Author: Heather Snow
Series: Book #2 in the Veiled Seduction series
Release Date: 7 August 2012
Number of pages: 384 pages
Source: ebook provided by publisher through NetGalley
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Grade: 4.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: In the dark, the greatest lover can become the most dangerous conspirator...
Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love.
But when deception is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love--and every life--is at risk.
The barrage of today’s revelations was almost too much for her to bear. So many pieces, memories, and thoughts seemed to make a new kind of sense now and yet make no sense at all. It was as if she’d been looking at Derick through a kaleidoscope that blurred his edges, but it hadn’t mattered because he’d been such a beautiful, dazzling thing. But now, with a turn of the wrist, the lenses had aligned and he’d come suddenly into sharp, stark view with all of his faults on display. And she found him even more beautiful.
“Poor darling,” he murmured. “You have no idea how desirable you are, do you?” Her eyes squinted her disbelief, but never left his. By God, he wasn’t letting her off of his lap until she was convinced. “When I first saw you again, Emma, you . . .” He struggled for the right word. “You captured me. You’ve grown into the kind of woman men fantasize about.” Emma snorted. “Oh, don’t doubt it.” He unlaced his fingers, bringing one hand to her face. “Your lips are full, yet delicately bowed.” He gently rubbed his thumb across them and they parted on a breathy intake.“They beg to be kissed.” He cupped her face more fully, his thumb continuing its foray. “Your cheekbones are high and strong, your nose pert and adorable and your eyes . . . Your eyes, Emma, swim with a thousand different thoughts, secrets, memories.” He lost himself in their amber depths for a long moment before murmuring, “When a man looks into them he wants to dive in and explore. Stay a while.” Stay forever.
And once again I’m back where I started: impatiently counting back the days until the release of Book #3, Sweet Madness… *groans*
Cover: 8/10 - suits the story as Emma is often described as wearing green dresses, and I like how this one looks so mysterious with the darker background and flickering candles