Suzanne Enoch has a gift to create male protagonists that are intelligent, sexy, and interesting as persons. This I have to admit after having read Something Sinful.
Lord Charlemagne "Shay" Griffin first showed himself in Sin And Sensibility, the story of Eleanor, the sister of the three Griffin brothers. I could imagine, after having devoured that morsel, that Ms. Enoch was going to write a book about each of the brothers, too. I wasn't too enthusiastic, because the only one that aroused my interest somewhat was the eldest brother Sebastian, and even he seemed quite stuffy and stiff. Shay was seen to be stubborn and to have a deplorable temper, quite an oaf actually, and that seemed to be about that.
And now, lo and behold, I have read Something Sinful and found myself liking the character. We are not only told that Shay is a person with intelligence, humour, and quite a lot of feelings behind his controlled front; he is allowed to show us these qualities himself. He is twenty-eight years old, and the mixture of a choleric temper, a sound sense of humour, and a stern self-control is in my opinion most interesting, and Ms Enoch has made it believable.
There is a problem with Shay's Lady Sarala Carlisle that occurs quite often in Regency romantic literature: the lady's mentality is too modern, as if someone of us had been picked from the life of the 21st Century and transferred to the Regency period. On the other hand, Sarala is likeable: clever, unmanipulative, honest. I'd like to have her as a friend. I am glad that she can love Shay; I am glad that Shay loves her for who she is, even if she could be quite a pill for many a man's self-esteem. There is something very sympathetic in this couple, even though it is not always obvious what it is.
This book is not one of my absolute favourites, but it was quite a lot more than I expected. I suppose I should have guessed that, after Sin And Sensibility with the delectable and complex Valentine Corbett. I just wonder, might Ms. Enoch be able to think of some more probable names than Melbourne and Hanover in the future?