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.
Having just come out of a tedious historical romance series with dithering leading ladies who revelled in being damsels in distress, this was an absolute breath of fresh air. There was no filler, no repetition to make up page numbers and the characters were flawed but likeable. Absolutely loved it! I've already downloaded the next. Also, the narrator was perfect for this book. Again, absolutely loved it!
"Delightful Elizabethan Story"
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.
"Don't bother - the story and reader will bore you"
Min - the supposed heroine of the story makes the most ridiculous choices any woman could possibly make and is really a total fool from the beginning of the story to the end. She supposedly loves a man who she repeatedly refuses to marry because of her stupidity and refusal to believe everything he says and everything she feels. Love stories like this do not deserve the time they take to listen to.
Weave a much better plot and find a reader who has a less ridiculous British accent.
Her accent was stilted, inaccurate, breathy, and hard to listen too. The reader made me wince over and over again.
I would not have published the book.
"love this series"
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.
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!
"Very Pleasant Listen"
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.
Worst: I found the pace of the book to be slow.
I would not recommend the book.
"An absolutely delightful Shakespearian romp!"
I truly expected the worst from this book, after all, "Secret Desire" would have to be a provocative "bodice ripper", wouldn't it? It turns out to be not unlike Nora Roberts, only set in the Shakespearian era. The absolute delight of this book is partly due to the excellent narrator, whose voice has the ability to quaver at just the right time, and she does justice to male narrative, as well.
Although the premise is somewhat cliche (a la Nora Roberts) and certainly predictable, the entertaining journey of a young woman bucking the chauvinistic male-dominated theater and writers of that time, as well as antiquated marriage contracts and self-support, is worth the listen. It is cleverly written and truly evokes the era.
It is just plain fun, with just enough "bodice ripping" to be entertaining, without centering around that aspect. Even though I got it at a reduced price, I would recommend it for the regular price or a credit.
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?
"Brings the Elizabethan period alive."
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.
"I ENJOYED IT & WILL CONTINUE 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.
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