A Tale of Two Lovers : Writing Girls

  • by Maya Rodale
  • Narrated by Carolyn Morris
  • Series: Writing Girls
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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...

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What the Critics Say

"With one delicious plot twist upon another, Rodale's latest will keep readers guessing until the last bud is plucked." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review )

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One's a rake, the other a gun-shy lady

Setting: London 1823
Genre: Romance
Performance was better than average. Emotions were well-expressed, though the range wasn't great. When the dialogue involved 3 or 4 women, it got a little difficult to differentiate, but I don't think many could have done it better, and many, many could do worse.
This novel is third person singular from the POV of both protagonists. Is it still third person *singular* if it comes from two points of view? I don't remember as school was a long time ago.
Lady Julianna Somerset is A Lady of Distinction, the London Weekly's gossip columnist. She is also the young widow of an unmitigated rake. At 17, she ran away to Gretna Green, wildly in love, only to have her dreams dashed almost immediately by her husband's drinking, gambling, and womanizing. To make it even worse, her late husband left the bulk of his estate to his mistresses and bastards, leaving Julianna a house and very small annuity, so she must work to survive. Can you say bitter and suspicious? Then there's Simon, Lord Roxbury, another unmitigated rake. Julianna, as the Lady of Distinction, saw Roxbury backstage removing men's clothes from someone. In her column, she wrote that though it was possibly an actress who had been dressed as a boy in the play, or could it be that, as he has gone through the ladies of London, perhaps he has now started on the men? This, of course, ruins his reputation, and no one will receive him. He goes to the newspaper office where he sees Julianna and figures out who The Lady of Distinction is. He knows he can ride out the scandal eventually (provided the gossips leave him alone), but his father has issued an ultimatum: marry within a month or lose everything. Angry with his father and perhaps more with Julianna, while drunk, he decides to serenade her all night with a bawdy song, and she shoots him, therefore having to bring him inside to treat his wound. She is ruined and no longer welcome in Society, so she loses her job.
The plot revolves around these two wary individuals: Simon, whose late brother told to "be your own man", and Julianna, who has lost the ability to trust and love. How can they get beyond their personal obstacles? The story is an interesting exploration of these two, and it is well done.
I believe it is worth the credit.
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- Kimberly

What's not to love?

This was my second listen to this book and it is just as enjoyable as it was the first time.
With characters that sizzle and a storyline that delights I have not a single complaint.

NARRATOR : I find that Carolyn Morris delivers in style. She has a comfortable and singularly smooth way of narrating that is not distracting.

CREDITWORTHY? YES!

HEAT FACTOR: steamy approaching a slow starting boil.....



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- Susynne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio