Reviewed by Becca
SERIES: Enlightenment #2
AUTHOR: Joanna Chambers
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 226 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2017
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.
It just keeps getting better. I’m so glad to see David is back and sweeter than ever. There’s more secrets, more sneaking, and more loving.
It’s two years later and David is doing fairly well. It’s been two years since he has seen Balfour and he still thinks of him often, despite having things between them being left badly. But in spite of that, he’s been busier than ever. He’s gotten more work and was able to find new rooms and be a little more well off. The King is planning to visit so he has to dress in proper attire. When he makes it to his appointment, he is turned away because someone of importance is there and took his spot and David is not happy. He does not go away. And is he in for a big surprise when the man he has missed for two years comes walking in from the back. Balfour…Murdo. And David is breathless. Before he knows it, he is back in the arms of Murdo and the passion has only grown stronger. As he and Murdo get to know each other all over again, other things in David’s life become rough. He is asked to help someone escape a bad marriage and in doing so is badly hurt. Which causes Murdo to realize just how much David really means to him.
Sweet, sweet David. He is still just as dynamic as he was in book one and I’m so in love with him. He is just a beautiful character. For two years, he has quietly ‘mourned’ his loss of Murdo and when he sees him again, he can’t help but finally run into the arms of the man he has missed so much. The passion has not diminished between these two whatsoever. In fact, it has grown. And despite the way David was raised and how he sometimes feels as far as guilt, he has finally given himself to Murdo. Which is huge! What’s even more huge is that despite the rough past Murdo has had as far as men, he is just as willing to give himself to David. As they are getting to know each other better, David is going through some things that threaten his life, his career and his possible relationship with Murdo. But he has to help. He can’t stand by and watch a friend be hurt and abused and in helping he is almost killed. Murdo is distraught with almost losing David and can’t help but tell David how he really feels. It’s so beautiful.
I definitely recommend this series. The relationship between Murdo and David alone is enough to want to read it over and over again. But the beauty of the history and the character of David is just supreme writing and I adore these books.