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David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh's privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother's downfall.
David's personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips.
But then into David's repressed and orderly world bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.
Cynical, hedonistic, and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety's sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day - and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo's unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man's sway.
Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers' fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.
But is Murdo more than a mere distraction?
Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for?
©2013, 2017 Joanna Chambers (P)2017 Joanna Chambers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sativa on 08-28-17


Historical romanance with a bite. I really enjoyed the build up between characters and can't wait for the next installment. The narration was clear and easily followed and a little sexy. This book was not light and fluffy, it touched on darker subjects and kept the listener engaged. Well worth the time and money to listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Arlyna on 08-24-17

A Romantic or Idealist

Where does Provoked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is wonderful. The narrator really helped with the enjoyment of listening. I enjoyed that each character had a different tone/voice so it was really easy to keep up with who was who.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without giving to much away... I really like the whole conversation between David and Balfour during their walk after their second time meeting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a few moments, but the last scene leading up to the last kiss. The emotions and passion from both gentleman every time they are together is really beautiful.

Any additional comments?

David and Balfour can really learn so much from each other and I cant wait to see how their relationship turns out. I really hope Hamish McKenleay continues to read the other books in the series.I was a little shocked that this is a HFN but excited I don't have to wait long to continue since the rest of the series is out.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jackie Thorogood on 08-19-17

Really a gem

Really enjoyed listening to this book. With great narration by Hamish McKinlay whose voice was a great bonus.
This book is set in Edinburgh. David is trying to rebuild his reputation in the legal world. Murdo is determined to wed one day. But to a woman as back in those day Same sex was a taboo subject. But Murdo thinks he can keep his true feeling for men quite,
This is part of a series. It was wonderfully written with great care put into the characters. What's not to like. Waiting for the next audible.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Serin6 on 12-26-17

Set in Scotland, British writer, Scottish narrator

Plenty of historical back-story which sets up the two characters who have little life experience in common but understand each other nevertheless. The events in which both protagonists are enmeshed are just as important as their relationship but the balance between romance and history is fine, neither dominating while each aspect enhances the other. Well-written and brilliantly narrated with a range of accents. Makes most sense if you listen also to parts 2 and 3 for full development of characters and romance.

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