Review: Provoked (Enlightenment #1) by Joanna Chambers

The list of romance authors I follow seems to be growing, as I add yet another writer whose books I shall now proceed to devour all of. I read this title in a single evening and immediately purchased the next in the series.

Many romance books star lovers from vastly different backgrounds, but David Lauriston and Murdo Balfour also possess seemingly opposite perspectives on how life should be lived. This conflict weaves within the other conversations our heroes have about the current political situation. Sex-charged political discourse might be my new favorite “kink” in romance novels.

My biggest quibble in this story was that there were multiple instances where I found myself wishing for scenes from Balfour’s perspective. I got the impression that his desire for David was much more nuanced than just “he’s sexy and I want him,” and I wanted to see some of that developing attraction.

I look forward to following these characters on a multi-book journey. Though this installment didn’t even really end with a “happily for now,” I was entirely satisfied with the resolution.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by J.L. Gribble

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