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Sin And Sensibility (Griffin Family #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,018 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Young Ladies Just Want To Have Fun . . . Unfortunately Eleanor Griffin has three strapping brothers to frighten away any beau they deem unsuitable. She knows she' s expected to marry eventually -- probably to some staid, crusty old lord -- but until that dark day dawns, Nell intends to enjoy herself. However, brother Sebastian, Duke of Melbourne, isn't about to let his sis ...more
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Published March 1st 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published December 28th 2004)
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May 09, 2011 Mariel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: coughs coughs
Recommended to Mariel by: coughs coughs
If there's highbrow and lowbrow taste I suspect I'm a crazy circus freak unibrow (what's the other kind? Tortured artist unibrow?). Backstory! So last night I was feeling the kinda low that's me forgetting lows from times past and feeling all nostalgic and shit for those other bad times. "What was I doing this time last year? Awwww, wasn't I sweet?" Holy bad idea, Batman. Weird kabuki romance in a perverted Jean Genet way of historical romance reading (just say voyeur, Mariel. Not wish fullfillm ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tammy/ Readers who like a good bad boy story
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Kayleigh Jamison
Valentine Corbett –good Lord this man will have your heart skipping 10 beats in a row –he is that good !

The writing is spot on regency, Eleanor’s domineering older brothers are just perfect and there’s this one sex scene that’s easily one of THE best I’ve ever read. So perfect that you’ll have your hand on your heart going OMG, OMG (or at least I did anyway—lol!) The sexual tension is very well-done and the first 3 pages will have you doing a reread at least twice to make sure you’re understand
Mar 25, 2016 Zoe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me and Eleanor-boycotting star.

I despise a childish female. A bored aristocratic woman seeking adventure and freedom because she had too much time and money, that's Eleanor. I cannot tolerate such women. I wanted to tell her to do something with her life. I have a huge problem with such heroines who dream of "adventures". Seriously woman you have got too much time if your biggest problem is that your life is too boring. From where I see it, their biggest problem is

5 Sparkling Stars

This book was such a hit for me! It had everything: an interesting, relatable and pretty cool heroine, a delectable and swoony hero, an adorable family with three overprotective brothers, a sparkling setting in regency London and an amazing plot. I couldn't put it down while at the same time I wanted to stretch out this amazing read and never finish it.

And I found this gem in the middle of a reading slump and was totally enchanted from the first page. I was dead tired when I pi
Miss Kim
Dec 02, 2008 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eastofoz
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Julie Garwood fans, historical romance lovers
Shelves: 2008, historical
I have another author to add to my favorites list with Suzanne Enoch. It has been some time since I have read a historical, and this was the perfect one to jump back in.

Eleanor Griffin is a daughter of privilege in London England. She has three older and very protective brothers. Her brother Sebastian is the Duke of Mellbourne, and takes care of the family since their parents’ death. Sebastian is determined to arrange a marriage between Eleanor and an approved suitor that will be a good match wi
The first time I read this book I gave it four stars, I reread it and gave it 5 stars!!

From the cover:
Young ladies just want to have fun…
Unfortunately Eleanor Griffin has three strapping brothers to frighten away any beau they deem unsuitable. She knows she’s expected to marry eventually-- probably to some staid, crusty old lord--but until that dark day dawns, Nell intends to enjoy herself. However, brother Sebastian, Duke of Melbourne, isn’t about to let his sister run completely wild, and asks
The blurb sounds interesting but the vapid stupidity of the heroine makes this book unreadable. The trouble starts from the very beginning when the brothers come off as bullies instead of protective but the heroine's entitled TSTL behavior shows that she is indeed incapable of making her own decisions.

She lies, cries at a drop of hat, whines, gets caught in a compromising position out of sheer STUPIDITY! and has to be rescued by the hero and is simply completely brainless twit. I'm supposed to
*Mild spoilers. Character spoilers only, not plot spoilers, hence I'm not hiding the entire review. Don't wanna know? Skip it.*

Abandoning this. At least for now. I'm reading it as an ebook, and I'm currently on page 51/198. At the end of chapter 6.

To be honest, this has been sitting open, unread, for about five hours. I only made it to page 51 through sheer masochistic force of will.

Lady Eleanor is a brat. Not only is she a brat, but she's an idiot. Not only is she the dictionary definition of T
Aww! This was simply wonderful. I completely fell in love with the characters and their story. Really looking forward to the sequels! 4.4/5 stars
Dec 16, 2015 Julianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance Who Don't Mind Rough around the Edges Heroes
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"3.5 stars" Sin and Sensibility was my first read by Suzanne Enoch and the first in her Griffin Family series. Ms. Enoch has long been on my TBR list, so I was really looking forward to trying her work. However, this first foray into her writing left me with very mixed feelings. First, I thought the plot could have been better constructed. It took a really long time for things to get moving. Eleanor takes what seems like forever to make up her mind as to exactly what her
1.5 stars

I feel like if I've read this when I first got into HRs, I might have liked it much better but unfortunately, I've met with way too many truly headstrong heroines with an actual brain, so Eleanor just comes off as an insipid, whiny spoilt brat. Case in point: When the Duke Was Wicked, The Suffragette Scandal

Eleanor constantly whines about wanting independence and that her brothers were being way too protective of her but the minute she gets what she wants, she goes off, makes a stupid d
Carol Storm
I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Enoch's contemporary books, especially FLIRTING WITH DANGER, DON'T LOOK DOWN, and the rest of the Rick and Samantha series. I was prepared to not enjoy her Regencies as much, but even so, this book really didn't work for me.

How can you tell when a Regency author hates Regencies? When she has a heroine who calls herself a "chit." That's a negative word denoting a stupid, shallow young girl, and a word no Regency heroine would EVER use about herself. Elinor Griffin finds
My review / What I learned from this book:

What I learned from this book is that I dislike books where the heroine gets herself in a multitude of silly scrapes with no serious reason and the hero has to save her from them and herself.

In this particular book I empathized with her family who kept asking the heroine why she made her "revolution", what she hoped to accomplish with it and what exactly her "revolution" consisted of besides a new wardrobe and making her brothers sick with worry. By the
This is one of those regencies where the hero is the rich rake used to getting whatever he wants all the time. He falls for his best friends little sister which has the air of the forbidden.

I would have given this three stars because I'm not super fond of books where the womanizer falls in love and spends the whole time denying his feelings until he finally "gives in" and "surrenders" to them.

That said, the last fifth of the book was very lovely, exciting, and romantic and was a great ending! Th
Aug 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
At the age of 21, Eleanor Griffin has decided that she needs freedom from her three older, overbearing brothers. She wants to do what she wants, say what she wants, choose her own husband, choose her own wardrobe, and have "an adventure". Unwilling to give her too much freedom, her oldest brother enlists his friend Valentine Corbett to keep an eye on her.

The storyline of this book was pretty weak for me. I often found my mind wandering and had to re-read pages, especially during the first third
Feb 02, 2015 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a rare book that can somehow pull off making me hate the characters and still enjoy the story. Sin and Sensibility is one such rare book. Valentine is an enormous playboy with low morals and little care for others. Eleanor is a stupid, entitled brat willing to take risks that could harm her family simply out of spite. Despite these character traits that I abhor, I still enjoyed reading the story. While I would not want to be friends with either Eleanor or Valentine, they were truly perfect ...more
Lover of Romance
Eleanor feels supressed by her three brothers, and just wants to have fun and dislikes all the restrictions that are placed on her, and feels that her brothers don't really care for what she wants in her life. So she comes up with a agreement for her to play out her independent nature as long as it doesn't end in scandal. Valentine Corbette is a rogue in every way will be asked by his friend to watch over Eleanor and keep her away from any chance to be involved in any sort of scandal. Valentine ...more
Juliana Philippa
(3.5 stars) Sin and Sensibility, the first book in Enoch's Griffin Family Series, is a fun read with great leading - and supporting - characters. The premise for the book, or rather what propels the H&H to interact and develop a relationship, was not very strong and didn't make much sense and as much as I didn't want it to, this kind of detracted from my enjoyment of the story. No one reads historical romances in order to be swamped in reality - quite the reverse, actually - however there's ...more
Wow. This is such a great rake-reformation romance. Valentine is really a rake, considering the first few pages of the book. He changes nicely by the end. Nell is a little more naive, feeling a bit overprotected, she declares her independence from her older brothers. This is especially cute, since I feel like she was very easy to relate to and is the perfect mix of childishness and womanhood.

All the brothers are great, so is the scandals, and interactions between the H/H. There is no love/hate
A beautiful love story, although I must say that I expected more, but it is still a beautiful story. Well, I want to read the rest of the series. :)
Dec 26, 2008 Dancer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites from the Griffin family series. I absolutely loved the character of Valentine Corbett. He was the perfect Regency rake turned hero. His attraction to Eleanor is funny and endearing, simply because he has always seen her as Charlemagne's little sister. Then all at once she is no longer a little girl but a woman. When others in her family cannot understand why she rebels against the family's position in society, it is Valentine who deals with the intangibles she desires ...more
Lita Bouquard
Eleanor is tired of being dictated to by her brothers especially Melbourne the Duke. She declares her independence and immediately gets into trouble when he allows her to do what she wants as long as no scandal is attached to her name. Melbourne's best friend Valentine a womanizer and user is asked to keep an eye on Eleanor. He prevents an awful situation from becoming worse and finds he wants to protect Eleanor(Nell). She and Valentine plot together to let her experience adventure. Nell remembe ...more
I'd read this before, and I'm sure I left a review (especially given the crass, non-Enoch-like opening of the chapter). But I guess the GR machine ate it. Anyway. Valentine Corbett. Dude is the only thing that saves this book. He's a great character. Eleanor on the other hand? Oy. She wants an adventure, to be free. Okay, I can go with this. She doesn't know how, though. That's fine. I can understand that, too. The way she expresses her independence? Throwing tantrums left and right and accusing ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Pallavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was willing to read this book even after so many negative reviews and some of them are absolutely correct . Eleanor Griffin is extremely childish and whiny , at one point she was ready to not consider a potential suitor just because her brother approves of him. she sounds and do things like a 15 year old teenage girl. She told Valentine that it is just for one night , then get angry at him for it. but if I play the devil's advocate Victorian age was stifling for a woman. Her childhood she was ...more
Apr 29, 2015 PMHE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine in this book, Eleanor, got on my last nerve. I think the author attempted to betray her as a sympathetic character that just felt stifled and desired the freedom of being a young girl without the rules of society, but it just didn't work for me. Eleanor came across as childish and unrealistic. Her behavior and expectations seemed completely out of touch with the time period of the story. I got really tired of reading about how she was looking for something but didn't know what it was ...more
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Sep 13, 2009 Edna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, well maybe a year ago I would have loved this book. The young headstrong sister in love with her older brother's best friend who happens to be this notorious rake. Blah. The heroine was annoying at times while the hero was tolerable. I did like the Griffin brothers and the duke's daughter Peep. Hopefully their stories are better. 2.5 stars.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Valentine and Eleanor have known each other for years and did not expect to fall in love. With her need for adventure without ruination, and his reckless lifestyle, they were destined to find love in each other. Great read!!
Huma Rashid
Sep 03, 2016 Huma Rashid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction

Reread in July 2013.
Reread March 2016.
Jan 05, 2013 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most po ...more
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“You've gone mad. What's driven you to this nonsense?"
"You have," he snarled. "You, with your pretty gray eyes and your smile and the way you speak your mind. The sound of your laugh, your tears when something makes you sad." He closed his eyes for a moment, trying to imagine anyone else who had ever made him feel the way he did when he was with her. Emptiness looked back at him. There wasn't anyone else. "You're the only woman I've ever… liked.”
“At times Valentine wasn't sure whether he kept Matthews about because of his supreme unctuousness or because he had half a suspicion the valet was trying to kill him.” 0 likes
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