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Review: Sweet Deception by Heather Snow

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Sweet Deception
Author: Heather Snow 
Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012
Publisher: Signet
Veiled Seduction #2
ISBN: #978-0451237606
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Lord Frederick Aveline, otherwise known as Derick, has successfully kept up appearances as an English nobleman. What no one knows is that he’s a full-blooded Frenchman–a double agent for the British against the French. But there is something else no one knows about Derick. Deciding to leave behind his days of espionage, he’s arrived home in Derbyshire to finish one final order of business: to find and expose a dangerous traitor in their midst.
But Aveline Castle holds its own share of secrets–including murder–and an unexpected lure in the brilliant and fiesty Emma Wallingford. Emma’s loyalty lies with acting as the town’s magistrate, and she doesn’t welcome an unanticipated, though appealing, intrusion like Derick’s. As the two of them are drawn closer, the sordid past of Derick’s family comes to light, as does the true nature of his arrival. 
But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love–and every life–is at risk.  
What G & U are talking about:
Sweet Deception is for Gikany and Una, highly anticipated sequel to Ms. Snow’s debut novel Sweet Enemy.  We are happy to say we were not disappointed in the second novel in the Veiled Seduction series.
First, let us just say that Derick and Emma were completely enthralling.  We enjoyed their banter and their romance greatly.  Derick and Emma, each in their own way, suffered from self-doubt and self-esteem issues.  Derick and Emma both grew up being treated, for the most part, as inherently flawed: Emma for being highly intelligent, but female, and Derick having “bad” blood in him (his mother is French and the enemy of England in this time period).  Taking their unorthodox childhoods into account, it is surprisingly satisfying that they are good and decent people.  The differences and similarities between the characters were enriching and it was enjoyable to watch these elements bounce around and intertwine.  
Just as in the previous novel, Sweet Enemy, our heroine is a strong-willed and highly intelligent woman.  She strives to pave her way in a society that devalues her uniqueness.  Emma strives to maintain her position as magistrate of Derbyshire, not only for herself but also for her brother.  Derick’s arrival threatens everything that Emma has worked so hard to establish.  Derick does not anticipate that pesky Emma Wallingford will have blossomed into a unique woman, one who is able to easily get through all his defenses.  What makes this novel so enjoyable is Emma’s lack of self-awareness and her lack of common sense and/or interpersonal skills.  Her dialogue is at times just too funny, especially considering the time period.  Derick never could have imagined what Emma would stir up within him or that she could free him from his self-imposed prison.
The mystery of the murder and traitor was very interesting.  Ms. Snow wove an intricate web and although some clues were a bit obvious, Una was still a bit surprised by the villain.  However, what is the most gripping is how expertly the romance between Emma and Derick was intertwined seamless within the plot of the mystery.  The pages simultaneously felt as if they flew by and yet, there was still more.  Never had Una wanted to hide in a cave and just read as much as she did Sweet Deception.  
As the title proclaims, everyone, it seems, was hiding a secret.  However, some secrets were more vital and dangerous than others.  This is an element we really do enjoy with Ms. Snow’s series so far.  The title not only gives a glimpse of the storyline, but also is in some ways the overall theme.  This simple observation is just another nifty tidbit of the series. 
The next novel is Sweet Madness and it just cannot be published quickly enough. If you haven’t yet picked up the Veiled Seduction series, please go out and pick it up.  As for Gikany and Una, we cannot wait until Sweet Madness is out.  
Their Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)


Purchase Info:
Sweet Deception (Book 2)

Reviews in the Series:
Sweet Enemy (Book 1) 

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10905574606129534214 erin

    Thanks for a great review! I loved Sweet Enemy and I just got this book. Waiting for the weekend so I can start reading :)

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