May 6, 2014 / $4.50 digital

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.

The third and final installment of Joanna Chambers’s historical m/m romance brings a conclusion to this poignant and sensual love story between these 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 involved, love is a gift and should be viewed as such.

David Laureston, an Edinburgh Advocate, has always been ashamed of his love for men. David is a complicated man whose sexual preferences have cause him pain and confusion in the past. His ethics continuously war with his passions. He believes he should not be attracted to men but is unable to resist, especially when it comes to Lord Murdo, who has no such issues with his own sexuality. Murdo breaks through David’s walls and has him feeling things that speak of romance, love, and a lifetime of pleasure.

David's growing affection for Murdo exposed him in ways that horrified him. The protective barriers he’d spent a lifetime building up felt like they were crumbling away in the face of the emotions he was helpless to deny.

Lord Murdo Belfour, a Scottish Lord, is a hedonist who does not see his enjoyment of male companionship as a hindrance in 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 Murdo question his actions and feel something beyond physical attraction.

“I thought you were naive, till you made me see that life I’d always wanted [...] didn’t amount to anything at all. I wasn’t going to have it all. I was going to have nothing. You saved me from that.”

Their romance is portrayed as more passionate and emotional now, having progressed beyond their initial attraction. The chemistry is a seductive force that inflames the senses, but their dialogue and actions speak clearly of their deepening feelings towards one another. When David was injured in an accident that could have killed him, Murdo takes him to his country estate and for five months, the two have the freedom to indulge in their growing passion-away from prying eyes and judgemental tongues.

“Realising that ignited something in David. Not envy this time, nor despair, but anger. Righteous anger, at a world that wouldn’t stop prying and interfering, demanding that it’s unjust rules be followed.”

Watching David and Murdo’s relationship deepen and blossom, despite the problems they know they will face for their loving one another, begs us all to look beyond prejudice and bigotry and see this story for what it is—a gloriously romantic story that celebrates true love.

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
I have this on pre-order, I am VERY excited to finally get some resolution for these two great characters.
Tori Benson
2. Torifl
MFrampton-I loved the entire trilogy and I think Chambers did a fantastic job on bringing these two a realistic ending.
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
Oh I didn't realize the first two books followed these two, but I was intrigued by this one. I'll have to read the other two!
Helena J
4. Helena J
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trilogy. I agree with Torifl -- Joanna C found a really clever (but emotionally satisfying and credible) way to given them a true happy ending.

Recommended without reservations!
Tori Benson
5. Torifl
JenniferProffitt-YOu must start at the beginning to experence the full emotional spectrum.

Helena J. _I was so worried for a while reading. lol
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