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Friends and Foes (The Jonquil Brothers #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,007 ratings  ·  563 reviews
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
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
June 2015: a fun read, great chemistry and banter between leads. Reminds me a bit of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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 accid
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
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
Anne Osterlund
Philip Jonquil lives his life in disguise. His cover as a dandy allows him to hide his true occupation of tracking a French spy.

Sorrel is scarcely living a life at all. Ever since the “unfortunate incident” that rendered one of her legs next to useless, she has suffered constant pain, social isolation, and the necessary assistance of a walking stick.

An “affectation” that regretfully becomes fodder for one of Philip’s nonsensical discussions on the aspects of fashion. By the time he realizes that
3.5 Stars

Not bad. Typical hate turns to love relationship.
The bitter and emotionally damaged girl meets the charismatic and sharp man, they get off on the wrong foot, some "witty" banter ensues, enter some sort of hastily put together actions scenes that puts our heroine in peril, they suddenly realize they love each, and they live happily ever after!

The End
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
Great banter, good chemistry, well developed characters! I liked that there was no sex scene in this book. The attention was given instead to developing the plot and characters instead.
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,
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 :)
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.
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!!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Amber G.
I liked this one even more than her first. She did a better job weaving in the English slang and dialect. The characters were very interesting, and I loved the intrigue with Phillip's job in catching the spy. The book is a little silly, or maybe it's the characters. But, it was fun. It was a little annoying to read banter between Phillip and Sorrel that seemed so much like Crispin and Catherine, but it didn't ruin the book. I did skim some of it, though.

Another completely clean regency romance.
K. P.

Friends and Foes, the first book in Sarah Eden's Jonquil brothers series, introduces you to the eldest brother of the family, Philip Jonquil, the Earl of Lampton. Philip's work (investigating crimes as an agent for the Foreign Office) leads him and a fellow agent to a small, out of the way inn. As they are discussing their plans to locate a French spy, named Le Fontaine, their private discussion is suddenly interrupted by a beautiful, young English woman, looking for her walking stick!

This young
I have to admit I was hoping for more spying and less sighing--the spy plot was pretty minimal. I really liked Sorrel's character. I'm a sucker for MCs with disabilities, and she had plenty of things that she was dealing with in ways I found fairly believable. She saved this book from a three star rating from me, because I didn't care for Philip that much. He was kind of an idiot, and he said some horrible, hurtful things that brought tears to my eyes on Sorrel's behalf, but his apologies never ...more
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
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.
Jun 21, 2015 Emily added it
I loved Philip in "Kiss of a Stranger" and I loved him even more in this book! This is only my second Regency Romance and it was so much fun to read. The book reads quickly and since I'm not well informed with 1800's attire I had to look a few things up.
This novel is about Philip, an Earl in 1800 England, and a young woman, Sorrel Kendrick feisty and very protected. I like Sarah M. Eden because it is clean! She also allows us to hear both character's perspectives.
Philip has been pretending to
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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
I have just fallen from the turnip truck; I had no idea there were clean romance novels out there! I adore historical romance stories and it's always bugged me that they couldn't leave more to the imagination. Finally I am home, and what a great book to welcome me into this new world.

Ms. Eden is a wonderful writer; excellent dialog, strong characters, mystery, suspense, and (of course) romance. A heroine who is so strong she borders unfriendly can be a hard sell, but Ms. Eden writes our heroine
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
Early 1800's romance with a bit of suspense. Loved this one. I thought the characters were very entertaining and the dialog had some wit and humor. The romance wasn't easy and (as in real life) the two of them seemed to hurt each other rather often on their way towards a good relationship. The spy story wound through the whole thing could have been left out and the story would have still been full of the drama of family life but it did add some swashbuckling excitement. I loved the heroine who j ...more
I love all of Sarah's work!! LOVE!!! I enjoyed this story so much. I didn't love it as much as Kiss of a Stranger(Which is better read before this book...) but it was close.:) Another great read!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 21, 2015 11:59AM  
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Other Books in the Series

The Jonquil Brothers (5 books)
  • The Kiss of a Stranger
  • Drops of Gold (The Jonquil Brothers #2)
  • As You Are (The Jonquil Brothers #3)
  • A Fine Gentleman (The Jonquil Brothers #4)
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