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An Invitation to Sin
Suzanne Enoch
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An Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,951 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
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.

ebook, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 29th 2005)
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What makes An Invitation to Sin different from hundreds of other historicals:

1. The heroine is a painter.
2. She has no interest in getting married.
3. The hero falls in love first.
4. The heroine is logical, mature, and self-composed.
5. The hero isn't approaching or in his thirties; at the mere age of 24, he might be one of the youngest HR heroes I've come across so far.
6. The hero isn't a hardened cynic or rake. Yay.
7. The story takes place in the countryside, rather than in the ballrooms of Lon
Jan 08, 2009 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a light or "clean" romance
If you like your romance with a painting back drop this is a cute one. There are some very “fun” and unexpected scenes at one point with the said ‘paint’ ;-) A good story on the whole with strong characters and good writing.

It doesn’t quite make 5 stars because the sexual tension becomes frustrating –the h/h aren’t together enough or they’re apart for long stretches and there are always other people taking up their time with useless things. I’m all for lots of tension with additional story lines
3.5 Sweet Stars

Suzanne Enoch is a wonderful author and this book was very sweet, but for some reason or another I didn't connect with the main characters. And sadly we got to see very little of the Griffin family - so frustrating since the first book didn't have a proper end or an epilogue!
Jun 11, 2016 Flor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ginger-leads
Miss Kim
Nov 25, 2008 Miss Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all historical romance lovers
Recommended to Miss Kim by: continuation of a series
Shelves: 2008, historical
I enjoyed An Invitation to Sin, and I think it is a nice compliment to Sin and Sensibility.

Caroline is the eldest of seven daughters to a farmer in England. She is also aspiring artist. Her dream is not to marry and bear children like her sisters, but to be accepted to a fine art school that will recognize her talents. Since this is definitely out of the ordinary for women to not want to marry, she is often chided by her family and others in town. She learns that she needs to paint a portrait of
Aug 25, 2014 Morena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of her best.
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I was introduced to the Griffin Family in the first book of this series Sin and Sensibility. In their family you have Sebastion the Duke of Melbourne and the oldest son of the family; Charlemagne (Shay) who is the second oldest son; Zachary the third son and Eleanor the Marchioness of Deverill and youngest child and only daughter whose story we read about in the first book. This is Zachary Griffin's story.

Zachary is chaperoning his aunt on a trip to Bath when they take a detour to stay with an o
Oct 04, 2009 Nisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy watching the hero finally growing up
This book reminds me of one of my favorite books, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. The hero, Zachery is an immature, aimless gentleman. Caro, on the other hand, has only one thing in mind: becoming a painter. There is no room for marriage in her plans. Throw in some a half dozen sisters, a cow, lots of paint and you got 'An Invitation to Sin'.

The biggest feature of this book is the maturation of the hero. I know alot of people don't like reading about it in this genre, but I love the hero facing hi
A story was nice, however in my opinion Suzanne Enoch and her editor made one really huge and intolerable slip, namely, in the book it is written that Mona Lisa was painted by Michelangelo!!!! It was painted by LEONARDO DA VINCI!!!!!
Sep 09, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book. Just what I would expect from Ms Enoch.

Zachary Griffin is the younger brother of a wealthy Duke. He is known for not following through on much of anything. He has had projects and ideas and after a short period of time, he lets them drop. Right now, his idea is to join the Army and go to join Wellington at war.

His brother is very afraid that this time he may follow through long enough to get into the Army and be killed.

The plan is to send Zachary to Bath with an elderly aunt
Sep 08, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, owned-books
So funny and so ...well I thought it was great. And I just have to say "I got to go Julia, we have cows!"

Reread 7-7-12: Going through some of my reviews, I realized I had no idea what I meant by this one. So here goes: Lord Zachary is the third brother in the family, his older brother is a duke no less. Because of this or in spite of this, Zach has been trying to find his path (I guess you could call it) and now has decided to join the military. Well the Duke does not like this and decides to di
Lita Bouquard
Zachary who is somewhat mocked by his siblings for being the mail version of "flighty", has a new spur of the moment kick he's on. When he tells his brother the Duke of Melbourne he wants to join the army he is sent a on task with this aunt to Bath. Along the way they stop and visit an old friend of Aunt Tremaine's who has 7 daughters. 6/7 advance upon Zachary with marriage minded determination. Caroline the eldest wants him- for a subject of a painting. She needs to send a portrait of an aristo ...more
Maria Haile
Jul 29, 2012 Maria Haile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series of books about the Griffin family is about the youngest brother, Zachary and Caroline Witfield, a spirited and beautiful artist whose overwhelming ambition is to train at an art academy in Vienna. He is shocked when she insists she does not want to marry(unlike her 5 other sisters) and every other young lady in society! Used to being chased by frivolous and scheming society chits, he is startled and relieved to relax in her company.This is a tender romance of budding fri ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Dancer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Griffin family chronicles were the first of Enoch's book I read. Sebastian, Charlemagne, Zachary, and Eleanor, all are fabulous characters. Zach wants a military commission, but Sebastian, the head of the household, refuses. Instead, Zach is to accompany their Aunt Tremaine to Bath for her gout. They stop to visit with Aunt T's friend, Mrs. Witfield. The Witfields have seven daughters. The oldest is Caroline. She is an artist, and she asks Zach to sit for her. She needs a portrait of someone ...more
Lady Darcie Guenon
Dec 26, 2010 Lady Darcie Guenon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lover
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: Griffin Family #1
Zachary Griffin is a man of many talent he just doesn't seem to stick to one imparticular, until his Aunt drags him to a house filled with seven unmarried daughters. Six of which want to marry but the seventh one has caught his interest.
Carlonie Witfeld has known that she wanted to be a famous painter and when the oppurtunity has arised to work at a studio Caro will stop at nothing to gain it except trying to find an Aristocat to draw but when Zachary shows up it looks like the tables have turne
Jan 03, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suzanne-enoch, own
I liked this book, wish there was more interaction between H&h though. They did have some good sexual chemistry, but there was so much family involved. The herione, Caroline, seems to have tunnel vision when it came to her goal and she got a bit on my nerves in this fact. I liked that Zachary had a temper and was willing to let it show, but a time or two he came off a bit childish. That being said I think that's how is character was supposed to appear being the 3rd son and youngest, he was s ...more
Mary Kathryn
So this book was almost a five star book however Caroline was really getting on my nerves towards the end of the book. But I stilled loved the book. I really like the Griffin family! I thought the end was fitting a little sudden but they are in the next book so I didn't mind so much. I loved how Caroline reacted the first time she saw Zachary with his shirt off! How she was trying to act all composed but she wasn't. I also loved all of her sisters and how they all acted with Zachary and then whe ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Enoch deserves better covers.

This cover makes NO SENSE, is ugly, has nothing whatsoever to do with the story, and I bet it's deterred people from picking up this book, which is a shame, because the story is so great and interesting and romantic and full of unexpected moments.

Could you even tell that the love story is between a painter and a nobleman judging by this cover? I mean, really. I just can't.
Oct 15, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters: Painter, Feckless third son
World Building: Portraiture, Cattle breeding
Plot: Largely internal. Waiting to hear about an opportunity. Sisters with matrimonial plans.
Sex: Medium.

I should know better than to start an Enoch novel when I have things to do. I sat down and read it cover to cover.
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Jan 30, 2017 Zorana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pamela Shropshire
Sep 15, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is the 2nd book in the Griffin family series and is about the youngest son, Zachary.

Zachary has decided he wants to join the Army. Sebastian, the Duke, orders him to accompany their aunt to Bath. The Duke prevails. Aunt makes a detour to visit an old friend in Wiltshire, an old friend who just happens to have 7 eligible daughters.

The eldest daughter, Caroline, is a painter. Her only ambition in life is to be accepted by a studio and learn more and become a famous portraitist. She has applie
Aug 25, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Enoch's "An Invitation to Sin" was another miss for me from the "Griffin Family". I am considering dropping this series all-together since I do not find myself liking any of the siblings who have been featured in the books. Their romantic counterparts aren't much better off, either.

Now that Eleanor is happily married, the next youngest sibling Zachary suddenly finds himself with free time on his hands. Being the spare's spare, he tries to add meaning to his life by pursuing various proje
Apr 06, 2012 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was a re-read. This is the second book about the Griffin siblings and it's about Zach, the youngest brother who has been accused of flitting from one thing to another with no solid goal in life. When his latest interest is to join the army to fight Bonaparte, his brother, the Duke of Melbourne sent him off to do escort duty for their aunt to Bath.

On the way, his aunt decided to stop and visit her old school friend in remote countryside who happens to have 7 daughters of marriageable age!

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I'm rather annoyed with Caroline in the end. And the ending is not satisfying enough for me. They just met and made love then when Zachary proposed her for the nth time she finally said yes. AFTER he assured her that he wouldn't let her stop her painting. What the heck, Caroline is supposedly an intelligent woman, isn't she? Then why she couldn't know that Zachary wouldn't be in her way when he "proposed" in the first time? That would avoid the whole drama. If I were Zachary, I wouldn't make it ...more
Dec 21, 2007 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regency fans who don't nitpick
Caroline's single-mindedness made the development of an all-consuming love story pretty unbelievable. I saw Zachary's character progression a lot more clearly. Indeed, the whole book was about how Zachary developed into a responsible adult, whereas Caro's big transformative "hey, maybe painting isn't the end-all" moment happened offscreen in one of those "some time later" bits. Also, the Big Moment when she decided to sleep with him instead of argue with him also zoomed past me. It might have be ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Patria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suzanne-enoch
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Jun 20, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Lord Zachary is the duke of Melbourne's brother - the same overbearing duke from Sin & Sensibility - and it turns out his sister Eleanor wasn't the only one feeling misunderstood and smothered by the rest of the Griffin family. Zach tends to start lots of projects and then get bored... So when he gets it into his head to join the military, a ducal intervention sends him off to accompany his aunt to Bath, hoping he'll forget about his plans as soon as another idea comes around.

Zach and his a
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Caroline is the oldest of a thousand sisters, and to escape the madness she finds solace—and a real talent—for portraiture. To gain acceptance to an art school in Italy, she needs to paint a member of the aristocracy. And, lo! Her mother’s good friend stops by with her dashing nephew in tow. Each one of her sisters clamor for his attention, and she can’t help but study the man…for artistic purposes, only.

Caroline is smart, innocent, and a delightful combination o
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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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Other Books in the Series

Griffin Family (4 books)
  • Sin and Sensibility (Griffin Family, #1)
  • Something Sinful (Griffin Family, #3)
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