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A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  956 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
An incredible new talent, Maya Rodale continues her deliciously exciting “Writing Girls” historical romance series with A Tale of Two Lovers. Fans of the bestselling romance of Laura Lee Guhrke and Suzanne Enoch will adore this Regency Era-set love story from one of the most exciting members of the new generation of romantic fiction writers. A Tale of Two Lovers is a wonde ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Tammy Walton Grant
My GR stats tell me I've read 27 books so far this year. Of those, I've given 5 stars to only 6 of them. A Tale of Two Lovers was one of those books.

Maya Rodale is a new-to-me author, but damned if she isn't going to become an autobuy. She is seriously good.

There are a number of really good reviews already on GR, so I'm not going to outline the plot (which was a novel spin on the gossipy ways of the ton and the strictures of 1820s England) or gush about the Hero (although he was extremely gush-
Sep 10, 2011 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like the Gossip Girl theme
Strong heroine, alpha hero and they hate each other right off the bat because she’s spreading a nice tidbit of gossip about him ---something I haven’t seen yet in a straight up historical so I was VERY surprised at how well the scene that fuels the rumor was done.

Lady Julianna Somerset is a gossip columnist who was burned big time by her rake of a husband (now dead) so when she gets set to take down Lord Simon Roxbury (a charming love ‘em and leave ‘em rake and a nice piece of eye candy to boot
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Writing Girl
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Hot

This book wasn’t quite what I expected, but in a good way. Simon is what I like to call, a man-ho. He loves women — their taste, their smell, the touch of t
Rachel (BAVR)
A Tale of Two Lovers was a bit of a wall banger for me. Rodale's a good writer, so the prose flowed well and kept me invested in the story. Sadly, the main characters in this story are HORRIBLE PEOPLE (TM). I don't mind abrasive characters. I don't even mind characters with problematic personalities. But I do mind characters who intentionally inflict pain (physical or emotional) on others and never embark on a redemption arc. And on that note, meet our heroine, Julianna!

Julianna, Lady
1.5 stars

My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

The rakish Lord Roxbury is a godsend to someone like Lady Julianna Somerset, gossip columnist for The London Weekly. And when Julianna spies Roxbury in a scandalous position with someone in men’s clothing…well, she’s sure she has the scoop of a lifetime! Only Roxbury doesn’t quite see it that way and he doesn’t take kindly to the lies the mysterious “Lady of Distinction” has written about him, particu
Sep 07, 2011 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like the Gossip Girl theme
Strong heroine, alpha hero and they hate each other right off the bat because she’s spreading a nice tidbit of gossip about him ---something I haven’t seen yet in a straight up historical so I was VERY surprised at how well the scene that fuels the rumor was done.

Lady Julianna Somerset is a gossip columnist who was burned big time by her rake of a husband (now dead) so when she gets set to take down Lord Simon Roxbury (a charming love ‘em and leave ‘em rake and a nice piece of eye candy to boot
Jacob Proffitt
A romance where the main characters get married in the middle (instead of the end)?!? Tell me more, my friend. This is the second in a series and I highly recommend reading these in order. Not so much because you'll miss anything as that the first is a touch better book and will give you everything you need to know about how this author handles the near-Regency period.

This book is more of the same, and I mean that in a good way. Consistent, well-fleshed-out characters. A consistent, if not exact
Jun 25, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Julianna Somerset has worked hard after her husbands scandalous death to make her name proper and she has succeeded for the most part. Julianna reports on gossip and is the mysterious Lady of Distinction and one of her most reported on persons is the notorious rake, Lord Simon Roxsbury. Just after Simon is dealt an ultimatum from his father, Julianna reports a bit of gossip that makes Simons life much more difficult. In return to this nosy, attractive woman, Simon does something that makes ...more
Lord Simon Roxbury is a Rake with a capital R. The man loves women and can't see the point in settling down with just one, until his father issues him an ultimatum: marriage or poverty? His father's decree coincides with a piece of gossip that suddenly ruins all of his prospects...and makes him very, very desperate.

Lady Julianna Somerset fell for a rake, once. She married him, and he did her the favor of dying soon. Now she's an independent woman, and secretly one of the Writing Girls at The Lon
Jun 28, 2016 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is far from a perfect book. A bit anachronistic at times. The plot can be a bit far-fetched at times, with a few events not really believalbe.The timeline was slightly fudged once or twice, with way too many events occurring in the given time slot (view spoiler) ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Nicely written Regency novel with an enemies to lovers, redeeming the rake themes. Medium heat level. An enjoyable read.

3.5 - 4 stars
Hm....I liked this book.
I am giving it only 3 stars because of all that unused chemistry! The hero and heroine made me pant with the need for them to come together but there was only one scene in which they do! And it was very mild. Also the hero in the beginning talked about brats. But we never get to know if they now wanted children or not. So, some of the things were underdeveloped and that stopped me from really investing myself in the characters.
Even so,this was an interesting read. The wa
Jun 11, 2015 Shen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
4 Scandalous Stars

“Lord and Lady Scandalous” are quite the shocking couple. From their very first meeting, these two made sparks fly and heads turn. My favorite thing about them, their constant sharp, witty banter, that was so reminiscent of Beatrice and Benedick, two of my favorite Shakespearean characters. These are two characters that I would hang out with. What a blast that would be!

Julianna, Lady Somerset, aka the infamous Lady of Distinction and author of the gossip column “Fashionable Int
Nov 23, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had... CONCERN for this book. Because Roxbury was such a rake, in every sense of the word, and I didn't really like him much at the beginning. And Julianna had been burned badly by a rake -- her late husband -- and the last thing I wanted to see was her getting burned by Roxbury.

But. BUT. Everything worked out okay. (I mean, obviously, besides all the DRAMA that has to happen in the course of a romance novel because that's what's expected of a romance.) And I came to like Roxbury, especially
Audio Version:
Narrator: Carolyn Morris - 5 stars for her narration only.

Lady Julianna Somerset is the widow to a notorious rake who not only broke her heart but left her destitute. To support herself, she becomes 1/4 of The London Weekly's Writing Girls, writing a gossip column under pen name A Lady of Distinction, unbeknownst to her peers; although much speculated.

When I first met her in Sophie's story, I initially liked her. However as the story progressed, I liked her less and less; mostly
As much as I liked this, I thought it was missing something, sparkle? MR is not a writer of angst and this lacked a strong dose of it. Julianna wasn't fair to Simon mostly due to what she had heard about him, and also because of her previous history with her first love, her late husband who treated her poorly.
Simon was a rake - when his father threatened to cut him off if he didn't marry soon, he goes in search of a wife instead of learning to support himself. It seems weird to empathize or adm
Apr 08, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite kind of story. Julianna prints an untrue gossip story about Simon Roxbury which pretty much ruins his life. His father has insisted he marry within a month or be disinherited. Now he is a social outcast and can't attract an acceptable wife. So he goes after Juliana and effectively ruins her life. She gets fired from her job and is threatened with relying on friends to sustain her. She finds that quite distasteful. When Simon suggests a marriage of convenience, she reluctantly ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
5 stars. I loved it. I loved the humor between the H and the h. They were so perfect for each other. And, I enjoyed the mystery surrounding The Man About Town. This was just a great story and I really enjoyed reading it.
Sep 21, 2014 Kamahashi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First: i read this book in the german translation.
I started it while I was sober and already thought it horrible, but i finished it after a Party and it was really hard to even get to the end because the writing seemed to be very unoriginal and the charcters were just characters, not very lovable. I am not sure if it is a matter of translation, but normally the german translation is quite good, so I think its really the whole book thats just not so very good -.-
thats very sad,because I started
Caroline Linden
A girl with a gun
A charming, singing scoundrel
One cracking good tale!
Aug 18, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Writing Girls continue to delight.

Lady Julianna Somerset (semi-)secretly reports on the Ton's scandals in her column for "The London Weekly" as "A Lady of Distinction." Lord Simon Roxbury, rake about town, is her richest fodder. ("Scandal equals sales," after all!) Her latest nugget has the entire Ton buzzing, and has put her rival, Man About Town, into the shade. But Lady Julianna does not always consider the consequence of her gossip, and perhaps she's gone a touch too far this time in que

Pages Survived: 290

This book is a great big ball of NOPE. Seriously, literally, and honestly, I'm a tad baffled at the utter oh-humanity-why failings Maya Rodale achieved in the entirety of A Tale Of Two Lovers. And, I can say, with absolute certainty, confidence, and "Bitch, I ain't lying!" this book was a bomb-face; when one is only 80 pages away from completing a book, and it's a Wall Banger, you can trust that it sucks.

So, here's the low-down; there's this chick, there's this dude, shenaniga
May 23, 2011 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I had some issues with this book. It's just that I was disappointed a bit by it. See, I love romances where hate turns to passion which leads them to discover they are actually falling in love. I think it's my Pride and Prejudice loving heart that always brings me back to this. And after reading the summary, I expected this from the book. And it just didn't get there.

Julianna and Roxbury are interesting characters in their own right. But, well, after the first kiss behind a potted plan (if I rem
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"You are stubborn, maddening, illogical and infuriating," Roxbury grumbled.
"I am a Lady," Julianna retorted, as she stepped behind a voluminous potted fern.
"Exactly.That's what I said," he said, following her. She gasped. He grinned.

Julianna is one of the four writing girls, and she is well known as the "Lady of Distinction" and she writes on all the latest scandals, to keep up with their rival. Julianna has worked hard to build up her section and have many resources at her disposal. One nigh
Apr 02, 2011 Cleffairy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 8th Feb 2011

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Ahah! Finally a historical romance with a slightly modern twist. A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale is a very interesting story where both of the protagonists are bull-headed. It’s all about battle of sexes in A Tale of Two Lovers, and I can’t help but smile at the quirkiness and irony that’s deliberately thrown in this story. I like this story very much. The stor
A TALE OF TWO LOVERS by Maya Rodale is an exciting historical romance set in 1823 London,England.It is the second in the "Writing Girl" series,but can be read as a stand alone.Book One," A Groom of One's Own". This is a fast paced,page turning story of misunderstandings,scandalous information,love,forgiveness,healing,romance,and love.When gossip columnist,Julianna,Lady Somerset, stumbles upon a taboo breaking affair,or so it appears,involving the rakish,handsome,sexy,rakish Lord Roxbury,who by t ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Addictive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Maya Rodale, I find distinctive writing and devilishly good plots. A Tale of Two Lovers is not to be missed as it involves both to wicked extremes.
Lady Julianna Somerset is a widow who was bequeathed virtually nothing in her husband’s will, and so to make ends meet she is forced to take up a gossip column in The London Weekly, a column in good running for another gossip column in the arch rival paper The London Times. Lady Julianna is called the Lady of Distinction in her widely talked about
Dec 09, 2012 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Tale of Two Lovers was an absolute joy to read. It takes place in the late Regency period of 1823 and follows Lady Julianna Somerset as she secretly writes a gossip column about members of the ton. When she sees Lord Simon Roxbury seducing someone backstage - someone dressed like a man – she can barely contain her excitement. You see where this is going, don’t you?

Lord Roxbury is the ultimate rake, moving from woman to woman easily and with nary a backward glance. He’s completely unaware his
Nadine Jones
Wow, this is delicious and delightful! A true "stay up wayyyyy to late" book! :-) And then it turned into a "leave mommy alone, I NEED to finish this book!" kind of book. Such a pleasant surprise. This is one of the stupidest covers I've seen, the hero looks like he's about to sneeze on the heroine. Goes to show: don't judge a book by its cover! (And the artist must not have read the book, or even been given many details other than hair color, because at no point that I noticed does the heroine ...more
I was dying for this title after reading the summary of ATOTL. It sounded fun. It sounded mischievous. And it sounded like I would have a blast reading it.

I did. I wish it never ended. I'm heartbroken that it's over.

There comes a time in every romance reader's life where he/she stumbles upon a couple so memorable they saunter past all the other favorite couples and claim the top spot of memorable coupledom. If you couldn't guess, Simon and Julianna pulled this stunt with me tonight.

Lord and Lad
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 08:57AM  
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • A Taste of Desire (The Elusive Lords, #2)
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • In Total Surrender (Secrets, #3)
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • Surprising Lord Jack (Duchess of Love, #2)
  • His Mistress by Christmas (Sinful Family Secrets, #2)
  • The Wedding of the Century & Other Stories
  • The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • Just One Season in London
  • The Perfect Scandal (Scandal, #3)
  • A Marriage of Inconvenience (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #1)
  • Once Upon a Ballroom
  • Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (The Duke's Daughters, #1; Windham, #4)
  • My Irresistible Earl (Inferno Club, #3)
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romanti ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Writing Girls (5 books)
  • A Groom of One's Own (The Writing Girls, #1)
  • The Tattooed Duke (The Writing Girls, #3)
  • Three Schemes and a Scandal (The Writing Girls, #3.5)
  • Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, #4)

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“If you fainted, I would catch you, my Lady Scandalous,” he murmured.” 2 likes
“No, you are not because I am going to,” Roxbury said darkly, probably still angry about those pesky rumors about his preferences. “How could you deny me that satisfaction?” she asked. “Very well, my dear wife, we shall seek and destroy the Man About Town together,” Roxbury agreed. “That’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me,” Julianna said sweetly, and her husband grinned.” 2 likes
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