Courageous Minerva Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is cursed to be living in Elizabethan England, when women most assuredly did not write plays. Determined to succeed, Min impulsively enlists the help of the first man she sees to be her “cover”.
Blake, her chosen surrogate, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a wondrous pair of shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. As his own mission - ferreting out the cad who got his sister pregnant - collides with Min’s nascent career, his dilemma is keen: protect either his family’s honor or the woman who is slowly but surely winning his heart.
Fast-paced, funny, richly detailed, and with a deliciously dark edge, Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who, no matter what, never gives up on her dreams.
©2012 C. J. Archer (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
Minerva “Min” Peabody is an impoverished daughter of Lord, trying to avoid matrimony with a less than desirable suitor by writing plays in the hope to sell them. Selling them is a problem due to her gender; the concept of anything written by a woman is scandalous and she can't get the manager of the theatre company to even read it. Blake agrees to pose as the author as he has his own reasons for wanting to infiltrate the theatre company, but soon finds his attraction to Min distracting him from his true purpose for being there. A non-taxing story which had me chuckling at times, and was also interesting for historic fact and historic figures included in the tale. I love Justine Eyre's voice and selected this story on the basis that she read it, but I was also delighted with the story itself.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The author really made you feel for the characters. However, I hated the antagonists more than I like the protagonists. I wanted to slap Min's father, throttle Style and stomp all over Ned. That being said, I did like Min and Blake, they seemed to connect from the first, I liked Min's spunk, and who doesn't love a sexy pirate? I'm sorry, Privateer .
I highly recommend giving this a go, it was fun, interesting, and engaging.
This story wasn't anything like I expected. When I first started the book and heard that it takes place in the late 1500's I almost stopped listening as I typically don't like books from this time period. However, the time period isn't a major factor in this book and the story and characters are great.
I really liked that William Shakespeare is a character in the book. He is a great character in the story!
Yes, I've listened to quite a few books narrated by Justine Eyre. She always delivers a solid performance. She's great.
I felt that the romance between Blake and Min took off very quickly as it's only about a week or so from start to finish, but what a ride it is. The last few chapters of the book are very stressful with Min having one of the worst days of her life. This is my first book by C.J. Archer, but definitely will not be my last. I loved it!
Not that good.
This was alright but when Ms. Eyre did Blakes voice, at times, she made him sound like he was in pain and he wasn't! I liked Min and Lilly and Hawksbury and Jane. It was a good story but it could have had better narration.
I believe audible should have all the samples do a part where the hero and heroine can be heard, just to be fair to the listeners. A man or woman can always do the voice of their own sex but can they do the other?
The book is light and entertaining. It combines some period detail, an engaging set of characters, and a fun storyline. I'll continue listening to the series.
At first I didn't like the narrator's voice but as it went on it wasn't noticeable because the plot & characters were so real. C J Archer spins a fine tale with strong, believable characters. I highly recommend this book.
Really like this author, these characters are so different, even though you know the general outcome. As other reviewers have said, I think this main male character Ian is somewhat autistic. I love the way she describes his personality yet still makes him lovable. I am definitely going to listen to the other two books in the series. The narrator does a good job, but I do get a little tired of listening to her. But the story makes it worth it.
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