Friends and Foes (2012) by Sarah M. Eden is the first book of The Jonquil Brothers series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is roughly 269 pages in length. With a full-time job and a five-year old child, this novel took me about three days to read. I give this novel 4 STARS. It is a Christian Historical Romance.
“Kissing the enemy is generally considered a strategic misstep.”
This novel is a very quick, sweet read. The novel takes place in the early 1800s in England. The two main characters are Sorrel Kendrick and Philip Jonquil, Earl of Lampton. Sorrel is beautiful and intelligent, but deeply wounded both physically and emotionally. Philip is a bit of a dandy, but the reader learns this is a cover. When the two characters first meet, they instantly take a dislike to each other and declare war on one another. But, circumstances happen that force them together a lot, and they start to like one another (much to their dismay). The novel is full of wit, and the action is pretty good once it gets going.
The reason I give this novel 4 stars and not 5 is because the characters are pretty much the run of the mill, “what you see is what you get,” type of characters. For me, I need more development than what the reader gets in this novel. It is in no way a bad book. I quite enjoyed my time reading. I just ended the novel needing more from the characters. Aside from learning to like each other, the main characters really are the same at the end as they were at the beginning. The action that does occur in the novel does not dramatically change the characters. Sorrel is still the same outspoken character she was at the beginning, and Philip is still facetious.
If you are looking for a very quick, lighthearted, and easy read, then I do recommend this novel. It is a good story to read when you need to pass some time. And, if you really love this book, there are four more books in the series.