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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.
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By Karen on 07-16-12

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.

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By Linda on 05-04-14

Don't bother - the story and reader will bore you

What would have made Her Secret Desire better?

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.

What could C. J. Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Weave a much better plot and find a reader who has a less ridiculous British accent.

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

Her accent was stilted, inaccurate, breathy, and hard to listen too. The reader made me wince over and over again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Her Secret Desire?

I would not have published the book.

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By Leigh UK on 09-28-16

Couldn't stop listening!

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!

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By M on 02-28-15

My first review

Thoroughly enjoyed this, my first audio book! Absolutely brilliant story and well read. Look forward to the next one. Thank you.

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