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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 APlayed 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 Annapolis. Once in town, she could hardly have stood quietly by while a mob of angry seamen prepared to lynch the handsome young Englishman. It was only natural to intervene, claiming the stranger as an expected guest of her father.Perhaps all still would have been well if, on its return home, the Bradley sloop had not been captured by a British frigate. It was small consolation then for Page to learn that the man she had rescued was not only a nobleman, Lord Hazard, but a possible English spy.In the following months Page more than satisfied her taste for adventure. When she finally found herself trapped aboard a warlike vessel, bound for a distant foreign shore, and in love with one of the enemy, she had ample reason to regret her recklessness. . ....

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ISBN : 9780380018697
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Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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My Love, My Enemy Reviews

  • Naksed
    2019-05-14 22:29

    There is no question that Jan Cox Speas is an exquisite writer who can deliver a perfect historical setting (in this case, the War of 1812 between England and America) as well as memorable characters. Her Lord Hazard is the stuff that dreams are made of:There was, in truth, much that was extraordinary about him even at the most conventional moments. Now, his face running with rain and very dark against the white shirt plastered wetly to his wide shoulders, hands on his hips as he laughed down at her, he had an undeniably rakish air... he looked a pirate who needed only a knife at his belt and a dangling gold earring; with a backdrop of angels and seraphim he would be a black Lucifer, shamelessly pleased by his fall from grace.She has an elegant way with words and can bring to life her characters with a few, carefully chosen words. Her Mrs. Chudleigh, for example, a pampered English widow who has had difficulty acclimating herself to life in Bermuda, is small and wispy and faded, like a rose drooping on the stem. In contrast, her lady's companion Eliza is a tranquil monochrome in gray and black, her face contained and quiet, her dark eyes looking out at the world with a calm serenity.Even her description of something as mundane as weather had the capacity of dazzling me:It rained for three days, a gray smoking downpour that hovered like vapor above the sea, lashed Mrs. Chudleigh’s flowers into tatters, and gurgled continually into the cisterns. On the morning of the fourth day the sun rose on a drenched island washed clean of dust and heat, its brilliant emerald and pink and white sparkling beside a blue-green sea..So why could I not like My love, my enemy more? Well, I like a slow burn just as much as the next gal but the courtship between the protagonists here was so stilted that by the last quarter of the book, when they finally seemed to make some progress, it was too little, too late. I don't regret reading this book because the depth of historical research that went into it acted like a time machine propelling me to high seas adventures dodging British and American warships alike, and was certainly fun. But the actual romance in the book was very underwhelming for me, and a bit of a waste of two greatly constructed main characters. Quel dommage!

  • Karla
    2019-04-30 22:18

    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.

  • Becky
    2019-04-30 17:34

    Just loveeeerrrly.Beautifully written. Extensively researched. Carefully plotted.Very impressed. :DI 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. :)

  • Angelc
    2019-05-12 21:23

    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 going to be all overbearing alpha-male, but I'm guessing that trend didn't start until the 70s because Hazard was a great guy and I can definitely see how Page fell in love with him.All of the characters were very relateable and well-written. I loved Hazard's dual sides as both an English gentleman and a 'pirate.' The secondary characters were fun addition s to the story and I liked how the author tied up the ending for everyone involved. Farley, Hazard's valet, especially stood out. He was just too adorable, and great for some much needed comic relief.This was a fun swashbuckling adventure, even though I did want to see a little more of the romance. sent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com

  • Regan Walker
    2019-05-09 17:30

    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 MacDougall who worked for her father. But even he could not foresee that the bored 18 year old, wanting to spend her birthday money for some new frippery, would stow away on the small sloop Duncan sailed across the Bay to Annapolis to pick up her father’s Madeira. Once there, she managed to get into further trouble when she rescued a British gentleman from a local mob of men who wanted to hang him as a spy. MacDougall was none too pleased to be sailing early just to get the man and his servant to safety, especially when, as a result, they ran right into a British warship. Taken aboard the English frigate, Page learns that the British gentleman she rescued is Jocelyn Trevor, Viscount Hazard of London. Lord Hazard claimed to be in America to visit his sister though Page questions that. (He was an officer on Wellington’s staff, and it seemed odd that he’d be allowed to leave the Spanish front for family business.) In fact, he is the spy the men in Annapolis accused him of being, though Page doesn’t know it. But since Page and MacDougall end up on a British warship because of him, Hazard vows he will see her safely back to her father.This story reminded me of the statement of Bilbo in Lord of the Rings when he says to his nephew, “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Page has stepped out of her door and is swept away on one adventure after another as she gets caught up in the War of 1812 and the life of one particular British lord. Speas allows us to see the conflicting emotions of those on both sides of the War of 1812 as Hazard is shamed by the British atrocities at Hampton, and Page experiences gracious treatment at the hands of the British officers when aboard their ships. Though there were several reasons America declared war on Britain, Speas deals specifically with the impressment of merchant sailors, who considered themselves Americans, into the Royal Navy. We also get to witness America’s clever privateers at work with the character Mason. I love that Speas incorporates her extensive research of the history into this endearing and charming love story. It’s a bit lighter than her others but still very enjoyable!

  • Atunah
    2019-05-19 21:33

    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 and from there we are taken on an adventure of an epic scale. The details and research of the war, the ships, the battles is gripping. Everything is so vivid I almost could smell the sea water. The characters are all like alive people and I fell in love with so many of them. Like I said, I could never do justice with my paltry review skills. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves a sweeping well researched historical romance with a lively and likable American heroine and a proud and resourceful Englishman. I am so surprised to find out this has been written in 1961. There is nothing aged here, if feels fresh and lively. Unfortunately this author didn't write a lot of novels and the others are not available yet on ebook as far as I can see. I sure hope they will though and I'll snap them up right away. My first 5 star of the new year and may there be many more to come :)

  • Linda Banche
    2019-05-02 17:40

    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 back to her father's house, the British capture them. Page, now a prisoner, is forced to sail away from her home. But the British Joss protects Page from the harsh realities of nations at war. Love blossoms between these two people separated by national loyalties. But individuals compose nations, and Page and Joss must decide if their love can surmount their differences.I love stories that combine rousing adventure and tons of accurate history with the romance. Ms. Speas succeeds on all accounts. Without ever being intrusive, she weaves history, sea lore, adventure and romance into an exciting tale of the choices people at war must make. Joss was a little too much of an overbearing superman for my taste, and Page too reckless and too young (eighteen). But the characters are true to their era, and the novel, written in 1961, is also a reflection of its time.For those of us who like action and adventure with our romance, MY LOVE, MY ENEMY is a welcome addition to our libraries.ARC provided by Sourcebooks

  • Staci
    2019-04-23 21:23

    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 author brought to life and she captured the time period wonderfully. Her descriptions of the dress, countries, ships, war, and scenery were fantastic and brought this story alive before my eyes. What I found to be the most refreshing part was the fact that there was very little physical romance! I loved that. The author created a relationship (gasp! can you believe that the characters actually got to know each other and they didn't have to have sex to accomplish this goal???) that was exciting to watch unfold. In fact, the author did a splendid job with all of the relationships in this book and that is why I enjoyed this story so much.Recommend? Absolutely, especially to readers who enjoy Historical fiction with slight romance involved. This was more of an adventure story that takes the reader from the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, to the glorious beaches of Bermuda, the oppressed people and foggy shore lines of France, and finally to the ton of the town in jolly London.

  • Laura
    2019-05-05 20:25

    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 a sweet, chaste romance. I loved it!Catherine “Page” Bradley is a young 18-year old girl from a family of seven daughters. One inauspicious day in 1813, she sneaks on to the family slope the “Catherine” for a ride through the Chesapeake Bay in order to purchase a new frock in Annapolis. While in town, Page accidently rescues Lord Hazard from a mob who is convinced he is a British spy. Duncan McDougall, the family servant who had manned the slope, sets sail for back home with Page, Lord Hazard, and Farley (Lord Hazard’s servant). Unfortunately, they are captured by a British frigate, and so begins Page’s epic journey. The four end up being captured and recaptured numerous times by numerous governments and sail halfway around the world and back again. It leads for quite an adventure and quite an interesting history lesson at the British battle both Napoleon and James Madison, and Page witnesses the burning of Washington, D.C. first hand. There is also a sweet romance between Page and Hazard. Can Page learn to love the enemy?For the rest of my review, please check out my blog at: http://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2011/...

  • Maddy Barone
    2019-05-01 18:33

    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.

  • Laura
    2019-05-15 23:30

    It is well-written and I loved that the scenes set onboard a ship are done well. The heroine's reasoning near the end of the story felt a little forced and I wanted to give her a shake. The hero was appealing and it was actually more along the lines of historical fiction than a straight romance. Clean.

  • Eve Culley
    2019-05-15 19:33

    Taking place during the American Revolutionary War is a very good love story between two enemies. The novel covers the status of the war both here in the U.S. and Europe. The twists and turns are good and keep you wondering what will happen next. If historical novels are what you like, then here is a good read for you.

  • etherealfire
    2019-04-25 21:43

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  • Gaile
    2019-04-22 21:37

    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 thought, she sneaks out of England on an American ship only to find on her return to American shores, everyone is fleeing the British.I found this novel a pleasant easy read but I have only given it three stars because the characters never really showed much deep emotion. Even Page who should have been angry, scared out of wits and in despair at being so far from home shows little emotion. She seldom cries. She is never homesick.Lord Hazard never betrays much emotion either. There are no stormy or torrent love scenes. Even in the sea battle scenes Page is not described as being terrified and I would have been!I even disagree with the naming of the main character. She would have been born around 1795 and who in the world was naming their female children "Page," in that year????To conclude with such lukewarm emotions, I had a hard time believing these two were really in love. Still it is not a boring read but it could be a lot better.

  • Angelc
    2019-04-25 17:28

    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 going to be all overbearing alpha-male, but I'm guessing that trend didn't start until the 70s because Hazard was a great guy and I can definitely see how Page fell in love with him.All of the characters were very relateable and well-written. I loved Hazard's dual sides as both an English gentleman and a 'pirate.' The secondary characters were fun addition s to the story and I liked how the author tied up the ending for everyone involved. Farley, Hazard's valet, especially stood out. He was just too adorable, and great for some much needed comic relief.This was a fun swashbuckling adventure, even though I did want to see a little more of the romance. sent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com

  • Rina Ann Lautier
    2019-05-13 21:18

    Quite a sweet story.So the cover is beautiful. And though before reading it I turned it away 3 times. Before actually reading it. It was quite an interesting read. Based during world war 2. It is in 3rd person, which is why I turned it away before, I’ve never really liked novels in 3rd person. It’s a very small book, so easy to carry, and once you get really in to reading it, the pages do turn very fast. Based on a girl, who goes to town behind the say of her father. And in a moment to help a man, her life get turned up-side down. This book gives meaning to the saying “The rood to Hell is paid with good intentions”. I also liked that it wasn’t all about the romance and though you got hints of it, it’s only close to the end that the love plot comes into play. Can really say anything bad about it. I’ll most likely read it again in the future, so that shows how much I liked it. Hope you all enjoy it when you read it yourself.

  • Lyndi Lamont
    2019-05-02 01:38

    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, their sloop is intercepted by the British. This is just the beginning of a year's adventure that takes Page and the indomitable (and very patient) Lord Hazard on a journey across the Atlantic to Bermuda, France and London, before returning in time for the burning of Washington, D.C. Historical romance as it used to be, full of history and adventure. So glad Casablanca Classics has reprinted it.

  • Angela Simmons
    2019-04-23 21:34

    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.

  • Englishrose
    2019-05-02 17:22

    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 Hazard to be a character I couldn't quite connect with. Page was a delightful character whom I could sympathize with and could feel her pain and confusion. I almost cried with her at some points in the story. Good read and I would recommend it.http://cleanromancereviews.blogspot.com

  • Mary
    2019-05-13 01:38

    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 she stops the mob is so clever. From there, getting back home is such a journey, but if you ever want to be rescued, find Lord Hazard, because he'll risk life and limb to keep you safe.

  • Amanda Caswell
    2019-04-23 19:27

    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 favorite part of the book.

  • Paula Bothwell
    2019-05-19 18:39

    PGWhat up with the half nekkid man on the cover??That is SO not even remotely how this book rolls. *My Love, My Enemy* is a historical romance set during the War of 1812 - there was no half-naked anything. I loved how the tender feelings between the H and h were so slow building and created with acts of love and service. The only part I didn't love was the crazy amount of war talk since I didn't feel it added so much to the story. It could have been cut down quite a bit, imo. Excellent book, regardless. I will be looking for this author again.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-08 21:33

    I found the characters to be very dual. They didn't go below surface level and the story line was the same. I kept reading to see what would happen and if there would be anything offered. Sadly until the end the story kept a constant flat line. Speas could have done much more with this, as it had the beginnings of an interesting story but she just didn't explore it. To bad I might have enjoyed it more.

  • Mon
    2019-05-20 17:41

    Genre: Historical Romance (1813 England/America)Sensuality rating: Sweet or Kisses or PGAn 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.

  • L. (Slay the meaty ones!)
    2019-04-21 20:40

    A clean historical romance. So clean, this cover is as steamy as it gets. Even the violence (mostly battles on land and sea) is clean.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-19 21:19

    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.

  • Christine (Cagnes)
    2019-05-13 22:42

    3.5 stars.

  • J.D. Holiday
    2019-05-09 23:28

    Good read!

  • SmittenKitten
    2019-04-24 19:19

    PG rated romance - nothing more than a few kisses. The connection/love between hero and heroine is very subtle.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-04 17:22

    I love a dated swashbuckling romance novel. This was one of the more intelligent ones. Plus the cover is fabulous.