by Suzanne Enoch

December 2005
ISBN: 0-06-054327-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lord Zachary is the youngest Griffin brother. Charming and successful with the ladies. However, he’s not happy. With no aspirations, no grand future, he feels restricted by his older brother. His latest idea is to join the army, but first he’s to escort his aunt to Bath. While there his aunt takes him to visit one of her dearest friends. Besieged by seven young women, six out for marriage, he turns to the one who needs him to help fulfil her goal in life.

Caroline Witfeld doesn’t want marriage. All she wants is to paint. Her family is willing to support her, but only if she starts an apprenticeship soon, otherwise she will have to either get married or find a position as a governess. All she needs is to paint a portrait of an aristocrat and she’ll be off to Vienna. Lucky for her that their new houseguest is not only titled, but beautiful to look at.

The second in the Griffin series is just as much a delight as its predecessor. It is the hero’s journey that is so satisfying. It’s Zachary’s growth as a person, him taking on responsibility, and the way he goes about to earn Caroline’s trust and respect that captured my heart. I liked how he treated every single one of her sisters with consideration, patience and charm, no matter how underhanded and scheming they acted. I loved Zachary for his admiration for Caroline’s talent, her goals, her character. Whenever they are together you can feel the attraction, but it was when he declared himself that I forgot to breath.

The secondary characters might be a little overwhelming and the story is not all that original, but Caroline and Zachary are wonderful! An Invitation to Sin made me laugh, sigh, and cry. Suzanne Enoch’s latest release found a place on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Kris Alice.

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