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Much Ado About Love

Much Ado About Love [Kindle Edition]

Malia Martin

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Shakespeare's In Love

At the royal command of Queen Elizabeth, Sir Ian Terrance has sought out a popular local playwright named William Shakespeare-only to discover that "he" is a "she."..and a most desirable and delectable she indeed! And now that the remarkable Olivia is his prisoner, Sir Ian is the one in chains-bewitched by the singular young woman's irrestible beauty, deliciously sharp wit, and innocent sensuality.

Olivia's secret life was well hidden, until Ian burst through her wall of pretense. There is much the devilishly handsome man can teach an imaginative, if inexperienced, maid, with his tender caresses and intoxicating kisses. But how long will the exquisite writer be able to remain aloof from the passionate attentions of her bold kidnapper? And can a breathtaking romance turn Ian form his duty-and ensure a happy ending?


On orders from Queen Elizabeth, Sir Ian Terrance searches for the playwright William Shakespeare, only to discover that he is in fact a very beautiful woman. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (5 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Intelligent 27 Oct 2000
By P. Johnson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Malia Martin has changed my taste for historical romance! To take the creative twist of having one of the greatest playwrights in history and making him a woman is indeed imaginative! To take it a step further and make this playwright the illegitimate daughter of Queen Elizabeth is genius. Martin shows her true ability to weave a tale in this one. Sir Ian's stubborn loyalty to his Queen is challenged when he discovers the poor writer he's been ordered to bring to the Queen's prison tower is but a willowy woman with a tongue as sharp as a two-edged sword. True, her wit is that of a writer of plays, but Sir Ian is hard pressed to believe her and more than a little curious to find out who this woman really is. Beside, he cannot stand the thought of taking a woman to the tower. Instead, he takes her to his own quarters, hiding her until he can find out some information on his own. So begins the adventures of these two, first enemies, then friends, then lovers,on their journey to a destiny they can niether turn away from. The riotous banter between Sir Ian and the woman, who calls herself "Beatrice" is as sharp and comical as Shakespeare's own classic tale, "Much Ado About Nothing." Fresh and lively characters, earthy and robust romance. A delightful read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Romantic 9 Sep 2000
By "trinitee" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a great read!! I loved the love-bewildered relationship between Ian and Olivia. I don't know about the rest of you, but I adore Shakespeare. To think that it could have been a girl as the legendary playwrite tickled me pink! When I read the bio for the book, I thought this would be a typical capture-captive story...but it's not! It's such a sweet story because Ian struggles so hard against loving Olivia, but ends up falling deeper in love than he'd ever dreamed of. The word play between the two was excellent: Olivia is one witty character. That's a key to what made this book so fun to read. Final word: If you enjoyed Shakespeare in Love, this is the book for you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Turn of Events 19 Nov 2002
By "--madcrazyscientist--" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I saw this book in the book store and was intrigued by its premise that Shakespeare was really a woman. I bought it and came home, got onto and scoped out the reviews of other readers, just to see what was good or bad about the book. Despite what some said, I decided to read it. I am glad I did!
Here is the low-down on the story:
After something in Shakespeare's latest play upsets the Queen, her best agent, Sir Ian Terrance, is sent to take the playwrite to the Tower. When, upon apprehending the man, Sir Ian discovers that not only is HE a SHE, but also the bastard daughter of the Queen, all hell breaks loose in Sir Ian's well ordered existance. Now Sir Ian is in a quandry for, as a young man of 19, he had been sent to do away with Olivia Tudor because she posed a threat to the Virgin Queen's throne, but he had allowed the 10-year-old Olivia to escape. Fearing retribution from his monarch for failing to do his job so long ago, Sir Ian must find a way to hide Olivia until he can decide what to do. However, Olivia has other ideas. She has speant her life knowing that she was a threat to the Queen, the mother she had never met, and had known that the day would come when she would be found and executed. Now that she was in the hands of the Queen's agent, she just wanted her first meeting with her mother and subsequent death to happen quickly. Thus begins a battle of wills, and words!
What made this book such a delight was the brilliant dialog. Ms. Martin really captured some of the wit of Shakespeare and it was so much fun to follow along! Add to that the little, and sometimes not so little, parallels between the plays of the bard and the plot of the book and you have a book that is not only fun to read but romantic as well!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabethan fans are going to love this romance 6 Sep 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1597 England, Queen Elizabeth demands that her agent Sir Ian Terrance bring in author William Shakespeare. Ian quickly learns that the growing popular playwright is actually a female, Olivia Tudor, the queen's bastard daughter, who he was supposed to kill years ago. What should have been "much ado about nothing" may prove deadly for the now too famous William and Ian.

He makes Olivia his prisoner, but Ian soon falls in love with her. As Ian struggles to tame the shrew, Olivia, feeling like an idiot filled with sound and fury, returns his love. However, someone else seems to know that Olivia is William and has Lady MacBeth plans to disrupt the court even if they kill Olivia in the process. With growing court intrigue and a deep love, the witches would foretell that this relationship would prove that all's well do not end well for everyone especially these two lovers.

This Elizabethan romantic romp places a gender twist on "Shakespeare in Love." The story line is fun and often amusing as the lead couple dual with lips (words and kisses) even as danger threatens to engulf them. Perhaps intrepid author Malia Martin should have chosen Marlowe in love so as to avoid comparison to the works of the greatest writer of all times and the recent award winning movie. Still, though requiring leaps of faith that a daughter of Elizabeth is the Bard, Ms. Martin provides a refreshing look at Elizabethan romance that will elate sub-genre readers.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love The Tudors... 16 Jun 2014
By ASpoon - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
**CONTAINS SPOILERS** Now I found this book absolutely absurd… but not in a bad way actually. Of course the author giving Queen Elizabeth an illegitimate daughter by her longtime lover Robert Dudley was of course absurd yet creative. I love how authors tweak historical facts to make history even more interesting and shocking. I didn’t like the constant bickering between the hero and heroine…even the heated make out scenes couldn’t make up for all the nagging back and forth…it was overwhelming and took a great deal away from the romance of the storyline. **Spoiler** The storyline itself was cool…Queen E having a daughter and trying to have her killed and the girl/guy on the run…adventurous …
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