Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
Author: L. Marie Adeline
Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks,
Published: February 5, 2013
Paperback, 288 pages
Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.
"In S.E.C.R.E.T there are…
No Judgments. No limits. No shame."
Intrigued? So was I. If this book were a cookie I would have gobbled it up. S.E.C.R.E.T is a story about finding your inner strength, owning yourself, and letting go of the bonds that hold you back. Cassie is such a person. She is haunted by the past events of her life. She wants to blend into the background and not be noticed. That all changes when she meets a woman who oozes confidence. Cassie wants to be like her. Circumstances lead to a meeting that will change her life. Cassie could represent anyone really. I know people like her. I think this will make this book transcend on many levels.
Ten steps, ten fantasies. That's all it takes to change your life. Don't you wish it was that easy? That's why I like fiction, because anything can happen. Cassie accepts the help of an underground society set to help women overcome their fears (let's face it, an underground society is always cool.) They set her on a journey, but really Cassie is the only one that has the power to live the life she wants to. I love the goals or challenges that the women set for her. It impacts her not only sexually but also transfers to her everyday life. This novel is definitely not for everyone. It's a lot on the steamy side, but not erotic. This book was hard to put down. I enjoyed reading every page. Without any spoilers, I was shocked at the ending. The author left it at a cliffhanger that left me wanting more! The second book comes out later this year, and I can't wait to see what happens next!