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Monday, February 28, 2011

My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas

Title: My Love, My Enemy
Author: Jan Cox Speas
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781402255779
Format: Trade Paperback (Special Release)
Genre: Historical Romance
How I Read it: Trade Paperback ARC
Rating: 4.5 Crowns

A passion for adventure…
Beautiful, na├»ve, and impulsive, Page Bradley inadvertently rescues English spy Lord Hazard in Baltimore during the tumultuous War of 1812. Now she must put herself at the mercy of her country’s enemy.
An aptitude for deception…
Lord Hazard is no stranger to the atrocities of war, but he never imagined the beauty that could come of it until he meets the fiery and irresistible Page. Now he finds himself questioning every loyalty he’s ever felt for King and Country.
Amidst the turmoil of war and the peril of the high seas, these two sworn enemies are destined to discover that denying love may be worse than treason.
(from the publisher)

My Thoughts:

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 read. I also liked the characters, Page was a fun read as well as Lord Hazard. The plot pulled me in as well.

If you are looking for a swashbuckling historical romance, then this is the book for you.

Cover Thoughts:

I loved this cover, the colours blended brilliantly together and catch your eye. I also love the ship in the background set against the tangerine sunset.

****I have to say that I love that Sourcebooks re-releasing their older titles under the name Casablanca Classics, it has opened up a whole other world of romances for readers to discover!

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Ranurgis said...

I'm so happy to see this author's work being republished. Hers were some of the first historical romances, as opposed to historical novels, that I read and loved. I have this title and 3 others. Only earlier this year did I discover a little more about her on Susanna Kearsley's site (http://www.susannakearsley.com/jancoxspeas.html). Now I am hoping that Sourcebooks will be able to reprint all of them.

Renee said...

Thanks for the link, I will have to check that out. I too wish that Sourcebooks will reprint the rest of the books. I loved reading her version of the historical romance, it was well crafted and I loved how it focused on the story rather than the romance part of it. I will definitely have to check out her other books!

aka The Queen of the Quill

Cindy Speas said...

Author's daughter here--if you'd like to read the first chapter of My Love, My Enemy for free, do try www.JanCoxSpeas.com for a look and also to read a bit more about mom. Susanna's lovely tribute page is what jump started the re-publishing process. The family is indeed looking to publish the Scottish novels, but it won't be Sourcebooks. We'll keep all you wonderful readers posted on events!