Monday, April 14, 2014


Friends and Foes (The Jonquil Brothers #1)Book Review:  Friends and Foes

Author:  Sarah M Eden
Published:  January 2012
Series:  The Jonquil Brothers #1
Genre:  Historical Clean Romance

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
After five years of tracking and capturing spies on English soil, Philip Jonquil, Earl of Lampton, is in pursuit of his last quarry. But at a traveler’s inn, he encounters an unexpected and far more maddening foe: Sorrel Kendrick, a young lady who is strikingly pretty, shockingly outspoken, and entirely unimpressed with him. Indeed, Sorrel cannot believe the nerve of this gentleman, who rudely accuses her of theft and insults her feminine dignity. Doubly annoyed when they both end up at a party hosted by mutual friends, Philip and Sorrel privately declare war on one another. But Philip’s tactics, which range from flirting to indifference, soon backfire as he finds himself reluctantly enjoying Sorrel’s company; and, much to her dismay, Sorrel finds Philip’s odd manner to be increasingly endearing. In the midst of this waning war and growing attraction, Philip catches wind of the French spy he’s been tracking, and Sorrel inadvertently stumbles upon a crucial piece of the puzzle, making her indispensable to the mission. But can two proud hearts negotiate a ceasefire when cooperation matters most?

My Two Cents
I am the biggest sucker for this type of book.  You know, the Jane Austen worthy worthy romance where the main characters STRONGLY dislike each other only to find out there is a fine line between love and hate.  Friends and Foes was no different and it was just what I needed to get out of my reading slump.  And while Friends and Foes was pain-painstakingly entertaining and heartfelt, it wasn't perfect.  Philip refusing to help Sorrel off the floor was unforgivable in my book and quite frankly didn't quite fit his character either.  Now you should know that Sorrel has a bum leg and physically can't get up sometimes on her own.  Yeah.  How do you like Philip now?  Other than that the book was good.  I'm awarding Friends and Foes 3 out of 5 stars.  I would definitely read Sarah Eden again.  Hopefully her swoon-worthy lead male is more deserving of the title than Philip.  

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