A Tale of Two Lovers

Maya Rodale
A Tale of Two Lovers
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Release Date
April 2011
Historical Romance

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 . . .

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
Original and intriguing, A TALE OF TWO LOVERS is sure to delight historical fans who are looking for something new in historical England (setting is 1823).

Lady Julianna Somerset has to supplement her meager income by writing the latest gossip about the ton. Because scandal increase sales and in a bid to upstage her rival, the Man About Town, she insinuated that Simon Sinclair, Viscount Roxbury and heir to the Earl of Carlyle, is interested in men. This ruined his reputation horribly and he set out for revenge, which resulted in his being responsible for Julianna's own loss of reputation. Faced with an ultimatum to marry or be destitute, he struck a bargain with Julianna for a marriage to save both their reputations, but Julianna is wary of rakes like Roxbury, as having been bitten once, she had no wish to repeat the experience...

Julianna is an unconventional heroine in that she not only has a job, but she never fails to speak her mind. She is ever on the search for juicy gossip, and doesn't hesitate to twist facts to suit her ends. Although both characters' actions went too far sometimes, they had to undergo personal growth to be the person that the other needs.

What I like about this novel is the way we see Roxbury change from a rakehell to one who's devoted to his wife. The change was gradual and realistic, and makes for delightful reading as we see this rake being tamed by the woman he despised earlier on for putting him in a precarious situation.

A mystery subplot weaves through the book with regards to the identity of the Man About Town. The clues were there, but the author also managed to confuse me that I wasn't able to guess exactly who he is.

If you're looking for an enjoyable afternoon, spend it with these funny characters and the laughable situations they find themselves in, but have an ice cool drink nearby to counter the heat of passion between these two engaging characters.
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