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"This sexy historical romp opens with a bang, as gossip columnist Lady Somerset, stumbles upon what she thinks is a taboo-breaking affair involving Lord Roxbury, an enigmatic rake...With one delicious plot twist upon another, Rodale's latest will keep readers guessing until the last bud is plucked." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Readers who enjoy empowered women and alpha males will adore this installment in the Writing Girl series. Her quick wit is only matched by her characters' high jinks and a touch of mystery." --RT Book Reviews

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The Writing Girls Romance Series: 
  1. A Groom Of One's Own
  2. A Tale Of Two Lovers
  3. The Tattooed Duke
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Product Details

  • Series: The Writing Girls (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061922994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061922992
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence and she is now the bestselling and award winning author of smart and sassy historical and contemporary romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Please visit her at

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steph on May 14, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The only reason the book gets one star is because of the Hero. The female lead (the term "Heroine" is far too complimentary) is a completely self-centered, annoying liar. She writes a scandalous story about the Hero - one that in Regency England could get the man imprisoned - yet refuses to print a retraction when proved wrong. Are we supposed to like a woman that lies to the public because she dislikes the man she writes about because he is a rake?

While the writing is enjoyable - I had to skip vast swaths of this book because the female lead is such a disagreeable, spoiled character. I know that others review this book highly, but I couldn't - I enjoy likable main characters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Not Telling on January 16, 2012
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This book reminded me a bit of Sabrina Jeffries' A Dangerous Lord, only a bad version. I think this story could have worked, had BOTH main characters been...well, nicer. True, Julianna's love for gossip is not an appealing quality in a heroine. But I couldn't help but also hate Simon. He was a selfish jerk! He couldn't wrap his head around the fact that someone was denying his sexual advances. And then he only continued to court her and marry her because he wanted to bed her. He kept following these rules he used on how to make a woman desire him. Julianna wasn't the only ruthless one here. Yes, they both apologzed at the end, but that's one of the things readers hate, because by then your opinions are already so formed and you don't get to see how true those apologies or love confessions are. I love Maya Rodale, but not this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ReaderForever on April 27, 2011
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I read this book through NetGalley and I am sharing my thoughts with Amazon readers.

"A Tale of Two Lovers" is a very intriguing story with strong characters that do not always meet the definitive "good" or "bad" guy. Lady Julianna Somerset is a young widow whose deceased husband was a irresponsible and a profligate. Lady Somerset never wants to be dependent on another man so she gets a job as a gossip columnist. She has a rival whose column has been running for over 40 years in another newspaper.

In trying to scoop her rival, Julianna comes upon Lord Roxbury in a provocative position with a person apparently wearing trousers. Without confirming what she sees, Julianna insinuates in her column that Lord Roxbury has ran through so many women that now he may be having a tryst with the opposite sex. As you can imagine, this launches a major scandal and Lord Roxbury wants a retraction. Unfortunately for him, his father gives him an ultimatum to marry within 30 days. After reading the gossip column, no presentable lady of the ton would even entertain a proposal from him.

After a few run-ins, Lord Roxbury practically blackmails Julianna into marriage. Not giving away any spoilers, the couple go through plenty of ups and downs before happy ever after triumphs. This story was interesting because the heroine wasn't that likeable a character. You would not want to invite her in as a friend. She did not mind creating gossip about anyone else and destroying their lives but as soon as Lord Roxbury turned the tables on her, she had problems with someone making harming her reputation. I really enjoyed her getting her comeuppance although I still don't think she ever saw the errors of her ways. If you want to find a book that doesn't subscribe to the same old characterizations, this story will be enjoyable for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JOS on September 13, 2011
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What an utterly loathsome "heroine." As a gossip columnist, she prints an item implying that the "hero" is homosexual (a hanging offense at the time), thereby ruining his reputation. She refuses to print a retraction, although why that is up to her I do not know, and her employer ends up getting shot in the subsequent duel. For some unknown reason, she thinks she is the one who is being put upon in all this.

What makes authors think that being arrogant, pig-headed and self-pitying makes a heroine attractively independent?

At least the prose is competent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2011
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Lord Simon Roxbury is a rampant rake who is wonderful fodder for the gossip columns until one day he is caught in a very compromising position with what looks like another man. Lady Julianna Somerset is the author of the gossip column "The London's Weekly", and it's her innuendos about his sexual preferences that nearly ruins Roxbury, and motivates his father to give him an ultimatum - marry in four weeks or be disinherited. Roxbury's revenge on Lady Julianna forces them both into a situation where only a respectable marriage to each other will save them. You have to read the book to find out if Roxbury can love and stay faithful to only one woman, and Lady Julianna can find it in her heart to love a reformed rake when her first disastrous marriage had sworn her off men for the rest of her life.

I have to admit that at one point I didn't think I would finish this book. I didn't like Roxbury because all he could think about was sex. And I liked Lady Julianna even less because of her heartless attitude to the "victims" and her use of blatant lies in her gossip column. But about half way through the book Roxbury and Julianna became fun and more likable, and a lovely little romance developed. The book is never going to threaten "Wuthering Heights" or such like for the 'best romance ever written' award, but it's a fun book that will help you waste a few hours.
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