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Something Sinful (Griffin Family Series #3)

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It was lust at first sight . . .

She was a vision, an exotic goddess who floated across the ballroom, conjuring images of warm nights and silk sheets, and Lord Charlemagne Griffin felt lightning shoot straight to his . . . well, he was definitely interested. So the lady isn't exactly the sharpest knife on the rack, as Shay soon discovers, but the generous bosom just above her low neckline more than makes up for it. Before he knows it, Shay is ...

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Overview

It was lust at first sight . . .

She was a vision, an exotic goddess who floated across the ballroom, conjuring images of warm nights and silk sheets, and Lord Charlemagne Griffin felt lightning shoot straight to his . . . well, he was definitely interested. So the lady isn't exactly the sharpest knife on the rack, as Shay soon discovers, but the generous bosom just above her low neckline more than makes up for it. Before he knows it, Shay is bragging about an impending business deal to impress her . . .

Lady Sarala Carlisle may appear naïve, but too late Shay realizes her unconventional beauty masks a razor-sharp intelligence and flawless instincts—and she'd just bested him! Well, two can play at this game, and one of Shay's many skills is the fine art of seduction.

But in this contest, the only thing to lose is one's heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060842550
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Griffin Family Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 393,888
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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Something Sinful


By Suzanne Enoch

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Suzanne Enoch
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060842555

Chapter One

"Caine, where the devil are my boots?" Charlemagne Griffin bent to look beneath his bed, flinging up the blankets and groping into the murkiness. His fingers touched a lone book, but no boots.

"They're on their way up, my lord," the valet returned in his light Irish lilt, his expression horrified as he gazed at his master rooting about the bedchamber. "We had some difficulty getting that mud off them after your trip to Tattersall's."

Charlemagne straightened, dusting off his pantaloons. He flipped over the book he'd found to look at the cover. A Hundred Days in Rome. So that was where he'd left the damned thing. "Go encourage them to hurry," he said absently, settling on the corner of the bed and flipping the book open. "I refuse to be teased for being unable to dress faster than a female."

Caine stooped in a bow, backing out the door as he did so. "Right away, m'lord."

A knock came at his bedchamber door just as Charlemagne had begun reacquainting himself with day thirty-seven in an adventurer's exploration of Rome. "Enter," he said, looking up from the book.

His younger brother, Zachary, strolled into the room. "You can't go to a party in your stockings, Shay."

"My thanks. I'd be a social pariah without you."

Zach nodded. "Glad you realizedthat." He wandered closer. "Rumor has it that you were busy today."

"Is that your way of saying that you heard I purchased Dooley's bay hunter?"

"Aha. As soon as I came across Dooley in White's, and he was practically in tears over letting the horse go at such an abysmal price, I knew it had to be you who bought it."

Charlemagne smiled. "It was a good price, if I say so myself."

"So tell me your secret. Do you use witchcraft to put spells on your opponents? I can't think of any other reason that otherwise sensible men would sell you the entire moon for a stick and a broken wheel."

"I wouldn't have much use for the moon."

The valet scratched at the door and pushed it open. "Your boots, my lord. Good as new."

Looking over Caine's head as the valet knelt to shove on the Hobys, Charlemagne chuckled. "Since you asked, Zach, the secret is patience. Patience and observation. A hunter at any price, for instance, is no good to a man who can't afford to pay his household wages."

"That sounds a bit coldhearted."

"That's why we call it business, and not pleasure." Charlemagne stood, stomping into his left boot. "Besides, Dooley's hunter wasn't my only target for the day. I--"

"For God's sake," Zachary cut in, leading the way out to the stairs, "we're going to a party. I don't want to have to look at all the other guests and secretly know how many of them you've ground into dust during the course of the day."

"Fine," Charlemagne returned with a half scowl, somewhat amazed that, with Zachary's aversion to the harsh realities of business, his younger brother had managed to survive long enough to marry. "I don't expect you to be able to grasp the nuances of a business deal."

"Good. Tell someone smarter than I am."

"That hardly narrows it down."

From the noise at the foot of the stairs, the rest of the Griffin clan had arrived. Over the past year their family had expanded by two--Eleanor's husband, Valentine Corbett, Marquis of Deverill; and Zachary's wife, Caroline. Happy as he was for his siblings, at times Charlemagne could do without the resulting chaos.

"There you are, Shay," Eleanor said, sweeping forward to kiss him on the cheek.

"You look lovely, Nell, as do you, Caroline." His gaze found Sebastian, the Duke of Melbourne. Their eldest sibling, Seb was the only other Griffin who shared his own affection for business. The duke stood in his office doorway with Valentine. Charlemagne joined them. "How was your meeting with Liverpool?" he asked.

"Promising," the duke returned. "I think he's finally beginning to realize that pride is no reason to keep from doing business with the Colonies."

"Pride might not be a reason, but lack of imagination is even more difficult to overcome," Charlemagne put in.

"You won't hear me arguing with that. How did your own venture go today?" Zachary came up behind Shay and clapped him on the shoulder. "He made Dooley cry. I saw it myself."

Satisfying as it had been to acquire a prime hunter for a great deal less than it was worth, his second trip out had been far more interesting, and with far more possibilities. Charlemagne stifled a frown. "Dooley didn't have to accept my offer. As for my conversation with Cap--"

"Did Valentine tell you his news?" Melbourne broke in.

"The news is hardly the sole property of Valentine," Eleanor said, moving forward to take her husband's arm.

Zachary whooped, pounding Valentine on the back. "You old dog. And to think that a year ago the idea of marriage made you shriek like a chit."

"And now I seem to be procreating. It's been an odd twelve months," the marquis agreed, lowering his head to kiss Eleanor. "Glad I didn't miss it."

"Mm, so am I," she returned, chuckling.

Charlemagne took a step back as the congratulations circled around and around. Another member of the family. The babe wouldn't bear the Griffin name, but it would carry on the Griffin bloodline, just as Melbourne's seven-year-old daughter Penelope did. And from Caroline's expression, whatever she'd said about not having room in her life to be domestic, the thought was beginning to cross her mind, as well. Good. The more the merrier, he supposed.

The talk turned to baby names, for which Valentine was apparently willing to accept bribes, and Charlemagne backed to the front door. "I'm supposed to meet with Shipley in twenty minutes," he said in a low voice to the butler as Stanton handed him his hat and gloves. "I won't disturb their fun, but if anyone should miss me, tell them I went on ahead to the party."

Stanton nodded. "Very good, my lord."

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is a delightful reading experience

    The first time Lord Charlemagne ¿Shay¿ Griffin saw her glide across the ballroom he thought he would die from the excess palpitations of his heart. Based on her voluptuous body, he assumes she will be all glitter and no substance, the way he likes his women.------------------ After meeting Lady Sarala Carlisle, he tries to impress her with his business acumen and a deal he is about to make involving silks. Not long afterward to his shock, he realizes how intelligent she is when she buys the silk before he can. Shay now knows Sarala hides her brains behind her dazzling beauty. Still he applauds her for beating him at his game but also vows to seduce her until she and the silks are his. Neither anticipated the danger the ownership of the silks prove to be as Chinese warriors claim the items are sacred.----------------------- The sequel to the amusing An Invitation to Sin is another rousing Regency romance starring an intelligent opportunistic female and another Griffin meeting his better. The story line is a typical gender battle as the hero tries every seductive trick in the book and a few not listed to obtain the silk that the lady bought thanks to his bragging and misunderstanding the intelligence of a female. Fans will appreciate these loving combatants who together as a team show why England became the first in world trade in the nineteenth century. This is a delightful reading experience.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    I enjoyed Sarala turning the tables on Shay Griffin. This is a

    I enjoyed Sarala turning the tables on Shay Griffin. This is a very good read.

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    Posted December 11, 2012

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    House of the kind an caring.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Basic Romance Novel

    Good read, I would recommend to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Indulge & Be Delighted !!

    Excellent read...This tale was well-written and with a slightly different twist than most, but utterly enjoyable. Sarala (don't call her Sarah !!) & Charlemagne (Shay) are idealy paired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Slow moving

    I have read all of Suzanne Enoch's books. This one was the most disappointing. It did not hold my interest. I enjoyed the characters because I was familiar with them from Suzanne's other books, but this one was the most boring of all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    Perfect!!!!!!!!!! I loved it...

    This book was right up my alley, I loved it,,, Read it you will see. SEXY! A must read!!!

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