Okay, it’s Valentine’s Day. So, I’m taking a look at a couple of books who have characters named Valentine. The first is Valentine Corbett, Marquis of Deverill from Sin and Sensibility by Suzanne Enoch. This book is part of the “Griffin Family” series.
Sin and Sensibility by Suzanne Enoch; An Avon Romantic Treasure Book; Copyright December 2004; ISBN 0-06-054325-6
Book Blurb: 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.
Plot: Young Ladies Just Want to Have Fun… Unfortunately, Eleanor Griffin has three strapping brothers to frighten away any beau they deem unsuitable. She know she’s expected to marry eventually – probably some staid, crusty, old lord – but until that dary day dawns, Nell intends to enjoy herself. However, the Duke of Melbourne isn’t about to let his sister run completely wild, and he asks his best friend, the Marquis of Deverill, to keep a close eye on the spirited lovely.
Could any chaperone be less qualified – yet, more appreciated – than Valentine Corbett? Here is a man as sinful as he is attractive; a notorious rake, gambler, and pursuer of women, whom Nell has fancied since childhood. Alas, the irresistible rogue seems uncharacteristically determined to be honorable, despite the passionate longing in his gaze. And Nell must tread carefully, for she has promised to immediately wed whomever her siblings choose should so much as a hint of scandal arise…
Poor Eleanor has three very overbearing brothers: Charlemagne (Shay), Zachary, and Sebastian (the Duke of Melbourne). Some people who have criticized this book have done so because they saw Eleanor as petulant and spoiled. I, on the other hand, saw her as an adventurous spirit that needed direction. When one considers how restrictive the Regency Period was for women, any woman who demanded her independence could be seen as self-serving. Enoch uses this perception to her advantage in telling this story of the typical rake who is reformed. The “rake” story line is a tried and true element of Regency romances, and Enoch uses it well.
There is no earth shattering moments in this novel. It is simply a well told romance. Its strength lies in the wonderful romantic scenes leading up to Valentine and Eleanor’s coming together, and the wit, humor, and sensuality that fills each of their encounters. Women love the “bad boys,” and I admit to falling in love with Valentine Corbett. He was a charming rascal. So, unlike some who on Amazon left less than a stellar review of this story, I enjoyed this one in the Griffin Family series. In fact, it is Sebastian’s story from the series that I disliked, but we will revisit that novel at a later date.
I give this story 4 out of 5 stars for great romantic scenes.
Ok, I’m putting this on my to be read list but only because I love rakes.
Trust me, Kim, you’ll love it. In fact, I liked all the books in this series except the last one.