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Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family Series #2)

Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family Series #2)

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by Suzanne Enoch

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Seven marriageable daughters . . . And Lord Zachary Griffin is just the man to help them.

After all, what could be more tantalizing than teaching the beautiful Witfeld sisters all the special ways of driving a man into submission—and marriage? And leading exquisite Caroline Witfeld, the most spirited and least frivolous sister, to temptation would be


Seven marriageable daughters . . . And Lord Zachary Griffin is just the man to help them.

After all, what could be more tantalizing than teaching the beautiful Witfeld sisters all the special ways of driving a man into submission—and marriage? And leading exquisite Caroline Witfeld, the most spirited and least frivolous sister, to temptation would be wildly delicious.

Zachary doesn't realize that Caroline's longing gazes have less to do with attraction and more to do with admission—to a prestigious arts conservatory. If only she could set those high cheekbones, that aristocratic brow, and those powerful shoulders to canvas, her dreams would all come true. But Caroline is soon having dreams of a very different sort—ones that involve the charming rogue and some improper behavior hardly befitting a lady dedicated to her art . . .unless she becomes dedicated to the art of love.

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Griffin Family Series , #2
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An Invitation to Sin

By Suzanne Enoch

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Suzanne Enoch
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060543272

Chapter One

Lord Zachary Griffin lifted a glass of claret from a passing footman. "For God's sake, hurry it up," he muttered, gazing at the pair of dancers twirling halfway across the room.

Thirty other couples swished about the Tamberlake ballroom, but he scarcely noted them. Likewise the half dozen single young ladies edging toward him along the wall -- they occupied him only insofar as they kept him on the move to stay ahead of the silk and lace-draped gaggle.

Under normal circumstances he had no objection to waltzing with pretty young chits; he enjoyed it, in fact. However, the first order of business tonight was, well, business. He could dance later.

Across the room, his older brothers, Sebastian, the Duke of Melbourne, and Charlemagne, had also declined to waltz. The pair of them were in deep conversation with Lord Harvey and were no doubt finalizing negotiations to buy out the viscount's shares in their shipping business. He wished them well, but just the thought of all the damned numbers and percentages flying back and forth over there made his head ache.

The waltz finally swirled to an end. Most of the dancers headed back to their companions or toward the refreshment table. The pair Zachary was after separated in front of the chocolate cremes. With a last glance at his brothers, he moved in.

"Glad to see you still in London, Major," he said, putting a hand on the gentleman's red-clad shoulder.

John Tracey faced him. "Zachary," he returned with a smile, offering his hand. Zachary shook it. "You look well."

"Is there a reason I shouldn't? Other than your sister deciding she didn't want to marry me, that is."

"None of us expected that," Zachary conceded, his own smile tightening. Damn Nell. He didn't need any complications tonight. "Except perhaps for Melbourne, of course. He tends to know everything."

"He might have informed me then, that Lady Eleanor meant to marry the Marquis of Deverill before he asked if I wished to join the family."

Zachary shrugged, not certain how genuinely perturbed Major Lord John Tracey was by recent events. As much of a handful as his sister Nell had turned out to be, he wouldn't have wanted to be leg-shackled to her. "She eloped with Deverill. We even caught up to them once, and they still got away from us. After that, there wasn't much we could do. Valentine and Eleanor together are rather unstoppable."

"So I gathered. What can I do for you, then? It can't be marriage again. You don't have any other female siblings to send in my direction, and Melbourne's daughter is what, eight?"

"Peep is six," Zachary returned. "Actually, I have a favor to ask of you." "Ask away."

With a deep breath Zachary stepped off the cliff. "I intend to join a regiment and head for the Peninsula with Wellington."

The major laughed. "Oh, that's . . ." He trailed off. "You're serious."

"Of course I'm serious." Damn it all, nobody believed him. Hence this secret conversation out of the Duke of Melbourne's hearing. The laughter and teasing from his family members was becoming bloody tiresome.

"My apologies, then," Tracey said. "But Zachary, you do realize that once you join the army you can't simply change your mind. Not without some dire consequences."

"I'm aware of that," he returned, ignoring the insult to his resolve. "I'm not asking whether you think I should join the army. I'm asking which regiment would give me the best opportunity to see action. I don't intend to end up in charge of lugging whiskey barrels somewhere twenty miles behind the front lines."

"You want my regiment, then. The Forty-fifth Foot," the major answered promptly. "And if you're serious, I'd be happy to put in a word with Major General Picton. Not that you need much of a recommendation, with your family's name and reputation."

"I would appreciate if you would speak with the general," Zachary said, otherwise ignoring the familiar compliment to his family. As far as he was concerned, he had the important qualities -- skill with a weapon and the desire to excel. But if money qualified someone to be a competent soldier, well, he had that, too. "If you could arrange an introduction, I would be in your debt."

"If you promise never to mention my name and marriage in the same sentence again, I would consider us even," Tracey said, smiling again.

Out of the corner of his eye Zachary noticed the meeting breaking up across the room. He shook Tracey's hand again. "That's a promise. And my thanks."

"I'll send word when I can arrange a meeting. The general and I are both returning to Spain in another fortnight, so it'll be soon."

"I'll be waiting."

As the two of them parted, Zachary caught Melbourne gazing at him. Favoring the duke with a lifted eyebrow, Zachary went to find a dance partner. Whether his family in general, and his oldest brother in particular, had decided to take him seriously or not, he was going to decide his own future. And tonight he'd taken a large step in that direction -- which meant that now he could find a chit and enjoy himself.

The next morning Zachary sat at the breakfast table to read the missive Major Tracey had sent over. It seemed that Major General Thomas Picton would be very interested in adding a Griffin to his staff, and that both men would be dining at White's for luncheon. Folding the note and sliding it into his pocket, he turned his attention to the slightly wrinkled copy of The London Times that waited for him. From its condition, he surmised that either Shay or Melbourne had had a tea mishap earlier. He would wager it had been Charlemagne.

According to the latest printed reports, Eleanor and Valentine were enjoying their honeymoon in Venice. Nell's latest letter said the same thing, but he always found it interesting to hear about the Griffin clan's exploits from an outside perspective.


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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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Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family Series#2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
Not the best researched book on the subject of art, but I really liked Zachary and Caroline. So, if ou enjoy romance novels with humor, you should like this book.
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curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This book had some really good moments and then some extra stuff that dragged on too long. When the story was about the two main characters it was good but dealing with all her stupid sisters and talking about cows was a little long winded. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.
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this book is by no means a masterpiece.... but then, its packaging includes copious amounts of satin drapery and a salacious view of a gartered stocking, so was i really expecting literary prowess? hm, perhaps not. as one reviewer pointed out, the book does attribute the famous painting of the Mona Lisa to Michaelangelo rather than Leonardo da Vinci. there are also some rather farfetched (or perhaps i should say under-reasearched) descriptions of paints, techniques, and supplies, and i'll admit that i did roll my eyes and mumble a little, but it hardly stopped me from reading. enoch is comfortable in her niche - this story is entertaining, the writing is good and the dialogue often witty. yes, the large family of giggling daughters, silly mother, and eccentric father are a cop off of Pride and Prejudice, but it's more homage than theft. caroline is at least believable (more than one can say for most romance heroines) and while she does dither a bit, she does so for our enjoyment. zachrey is set up to be the least decisive of the Griffin children and comes across as just such. its refreshing to have a 'hero' who isn't beating anyone over the head with his heroics - no runaway carraiges, no clandestine rescues, but an honest (well, perhaps 'contrived' would fit better) maturing makes him far more enjoyable than the grunting, alpha-male Thor-prototypes one usually finds. this novel is never going to be a rousing narrative of personal growth, or a shining example of high writing, but it is enjoyable. and funny. and, when all you want is a means of escape from an exhausting, boring day, that's really you need, isn't it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
An awful book! This book proclaims Michelangelo to be the painter of the Mona Lisa. I may not be an art history buff, but between common knowledge and the Da Vincci Code, the mistake is glaring. If you can ignore that repetitive falsehood, you remain uninterested in the content. But, do not be discouraged from all Enoch's books! Her novels on Samantha Jellicoe are hilarious and overall a better piece of writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed all of Ms. Enoch's previous books, I was eager to read this sequel to Sin and Sensibility for another look at the Griffin family. Unfortunately, this tale of the youngest Griffin brother, Lord Zachary, and his involvement with the Witfeld family of Wiltshire (consisting of seven unmarried sisters, their hen-witted mother and long suffering father - shades of Pride and Prejudice!) did not live up to my expectations. Jane Austen didn't bother to do a sequel to the Bennett family and I hope Ms Enoch will not reprise the Witfelds. The only thing worse than this story would be to pair up the elder brother, Sebastian, Duke of Melbourne, with Caroline's 17-year old sister Anne. His 6-year old daughter deserves an adult stepmother!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read everything Enouch writes but this was by far the worst of any book I have ever read. The 6 silly sister siblings were only matched by the 7th oldest sister-she was so boring and tedious and non-decisive it was painful to read. The hero wasn't one and the only inspiring adult character was a 6 year old! The story plodded along slower than the farm horses. Can't say enough about this book -unfortunately.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lord Zachary Griffin accompanies his aunt on a trek to the Whitfield home where six marriage aged daughters reside. The sisters enjoy his company as Zachary is kind to each one. That is the siblings appreciate the young handsome gentleman¿s thoughtfulness except Caroline who sees the virtues of his body she wants to use Zachary as a model to finish a portrait that she believes will provide her admittance to attend an art academy. --- As Zachary tutors the young ladies in the art of men, he has his most fun with the serious Caroline teasing her with sensual innuendoes and images to whet her carnal appetite as he poses for her painting. As they talk and share desires and dreams they begin to fall in love, but she has her heart set on art school not a husband unless he can complete his courting of the reluctant artist. --- This is a terrific Regency romance starring a wonderful kindhearted hero, an intriguing hard to catch female and her sisters who want to dine with Zachary as the main course. The humorous story line is character driven with the sisters, each unique, adding escapades and depth to the relationship between the lead pair. Readers will enjoy this charming courtship and look forward to more sisterly escapades. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
House of the sly and those who know how to get their way.