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Friends and Foes (The Jonquil Brothers #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published January 6th 2012 by Covenant Communications, Inc. (first published September 25th 2003)
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Donna Hatch
One of the funniest, wittiest, snarkiest, and most tender romances I've read in a long time. Brilliantly crafted and flawlessly researched, this book is firmly on my "keeper shelf" and I will probably read it again, which is unusual for me. The heroine is strong and a bit prickly, but with a vulnerability that makes her instantly likeable. The hero seems to be patterned after the Scarlet Pimpernell, with his dandyism taken to a new height and matched with a depth guaranteed to put readers into a...more
Janette
Sarah is a friend of mine and so it's always fun for me to read her books. She has a great sense of humor that comes through in her writing. The hero in this book: awesomeness personified! I loved Philip. In fact I thought he was so awesome that I repeatedly told him he was too good for the heroine. He didn't listen. They never do.

I noticed there were four empty pages at the end of the book. I can think of no reason for a publisher to put four empty pages at the end of the book unless they left...more
Julie
Set in England, we revisit our old friend from a previous book, Phillip Jonquil, who we find out is really a secret spy trying to catch a traitor to the Crown, all the while pretending to be a fop and entertaining houseguests at his home.

Sorrel Kendrick is a woman who has been disfigured in a horrible accident and has a limp that makes her life miserable. She hates feeling dependent and as such, she puts out a fairly defensive position to everyone she meets and most especially to Phillip Jonqui...more
Kathy
January 2013: SO good. I love the story and characters.

January 2012: Friends and Foes was another great read. I loved our characters Sorrel and Phillip. I first fell for Phillip in the book Kiss of a Stranger and I was excited he would get his own book. I thought he and Sorrel had great chemistry and it was fun to watch them fall in love.

Sorrel’s life took a drastic change after an accident crippled her two years earlier. Sorrel has put up some pretty big walls to keep herself from ever gettin...more
Katie Watkins
Sorrel had an "unfortunate accident" a few years before and feels she's not pretty enough to ever make a match. Phillip is trying to keep up his appearance and is with his good friend and his family (and all 67 brothers--haha) for the holidays.

I loved Phillip in The Kiss of a Stranger, so it was a treat to get to know him better--the dandy. :) Right off the bat, he and Sorrel get off on the wrong foot. I loved the war tactics and the banter between the two.

A twist of mystery, a dab of romance,...more
Cheri
Loved it!!! I loved the bantering back and forth between Philip and Sorrel. This is the fourth book I have read by Sarah Eden and I just can't decide which one is my favorite, I love them all!!
Heather
This is the fourth book I've read by Sarah M . Eden and I can say she is one of my favorite writers of clean Regency romance. It had been a while since I'd read Kiss of A Stranger and I had already forgotten many of the characters. I wish I would have re-read it before picking up Friends and Foes. Sarah integrates the people from her last books into each of the new ones so it's fun to have them fresh in your mind. Philip Jonquil is back and is the focus of Friends and Foes instead of a secondary...more
Alicia
This was described to me as a cross between The Scarlet Pimpernel and Pride and Prejudice.

That is true.

Your average English Gentleman Fop is really a spy catcher in disguise. He meets a girl and it is dislike at first sight. He sticks his foot in his mouth several times, she says things she regrets. Then it's happily ever after, you know, once the showdown with the bad guys is finished.

The book alternates between viewpoints of Philip and Sorrel (and I'm sorry, but I didn't know Sorrel was an...more
Karen
I think this author could be really good, but I think she needs an incredible editor. Someone who could really push her to be better. I don't enjoy the way the main characters constantly berate themselves for noticing the other person. Like, 'Why did I just notice her hair, I shouldn't be noticing the way it is so dark and gorgeous...' or something similarly silly. It was constant and it came from both of them and it rankled. I also didn't enjoy his "tactics," they were annoying to say the least...more
Shanda
Friends and Foes was just as good as I expected, having enjoyed all of Sarah’s other books. I got a kick out of Phillip. He’s an easy hero to love, with his wit, good looks, and dangerous job. It was nice to get inside his head and see the man behind the dandy.

I also enjoyed watching the relationship between Phillip and Sorrel develop. Sorrel is strong because she feels vulnerable inside. Spending time in the same house with Phillip allows her glimpses behind his make-light-of-everything mask. H...more
Cindy
I love Sarah's books they are always a fun read, and this one was really cute. I also love the cover, perfect. This story is about Philip, and boy is he to swoon for he is full of chivalry, smart, incognito, humorous, and stubborn, puts his foot in his mouth often too. He works undercover for the Royal Government, and has been in pursuit of a known spy. During this assignment he encounters Sorrel and boy is he annoyed with her as she is with him. He makes light of things he knows nothing about w...more
kaoyler
For me this book was really more three and a half stars. I like Sarah M. Eden as an author. She has unique situations and her characters face different challenges. Sorrell, the female protagonist, is beautiful but has a bad limp. In fact, she can hardly walk without a can. I liked watching Phillip, the male protagonist, deal with this. The plot of catching the traitor didn't interest me as much because it felt more like an afterthought in some ways. But when the book was dealing with the charact...more
Melissa
Can I just say I love a sweet love story set back in time with great characters and a good setting. Thank you Sarah! I wish your books would come out faster but on the other hand forcing me to wait draws out my enjoyment! This is a very sweet, fun to read regency romance that is clean, but no religious undertones. Her characters you can not help but love as they fall in love so do you! I kinda wished some of these characters had gotten a little more emotional closer at the end because as we all...more
Daidase
It was unbelievably childish. A grown man,let alone a spy wouldn't think the way that hero did in this. He can joke around, get people laugh with him or, to him,even. But in a book we get to see the inside of a person's mind, and that was not the way to do it. Secondly, it irritate me,the insult which hero had accomplished to deliver at the beginning. It was unnecessary, even if he's in a role, his role was not require harshness. And he and everyone around him regret it only, because she is,in f...more
Corey
I love Sarah Eden. I wish she had about 100 more books already published. I really enjoyed this book. I loved seeing some if the 'Kiss of a Stranger' characters again. I also liked seeing two people fall in love amidst obstacles that other people couldn't see past.
Elizabeth
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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 o...more
Melissa
If you are into the regency romance genre, then this book is awesome. I always appreciate clean romance novels and this book keeps the tension high, but the kissing brief...and it never moves past a few kisses. The plot was predictable in that, as soon as you figure out who the main characters are, you have figured out who is ultimately going to end up with whom at the end of the novel. The characters are lovable (and they appear in some of her other novels) and the dialogue and stories are beli...more
Miriam Reeves
Fantastic! This was hilarious. So witty. Lovely Love story. No Gross stuff and exciting. I was laughing so much when reading this. Phillip is hilarious. Its staged in 1816 England which is always a fun time to read about.

A tip though don't start reading this at 11 oclock at night because I ended up finishing it in one sitting :)
Erin
3.5 - This one was good and explains Philip, but it wasn't my favorite of the 4 I've read from this author. And, I do wish she'd give you a little Epilogue. Did Sorrel get to pursue the treatment she was looking into? I've noticed in all of her books that she leaves at least one thread unanswered or hanging. I wish she wouldn't.
Esther
Loved the love story. The book didn't drag at all. Delightful and Spunky. Has become one of my more favorite books. If you love British literature it is a must read.
Erin
Hard to get into from the start. I also don't love the way she ends her books. Give me a little more than just a quick ending.
Laura
Loved it!!!! Everything I love in a book and more! Regency romance, suspense, great dialogue... Loved it!
Terrah
This is a sequel to Kiss of a Stranger. It's predictable, but fun. I liked it better than the first book.
Angie
I LOVE Sarah Eden's books! Just another awesome story. I'll read anything she writes!!!
Heather
Another great read by Sarah M. Eden. Phillip is a riot.
Meleofa
Clever and witty and such a pleasure to read. I loved it.
Trimble
Actual rating 4 1/2 stars.

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...more
Patti
As I read the first few chapters of Friends & Foes, I had scenes from my beloved Pride & Prejudice spring to mind. A bit similar, but having read several of Sarah Eden’s books I had no doubt she would take the story of Phillip and Sorrell in a whole different direction. She did, and I was not disappointed!

I thoroughly enjoyed the “battle” between Phillip and ‘General’ Sorrell. Sorrell, wanting to fight every verbal war to win; Phillip, up to the challenge but would annoy Sorrell’s seriou...more
Cathy
I love Sarah Eden's books. I guess I will have to buy this one as the library does not have it. Shucks!

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...more
Chanae
Another winner from Sarah M. Eden. It kept me smiling and laughing. I devoured this book on flights and during layovers this past weekend - what a wonderful distraction from the stress of travel.
I love the characters - new and old (characters from The Kiss of a Stranger make an appearance) and we get to learn more about Philip Jonquil (who we first met in The Kiss of a Stranger and who we've all been dying to know more about - am I right Melanie?). I don't know that I love the female character,...more
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