ARC Review: S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
From publisher: Cassie Robichaud is thirty-five and widowed. After a life filled with disappointments, her days are dull and gray: she waits tables at a rundown cafe in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to a one-bedroom apartment alone. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman, Cassie’s world will never be the same. The notebook’s shocking and scandalous contents lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, darkest, and most intimate sexual fantasies. The S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T motto: No judgment. No limits. No shame. Cassie soon embarks on a tantalizing and unpredictable erotic journey, completing ten fantasy-steps toward sexual fulfillment–discovering acceptance, courage, surrender, and more–with gorgeous men in rapturous scenarios beyond her imagination. As she is set free from her inhibitions, the satisfaction and bliss she experiences bring her a new confidence that transforms her forever. Equal parts scintillating, liberating, and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.
The novel has a great premise, and I enjoyed the concept behind it. How would you feel if you were able to have all of, or most of your deepest and darkest sexual fantasies come true? Now how would you feel if you were discovering them as you went along?
Cassie is just that girl. A woman with very self esteem and confidence, thanks to her dearly departed husband, Cassie is missing something and someone in her life. The first installment of this series dives into the exploration and adventure of Cassie’s sexual journey. Cassie discovers her surrender, courage, acceptance and gains a wealth of self-confidence along they way. There are some very steamy sex scenes including pastries, a hip-hop Mongol, and a rich Frenchman.
I was not happy with the ending at first, but I am glad that the author didn’t leave us with a nice tied present at the end. I am looking forward to seeing how Cassie handles the situation in the next installment. I do recommend the novel to anyone who is looking for an easy read, that hits on many of our own fantasies.