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A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Writing Girls Series

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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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By T. Lee 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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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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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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By A. Day on January 21, 2014
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Wow! Such a good idea! Sadly it fell very, very flat. No romance, constant repetition, and no real focus on the dynamics behind these two characters. First characters that actually annoyed me. Not sure if I should continue the series.... Any thoughts?
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Good Story!

I enjoyed this story. I couldn't put it down. The author made the story line easy to follow. I will have to say though, I would have thought a deeper conversation between Simon and Julianna should have happened. The author has her reveal some of her life with her 1st husband to Simon but not all. She tells him how her 1st husband died in a chaise or gig trying to drive it while trying to make love an actress, and drinking and to top all off he leaves what money he has to his mistress's and his bastards leaving her very little. How she refuses to get help from her parents because they disapproved of her elopement to her 1st husband. She strikes on her own and makes a living for herself. But I believe she should of have described her marriage to that man, what she endured while married to him. It was covered by recollections she has about her 1st husband that has made her who she is but never truly discussed with Simon. Simon has something to hide concerning his older brother that needs to be dealt with and Julianna asked him once but it was never discussed. This was missing from the story, it would have given more substance to the story. I would have preferred a different ending but that is me.
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