Book Reviews

Beguiled (Enlightenment 2) by Joanna Chambers

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-November-2017

Book Blurb

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.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2013.

Book Review

“Love, love changes everything, how you live and how you die... Love will turn your world around ... brings you glory, brings you shame... all our wisdom disappears...all the rules we make are or perish, in its flame...Love will never ever let you be the same!” ~ 'Aspects of Love' (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

If anything, David is irritated by the King’s visit because it means he will have to go to the tailor to be measured and purchase new clothes, specifically for the occasion. When he arrives, David is astonished and furious to be locked out of his appointment and displaced by someone considered more important. David continues to make a fuss until they finally let him in, but his indignant attitude cools when he sees who the more important person is - none other than Lord Murdo Balfor.

Their reunion is a polite but cautious one. Not wanting David to get away just yet, Murdo invites him for a drink which David readily accepts. David finds it amusing when Murdo tells him that he's here representing his father, knowing it's probably the last thing Murdo wants to do. As they catch up on old times, memories invade their minds of the opinions expressed in the past, each wondering if they still hold the same attitudes about life. Murdo even tells David that he regrets the harsh way they parted. Murdo tells David that he'd like to see him again, but David hesitates. They leave it with an open invitation to Murdo's house which is all David is willing to concede at the moment.

Since David's new rooms provide an excellent view of the royal procession, David is persuaded to throw a party in honor of King George's visit. Among his visitors are Catherine Ferguson, formerly Chambers, David's associate and mentor's daughter, and her husband, Donald. Also in attendance is Lord Alistair Kinnell and his wife Elizabeth, Catherine's sister and past admirer. When David sees Elizabeth, he immediately senses something is wrong. David notices the bruises on her neck and is incensed. He feels obligated to tell Elizabeth's father and he readily agrees to financial assistance for her. Although it is complicated, covert arrangements are made. The escape date and place are set. Elizabeth is to escape during a theatre performance. Although Elizabeth does manage to get away, David has a confrontation with her much larger, stronger husband and comes out with the worst of it; but the important thing for David is that Elizabeth is safe, at least for now.

Elizabeth's rescue overshadows Murdo and David's reunion and the final consummation of their love affair literally and figuratively. It's absolutely gorgeous and extremely sensual, leaving me feeling like a voyeur and loving every minute of it. As much as they can, David and Murdo work out their difficulties and they become much closer, no longer able to deny their feelings. The attack on David becomes the catalyst that sets their priorities straight. This book is even more exciting than the first including intrigue, deceit, facing feelings, and deciding what is really important. Thanks, Joanna, for the continuing adventures of Murdo and David. I expect that the next book will be even more exciting and am looking forward to it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 287 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-April-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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