Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls, #2)” as Want to Read:
A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Tale of Two Lovers

(The Writing Girls #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,256 ratings  ·  129 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
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Avon
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Tale of Two Lovers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Tale of Two Lovers

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.79  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,256 ratings  ·  129 reviews

Sort order
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-
Jul 14, 2011 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
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
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
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book:
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
Caroline Linden
A girl with a gun
A charming, singing scoundrel
One cracking good tale!
Shannon Gallagher
I absolutely loved everything about this book. Even the constant reminder of this rakish hero's past behavior. It was done in such a lighthearted manor that it didn't come off as swinish. I enjoyed his journey into love and the way he fought to prove it to his wife of convenience.

As an independent woman writer for the gossip columns, she's managed to ruin our hero's infamous reputation and he in turn ruins hers by serenading her home in the middle of the night, drunk as a wheelbarrow and singing
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Cute, very enjoyable, with a good dose of swoony & some great humor.
Just what I expected and felt for
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

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, particularly when his reputation is shredded and chances of marriage are ruined because of it.
Sep 06, 2011 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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
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
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread. Despite the hero being a huge manwhore I really enjoyed this book. You definitely see the hero fall in love and want to change. It doesn’t excuse his behavior but I don’t mind it as much. It also helps that the heroine wasn’t some insipid virgin but a “spitfire” and “terrifying” widow.
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
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-novels
Ok. So. I “finished” the book. I skipped ahead and read the ending just to say I had.

I liked the ending much better than the start.
Fangirl Musings

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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I reread this, and still, I love it so much! The characters are so entertaining and definitely not nice and perfect, but fun for me to watch just the same. I really appreciate this book, and love the banter between the characters and the way the hero just accepts the heroine, while she holds onto her pride, but finds herself charmed by him. They are wonderful together.
❆ 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.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. I love historical romances and this one was no exception.

Review soon maybe even a giveaway!
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's probably my first time reading this author and definitely not the last!
Filled with witty conversations, strong characters and enough suspense to keep one riveted to the book.
3.5 Stars
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
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
Lover of Romance
"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
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Very much an enemies to lovers story. The banter was very fun!

As with the first book the plot machinations felt very cursory and kind of just fell away towards the end, but not in a satisfying way.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"And exposed ankles!"
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
at first I thought feh, same old story, but I kept reading anyhow and was glad I did. the characters got better and better as the story got more complicated, nicely done!
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy a good fake-romance-turned-real.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 08:57AM  
  • The Perfect Scandal (Scandal, #3)
  • The Wedding of the Century & Other Stories
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #4)
  • In Total Surrender (Secrets, #3)
  • Just One Season in London
  • A Taste of Desire (The Elusive Lords, #2)
  • The Taming of the Rake (Blackthorn Brothers, #1)
  • How to Ravish a Rake (How To #3)
  • His Mistress by Christmas (Mistress Trio, #2; Sinful Family Secrets, #1)
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • Flawless (The Christies, #1)
  • Secrets of a Proper Countess
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • Something About Emmaline (Bachelor Chronicles, #1)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
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

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)
“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
More quotes…