In the first in the Veiled Seduction series, newcomer Snow makes a mark on the genre. Her characters may be 18th century, but their sensibilities are modern. The plot, with its tinge of mystery, matchmaking and a bit of mayhem, will warm readers’ hearts.

Liliana Claremont isn’t interested in marriage. As a chemist her goal is to work in a lab, not a ballroom. But an invitation to a party given by the newly minted Earl of Stratford, Geoffrey Wentworth, is irresistible. This is her chance to discover how the earl is connected to her father’s murder. War hero Geoffrey also does not want to wed, but his mother hopes to find him a bride. He comes home to a house party filled with marriage-minded women. Though she’s not scheming to win Geoffrey, Liliana realizes she must keep her enemy close; with one kiss the chemistry between them is perfect. Will Geoffrey’s past secrets hold a key to her father’s last words, and is there a way for their love to blossom into marriage? (SIGNET Eclipse, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin