Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous final mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love. 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.
Hello! Heather Snow here and I am thrilled to be continuing my blog tour for Sweet Deception here at The Jaunty Quills. Thank you for having me back again! What I am doing for this tour is pulling back the curtain of Sweet Deception a bit, sharing a few of my favorite passages from the book each day while letting you in on the thoughts behind them. You can keep up with the stops (or go back and read ones you missed) either on my website or my Facebook page.
This is one of my favorite bits. Up until this point in the book, Derick has been valiantly trying to keep Emma in the dark, not only about his mission, but about himself. Smart girl that she is, she’s worked quite a bit of it out on her own and confronts him, at which point he decides it is prudent to reveal what he can (while controlling what information he gives her). At the end of that conversation…
“You have my word, your secret is safe with me.” She turned to face him at the threshold, waiting as he retrieved her wrap.
Derick returned with the hooded cape, swinging it around Emma’s shoulders.
Her head tilted to the side and her nose scrunched in thought. “One thing still bothers me, though.”
Derick’s gut clenched. He’d known things had gone too easily. He decided to make light, letting his mouth rise in a half smile. “Only one thing?” he asked silkily as his hands settled upon her shoulders.
Emma raised her eyes to the ceiling, in an abbreviated eye roll, before settling them back on him. “I can understand you not wishing your . . . history to be common knowledge. But why do you keep up the pretense of being . . . well, a useless fop? I assume that is one of the personas you’ve used throughout your . . . career. But why use it now? Why not just be yourself?”
Damned smart woman.
He couldn’t very well tell her he’d acted such because he was currently hunting a traitor and had thought it the best way to proceed, now could he? He searched for an answer. And then the words just came, and they were the most honest words he’d ever said.
“I’ve been pretending to be someone else my entire adult life, Emma,” he murmured, swallowing against the sudden scratching in his throat. “I couldn’t tell you who I truly am anymore.”
That really wasn’t what I had intended to write when I sat down at the computer that day. But as I alluded to during previous posts along this blog tour, Derick had a mind of his own (a tough reality for me to swallow as an analytical, plotting type). When he uttered these words on the page, not only did he break my heart, but it really started to sink in for me just who he was as a character and made me rethink Derick and his journey. And exactly how Emma played into it. What resulted is the old friends to lovers story Sweet Deception became.
I hope you enjoy reading Derick and Emma’s tale as much as I loved writing it!
Please look out for SWEET DECEPTION, available now, wherever books are sold. I’ll be happy to give away 2 copies of my debut, SWEET ENEMY, the first book in this series. To enter, simply leave me a comment and answer the question: Do you like stories where the characters have a history before the tale begins?
Heather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered 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. Find out more or connect with Heather at: