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This is the second book in the trilogy, and it is even better than the first. David and Murdo are wonderful together - sensual, understanding, and loving. Keeping too many secrets might destroy their relationship, which causes angst for the reader (listener), but the overall story is so good, there is just no stopping.
Elizabeth's situation is heartbreaking, as is her father's. The glimpse of King George IV is humorous and enlightening. I am so invested in this series that I want to jump into the third and final book right away. However, the performance of the narrator is so engaging, I also want to wait for the audiobook version to come out.
The author and narrator have done an amazing job bringing this world to life, and I can't wait for the next installment!
To quote my review of the first book "It’s a slightly tragic love story, not because it’s about two men in a time that relationship is taboo, but because of WHO they are. And to me this is the strongest point about the book, David made the right choice for him, not the easiest selfish one... It was an unlikely treasure in a sea of (albeit lovely) romantic fairy tale type M/M books." And it still is!!!
David and Murdo return two years after the events in Provoked, and I have been waiting for them for sooooo long! I really have been thinking about the first book, wondering how the story will pick up after the non HEA ending, every once and awhile-that is how much the story has affected me and remained in my heart.
First of all the narration is top notch, I mean Joel Leslie level, acting every word with soul and devotion, no holding back, I believe I have traveled back in time GOOD. Hamish McKinlay is the PERFECT narrator for this book and the delicately constructer world of 1820's Scotland is brought to life vivaciously through his narration. His accent is deliciously addicting, his voice pleasant and tone perfect in each and every character.
Second, this story has everything I love about Historic Romance, well researched and interesting with new facts and social intricacies that add dimension and depth. David is living his life, while still remembering his brief time with Murdo, not expecting to ever see him again. The King's visit to Scotland has the entire country in a frenzy, boosted by Sir Walter Scott's generously Romantic stories and flair for the flamboyance of old, and brings Murdo back into David's life. It was an interesting dichotomy for me to read about Scott's influence in real live, having read a few of his books and loved them. It truly showed the fiction VS life in that time period and it was in interesting new angle for the story to me. David also meets a woman he befriended two years ago, a woman that wanted more from him then he could ever give her. Two years are a long time for David and her, and things have changed. I like that the plot line flowed smoothly despite the time difference. The characters grew in depth and emotion and this was a delight to read! I also liked that despite the book's welcome and fantastic touch on the real, darker, parts of that time period the romance is beautifully woven into the story and remains its leader without becoming a cliché for a second. The action is thrilling and compelling, you feel for each character and want them to do well. I love the conflicts David and Murdo face, they are real life issues you can relate to and also time appropriate, a masterpiece indeed.
This was an amazing continuation of the story and I am now anxiously looking forward to the next book!
I'm a latecomer to the Enlightenment party, but am SO glad I waited for the audios to appear. Hamish's enthusiasm for his script can be heard in his narration, he honestly gets carried away sometimes...and totally in a good way!! Davie and Murdo seem to come to an understanding in this instalment, both of them admitting that what is happening between them is too big to ignore [it's called L-O-V-E you two!!]. Have already downloaded Enlightened, which came out on 1st December. What will I do when that's finished?? 😓