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Ria was tired of leading a double life James Everett, the domineering head of Everett Communications, had never found a secretary who could meet his impossible standards--not until Ria Duncan came along. James demanded cool efficiency and exclusive loyalty from a secretary so Ria donned spectacles and learned to blend in with the sleek office furniture. But she couldn't es Ria was tired of leading a double life James Everett, the domineering head of Everett Communications, had never found a secretary who could meet his impossible standards--not until Ria Duncan came along. James demanded cool efficiency and exclusive loyalty from a secretary so Ria donned spectacles and learned to blend in with the sleek office furniture. But she couldn't escape her boss's notice. As James became increasingly fascinated by his elusive secretary, Ria found herself responding to him with a long-dormant passion. As their attraction grew, she wondered what James, a confirmed bachelor, would think when he discovered she was a warmhearted, tempestuous woman, the widowed mother of twins--and very much in love.


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Ria was tired of leading a double life James Everett, the domineering head of Everett Communications, had never found a secretary who could meet his impossible standards--not until Ria Duncan came along. James demanded cool efficiency and exclusive loyalty from a secretary so Ria donned spectacles and learned to blend in with the sleek office furniture. But she couldn't es Ria was tired of leading a double life James Everett, the domineering head of Everett Communications, had never found a secretary who could meet his impossible standards--not until Ria Duncan came along. James demanded cool efficiency and exclusive loyalty from a secretary so Ria donned spectacles and learned to blend in with the sleek office furniture. But she couldn't escape her boss's notice. As James became increasingly fascinated by his elusive secretary, Ria found herself responding to him with a long-dormant passion. As their attraction grew, she wondered what James, a confirmed bachelor, would think when he discovered she was a warmhearted, tempestuous woman, the widowed mother of twins--and very much in love.

30 review for The Counterfeit Secretary

  1. 4 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. RE The Counterfeit Secretary - In her second journey to HPlandia, SN brings us a tale of office romance with a well-disguised h and an Alpha H who really doesn't know what hit him, but is going to extract the maximum advantage out of his situation and get his way in the end. That being said, the H is not a jerk, he has worked very hard for his success and he does date, but as he himself says - he can count his serious liaisons on the fingers of one hand so he isn't into multi appetizers at the ho RE The Counterfeit Secretary - In her second journey to HPlandia, SN brings us a tale of office romance with a well-disguised h and an Alpha H who really doesn't know what hit him, but is going to extract the maximum advantage out of his situation and get his way in the end. That being said, the H is not a jerk, he has worked very hard for his success and he does date, but as he himself says - he can count his serious liaisons on the fingers of one hand so he isn't into multi appetizers at the hors d'oeuvres tray . The h, on the other hand, is a thirty year old widow with twin six year old sons and is is very unlike most HP widows. She isn't a virgin, she isn't a tart and she had a great marriage - she is a normal woman who loved her husband very much but is now missing the manliness of having a partner. The guy she is currently seeing just isn't all that in the passion department-- tho he can afford to keep her and her children in comfort for the rest of her life and he gets along with her sons fairly well. Since they were young and relatively middle class when her hubby died in a car accident, the h has to earn a living to augment what her husband left her and pay the mortgage on her home. Fortunately her father in law is retired as a Merchant Seaman chef and likes puttering around the house with his grandsons. So the h sets out to get herself a good paying job. She has excellent secretarial skills but flaming red hair and is not unattractive, she works at a series of office temp jobs until she hears that the H is having a hard time keeping secretaries. Apparently they either don't fit his work ethic - which is slave driver- or they fall in love with him and cause scenes. He doesn't want a married woman, he has had a few who fell in love and then got irate hubby's involved and he doesn't want a sweet young thing - same problem and they are flighty. He wants an older career woman who is like his office machinery - sleek, efficient and unnoticeable. The h happens to also overhear the H's game plan for interviewing his potential employee while she is in a restaurant eating lunch and the H is in the booth behind her. He plans to act very irate and bossy and then try the seduction routine, if the woman can handle all that and not flinch, she is in like Flynn. Since the job is strictly 9-5 with no overtime and a big salary, the h decides she can mold herself into anything for five years - which is how long she needs to pay off her mortgage. She adds three years to her age, slicks back her hair into the perfect chignon, buys some fake glasses and some boring business suits and applies for the job - leaving out the widowhood and mum portions of her resume. After a somewhat grueling interview that starts with the H coming across as a medieval tyrant and rapid fire dictation that the h breezes thru, the H then tries the seduction routine - only to be dismissed wearily by the h as she rises to leave, telling him she doesn't mix business with pleasure or co-workers as it only leads to big messes in the end. The H hires her on the spot and three years later the h is the bastion of calm efficiency when dealing with the tyrant, fire breathing H. He treats her like office furniture and annoys her frequently with his self centered manner, but she has reliable hours and a good paycheck. She is feeling a bit restless with the humdrum of her life between work and the boys and a lacklustre suitor who is probably going to propose, but she figures it will pass and overall she is pretty happy. Her sons mean the world to her and she just wants to give them the best life possible. Which leads to her birthday dinner with her appropriate, wealthy and nice suitor - he has been hinting at marriage for a bit now and the h is very unsure. She likes the guy, but she misses the passion she had with her hubby and Mr. Appropriate doesn't seem to see her as passion material. In fact she soon discovers he has a mistress that he visits on occasion. The h has decided to dump him at this point, but she asks him why he did not come to her if he needed some physical affection and Mr. Appropriate looks at her like she is insane - clearly he sees her as a suitable wife but not a lover. The h doesn't have red hair for nothing though. Her French father in law bought her a daring dress for her birthday and while Mr. A doesn't appreciate the view, the cute young guy across the restaurant does. When she gives him a come-hither smile, he runs over to ask her to dance. The h accepts, to the consternation of Mr. A and the h and the flirty guy take to the dance floor. She assumes the young man is a college student and they chat for a bit. Seems Flirty Guy is there with his uncle, who is reading him the riot act about buckling down to his studies, getting better friends and avoiding those wild women. The h and Flirty Guy wind up outside on the balcony cause the h just got a look at his Uncle, it turns out to be the H. Flirty Guy has his carpe diem moment and kisses the h, only to be interrupted by the H - turns out Flirty Guy is actually Flirty Boy and only seventeen. The H is very irate, the h is mortified and a bit irked that the Beast - which is her private name for the H, shared only within her family- doesn't recognize her in nice clothes and her hair down. The Beast has his own carpe diem moment and winds up kissing the h too. That kiss is a LOT better and the H is pretty impressed. He leaves the h after telling her to have pity on the youngsters - she is too much for them to handle. The h leaves with Mr. A - who proposes and then doesn't want to take no for an answer. The h resigns herself to endless reiteration of the word NO, she knows Mr. A isn't for her and she isn't going out with him anymore - though it takes a skillet to get a message through Mr. A's head when he doesn't want to know. The h gets back to her usual office disguise and things are burbling along when the H tries to give her a promotion. The h doesn't want it and the H doesn't like that. Heated words are exchanged and the h wins hands down, even when the H tries the " you must take the job to increase the women in upper management for the sake of feminism" line. The h tells him that feminism means she gets to do what SHE wants, not give into bullies, and she wants to keep her job exactly as it is. This rejection has got the H interested now, but he still doesn't recognize her and things get a little more wacky when Flirty Boy shows up to see his Uncle and recognizes her right away. He tries blackmail to get the h to see him again, but the h has mumhood and 13 years of experience and she shoots Flirty Boy right down. She does feel bad for him tho, his parents aren't very good at parenting and his uncle, the Beast H, is not reading him well at all. When Flirty Boy shows up at her home, she lets him hang around - but is careful to place herself in the parental category to dissuade any amorous intentions. The H is getting more personal with the h as they continue working together (SN adds passages in his POV,) he has confided that Flirty Boy's mum is all over the place with outrage that FB may be getting involved with bad friends and a gold-digging widow. The h realizes that the gold-digging widow is actually her and has big trepidations that this is not going to end well. The end comes when Mr. A calls the office when there is a crisis and the h has had to stay late for the first time ever. Mr. A is haranguing the h about marriage and the H is right there listening to her side of the conversation, so the h switches to French and tells Mr. A she still won't marry him, she will just be his mistress and they can have a lot more fun. Mr. A is outraged and finally gives up. The H then informs the h that she is rude for talking in front of him in a foreign language and then gives her a hard time about the mistress proposal - the h is mortified to realize the H speaks French. He tells her just because he did not have a formal education - he worked his way up from the streets- doesn't mean he is ignorant. Then the H really looks at her and realizes she was the great kisser from the restaurant. He is REALLY interested now, but the h won't give in. The fact that she is also Flirty Boy's gold-digging widow is soon discovered as well, but the H is quick to realize that the h is offering the boy an adult mentor and it is keeping him out of trouble. He does get the h to go to his house for dinner and is very quick to imply to Flirty Boy, who also is there, that the h is in a serious relationship with him. The Beast continues his pursuit and he can't figure out why she won't give in - he assures her that her job is safe, but the h has listened to the H's comments on raising other men's kids as being highly undesirable and also the H is firmly against marriage. The h had thought he was setting himself up to marry a young debutante that he escorts around a lot, but it turns out their relationship is a lot like the h's and Flirty Boy's - platonic and mentoring. The h likes the Beast and he is very attractive, but she wants passion AND respectability and the H would demand all her attention and resent her sons. She isn't going there - the H will have to lose this round too. While at work the h gets a call that one of the boys has fallen and is in a coma, the H helps her to the hospital - tho he is rather jealous, as it has been implied by the h that she has two men in her life that she loves very much and the H doesn't like that. He is shocked to find out she has twins but he leaps into the breach to help out while her son is in hospital. Her other son likes the H a lot and they all wind up staying at the H's house while the coma goes on. The h and H wind up in bed and the h is very happy, though she knows it can't last. The H is anti-commitment to the extreme and she won't neglect her sons for lust. Finally the little boy recovers and the h is in love but is afraid to share that with the H. Her fears are confirmed when the H seems to reject her when she tells him that she has to move back to her own home. The H is thinking that SHE is rejecting him and he gets all Crankypants on her. They fight and then ignore each other and the workplace becomes frigid. The h is miserable, but hides it and the H is angry and doesn't. Finally the H tells her he will find her another position in the company, cause even when he paraded lovely ladies in front of her, she did not bat an eye. The h is relieved but very sad, then she finds out she is preggers. She is planning on holding the H to his statement of providing child support, believing him when he earlier said that would be all he would offer an up the duff lover, but she thinks about trying to corner the H into marriage. She rejects the idea and decides to just get on with things and the twins find out there is a new baby on the way. The h is enduring the travails of morning sickness when the H shows up with marmalade roses. The twins spilled the beans about the baby when Flirty Boy and the H went to see their soccer game. The H does a nice apology for all the misguided statements about no marriage, no other man's kids and only child support - he loves the h and wants to marry her. In fact he confesses that HE trapped HER with a devious little plan. He knew she couldn't take birth control, cause her doctor advised against it and he spent the whole month her son was in the hospital trying to knock her up. The h is shocked but happy and the H is smug but happy and everybody is now a family and the sunset is throwing out a Pink Sparlie HEA. This one is good, the deceptions and the revelations are well done, the H is not horrible and the h is not a doormat. The kids aren't plot moppets and the loves scenes are really well done. SN makes a very believable secretary boss to friends to lovers trope and the HEA is highly believable. Definitely read this if you like the office romance or h's with a backbone tropes, you won't be disappointed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    An office romance where the secretary heroine feels the need to hide behind a dowdy, spinsterish disguise lest her boss chase her round the desk. Then, BAM, one day, off the glasses fly, down the hair tumbles from its strict bun, and the H and h give in to the sexual tension that has been building up between them for eons. I liked the story fine. The author managed a plausible and convincing evolution of the hero from a workaholic, cynical rake to someone who experienced love for the first time. An office romance where the secretary heroine feels the need to hide behind a dowdy, spinsterish disguise lest her boss chase her round the desk. Then, BAM, one day, off the glasses fly, down the hair tumbles from its strict bun, and the H and h give in to the sexual tension that has been building up between them for eons. I liked the story fine. The author managed a plausible and convincing evolution of the hero from a workaholic, cynical rake to someone who experienced love for the first time. The heroine was suitably smart and feisty. Part of the reason why I like these office romances is that you are virtually guaranteed a non-ninny heroine, and this one was definitely a strong, spine-of-steel woman who delivered some very funny one-liners. I could have done without the plot contrivance of the plot moppet's life-and-death crisis to speed up h and H's relationship. I was also somewhat irked that she kept the secret that she has children from the hero for such a long, long time like they were something to be ashamed of or would somehow make her look less attractive to the hero. But overall, nicely done.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Ms. Napier has a wicked sense of humour, and penchant for spunky heroines who have what it takes to match the most difficult of heroes. Ria's faced tragedy and adversity and doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to make a good life for her and her twin boys. Hiding her true nature behind a boring persona to win the ideal job, is but a small sacrifice, or is it so small? Something she wonders about as she dresses for her 30th birthday date with a man who appreciates her respectable demeanor. Ms. Napier has a wicked sense of humour, and penchant for spunky heroines who have what it takes to match the most difficult of heroes. Ria's faced tragedy and adversity and doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to make a good life for her and her twin boys. Hiding her true nature behind a boring persona to win the ideal job, is but a small sacrifice, or is it so small? Something she wonders about as she dresses for her 30th birthday date with a man who appreciates her respectable demeanor. Eager to see if Louis has any fire to offer her, she learns that he prefers to offer fire to a mistress, keeping Ria on a pedestal as his future wife. Rebelling leads to a kiss with a teenage boy that flatters her ego and then a passionate clinch with the boy's uncle, who turns out to be her boss. But James doesn't see the red-headed bombshell he'd kissed in his spectacle-wearing, bun-haired ever-efficient secretary. That is until he offers her a promotion to management, and she refuses. And suddenly he starts to see her in a new light, and recognizes her as the angel he once kissed that had rocked his world. James is a bit of a tyrant while he and Ria are strictly business, once he starts to take a personal interest in her, we see the man beneath his tough armor. Ria is a strong heroine out to protect her heart and her sons from the brutal realities of loving and losing. She's scared to risk her heart again but she can't deny her own passionate nature and she misses that part of her life. James really steps up and takes care of her and her boys when he's most needed. I really enjoyed their journey to HEA.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    Love! That's what this book is about. Learning to love after a huge loss, learning to grow and accept and learning to love again in general. The heroine lost her husband to a tragedy six years ago but had twin sons out of her marriage. Now she is alone except for her father in law helping her raise her sons, that's when the hero steps into the picture fully. The hero is the heroines boss and he is learning more and more about his counterfeit secretary and loving it. When tragedy once again strik Love! That's what this book is about. Learning to love after a huge loss, learning to grow and accept and learning to love again in general. The heroine lost her husband to a tragedy six years ago but had twin sons out of her marriage. Now she is alone except for her father in law helping her raise her sons, that's when the hero steps into the picture fully. The hero is the heroines boss and he is learning more and more about his counterfeit secretary and loving it. When tragedy once again strikes it's the hero that steps up to the plate for the heroine and her family. There is always rain before the rainbow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Absolutely fabulous read. My favorite by SN. The only regret is that it ended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    A favorite Susan Napier book and comfort re-read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    “The Counterfeit Secretary” is the story or Ria and James. So this book has the absurd plot of the heroine making herself look dowdy/ unattractive while being an efficient secretary, to avoid attracting her boss’s attention- so much so that it takes him three years to realize she’s a redhead! There are so many things I had a problem with, and since I’m mad, I shall rant about it. (view spoiler)[ -The heroine is shown to be quite sexually frustrated having been a widow for 6ish years, and at one poin “The Counterfeit Secretary” is the story or Ria and James. So this book has the absurd plot of the heroine making herself look dowdy/ unattractive while being an efficient secretary, to avoid attracting her boss’s attention- so much so that it takes him three years to realize she’s a redhead! There are so many things I had a problem with, and since I’m mad, I shall rant about it. (view spoiler)[ -The heroine is shown to be quite sexually frustrated having been a widow for 6ish years, and at one point is attracted to the hero’s underage nephew as well as her long term boyfriend (OM) -The hero is SO BLIND- and the heroine is SO good at disguise, that by putting on glasses, tying her hair in a bun and wearing dull colors, she’s like a different person, so much so that when the hero kisses her one night, he does not recognize her the very next -The heroine hiding the truth about her having twins, so much so that she claims they are her lovers was not just weird, but also creepy -Them having sex for the first time when her son's in coma is understandable to get her mind off, not so much when they forgot worries and have sexual marathons- in order to forget the pain -The waking up of the child was anticlimactic -The ending was a mess. The sudden pregnancy- resignation- realization was quite rushed. (hide spoiler)] Now the parts I liked -How the heroine loved her kids and kept them her priority -How she stood up for herself and wasn’t bowed down by the hero’s sexuality. Actually his sexual charisma (which typically would melt the heroine’s panties in these books) is hardly mentioned. -The epilogue was sweet Overall, this could have been better. Unsafe/SWE 2/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    3-1/2 stars. This was a nice older HP. How is it that older Harleys have so much more robust stories? More happens and the characters are generally developed more deeply/completely. The hero here was interesting and it was fun to watch him become more and more aware of the heroine and watch him chase her. The heroine was super cool and generally kept her head about her and had the hero totally confused. Nice story. I also loved the father-in-law and that whole relationship. Nice one by this auth 3-1/2 stars. This was a nice older HP. How is it that older Harleys have so much more robust stories? More happens and the characters are generally developed more deeply/completely. The hero here was interesting and it was fun to watch him become more and more aware of the heroine and watch him chase her. The heroine was super cool and generally kept her head about her and had the hero totally confused. Nice story. I also loved the father-in-law and that whole relationship. Nice one by this author who tends to be hit or miss for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roub

    i absolutely loved the first part of the book, loved the fun going on wid Ria's disguise as the dowdy lil secretary. but somewhere along the line Ria turned into a real bitch ! and behaved like an ungrateful brat where James was concerned! i was disappointed by her behaviour. hence i minus one star from the four star i intended to give. however the book is still a must read. i was scotched from the start and enjoyed myself tremendously until her lil boy Michel had his accident ! i absolutely loved the first part of the book, loved the fun going on wid Ria's disguise as the dowdy lil secretary. but somewhere along the line Ria turned into a real bitch ! and behaved like an ungrateful brat where James was concerned! i was disappointed by her behaviour. hence i minus one star from the four star i intended to give. however the book is still a must read. i was scotched from the start and enjoyed myself tremendously until her lil boy Michel had his accident !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    Don't know why, but the H left me cold. Maybe it was the (view spoiler)[ reproductive fraud part, where he told her he would take care of birth control but deliberately didn't so he could knock her up and trap her. (hide spoiler)] Don't know why, but the H left me cold. Maybe it was the (view spoiler)[ reproductive fraud part, where he told her he would take care of birth control but deliberately didn't so he could knock her up and trap her. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annarose

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Three years ago, Ria needed a job that pays well to support herself, her twin sons, her father-in-law and pay the mortgage. She was desperate and her temp jobs were not helping. Therefore, when she heard the famous James Everett speaking to his right hand man in a restaurant about needing a special old secretary who wouldn't try to seduce him nor neglect her work for family and marriage, she disguised herself as a harridan and applied to the job. For three years, she had succeeded in maintaining Three years ago, Ria needed a job that pays well to support herself, her twin sons, her father-in-law and pay the mortgage. She was desperate and her temp jobs were not helping. Therefore, when she heard the famous James Everett speaking to his right hand man in a restaurant about needing a special old secretary who wouldn't try to seduce him nor neglect her work for family and marriage, she disguised herself as a harridan and applied to the job. For three years, she had succeeded in maintaining both her professionalism and credibility. However, she became aware that her life was getting bored after her twin boys became six years old and her feeling to be loved by a man intensified. Lous, the man she was dating, was about to propose to her and she would have accepted if she hadn't discovered he had a mistress. Therefore, before he proposed in the restaurant he took her to, she flirted with a young teenager to insult him as much as he insulted her. Unfortunately, her plan backfired. The young teenager turned up to be James Everett's nephew and James saw her seducing him!! It was that incident that caused James to discover her ploy and start relentlessly to seduce her instead!

  12. 4 out of 5

    MaryD

    Not a lot of angst in this book, but a good story with likeable main characters. Boogenhagen has written an excellent review here . Not a lot of angst in this book, but a good story with likeable main characters. Boogenhagen has written an excellent review here .

  13. 5 out of 5

    SallyB

    I enjoyed it. This is one my top 5 for office romance in HP. (Nothing can beat Pattern of Deceit by ED) Although heroine in this one dragged on her secret for a little too long. The one scene that made me laugh was: when her son called her to explain ahead of time to get his story in first about how he karate chopped some kids face in school. (I have a 7 year old in school who's latest involvement in a game called "butt tag" was called to my attention by a teacher recently. I can relate.) His con I enjoyed it. This is one my top 5 for office romance in HP. (Nothing can beat Pattern of Deceit by ED) Although heroine in this one dragged on her secret for a little too long. The one scene that made me laugh was: when her son called her to explain ahead of time to get his story in first about how he karate chopped some kids face in school. (I have a 7 year old in school who's latest involvement in a game called "butt tag" was called to my attention by a teacher recently. I can relate.) His confession of trying to deliberately impregnate her was a little irksome but then I thought about it....they were both a big boy and girl. She knew the risks and so did he. I always enter my own love life with a "hmmm, it would be nice to have a little accident" while my spouse is "hell to the no, I'm too old for this and it ain't gonna happen". So, for someone with twin boys, the heroine would have been fully aware of the concept of contraception. I liked both MCs which is the most important part of me enjoying a story and I really liked this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Stefan

    2008 Review: Hee Hee! I enjoyed this book VERY much. Even though the story has most likely been done before, heroine pretending to be dowdy, etc. it was done in a funny and entertaining way. The heroine is just too funny and has a great personality. And its also rare but the heroine actually loved her first husband and there was nothing wrong with her first marriage, which was cool with me. The story, the mystery, the suspense of waiting for the hero to find out, hahaha! This book is definitely 2008 Review: Hee Hee! I enjoyed this book VERY much. Even though the story has most likely been done before, heroine pretending to be dowdy, etc. it was done in a funny and entertaining way. The heroine is just too funny and has a great personality. And its also rare but the heroine actually loved her first husband and there was nothing wrong with her first marriage, which was cool with me. The story, the mystery, the suspense of waiting for the hero to find out, hahaha! This book is definitely going on my keeper list!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I usually do not like books where one or the other primary characters has children-this one was an exception. I liked the characters, the relationships, and the way the "secret-identity" thing was taken care of about midway through the book...although, two little secrets did still remain. It was fun and frustrating watching this couple struggle to let go and just love each other. I usually do not like books where one or the other primary characters has children-this one was an exception. I liked the characters, the relationships, and the way the "secret-identity" thing was taken care of about midway through the book...although, two little secrets did still remain. It was fun and frustrating watching this couple struggle to let go and just love each other.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MissKitty

    Well done 3.5 to 4. The heroine had a spine of steel. Just docked half a star since i thought that she was a bit too secretive about the fact she had kids. There was no reason for it especially when the Hero found out she was a widow.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    I really enjoyed this book. He was so jealous, it was great. reread 4-7-15

  18. 5 out of 5

    Juliet King

    I've read a **** ton of harlequins this is in my top 5. I've read a **** ton of harlequins this is in my top 5.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MBR

    The Counterfeit Secretary by Susan Napier delivers a story that makes you laugh one minute and fan yourself from the heat between the protagonists the next. Widowed with twin boys, Ria Masson is finally in a place where she can think about a second marriage and moving forward. Her job at Everett Communications is perfect for her home situation, and her boss James Everett, while demands a lot from his employees, had made it clear the boundaries that would exist between them as employer and employe The Counterfeit Secretary by Susan Napier delivers a story that makes you laugh one minute and fan yourself from the heat between the protagonists the next. Widowed with twin boys, Ria Masson is finally in a place where she can think about a second marriage and moving forward. Her job at Everett Communications is perfect for her home situation, and her boss James Everett, while demands a lot from his employees, had made it clear the boundaries that would exist between them as employer and employee from the get go. Even then, the thought of spending the rest of her life with Louis, the man she is dating does not seem like much of an exciting prospect. Furthermore, Ria has her sons to consider, while at the same time, she craves for excitement of the kind that only a lover who is considerate and fiery at the same time could bring. Ria has never seen James in any other way than the boss whose temper she handles as if he were a little boy throwing a tantrum. Three years into their working relationship, everything changes on the night of her thirtieth birthday, when Louis takes her out to dinner, and a bit of dare devilment on Ria’s part brings her into close contact with none other than James himself. A stolen kiss makes Ria believe that in all probability, her safe haven of a job would be in jeopardy, only to realize later on that James does not seem to have arrived at the conclusion that it had been his secretary who had lured him the previous night like a siren to a drunken sailor. However, once James does realize the truth, there is no holding him back from his pursuit of Ria, to fully explore what is between them. Ria proves to be a formidable adversary, keeping certain truths to herself and trying to prevent herself from giving into something that could only end in devastation in her opinion. Life, however, has other plans in store for them, and it is a moment of near tragedy that unleashes the passion that exists between Ria and James. Even then, Ria is a woman on the retreat, believing that for her and James, there would be no future beyond that of what takes place in the bedroom. I loved the overall story, but sometimes had a hard time with Ria because she certainly does hurt James in a way that I thought, if it had come from James, readers would have demanded that he grovel for forgiveness. Even with all the reasons on Ria’s side, I do not believe that it calls for the callous disregard she showed to James at that point. Everything does get resolved in the end, but I certainly wanted to see Ria ask for forgiveness from the man who loves her to pieces. Recommended for fans of Susan Napier and angst-ridden Harlequin romances. Final Verdict: The Counterfeit Secretary delivers a tale of the kind Harlequin romances are synonymous with; tons of angst, heat, & emotion. Rating = 4/5 For more reviews and quotes, please visit www.maldivianbookreviewer.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    Helen Moulden

    And the baby or babies were?????????

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sonya

    An oldie but goodie for lovers of romance. i always read it again at least once a year- it is a bit like Cinderella in reverse and the harmless scheme at the beginning is too funny. A cute, fun read about a woman daring to love again and start all over again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Noemail

    condition good

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaya

    3.45 stars

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Iler

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  30. 5 out of 5

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