Provoked (CrabbyPatty’s Audiobook Review)

Title: Provoked (Enlightenment #1)
Author: Joanna Chambers and Hamish McKinlay (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

When a man loses his heart, he has no choice but to follow…

Lowborn David Lauriston lacks the family connections needed to rise in Edinburgh’s privileged legal world. Worse, his latest case—defending weavers accused of treason—has brought him under suspicion of harbouring radical sympathies.

Troubled by his sexuality, tormented by memories of a man he once platonically loved, David lives a largely celibate life—until a rare sexual encounter with a compelling stranger turns his world on its head.

Cynical and worldly, Lord Murdo Balfour is more at home in hedonistic London than dingy, repressed Edinburgh. Unlike David, he intends to eventually marry while continuing to enjoy the company of men whenever he pleases. Yet sex with David is different. It’s personal, intimate, and instead of extinguishing his desire, it only leaves him hungry for more.

As David’s search for the man who betrayed the weavers deepens, he begins to suspect that his mysterious lover has more sinister reasons for his presence in Edinburgh. The truth could leave his heart broken…and more necks stretching on the gallows.

I read Provoked earlier this year and absolutely loved it. The other books in the Enlightenment series – Beguiled and Enlightened are equally wonderfully and I highly recommend this series, even if you are not normally a fan of historical fiction.

The audiobook of Provoked is beautifully narrated by Hamish McKinlay, with a glorious Scottish accent complete with the rolled “r” and a lyrical tilt. His voicing of David is spot-on, but at first Murdo’s seemed too … English, although Joanna Chambers noted that “Murdo’s accent in particular was a difficult one – maybe non-Scots won’t even realise how authentic it is, but regardless, it will remain a source of joy to me.”

Hamish McKinlay does a great job with female and male voices, low class and high class and his narration really elevates the story. 5+ stars for Provoked and I highly recommend the audiobook!

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Audio copy of Provoked (Enlightenment #1) provided in exchange of an honest review.


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