Sebastian Griffin, Duke of Melbourne, is being set up to marry Josefina Embry, the Princess of a brand new South American country, Costa Habichuela. I'll try not to give any spoilers, but the Princess plot took over the entire book, as the author had to go into a lot of detail to explain what was happening. My favorite characters were the supporting characters in this book, Sebastian and Josefina didn't do much for me.
This latest by Suzanne Enoch should have been a great read, especially ever since she has written a character such as Sebastian, the Duke of Melbourne. and why always around this page number or so the first sex scenes are written?). The one scene that caught my eye and maybe yours if you decide to read this inept novel is where the heroine actually slaps Duke Seb across the face in a room full of the ton.
I ended up the book feeling pity for the hero, who was a hard-working, scrupulous man who ended up saddled with a selfish, immature, violent woman (who he trusted to bring up his daughter who is supposedly the light of his life but who barely met her new Mama).
CAUTION SPOILER: I disliked Josefina and her parents pulling a con job, selling investor bonds and swamp land in Central America as if it were a paradise. This was too unbelievable for me.
Enoch took what made SS work and discarded what didn't for SOAD. Josefina is sassy as heck, and Sebastian needs someone not afraid to talk to him and look him in the eyes at the same time.
5 stars for the final installment in the Griffin Family series!! Josefina was spinning Sebastion in circles! And he only found himself being more intrigued by her and lusting after her even more-- he had finally found his match, someone who would stand up to him, the Duke of Melbourne, the most powerful man in England, and he found himself going against everything he had ever advised everyone else in his family. I LOVED the character of Sebastion. In all of the other Griffin Family books he annoyed the crap out of me! But, in this book he finally got what he had coming to him and it was great watching how he reacted and even more than that-- the reactions of his siblings! And I loved how true to character they both were; Sebastion still trying to be a rock and stern (even though his insides and his head were spinning!), and Josefina standing up to him, being head-strong and even kicking him in the shins upon him proposing marriage to him! But I also loved that he let it be known that he would always love his first wife but that Josefina had given him something he never thought he would want to find again- love! Songs: For the most part of the book Sebastion's theme song is Right Round by Flo Rida.
I was most anxious for the Duke and Peep's HEA. The one star is because I did not like this story. I'm just mad because I don't like the author's choice of love for this Duke.
I couldn't stand the heroine. In previous books Suzanne Enoch pictured him as one strong, yet emotionally crippled, righteous and wise figure, obsessed with control.
She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun. When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance. channel in the television special Star Wars: The Force Is Back, where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with more air time than George Lucas. In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St. Martins Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels.