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Sin and Sensibility (Griffin Family Series #1)

Sin and Sensibility (Griffin Family Series #1)

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by Suzanne Enoch

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USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Enoch delights fans once again with this enchanting tale of a young lady determined to have an adventure and the white knight who charges to her rescue.

After yet another beau was chased away by her three over-protective brothers, Lady Eleanor Griffin decides she's had enough. If she is to become a boring society


USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Enoch delights fans once again with this enchanting tale of a young lady determined to have an adventure and the white knight who charges to her rescue.

After yet another beau was chased away by her three over-protective brothers, Lady Eleanor Griffin decides she's had enough. If she is to become a boring society wife, then she's going to have some fun first. But when her adventure turns into more than what she bargained for, she is grateful for her knight in shining armour who rescued her from what was sure to become a scandalous situation.

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Sin and Sensibility

Chapter One

Valentine Corbett, the Marquis of Deverill, lifted his glass. "I see trouble," he murmured, taking a swallow of whiskey.

"Not my husband," Lydia, Lady Franch said, lifting her head.

"No, he's still ogling Genevieve DuMer." Shifting a little, Valentine could make out Lord Franch's profile near the entrance to the gaming room. The elderly Franch's attention remained steadily on young Miss DuMer's ample bosom as they chatted.

"The oaf." Lydia lowered her head again.

Half closing his eyes, Valentine cupped the back of the viscountess's neck, encouraging her ministrations. His gaze, though, returned to the more significant little drama unfolding beyond the gauze of curtains.

Lydia paused again. "What trouble do you see, then?" she asked.

"John Priestley is offering Lady Eleanor Griffin a brace-let of pearls, and she's allowing him to fasten them around her wrist."

Lady Franch's next comment was muffled and tickled a little, but Valentine assumed it to be a request for more information. Setting aside the whiskey, he slid his fingers along the edge of the curtain.

"The two of them are standing in plain view of everyone," he continued, "including all three of her brothers." He sighed, firming his grip on Lydia's head as her bobbing became more enthusiastic. "I very much doubt that the Duke of Melbourne, at the least, approves of his sister accepting gifts from a gentleman -- especially in public, and especially from an idiot not deemed worthy to be a suitor."

He tilted his own head back, the antics of his fellows becoming less interesting as the motions of Lydia's mouth upon his cock began to produce results. Even as he allowed himself to go over the edge, though, Valentine kept his eyes open and his attention on the crowded ballroom beyond their cozy little hideaway. He never closed his eyes; with the games he enjoyed playing, that would be both stupid and suicidal.

As Lydia straightened again, he handed her the glass of whiskey. "I do enjoy waltzing with you, my dear," he said, standing and helping her off her knees.

"Yes, but you enjoy dancing with everyone, Valentine," she returned, finishing off the whiskey as he buttoned his trousers.

"A fact about which I have always been honest."

"One of your few positive qualities."

Valentine returned his attention from the room long enough to lift an eyebrow. "I have at least two positive qualities. And the bosom has found a dance partner, which, I believe, means Franch will be looking for his wife."

"Yes, with his poor eyesight he likes to have something close by to ogle." She adjusted the barely covered objects of her husband's adoration. "I'll be at the Beckwith soiree on Thursday," Lydia continued, smoothing the front of her gown. "They do have that lovely tropical garden."

"And with insufficient illumination, I hear. Perhaps I should try archery."

"Shall I paint a target on myself?"

"I believe I can hit the mark." Stepping sideways, Valentine allowed Lady Franch to reenter the ballroom first.

He leaned against the wall for a moment, looking out at the drama that had originally caught his attention. Lady Eleanor Griffin was being a foolish chit. Not only had she permitted Priestley to place the bracelet on her wrist, but now she appeared to be encouraging him to parade her about in a waltz. Emerging into the large, mirrored ballroom, Valentine glanced at Eleanor's eldest brother. Sebastian, the Duke of Melbourne, continued his conversation with Lord Tomlin, but Valentine knew him well enough to see that he wasn't pleased. Hm. Perhaps the evening still had a few moments of interest left in it.

"He's insane."

Valentine glanced to his left, though he'd already recognized the voice. "I assume you're referring to Priestley?"

"He's already been warned." Standing against the back wall of the ballroom, Lord Charlemagne Griffin followed the meanderings of his younger sister and John Priestley with pale gray eyes.

"Then you have to give him a point or two for bravery." Valentine gestured for another glass of whiskey.

The gray gaze flicked in his direction and back again. "For abject stupidity."

"It's just a bracelet, Shay. At a soiree hardly worth a footnote in the society pages."

"A bracelet on my sister's wrist." Charlemagne straightened. "And I don't care where in damnation we are. I booted him off the front walk last week, and Melbourne's already bared his teeth at the fortune-hunting idiot. Eleanor knows all of that, as well."

Valentine looked at the pair of dancers again. Honeyed brunette hair coiled into an artistic knot at the top of her head and pale green gown swirling about her legs, graceful Lady Eleanor Griffin actually looked more composed than her dance partner. Her brothers weren't likely to kill her, however. Priestley might not be so lucky. "Perhaps your sister is staging a little rebellion."

"If she is, it's going to be a short-lived one."

Chuckling, Valentine finished off his new glass of whiskey. "Complications. They are one of the reasons I'm happy not to have siblings. I'll see you tomorrow, yes?"

Charlemagne nodded. "Melbourne said he'd asked you by."

With a last glance at Eleanor and Priestley, Valentine headed for the door. He might be friends with the male members of the Griffin family, but becoming involved in their domestic troubles not only didn't interest him, but left him with a keen desire to be elsewhere. Especially when he'd heard rumors of a rich game of loo beginning at the Society Club.

As he left, he glimpsed several young ladies following him with their eyes. It was something he was used to, and offering the chits a slight smile, he memorized the faces for future reference. One never knew when one might become bored with cards.

Sin and Sensibility. Copyright © by Suzanne Enoch. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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Sin and Sensibility (Griffin Family Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the last.. I simply could not put this book down. Valentine is intoxicating and Eleanor is delightful. Together they're are a fun couple who will keep you smiling and laughing. And the Griffin bothers are an added bonus (I really hope they get their own books). Brava, Ms. Enoch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This all I'm going to say is BUY IT. Its so fun to read. The book will not only make you laugh but also smile through out the it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lady Eleanor Griffin is tired of the patterns that engulf her life. If she has the slightest bit of fun, one, two, and even at times all three of her brothers come down on her. She wants them to back off so she enjoy her youth. She demands her oldest brother the insufferable Sebastian who became the family patriarch at eleven to give her some freedom. He reluctantly agrees out of fear she might do something outrageous, but warns her if she causes a scandal he selects her husband.--- After that meeting, Sebastian asks his best friend Valentine Corbett to watch over his sister. Valentine agrees though he prefers more experienced women to keep an eye on. As Valentine comes to Eleanor¿s aid, he finds he cannot resist her lure and wants her in his bed. Soon his deep desire turns to love, but to persuade his beloved that they could have a lifetime escapade together seems impossible. Eleanor reciprocates his feelings but still covets an adventure of a lifetime.--- SIN AND SENSIBILITY is an entertaining albeit typical Regency romance that fans will enjoy due to the likable fine pairing of the lead couple as he goes from babysitter to wannabe lover once Valentine begins to know Eleanor. She is an enigmatic sort as she loves her rake, but feels strongly that if she fails to go on her adventure she will have lifetime regrets; he must prove to her they can share a grand adventure. Thus this couple¿s changing relationship spins a delightful story line.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book by author S.E. that I have read in the past year. I also read ¿London¿s Perfect Scoundrel¿ (pretty good). My next book, ¿Sin & Sensibility¿ was enjoyable as well. While I agree with many other reviewers this book was not deep, complicated or earth shattering to read¿it was still charming and enjoyable in all it¿s simple ways. The main characters, Eleanor and Valentine each had their plus and minus points. Eleanor was kind, open minded, adventurous and attractive. On the other hand¿she was also a bit sheltered, spoiled with money and attention and didn¿t seem to have made up her mind who she was and what she wanted in life. Valentine in turn was handsome, worldly, charming, naughty and bold. On the other hand¿he was also a bit coarse, self-fish, good for little besides playing and sexing it up and was in the middle of his life with little direction as to who he was and what he wanted in life. Both Eleanor and Valentine were simply going through the motions of life until they finally ¿saw¿ each other for who they really were as people. In that spark of real interest and attraction, they slowly began to change each other into better people and in turn, themselves. They complimented one another well and that allowed their good points to shine and their drawbacks to be minimized. Eleanors wish to become a woman of the world and full of spirit via ¿adventures¿ was a good idea but, a bit weak in this book. I¿ve seen other writers put their heroines on journeys of adventure and discovery that were much more interesting and believable than this. So¿nice idea, just dull development. The intimacy scenes between Eleanor and Valentine were fine. I didn¿t find anything in their coming together that put fireworks in the sky or bedroom. Their attraction and appeal to one another was real enough, I just wished for more ¿sizzle¿ between the two. All the brothers Griffin (Sebastian, Charlemagne (Shay) and Zachary) were interesting. They were highly protective of their sister and it showed. It was nice to see siblings caring about one another and they were certainly a loud, boisterous and interesting group of guys. As many other readers noted, perhaps we will see their stories in the future. Even though I nit picked on a few things that weren¿t great in this book, I would still recommend this author for casual regency romance reading. She has a light but, historical touch and her books always please. Characters, plots and story lines are appealing for the general reader. I gave 3 ½ stars not quite 4 or 5 but, still good. Do enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very immature.....by trying to make mature decisions and still have a little fun, Eleanor made herself seem like a brat. Also,too much thinkibg back and forth between characters and slow for action...first book by this author and couldnt get past the third chapter.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, the characters are pleasing with a good sense of humor. I am sure you will find the book to be worth your time.
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Kimmico More than 1 year ago
You know a romance book is good when it starts with a scandalous act in the first sentence. My favorite part about the book is how well the characters are written and so defined in depth.
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