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Her Secret Desire (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"A light, hot romance that will enchant readers." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (HOT)

"C.J. Archer brings Elizabethan London to vivid life with all its romance, danger and glamour. Take a walk on the wild side!" —Anna Campbell, author of Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

About the Author

C. J. Archer feels lucky to have been able to combine two lifelong loves, history and books, into the crafting of her three historical romances set in Elizabethan England. They include Kiss of Ash, Her Secret Desire, and Honor Bound,the 2008 winner of the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award. Under the pen name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines on two continents, including Take A Break, Woman’s Day, and That’s Life.

While she’s always been a novelist at heart and to her core, at different times in her career she’s assumed the roles of librarian, IT support person, and technical writer. Born in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, Archer grew up in a mining town in Queensland, steeped in the dramatic beauty of the Outback. She now lives in Melbourne, Victoria, with her husband and two children, and when not working on her next novel, she enjoys reading and gardening.

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  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (April 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00702M9HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women's magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia's Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. Kelly on May 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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I found that A Secret Life had a fairly interesting beginning, a slow middle and then it got super ramped up and exciting near the end of the book. If the entire book was a fast paced and as interesting as the end of the book, A Secret Life would have been amazing.

Ok let me start with the beginning. It's always interesting to me when I read historical books. I love them. It amuses me if not pisses me off how women were viewed and where their role in society was held. I surely don't know how I'd have ever survived in any other era than the current. Poor Min. She is a woman born in the wrong century for sure. Smart, well educated in the sciences of the day, knows various languages and she has a talent for writing poetry and play writing. Unfortunately all these gifts were used to serve her father's pursuits and no theatre company would even read her material simply based upon the fact of her gender.

On the fly she comes with an idea to have a man pose as the author for her play. That's where Robert "Blake" Blakewell comes into the story.

Up until that point, I thought the story was great and it was holding my interest. The middle of the book just seemed to drag for me. There were a whole bunch of scenes that could have been condensed or removed altogether. I would have loved more time between "Blake" and Min. Maybe more humour. Something that connected them more. Something that would have made me want to root for them or to have me feel a deeper chemistry between the pair. There is so much potential for the pair but it just fell short of drama or passion.

Then at about 80% on my Kindle, the story came alive. Blazingly alive.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By k miller on August 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
While the premise of this novel is intriguing--London Theatre during the Elizabethan age, and a woman who wants to write plays--the tale suffers from some glaring weaknesses that expose a lack of basic knowledge. For example: 1. The Epilogue comes in the right place, at the end of the story, but is startlingly titled 'Prologue.' 2. The writer apparently thinks that the past tense of 'sneak' is 'snuck'. 3. The characters use slang and idiomatic English that Elizabethans would never have employed, as many terms were not invented until the 20th century. 4. Someone chews of bites or nibbles at his or her lip on nearly every page, or so it seemed, long before the end. It grew more and more annoying, both as a nervous habit and a sylistic device. In short, the book needs some work.
That said, if you are not bothered by these problems, then perhaps this great romp of a bodice ripper is for you. Nothing wrong with the descriptions of this lusty couple's adventures in the bedroom. As for me, I hope the author takes my advice (see above) to heart and elminates such problems in future books. The writing shows promise.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katelynne on August 8, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book! The plot was interesting - and more complex than I thought it would be. The climax of the story was superb! Much better than I had anticipated! Ned didn't seem to be much of a character throughout the book, but that changed near the end of the book. It was a unique and great story. It was unlike anything I've ever read before.
I do admit that the story dragged a bit in the middle. I think a bit more humor would have made a huge difference in the middle.
The characters (even the secondary characters) were well-done. They felt real. Min's relationship with her father was complicated and that made it even more interesting and real to me.
Overall, this was a great book. I highly recommend it to anyone. I will definitely be looking into more books by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ABookADay on December 26, 2011
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Great original storyline that kept me interested despite the plain vanilla male lead. The female lead is wonderfully written and easy to cheer for throughout the full length novel.

Minerva and Blake meet under unusual circumstances. Blake is trying to find the seducer/impregnator of his sister and Minerva is trying to get her play accepted and uses Blake at the last instant as the male who wrote the play because 'women can't write plays.'

Minerva is a great character sorely neglected by her father living on the edge of poverty. She struggles to find they way to write the 'passion' needed into her play and Blake 'helps' her. Blake seems a bit too shallow and doesn't have the depth of character I like to see in leading male characters. The sizzle level is a mild-medium with an overall raw sexiness about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jhl VINE VOICE on February 3, 2013
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If an author wants to set a book in 16th-century England, then shouldn't she attempt to represent the customs, habits, and social structure of the period? In The Secret Desire CJ Archer writes a story that is superficially of the 16th century - with an Elizabethan privateer and William Shakespeare as main characters - but she really ignores how people would have talked or interacted at the time. So the 16th-century ends up being just window dressing for a fairly mundane plot with quite under-developed characters, who speak in 21st-century language and show no real awareness of class distinctions. What's the point?
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