A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 12 December, 2014 by Amanda / 6 Comments

A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale {Amanda’s Review}A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale
Series: The Writing Girls #2
Also in this series: Seducing Mr. Knightly
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

He is notorious.

Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. This notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than The London Weekly's Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R received an ultimatum: be wed or be penniless.

She is scandalous.

As A Lady of Distinction, Lady Julianna Somerset typically reports on other people's scandals, but soon she finds herself embroiled in a very public battle with an irate Lord Roxbury—one that leaves her reputation in tatters and her position at The Weekly on the line.

Together they're... respectable?

With no other choice available, these two enemies unite in a marriage of convenience to rescue both their reputations and secure his fortune. With their rivals intent on revealing the charade, Lady Julianna and Lord Simon inevitably surrender to temptation. It may just be a love match after all . . .

I had concerns, but liked it.

Thoughts on a A Tale of Two Lovers

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 when he put all his rake knowledge to good use to love Julianna.

Pause a second: I’m starting to get bored of the “I’ve had many women and I’m an accomplished lover” hero. Not enough to disturb my enjoyment of this book, but man, it’s there. Can’t we get a less suave hero?

And Julianna. Man. I liked her. She’s been dealt kind of a crap hand what with a terrible husband who left her with so little to live on that she had to take up a job as one of the Writing Girls. But she’s pulled herself up and turned herself into a respectable widow, and you’ve got to admire that.

When they finally come together, though, it was good. My concern about how the characters would butt heads — not unfounded — never came to pass in a way that made me want to throw something. In fact, it was rather enjoyable, and I like the way Roxbury came up to scratch. And I’m glad Julianna got a second chance at love. (And that she’s a good shot. For reasons.)


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6 Responses to “A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I’ve been meaning to read more of the Writing Girls books. I’ve only read the last one. The summary of this one, though, isn’t really calling to me, but you seemed to really enjoy this so I should give it a shot.

    I get a little tired of the AMAZING lovers, too. Not so much that I don’t love romance novels, but sometimes you just want to be “really!”
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    • Yeah… I’m getting to the point in my library where it’s read unknown-to-me authors or books by authors I’ve read and liked but whose remaining books don’t sound all that appealing… and the latter wins. But I liked this despite the concerns I had for it, which says something.

      YES! Thank you. I’m glad it’s not just me. And I don’t need virgin heroes, either, just someone who hasn’t spent his entire past (or since age of maturity) in bed with a woman.

    • The Amazing Lover hero could seriously get his own discussion post. I always think about disease and pregnancy because how is that not an issue with all the lovin’?

      Actually… I read a book about a hero who *thought* he was good in bed and wasn’t. It was amusing, to say the least. (A Duke Never Yields by Juliana Gray.)

  2. I had to snort at the accomplished lover thing too. It would make for a good discussion post. I just have to wonder – does he poll all the women after he sleeps with them? How else would he know? With all his experience you would think he would have learned that we can fake it ;-)

    Glad his inflated sense of sexual self wasn’t enough to hinder your overall enjoyment!!!!

    • I’m going to try to write more discussion posts in 2015. That will have to be one of them! Because… it’s… so common in historical romance. (And romance in general, I think.)

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