The Counterfeit Secretary MOBI î The Counterfeit

The Counterfeit Secretary 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 Absolutely fabulous read My favorite by SN The only regret is that it ended 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 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 learningandabout 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 learningandabout 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 3 1 2 stars This was a nice older HP How is it that older Harleys have so muchrobust stories More happens and the characters are generally developeddeeply completely The hero here was interesting and it was fun to watch him becomeandaware 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 muchrobust stories More happens and the characters are generally developeddeeply completely The hero here was interesting and it was fun to watch him becomeandaware 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 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 sweetOverall, this could have been better.Unsafe SWE2 5 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 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 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 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 any 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 littlewacky 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 gettingpersonal 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 lotfun 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


About the Author: Susan Napier

Perhaps being born on Valentine s Day was an omen that Susan Napier would become a romance writer This New Zealand author has written over 30 Mills Boon category romances since 1984 Napier and her husband Tony Potter met when they both worked at the Auckland Star newspaper After they married, she left the newspaper to work for a film company where she learned the art of dialogue After the birth of her sons, Simon and Ben, she was a freelance scriptwriter for documentaries It was soon after that she decided to try her hand at writing the romance fiction she dearly loved.She and her husband still live in the home they bought in Auckland shortly after their marriage.


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