Shelves: regency-romance , historical-romance , worst-person-ever-heroine , worst-person-ever-hero , when-stupid-things-are-stupid , rakes-being-rake-y , feisty-heroine-nitwits , spinsters-and-bluestockings-unite A Tale of Two Lovers was a bit of a wall banger for me. But I do mind characters who intentionally inflict pain physical or emotional on others and never embark on a redemption arc. And on that note, meet our heroine, Julianna! In order to do this, Julianna writes a damning story about notorious rake Lord Roxbury that ends up getting the man all but shunned by the Ton.
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Roxbury stopped before her, and folded his arms across his chest. I want you to tell all of London that you were mistaken. Her pride would not allow it. The damage is already done, why take me down with you? She worried that someone might hear them, but then she recalled that they were very much alone, and quite far from the ballroom. As if she was not fit company for his harem. Her lips pursed, spinsterish. Roxbury laughed, and this time it was a bitter sound.
What I am experiencing is a potent and seething mixture of outrage, fury, and indignation. For the first time in my life, I have a nearly unquenchable urge to throttle a woman. Aye, she hoped the moonlight disguised the deep flush of crimson in her cheeks.
She did not know that kind of pleasure, and she did not doubt him capable of it. He leveled a stare at her, as if daring her to disobey, which, of course, meant that she had to. At this moment, she desperately wanted to believe the rumors her column had started. For if they were not true… then she was alone, with a devilishly handsome man who made her warm and her knees weak, and who might, at any moment, either murder her or seduce her.
She gasped. He grinned. If he was anything like her, a dare was never resisted. Order Your Copy.
A Tale of Two Lovers
She read it aloud to Roxbury, who quietly sipped his coffee. Breakfast could wait. Gossip came first. The couple was recently seen taking a drive along Rotten Row seeming very much in love and acknowledged by society matrons Lady S—W—and Lady R—. She has no choice but to receive us now. Impressive social maneuvering, too, madam.
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A Tale of Two Lovers (Writing Girl Series #2)