My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: I purchased this one
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: 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 accuses her of theft and insults her feminine dignity. Doubly annoyed when they both end up at a party hosted by mutual friends, Philip and Sorrel privately declare war on one another. But Philip’s tactics, which range from flirting to indifference, soon backfire as he finds himself reluctantly enjoying Sorrel’s company; and, much to her dismay, Sorrel finds Philip’s odd manner to be increasingly endearing. In the midst of this waning war and growing attraction, Philip catches wind of the French spy he’s been tracking, and Sorrel inadvertently stumbles upon a crucial piece of the puzzle, making her indispensable to the mission. But can two proud hearts negotiate a ceasefire when cooperation matters most?
My thoughts: Sarah Eden never ceases to amaze me. I have read five of her books and they have all been excellent. I wonder if she has an off day? If so, it does not reflect in her writing.
Sorrel is a fun character. She has many contradiction that set her apart. The first is that she is crippled. She had an "unfortunate accident" two years before this book that have left her in pain and with an obvious limp. She is beautiful, but doesn't realize she is. She is a lady who can swear like a stable hand. She is strong and resilient, smart and witty.
Phillip really is caught in a trap of his own making. He is also a creature of many contradictions. He is a gentleman, who masquerades like a common man. He dresses like a dandy, but his heart isn't in it. He believes strongly in family, but appears aloof and light hearted. He is secretly working for the government while pretending to be a man of leisure.
Sorrel and Phillip clash upon first meeting. It is hilarious to read their conversations. The ending really in inevitable from the start, but it is fun to see the story unfold.
This book had me laughing and smiling. I loved reading it. I did find that I should have read "The Kiss of a Stranger" first. It is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I will get on that one asap.
This is my October selection in the "Just For Fun" reading challenge.
Yesterday "The Kiss of a Stranger" was on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents.
Double check to make sure that it's still on sale, but I would grab a copy while I could!