Geoffrey Wentworth, a war hero and rising political star, never wanted to be the Earl, but when his brother dies, he knows his duty–take up the responsibility for his family’s estates. His mother’s definition of duty differs from his, however, and can be summed up in one word–heirs. When Geoffrey rushes home to answer her urgent summons, he finds himself host to a house full of women, all vying to become the next Countess of Stratford. But his love is Parliament, where he wields his influence and reputation to better the lives of ex-soldiers, until a tempting houseguest and a secret from his past threaten his freedom…and his heart.
Liliana Claremont, a brilliant chemist, doesn’t want to be any man’s wife, much less a countess. If she had tuppence for every time she’d been told her place was filling the nursery, not experimenting in the laboratory, she could buy the Tower Bridge. However, when she receives a coveted invitation to the Earl’s house party, she trades in her beakers for ball gowns and gladly takes on the guise of husband hunter–for the chance to uncover what the Earl had to do with the murder of her father.
Liliana believes the best way to get the answers she needs is to keep her enemy close, though romance is not part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…
Review: This is the first book in the “Veiled Seduction” series and if the other books in the series are as good as Sweet Enemy is I will enjoy reading them too. I’m beginning to enjoy books that have prologues and epilogues since the first gives a hint of what is to come and the last ties up all the loose ends and hints at the future. Sweet Enemy didn’t disappoint by using that format. There was romance both sweet and not so sweet, mystery, betrayals, intrigue and family dynamics at work throughout. The book kept my attention from beginning to end with a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing and invested in the outcome – some were predictable but many were not. There was a happily ever after that didn’t look possible but was what I was hoping for.
Liliana had a hard exterior since she was a chemist in the 1800’s which went against everything women should be, do or act like. She had also built a wall around her heart after the murder of her father. Geoffrey also steeled his heart against being involved in any scenario or even feeling love. Watching the two of them fight their love which neither recognized and both doubted even when one would tell the other of it was handled smoothly. Their feelings ran the gamut from hate to love, from trust to betrayal along with many others and it was interesting to feel their emotions.
The descriptions of the countryside, the parties, the house and their horseback rides were vivid and made you feel a part of it. I look forward to reading other books in the series as well as other books written by Snow. She will be added to my favorite author’s list.
Favorite Quote: Liliana pressed her lips together in a smile. He may know more about relations, but he couldn’t feel how completely spent she was. And yet, she was intrigued. What if he were correct? She’d never get a chance again to test the theory. “What kind of wager, Major?”