Beguiled (CrabbyPatty’s Audiobook Review)

Title: Beguiled (Enlightenment #2)
Author: Joanna Chambers and Hamish McKinlay (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 8, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

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Two years after his last encounter with cynical nobleman Lord Murdo Balfour, David Lauriston accidentally meets him again in the heart of Edinburgh.

King George IV is about to make his first visit to Edinburgh and Murdo has been sent North by his politician father to represent his aristocratic family at the celebrations.

David and Murdo’s last parting was painful—and on Murdo’s part, bitter—but Murdo’s feelings seem to have mellowed in the intervening years. So much so, that he suggests to David that they enjoy each other’s company during Murdo’s stay in the capital. Despite his initial reservations, David cannot put Murdo’s proposal from his mind, and soon find himself at Murdo’s door—and in his arms.

But other figures from David’s past are converging on the city, and as the pomp and ceremony of the King’s visit unfolds around them, David is drawn into a chain of events that will threaten everything: his career, his wellbeing, and the fragile bond that, despite David’s best intentions, is growing between him and Murdo.

Beguiled takes place two years after Provoked, and Murdo regrets how they parted and tells David he wants to see him again. Their attraction for one another is as fiery and passionate as before and I love the richness of the character development in Beguiled, the way David and Murdo’s relationship has become something deeper and more meaningful to each man.

Hamish McKinlay is the narrator of Beguiled, as he was of Provoked, and he is superlative, with an authentic Scottish accent and a lyrical quality to his voice that is so, so lovely to listen to. Just imagine hearing this passage with a Scottish lilt:

And what pleasure. These kisses. The intimacy of them. The rough of Murdo’s chin scraping his own, the give of his lips. His tongue, teasing the corner of David’s mouth and the feel of his smile—lips curving up against David’s. David opened his eyes at that smile, just in time to see Murdo’s own lashes flutter open. And, the shock, the shock and the pleasure of meeting a gaze that expressed so perfectly what David felt at this moment: wonder, pleasure …. unexpected affection.

Hamish McKinlay does a great job and his narration really elevates the story. 5+ stars for Provoked and I highly recommend the audiobook!

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Audio copy of Beguiled (Enlightenment #2) provided in exchange of an honest review.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader