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@Read Epub ⛄ Unnatural ⚸ James and Iain s story a novel, from the Enlightenment seriesCaptain Iain Sinclair has looks, charm, military honours even the favour of the king himself He has everything everything, that is, except the friendship of the one man whose good opinion he has ever cared for, scientist, James Hart James has loved Iain all his life, but after the last disastrous encounter between them, he vowed to accept no crumbs from Iain s table If Iain cannot be the lover James wants, then James will have no to do with himDisenchanted with his career, and miserable without James in his life, Iain decides to leave military service and embark upon a new career in India Before he leaves England behind, though, he is determined to try one last time to reconcile with his dearest friendAn invitation to a country house party from James s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin James down and force him to finally listen to Iain s apology But when Iain discovers that an apology is not enough that James is not willing settle for less than a lover he is forced to reconsider everything his life, his future career, and most of all, his feelings for James Ever have a bunch of people tell you how fantabulous something is and insist that you see read experience it for yourself So you do and you keep waiting to be blown away by the fantabulousness This was one of those times.I ve witnessed so much squeeing over this author that I was expecting to be thunderstruck and it never transpired.What I did like was her ability to create the Regency atmosphere that I love She clearly has extensive knowledge of the time made evident in her usage of the langu Ever have a bunch of people tell you how fantabulous something is and insist that you see read experience it for yourself So you do and you keep waiting to be blown away by the fantabulousness This was one of those times.I ve witnessed so much squeeing over this author that I was expecting to be thunderstruck and it never transpired.What I did like was her ability to create the Regency atmosphere that I love She clearly has extensive knowledge of the time made evident in her usage of the language and customs This relationship though did not enrapture me James and Iain are childhood friends Their story is told in non linear fashion from the time they are boys to present They have moments of intimacy but Iain inevitably pulls away from James Time and time and time again James is full of hopeful optimism and holds on to the dream of being a couple FOR YEARS Iain comes back periodically from his military service and inserts himself in James life only to leave him high and dry Again Once he decides that he s going to accept a position in India as a spy he vows to make peace with James James puts him through his paces that s for sure Rightly so I m big on retribution, but I just didn t feel the chemistry between them I wasn t WOW d I kept expecting to be gut punched with feels that never materialized It would have beensuccessful for me had they spenttime together developing as a couple Instead they were together for all of half a chapter which was insufficient to convince me of their longevity Iain could ve still high tailed it the next morning and I wouldn t be at all surprised Because fickle pickle.Nevertheless, I was impressed by the writing style I love Regency novels and I will read something else by this author In all likelihood, it just boils down to personal preference I like my MCs to be together and not constantly fighting If you don t, give it a whirl An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I love Regency M M historicals, but I m used to the Ava March brand of sexy Joanna Chambers writessubdued scenes Chambers prose is solid, but I never fully engaged with this book I have not read the Enlightenment series Indeed, this was my first Joanna Chambers novel, and I was not disappointed exactly, but underwhelmed I find stories that alternate between the present and the past distracting, and I found the past scenes here particularly slow Iain is so concerned with appearan I love Regency M M historicals, but I m used to the Ava March brand of sexy Joanna Chambers writessubdued scenes Chambers prose is solid, but I never fully engaged with this book I have not read the Enlightenment series Indeed, this was my first Joanna Chambers novel, and I was not disappointed exactly, but underwhelmed I find stories that alternate between the present and the past distracting, and I found the past scenes here particularly slow Iain is so concerned with appearances, with making his father proud, that he bails on James time and time again Iain s father will always blame Iain s for his brother s death, but it takes Iain until the last chapter to realize this James never stops loving Iain, but Iain s hangups are a noose James is too patient by far, and too forgiving I wantedtender moments, less self inflicted shame and angst The ending is sweet, a solid Regency HEA, and this book has some lovely descriptions of the time period This is a fine story it just wasn t memorable for me But if you re a fan of this author, I d definitely give this one a go Fans of her Enlightenment series will be delighted Unnatural is a typical Chambers It s a mellow, inoffensive romance that thrives on gay taboo fueled UST and guilt, and is set in the Regency era What s , our old friends Balfour and Lauriston make an appearance in this book They may even be important for the plot I feel like prefacing this review by mentioning that I was probably one of the very few people that had a somewhat lukewarm reaction to the Enlightenment series Although I did Fans of her Enlightenment series will be delighted Unnatural is a typical Chambers It s a mellow, inoffensive romance that thrives on gay taboo fueled UST and guilt, and is set in the Regency era What s , our old friends Balfour and Lauriston make an appearance in this book They may even be important for the plot I feel like prefacing this review by mentioning that I was probably one of the very few people that had a somewhat lukewarm reaction to the Enlightenment series Although I did enjoy it as the Harlequinesque experience that it was, my perks were the same as with that popular M F genre the lack of originality in the story lines and the bland, inconspicuous characters.In that regard, Unnatural wasn t a spectacular read either But it has angst and longing, sweep you off your feet love declarations and all that other sweet vanilla fudge with caramel swirls stuff that will warm your heart, and make you root for the haunted heroes.With the focus entirely on the obstacles that the MCs must overcome to find happiness, not much else is going on plot wise The pacing is nice and unhurried, and although the story is told through flashbacks something I m usually not keen on the back and forth s between past and present were handled smoothly and skilfully.It wasn t until the 75% mark that I grew slightly tired of the repeated chorus of small bouts of we mustn t, but the flesh is weak released sexual tension resulting in guilt trips and a deepening wedge between the MCs At times I think Chambers headed into fairy tale territory as well I have to mind potential spoilers so I will just mention a tiny fragment as example, namely a certain passionate kissing scene in a boathouse that felt a little too mushy given the circumstances.I had also hoped forthan the recycled M M dirty talk during the sexy bits Especially considering the historical era, I wasthan a little disappointed with the uninspired prose in these scenes Had I hoped for swollen manhoods and battering rams instead Not really What I do wish though, is for Chambers to developof a signature style, an uniqueness to her prose, that would make her works stand out Everything I ve read of hers so far is pleasant enough, but not particularly memorable.But like I said, her books are absolutely sweet and enjoyable and Unnatural was no exception to that rule PS We haven t seen the last of Kit Redford Who agrees Written December 7, 20153 1 2 Stars Touching romantic HRA day with a new men loves men historical by Ms Chambers feels like a good day Yippie Yay A weekend buddy read with three nice ladies Sofia, Maya and Alona Unnatural is a offshot of the Enlightenment three book series about David Lauriston Lord Murdo Balfour Romances I loved 4.5 5.0 4.5 and also always sincerely recommend all HR admirers This fourth can easily be read as a standalone you will not miss anythin Written December 7, 20153 1 2 Stars Touching romantic HRA day with a new men loves men historical by Ms Chambers feels like a good day Yippie Yay A weekend buddy read with three nice ladies Sofia, Maya and Alona Unnatural is a offshot of the Enlightenment three book series about David Lauriston Lord Murdo Balfour Romances I loved 4.5 5.0 4.5 and also always sincerely recommend all HR admirers This fourth can easily be read as a standalone you will not miss anything of big importance here and shouldn t maybe even at all be labeled as 4 in that seriesWas it possibleUnnatural A Regency historical M M set in England about Captain Iain Sinclair and his childhood friend, the scientist James Hart The story is pendling between now 1824 and then 1808 telling a story about two dear buddy friends with a four year age difference, their truly liking and admiring of each other and later grownups desiring and struggling with grand forbidden feelings James felt suddenly and oddly shy It was the silliest thing He hadn t felt shy the last time they d swum here, not muchthan a year ago Not that he hadn t been aware of Iain in truth, he would always be aware of Iain, always be drawn to sneak looks at the man s powerful physique but this timeI don t see you as a boy I can assure you of that muchTo start with is Unnatural just boyish sweet but very soon already after a chapter or two heartbreaking and intensely touching This is mostly a story about early young innocent love, prejudices, rejections, denial and also that tragic fear Rightly back then of course with all bad happening to gay men so called sodomites Truly some tough subjects Nevertheless I was wholeheartedly in and with this story and these poor characters from the first chapter Why is everything so difficult with you You are always pushing Always wanting things from me that I simply cannot give I have never asked you Yes, you have I both like and don t like, time jumping back and forth every other chapter in my romances Sometimes it works, and also add a lot to the story, but sometimes is it just making me impatient and edgy for the now time parts Unnatural is told as an now back then story, and it honestly made me a bit hesitant when half done I liked those memories from the boyhood and teen years but by now I was at a point when I just wantedof the now and a faster developing romance, and less back then scenes I already now enough from their earlier story We do from start Restless or not, it never stopped to be interesting even if this book is told in a slow pace I felt I got some tears I smiled and chucked I dared to be heartbroken onetime My smut me was satisfied and most important I overall enjoyed both the story itself and the good writing It ended a bit rushed Another chapter or a sweet epilogue should have been nice James love and knowledge of our nature butterflies, small unique insects and flowers was both sensual and beautifully described These two men s feelings felt real painfully much sometimes , and although not much really happened in Unnatural I still enjoyed the feeling and atmosphere Was it possible Was it possible Was it possible to give up everything you were, everything you d set out to be Was it possible to turn your back on the world when you realised that the life you d made for yourself was empty I will greedily grabbing Joanna Chambers next historical if there is one in the future She does this M M genre with feel and finesse Unnatural is maybe not her top notch but a good enough quite fast read intense and romantic romance tale Three or four stars I may change my mind laterI LIKE a pleasant men loves men historical