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Sweet Enemy: A Veiled Seduction Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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"In the first in the Veiled Seduction series, newcomer Snow makes a mark on the genre...The plot, with its tinge of mystery, matchmaking and a bit of mayhem, will warm readers' hearts." ~ RTBookReviews 4 stars
~ Romantic Crush Junkies, 5 Quills
~ Book Reading Gals, A+
Praise for the novels of Heather Snow:
“Heather Snow combines sizzling tension, witty dialogue, and achingly raw emotions for a passionate love story you’ll remember long after the last page.”—Kathryn Smith, USA Today Bestselling Author
“Historical intrigue and heart-pounding passion make Sweet Enemy a great read. Romance fans will love it.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Garwood
About the Author
Heather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she liked creating chemistry on the page rather than in the lab. She is forever trying to wrangle her left and right brain to work together (some days with more success than others!), but if her two sides had to duke it out, left would win every time--which can be a creative challenge. Luckily, she loves challenges...she just goes about solving them analytically.
She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys, a new puppy and one very put upon cat...
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The Hero, Geoffrey Wentworth. Earl of Stratford, has been called to his country estate for an "emergency". The emergency being that his manipulative mother has staged a house party, with invitations written by him, in order to find him a wife. Included among the invited guests are several politically powerful men that he doesn't dare snub, so he is well and truly trapped.
Liliana and Geoffrey begin interacting as she searches for clues to her father's death, sure that the Wentworth family is involved. Geoffrey initially believes that Liliana is there with the sole intention of trapping him into marriage, but soon realizes his mistake. Liliana is a very different kind of woman ~ intelligent, focused, and determined. This was a nice change for me, as so many of these books about a "girl scientist" or "bluestocking" basically slap a pair of spectacles on the heroine but never show her having any real intelligence or even common sense. Not so with Liliana. Her intelligence is shown throughout the book, even as she realizes that some of her actions are manipulative and not above-board. As she develops feelings for the H, her sense of guilt grows, but she continues her quest. Meanwhile, Geoffrey is enjoying her company, never realizing her real agenda. Of course, the time comes that everything begins to unravel, trust is violated, a murder (or two!) need solving, blackmail, treason, and a political career is at stake. A surprise twist or two, then the H and h have to sort themselves out.
This book bogged down in the middle with pages of unnecessary sexual tomfoolery, committed under the dubious guise of "scientific exploration" *sigh* Boring, added very little to the story, and just felt like "filler" ~ I skimmed over it. A few anachronisms along the way, but not too many. I enjoyed this story enough that I downloaded the next in this connected series.
A heroine who is a chemist is a nice change. The writing is solid and has been proofread. And--hooray!-- the person who designed the cover actually read the book! There is Lilianna, doing some sleuthing while wearing her dark blue dress.
But much of the tale is based on mysteries, with the unknown villain quite obvious to the reader, if not to the H and h.
And, there is the dreaded Big Misunderstanding, bringing chapters of tears and recriminations, which a little honest conversation could have prevented.
Liliana, we are told, is a scientist and breaks down problems into small parts. Her introduction to sexual matters is treated the same way. Each "element" of foreplay is introduced and examined until, what seemed like weeks later, the couple finally couples.
Chemistry facts and inside jokes appear here and there. As Liliana points out, a chemist must be worth her sodium chloride. The author obviously has a sense of humor. I wish she would put it on display more often so readers can quit trying to take the story, angst and occasional lapses in logic seriously. Instead, they could take it with a pinch of that sodium chloride.