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Sweet Enemy

(Veiled Seduction #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,793 ratings  ·  263 reviews
Geoffrey Wentworth, the Earl of Stratford, is a war hero focused on affairs of king and country rather than affairs of the heart. Nevertheless, his mother is playing matchmaker and has invited potential brides to visit the family estate. Geoffrey resigns himself to playing host to a gaggle of husband-hunters more interested in his title than in him—until he unexpectedly me ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Signet Eclipse (first published February 1st 2012)
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Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The short and quite incoherent sum of my first impressions:

Wow wow wow. I lack the words as I'm still under the story's spell to tell you eloquently what an amazing novel this is. The writing is exquisite, the characters well fleshed out, three-dimensional and interesting, the love story is fresh and beautiful.

A stellar debut for Heather Snow, I'm already counting back the days until I can read her next novel!

And my detailed review:

I still remember every small detail about that time I read Swee
Lady Wesley
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bluestocking
I love house party Regencies, and the majority of this book takes place during a house party organized by the hero's mother in an effort to force him to take a bride. That, however, is where the cliche ends. This amazing first-time author proceeds to take several Regency tropes, twist them around, and produce an entertaining romantic suspense story.

Highly recommended.

2 June 2013
Un-oh, boys and girls. I still love this book, but my inner Inigo Montoya noticed the following howlers:
*And when he’d
A fun 3.5 stars.
This was a lovely read with interesting characters and a murder mystery thrown in. I especially liked the science blue-stocking Liliana and all the chemistry/botany references. The hero, Geoffrey (sorry, but such an UNromantic name! Reminds me of the headmistress in the St Trinian's movie when she is talking to Colin Firth's character, also called Geoffrey. The headmistress is Rupert Everett in drag!) is a good man and it really is very much a romance of equals, a lovely change f
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Liliana Claremont is a rather unusual lady for her day and age. Unmarried at twenty four, with no intention of marrying, she lives alone in her own home following the death of her father and she continues his work as a chemist. Liliana believes her father was murdered and she means to find who did it.When she discovers letters from a anonymous person with a noble seal on the envelope, the Wentworth seal, Liliana must figure out how to investigate.

Geoffrey Wentworth, the Earl of Stratford shares
Dnf at 22%, so no rating. Totally my fault, not the book's!

There's really nothing wrong with this book (aside from that cover). There were meddling relatives, a mystery to be solved (which I personally didn't care for one bit), deep dark secrets, insta-lust, a house party with silly games... Basically everything I hate so clearly this is not the book for me ^^ Maybe I'll pick this back up when I'm more in the mood for some adorable silliness
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance, mystery romance
This rating is really a 3.5, and I debated for some time if it should be a little higher because the story was definitely interesting. Regency romance has become increasingly homogeneous in recent years, and it has become difficult to find stories that feel original. This is what attracted me to this novel: The mystery at the heart of the novel is based in true events and is solved in a way that makes sense for 1817.

Liliana Claremont has just discovered that her father's murder a decade prior w
SOS Aloha
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.- Margaret Thatcher

Regency romance is my favorite genre but it is also the most crowded. As readers scream for diverse characters in exotic locales, debut author Heather Snow embraces the “bread and butter” – a house party. SWEET EMENY delivers a house party like no other with its obvious marriage mart, informal political alignments, and even a medieval revival! But it is the things
I've given this a C- for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals

Heather Snow’s début novel, Sweet Enemy, was originally published in 2012 and is the first in her Veiled Seduction trilogy of historical romances featuring smart, scientifically minded heroines. I remember reading and very much enjoying the third book, Sweet Madness, but I haven’t managed to get around to reading the other two books, so I was delighted when Sweet Enemy popped up at Audible and immediately requested a review copy
Mary Gramlich
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SWEET ENEMY by Heather Snow
02/12 - Penguin Group - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

What does one do when the objective they set in life is changed?

Liliana Claremont has a clear and concise way of handling problems and living her life. After her father’s death she choose to live frugally allowing her to pursue his interests in chemistry without a husband. Geoffrey Wentworth, the Earl of Stratford is of the same mindset and the last thing he wants is to be married.

Geoffrey’s mother and Liliana’s a
Head in the clouds
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this HR - except it is so very typically HR. It ticks all the boxes but for me was not special and did not stand out.

Le sign. Sometimes it feels like I have read all the great HRs - and am left wading in the mediocore; which is why I often find myself re-reading my favourites.

Nevertheless - this is a sweet love story with an okay mystery. Geoffrey was actually a very nice hero - not a rake, not a jerk, haunted by bad experiences but not really tortured -
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read by this author

Pretty good read but not something I will read again. It held my interest, and I will prob read next book in series.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent debut novel. Loved both of the main characters, especially the heroine, and the plot was highly original and well-executed. Even the final crisis (there's always one in these books) was believable and fit with the story. I don't usually appreciate mysteries and suspense in the romance books I read, but this one worked well and kept my attention completely.

I also really liked the depiction of the heroine as intelligent, strong-minded and dedicated to her "life's work", as she put it. T
Linda Kage
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great historical romance with plenty of romance, intrigue and chemistry...all kinds of chemistry!!! I love it when a hero or heroine is ready to sacrifice everything they've worked for in the story all for the name of love. So sweet. Great characters, great one-liners, great mystery to solve.

And I was ready to read Aveline's story from his first line. Thank goodness he's the hero of book two in the series.
Lisa Lin
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
For full review including excerpt and dialogue highlight, please visit Reader's Edyn:

As you all may have noticed, I have been on a historical romance kick lately. I love HR! Started with HR, will always go back to HR. It is my favorite of all genres. But what I have noticed most about the recent HR reads I have been rabidly reading through is that I have very much enjoyed them all. I mean, seriously. When reading multiple books, you would expect to find something that
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
“She turned her head to him then. Her face was as cool as the sea off Cornwall, yet her eyes blazed purple fire. "No, thank you, my Lord", she said bitingly. "I find I no longer care for your library, or anything in it.”

I love this book. I think I really like this book is because of the female lead Liliana's. Her independence, intelligence and bravery drawn to me. In such settings, to get a powerful female lead is amazing.

I love the romance of the book, it is sweet and fluttering. I like how we
I plucked this books randomly off a shelf of a used book store and it was such a good find. I fell hard for this couple and the situations they were put into. You are immediately dropped into the action and I appreciated that.

I liked Lilianna's independence and her intelligence. I thought the chemistry part was an interesting twist to it; it was fascinating to see it in that time period. Basically I just fell in love with the couple and then even more so, I was anxious to see how the mystery unf
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I just can't get into this one! I've tried multiple times but it just isn't happening! ...more
Hannah Fielding
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is the debut novel from Heather Snow and I am very impressed. This novel has all of the usual things we associate with, and love about, historical romance – society rules, nobility and titles, balls, dresses, romance and fluttering hearts. But what makes it stand out is the crossover element, adding a touch of mystery and danger that keeps the plot moving forward quickly and making the book a real page-turner.

Added to that is the fabulous heroine, Liliana, who is not the usual lady of
Lover of Romance
Geoffrey, the Earl of Stratford, is a military man, and ever since the war ended, has been looking for a way to get a bill passed, that would allow those brave soldiers to find jobs and have a safe place to live other than the streets. When he learns that his mother has planned a country house party, under his name, to find him a bride…he is furious. He refuses to marry yet, there is so much he needs to do and the last thing he needs is a woman he could never love or trust. Liliana Claremont, de ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This debut from Heather Snow was exceptionally written and I just fell in love with the characters from the beginning. Both had lost the fathers at young ages and had closed off their hearts after their losses. They both have the same view on marriage and both vowing to never open their hearts to love.

Liliana and Geoffrey are both wonderful characters.

Liliana is a wonderfully smart and talented lady scientist, a chemist to be exact. She is intelligent and always wondering about experiments and
Jenni Ebba
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this novel through Goodreads First Reads! Thank you to the people at Penguin.
Of course I love me some historical romance and Sweet Enemy is an awesome one to add to anyone's book collection. This novel had all the greats; great character development, great plot, and great setting! Heather Snow's writing is truly compelling and makes you feel what the characters feel.
The story is about a girl, Liliana, who is older than the average age to get married (24). Her late father was a respecte
Julie Barrett
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow
Liliana had found some old letters behind the book shelves when she returned from asking others to help with the robbery at her home. The
letters didn't make sense to her but it reminded her of her father's dying words. Given the only clue was the wax seal on the
bundle of letters that'd be a good place to start her search for the answer to who murdered her father. It was just by chance she and her aunt and cousin
got an invite to go to the place where the seal came from.
Ashley Chen
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOOOOVEEDDD this book! Before I started the book, I fell for the premise of the book. I am a fan of science and when Heather contacted me, I was super excited! I have no idea why it took so long for me to review!

Yeah, have you ever read a book that everything was perfect? I love how adventurous Liliana was and she was not the stupid girl who week adventure. You know what I am talking about, she is not the girl that you shout at the page "NO! Why would you do that! That is just so stupid!". Lil
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice firt half, then the revenge plot took precedence and it went meh for me. That's why I'm not a fan of revenge HRs.

I did like our otp. At least for the first half while they were falling in love and not being self sacrificing idiots. Its also always interesing when HR show us women pursuing things like science or medicine, that were a men's thing back then. Its so normal for us now, but back then it was unheard of. Thats another reason why the book is getting 3 and not 2 stars. I do admit it
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Romance
Heather Snow's "Sweet Enemy" is a lovely romance that will make you smile. The hero and the heroine are very likable and make a nice couple. All of the typical romance cliches are present: intense attraction, murder, mystery, deceit, lack of trust, redemption, and true love overcoming adversity. However, the story moved quickly and the cliches of the romantic novel were pushed to the wayside because the characters were so entertaining and endearing. I recommend it, and I will be purchasing her s ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Geoffrey, the Earl of Straford is a war hero who takes his responsibilities very seriously. Miss Liliana Claremont, a young woman focused on a career rather than marriage comes into Geoffrey's life. She believes that Geoffrey's father murdered her father. There is witty dialogue, mystery, suspense, and a lot of sexual tension between Liliana and Geoffrey that keeps the story moving pretty quickly. I found this an excellent read and look forward to reading more from Heather Snow. ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just happened upon this book at Walmart and was intrigued by the back blurb, so I bought it. I absolutely loved this!! I loved both Liliana and Geoffrey and thought their romance was great. I thought their actions and reactions were very credible. Sometimes romance novels tend to be overwrought with the characters reacting in extremes and I didn't find that in this book. I thought the ending was great!! ...more
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Heather Snow is an award winning historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who found she much preferred creating chemistry on the page, rather than in the lab. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys and one very put upon cat. She loves to hear from readers, and can be reached at

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Veiled Seduction (3 books)
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“She turned her head to him then. Her face was as cool as the sea off Cornwall, yet her eyes blazed purple fire. "No, thank you, my Lord", she said bitingly. "I find I no longer care for your library, or anything in it.” 6 likes
“Damned woman.
Ever since she’d dropped into his
arms last night, he’d been tied in knots. On one hand, desire gripped him. On the other, the need to turn her over his knee until she admitted it was the same for her rode him.
On the third hand, if he had a third hand, lay the question of who she
was. Why had he never seen her out in
society? But more important, why was he
so conflicted over this rude, irritating
Hell, that was like five hands. He’d
have to be Kali to decipher his response
to Liliana Claremont.

Geoffrey Wentworth, Earl of Stratford”
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