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My Love, My Enemy

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Played against the exciting background of the War of 1812, My Love, My Enemy ranges in colorful setting from Annapolis and Washington to Bermuda, Europe and the high seas...and has for its central character a most appealing and impulsive heroine.

The trouble started with Page Bradley's determination to risk the British blockade and steal a ride aboard her father's boat to A
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 28th 1978 by Avon Books (first published 1961)
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My Love, My Enemy; or...

The Most Boring, Full of Geographical Tangents, Round-Trip Boat Ride To Annapolis, Maryland In the History of Ever.

The sea battle at the one-third point was the most exciting part. The romance was subtle, no doubt, but so was the one in My Lord Monleigh and that one was 5 stars and full of awesome. I don't know what the deal was with this. Dull, boring, excruciatingly tedious.
Just loveeeerrrly.

Beautifully written. Extensively researched. Carefully plotted.

Very impressed. :D

I tip my hat to you Mrs. Speas, because you deserve it.

I'm going to be searching for the rest of her work immediately, without delay.

I can't think of a complaint right now. So I won't. :)
Feb 22, 2011 Angelc added it
Fans of adventure on the high seas are going to love this one. The romance is overshadowed just a bit by the adventure, but the snippets we get of the romance are quite good. Sometimes I wanted more of the romance or social interaction of all of the great characters instead of discussion of war strategies though.

Considering the book was originally written in 1961, I didn't feel like the book seemed dated at all. I was worried that there were going to be some gender issues or that the hero was g
This was just so fantastic that I'll never have the words to do it justice. Everything about it was great.

It all starts when a young woman from Annapolis in Chesapeake sneaks on board of her fathers boat, captained by their scottish helper. She just wants to spend her birthday money and buy some frippery in town.
It is the war of 1812 and the British have a blockade in the Bay so she isn't suppose to go near the ship.

In town she ends up saving a proud and elegant Englishman from an angry mob a
Regan Walker
4 and 1/2 Stars! A Lighter One by This Great Author…as she brings the War of 1812 to life!

Set in 1813 in Baltimore, London, France and in the Atlantic, this is the story of an American girl and a British viscount. It is one of the wonderful historical romances that comprise the legacy of Jan Cox Speas. (My favorite is Bride of the MacHugh—it’s on my Top 20 list.)

Of the seven daughters born to Samuel Bradley, gentleman of the Chesapeake, Catherine Page was a rebel who tried the patience of Duncan
Linda Banche
Set during the War of 1812, MY LOVE, MY ENEMY by Jan Cox Speas is a story of conflicting loyalties and how the fate of individuals can diverge from the fate of nations. Ranging from America to Bermuda, France and England, the story is a cornucopia of historical detail interwoven with a fast-paced adventure story and, of course, romance.

In 1813 Annapolis, Maryland, Page saves suspected British spy Joss from hanging by Americans furious at the encroachments of the occupying British. As they sail b
Feb 09, 2011 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
My Thoughts:
First off, I want to say Do Not Judge a Book By Its Cover!! This one screams bodice ripper and a mindless plot line, but it couldn't be further from the truth. I wasn't sure what to expect when I was offered this title for review, but I'm always willing to try anything once and figured I had nothing to lose by reading My Love, My Enemy. Can I just say that I was really pleased with the entire story. This was a fun way to spend an afternoon. I really loved the characters that the auth
Don’t judge a book by its cover is the theme of this post. When I received my copy of My Love, My Enemy, I took one look at the cover and decided it was a bodice-ripping romance. I’ll admit, I also thought that Jan Cox Speas was a non de plume with the middle name specifically targeted to the romance reader.

I was pleasantly surprised as I started reading My Love, My Enemy, to find a great historical fiction adventure story set during the War of 1812. There is no bodice ripping at all and instead
Maddy Barone
I loved this book. I loved it back when I read it in 1980 and I loved it today. Such love stories never get old.
Fans of adventure on the high seas are going to love this one. The romance is overshadowed just a bit by the adventure, but the snippets we get of the romance are quite good. Sometimes I wanted more of the romance or social interaction of all of the great characters instead of discussion of war strategies though.

Considering the book was originally written in 1961, I didn't feel like the book seemed dated at all. I was worried that there were going to be some gender issues or that the hero was g
A rebellious outing to town doesn't end like young Page Bradley thought. It is 1813 and America has declared war on England but England is also at war with Bonaparte. Page rescues an English Lord from a hanging, then finds herself captured by a British ship which in turn is captured by an American ship and then a British convoy comes along. Much to her dismay she finds herself first in Bermuda, then in France, then in England. Finding out Lord Hazard whom she falls in love with is not what she t ...more
Lyndi Lamont
During the War of 1812, Page Bradley, just turned eighteen, saves a British aristocrat and his valet from being hanged as spies by claiming acquaintance with them. The rather impetuous Page had talked Duncan MacDougal, a family friend, into letting her sail into Annapolis with him so she could shop for a new gown. Returning to the docks, she arrives in time to stop a hanging. Unfortunately, before Page, Lord Hazard, his valet Farley, and MacDougal can return to Page's home on the Maryland shore, ...more
This is a very thrilling novel. It is not often that I have come across a book set in this time period in this setting - the war of 1812 rather than the English fighting Bonapart. The adventures keep the first half of the book enthralling and even knowing the outcome of the war doesn't diminish the excitement and anticipation as events unfold. There are several fun side characters that you meet along the way and have a way of popping up when you least expect them. I must say that I found Lord Ha ...more
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Mar 08, 2015 L. (I've Stopped Counting) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barbara Cartland fans
A clean historical romance. So clean, this cover My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas is as steamy as it gets. Even the violence (mostly battles on land and sea) is clean. ...more
Angela Simmons
This book was originally published in 1961, and while the writing style is a bit different than what we see with today’s romance novels, I found that My Love, My Enemy was very well composed. It seems to have that magical quality, and I found that I liked that it incorporated action and adventure into the story. Some may say that it was light on the romance, but I found that it very intriguing to read, and I enjoyed that aspect because it was a bit different than the other romances that I have r ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Mary by: an accidental discovery
Shelves: romance
I love this book! If you read nothing else by this author, find this book! Ignore the cover, the hero looks nothing like that art, but the book is utterly delightful. It deals with the War of 1812, and prompted me to brush up my history because it whetted my appetite, but even if you know nothing about that war, you'll probably pick up all you really need to know by this book. (Well, not everything, but the gist.)

Page Bradley can't stand the idea of seeing a man hanged before her eyes, and how
Amanda Caswell
The story and the characters were good, but the plot was really implausible simply for all of the times that the couple's ship was taken over, switching quickly from American, to British, to privateer rule, and so on. Unfortunately, the ending was the worst part, and I have no idea what the heroine was thinking or why she returned home when and how she did. The final declaration between H&H could have been more interesting and all-encompassing, but it was ok. I think the beginning remains my ...more
Genre: Historical Romance (1813 England/America)
Sensuality rating: Sweet or Kisses or PG
An enjoyable story of romance and patriotism weaved together while mostly at sea. I would have to say I was slightly disappointed when it came to the climax but not enough to lower the rating.
I thought that it was a book that was full of interesting adventures. I had a had time getting into the book but it got more entertaining towards the end.
PG rated romance - nothing more than a few kisses. The connection/love between hero and heroine is very subtle.
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Jan Cox Speas was born November 5, 1925 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (women could not go to UNC-Chapel Hill until junior year) from1942-46, where she studied creative writing under Hiram Hayden. UNC had a special association with Jan's family: her mother, Francis Howard Cox, who had studied as a high schooler at home in
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