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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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A favorite series brought to life!

This series is one of my favorite series of all time. I have read it countless times and I was thrilled when the audiobooks were released. I was a little worried as Hamish McKinlay is a new to me narrator, but his narration was so good. His Scottish accents were beautiful and he had a wonderful voice for Murdo. I absolutely adore Murdo and David. David's journey from self loathing to acceptance makes this whole series worth reading. Moving onto Beguiled immediately!

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Moving

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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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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Very good! I must finish the series!

What made the experience of listening to Provoked the most enjoyable?

The story was engrossing from the very beginning. I never felt bored or wanted to stop listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Provoked?

The end floored me. I don't typically read (or listen to) much in the way of historical romance, so I didn't realize this was the first book in a series. While the end wasn't exactly a cliffhanger, I felt disappointed. This feeling changed once I realized there is more to this story.

What about Hamish McKinlay’s performance did you like?

Everything! This was my first audiobook with this narrator, and I found him very easy to listen to, especially when he was speaking as David.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this during my commute, but there were times when I arrived at work or home and found myself sitting in the car longer so that I could hear a little more of the story.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I'm someone who doesn't often enjoy historical romance, but I was interested enough that I will make sure to get the other books in the series. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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One of the best MM books you will read

What made the experience of listening to Provoked the most enjoyable?

Hamish McKinlay was a delight! He has an amazing voice, with a great range od characters and fantastic accent that really made the story come to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Provoked?

i can't choose one, it was all very good and unlike the books i usually read

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending, I think it really sets it apart from most MM Romance books, and most historical romance books I read – and I have read many in the last 10 years, it’s one of my favorite genres. I think choosing not to make it a HEA in the classical way was so smart, emotional and true to the story and historic period the book takes place at. I was both happy to realize it and sad because I am a sucker for HEA’s.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it had smart funny banter and it made me laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

This book is a MOST READ for any M/M and Historic romance lover. The characters are true to the era and their interactions are genuine as well. 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 his and not the easiest selfish one. It was so touching to me, David’s character and soul that were so apparent in the book and narration. It was an unlikely treasure in a sea of (albeit lovely) romantic fairy tale type M/M books.

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Excellent!

I cannot wait for book 2. Please bring it to Audible soon. I haven't enjoyed a story this much in a long time.

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Great Narration

What made the experience of listening to Provoked the most enjoyable?

The narrator had a great accent that worked for the characters and the setting. The overall production was high quality.

What did you like best about this story?

The interactions between David and Murdo.

Which character – as performed by Hamish McKinlay – was your favorite?

This was not a heavily performed narration but all of the characters remained distinct. The voices of the two main characters were enjoyable to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This was a great story that showcased the time period it was set in. The author does a great job with setting the atmosphere of the time and place and the narration added an authentic element. The story is not complete after this first book but the story of David and Murdo continues on.

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Perfection

Wonderful writing and story, compelling characters, inspired narration. What's not to love here?

Please bring us the second and third books in this series, Audible! Love, love, love!!!

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 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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  • Serin6
  • 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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  • BevS
  • 11-30-17

Great narration from Hamish, really good story....

I've been putting off reading this series for quite some time, but thought I'd take a chance on the first audio...and am SO happy I did. Hamish McKinlay's narration was just superb, and yes, he's really Scottish, not someone pretending to be. 5 stars.

Davie is a wonderfully sympathetic character who always tries to see everything from all sides except when his own happiness is involved. He's ashamed of his feelings for men, and until he meets Lord Murdo Balfour, has only done the basics where uncomplicated things are involved. I can see further down the road that he and Miss Chalmers will become firm friends [once he's persuaded her that he's not the marrying kind of course]. As for Lord Murdo...well, I sense he's halfway to being in love with David Lauriston already, he just won't accept it, but time is a funny thing....

The secondary story regarding the weavers and Government agents was well done, and maybe we'll get to catch up with Ewan in subsequent stories?? Now onto to Beguiled...after I've finished Seven Summer Nights of course.

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  • choccygrl
  • 09-01-17

Excellent but no happy ending.

This was one of the rare occasions where I listened to a book I hadn't yet read, and both the author and the narrator did an excellent job of holding my attention.
The narrator is excellent, with perfectly differentiated voices for the MCs and a great tone to his voice.
The story doesn't have a happy ending for our MCs, but there are two more books in the series before their story is finally finished so I guess I'll just have to dig them out of my TBR pile.

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  • RachelM
  • 08-21-17

A 5+ Star Listen

What made the experience of listening to Provoked the most enjoyable?

Joanna Chambers storytelling is spot on, I listened to this in one sitting and it's going to be one that I'll listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it has to be David, I love his voice, his insecurities and his strength, the way he always wants to do the right thing.

Which character – as performed by Hamish McKinlay – was your favourite?

Again I'm going with David although Hamish was wonderful with all of the characters.

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

The moment with David and his father, it's very touching.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the rest of the series, highly recommended.