Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline


S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret #1) by L. Marie Adeline
Broadway Books (February 5, 2013)

Rating: C
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Cassie Robichaud – Widow, Lost Herself 
Hero: n/a 






Cassie Robichaud is out of touch with herself. She doesn't know who she is anymore, or what she wants and desires. For the last few years, Cassie’s simply been going through life, not putting in any effort. She wears clothes for their practicality and shoes for their comfort. She doesn’t see the point in wearing make-up or doing her hair. And she definitely has not gone out on a date in a long, long time. Her drunken jerk of an ex-husband really did a number on her and her self confidence, even after being deceased for years and years.

Then, one day, a frequent customer Cassie has been serving at the cafe—a vibrant, sexy and confident woman—leaves a leather journal in her booth. Before Cassie can return it, the woman is gone. What’s in that journal is a steamy, sensual world Cassie can only dream about. If she dared to. When the woman comes back to get it, along with another vivacious and sensuous woman, Cassie is introduced to S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T is an organization run by women, for women. They empower and invigorate and liberate by fulfilling sexual fantasies. Every fantasy designed to bring out the inner sexual goddess hiding deep inside. Every fantasy is also a naughty dream come true. And Cassie gets nine of them.

Step One: Surrender
Step Two: Courage
Step Three: Trust
Step Four: Generosity
Step Five: Fearlessness
Step Six: Confidence
Step Seven: Curiosity
Step Eight: Bravery
Step Nine: Exuberance
Step Ten: The Choice

Nine men. Nine fantasies. Each one is definitely a walk on the wild side for our closed-off heroine. Each one is also pretty sexy stuff. Each man is pretty sexy stuff—tattooed pastry chefs, reclusive billionaires, famous musicians. However, it was missing the romance factor for me. There were no real emotions involved, other than Cassie's. There were no butterfly tingles to be found and I missed that quite a bit. I understood why it was absent but I missed it nonetheless. And, just when a clear hero started to emerge... well, it didn't end like I thought it would. The end actually hit like a swift punch to the gut.

S.E.C.R.E.T focuses on one woman’s journey of self discovery and sexual reawakening. It was sexy and yet missing that spark of emotion for majority of the book. It left me… wanting. I kept asking myself, “Where the romance?” I suppose this could be considered more of a chick lit but it’s packaged as an erotic romance. There were erotic encounters—nine of them—but only one, at the end, engaged me on all levels. It needed more love. More kisses and touches with feelings behind them. I have high hopes that we’ll get that and more in the next book, S.E.C.R.E.T Shared.


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