Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Friends & Foes
By Sarah M. Eden
Covenant Communications, 2012. 269 pgs. Adult fiction
Philip Jonquil, Earl of Lampton, has sent five years pretending to be the dandiest of dandies as a cover for his role tracking spies for the Foreign Office, in hopes of bringing an end to the war with France. Although he actually hates being a dandy, he plays his part magnificently. When he offends a young lady at an inn, she makes her opinion of him and his over-the-top fashion and manners abundantly clear. Later, the two find that they are both spending the holiday season in the home of mutual friends, and Philip manages to insult her yet again. War ensues between the two, but soon, each comes to find that the other might not be quite as he or she seems.
I really enjoy Sarah Eden's Regency romances, and this one is no exception. There were times when both characters were frustrating, and yet, it fit with their personalities and backgrounds, so it never reached the point where I didn't enjoy the book. The bantering is funny and the characters likeable. Another fine piece of work from Eden.
5 stars. Clean read.