- File Size: 579 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548175633
- Publisher: Joanna Chambers Books (April 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 16, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071YJ254F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To be honest, I was nervous about this series.
I always feel really hesitant to start a series that is so universally beloved. For one, I never like to hate what other people like, though it happens often. I like to see the magic that other people see, and I always feel like I'm missing something critical when I don't. In addition, I feel this weird pressure about reading a very popular, very adored book, something I don't feel when I go into a book totally blind.
However, I recently read the very lovely A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers so I was feeling cautiously optimistic. As well I should have been because this book was all it's cracked up to be and more.
I think you have to view this book as a part of one longer book. It doesn't really stand alone, and I don't' know anyone who could read this story and not one-click the whole series.
I was afraid that there wasn't going to be enough tension, enough of a slow burn, but I got a really good burn, and this heated I want you, I hate you, I need you vibe that I wasn't expecting.
Provoked is also far from insta-love, with a really intense buildup and a cliffhanger-esk ending. No HFN even at the finish of this installment. However, the writing makes it all worth the wait. I died for the gorgeous language, setting, and characters. I usually don't love single POVs, but Joanna Chambers made it feel like a perfect fit. I couldn't get enough.
A truly wondrous start to what is shaping up to be an addictive series, I can't wait to see this story unfold. Just lovely.
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
"I’m not harming anyone when I bugger a pretty boy—assuming the pretty boy is of age and willing. And I’m not going to flagellate myself with regret over something that brings me a great deal of pleasure. Does that answer your question?"
Chambers does a wonderful job of providing background on the political powder keg in Europe during this time period (often referred to as "The Late Enlightenment") and it appears David and Balfour also have differing political viewpoints. Balfour belongs to a world of aristocratic power and privilege for whom educating working men is a dangerous thing. David represented a group of weavers who took part in a series of protests and strikes demanding reform (known as the Radical War or the Scottish Insurrection of 1820 - a true historical event.) Agents from the British government (agents provocateurs) provoked the men into confrontation, which resulted in deaths for treason or deportation.
Throughout Provoked, David and the brother of one of the deported men try to locate one of the responsible provocateurs and they are lead to wonder if perhaps Balfour is this man. The peril and danger of finding this agent is beautifully balanced by the sexual desire Balfour arouses within David.
Chambers does a stellar job of introducing the reader to the time period and society's expectations for men as well as women. I'm looking forward to the continuation of David and Balfour's story as well as that of Elizabeth Chalmers, the daughter of the senior advocate with whom David works. 4.5 stars for Provoked!
There's a bit of mystery here that tied up neatly and a romance that works because it stays true to what being gay was like during the Regency period. So as not to hand spoilers I'll move on.
While this is the first in a series, it is a stand alone book. The editing and formatting are professional. The cover art is tasteful and intriguing.
My only problem with this book is I can't read the next two until next month and that's a bit frustrating.
Lovely book, I'll read more by this author without hesitation.
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