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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?

Friends & Foes

by Sarah M. Eden

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From the moment they meet, Philip and Sorrel are instant enemies. Both being too stubborn to retreat, the war of wits begins. They are often misunderstood by those around them, including each other. Philip and Sorrel are both concerned with appearing differently than whom they truly are.  This makes them interesting, as their secrets and true selves are revealed. The mysteries unravel and they're left to decide whether they'll remain foes or if one will concede and throw up the white flag. Along with the multi-layered Sorrel and Philip, there are also a few other eccentric characters who prove to be amusing and appalling. Sarah Eden has a way of playing with your emotions with her beautiful word choice, especially in the sweeter scenes. If you enjoyed Julianne Donaldson's Edenbrooke, you'll love this book as well. For romance fans, especially from the Regency era, this is a must read!


This is the first of a series of books entitled Jonquil Brothers, about a large family of boys. Each book is essentially a stand-alone, because they focus separately on one brother at a time. We have the opportunity to meet each of the brothers in Friends & Foes, but the occasions are brief yet intriguing enough to pique your interest for the rest of the series.

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Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  Several (13) brief incidents including character joking about throwing another in the lake or poisoning them; character implies being hit by father as a child; character may have to have bones broken for a surgery; character thinks about drowning puppies (used as a metaphor); character worried about getting killed; murderers mentioned; second hand report of character being held at knifepoint often; second hand report of character found dead; fight and attempted robbery; punching; character trampled by animal causing severe injuries and near death; characters shot, some resulting in death.


Sex/Nudity:  Many (30) brief incidents including holding hands and arm; kissing; cuddling; kissing hand; female character carried by male character; touched face; wanting to kiss; female character falls asleep while leaning on a male character's shoulder; character's arm around another.

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Kidnapping, murder.

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Character mentions needing a drink and jokes about being a drunkard; two incidents of characters drinking with dinner; characters drinking in a pub-type setting.

Reviewed By Jenny
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