L. Marie Adeline, S.E.C.R.E.T, (2013), 271p
I am not an avid erotica reader. I’ll admit though, when there was all the talk about 50 Shades of Grey, I picked up and read that first book. While I didn’t really see what all of the fuss about, I tried reading the second book. I didn’t even attempt the third book because, honestly, I didn’t care about any of it – the characters, the plot, even the steamy sex. If Ana bit her lip one more time, I was apt to throw the book out of a moving vehicle.
But, I thought I would give the genre another shot. I remember hearing about S.E.C.R.E.T and being slightly intrigued. I’ve been joking with my friends that it’s Canadian smut, as it’s apparently written by a Canadian author. With 50 Shades, I felt embarrassed to read it public, expecting ridicule and unwanted attention. But this time, mainly because I knew I was going to blog about it anyway, I read it quite openly.
S.E.C.R.E.T surrounds the small life of Cassie Robichaud, a thirty-something widowed waitress working at a small cafe in New Orleans (sadly not true Canadian smut – tear). She is stuck in a lonely rut, living alone with her cat in a spinster apartment building. Her life drastically changes when she finds a journal left behind at the cafe by one of the customers; a journal filled to the brim with tales of sexual escapade with multiple men. The journal leads Cassie to S.E.C.R.E.T, essentially your run-of-the-mill sexy support group for sad, lonely women. Through a series of ten fantasies, Cassie has her eyes (and may I cheekily say other body parts) opened and gains confidence and courage to bust out of her rut and pursue the man of her dreams, Will – the adorable cafe owner.
Reviewing anything of this nature leaves me a blushing mess, as I’ve discovered trying to write this blog. But, here we go. I did like this book. I feel like there was both a better storyline and more intriguing characters in S.E.C.R.E.T, especially compared to 50 Shades. It was less BDSM, more realistic fantasies. The sex scenes were actually quite hot, but I feel my interest sort of tapered off towards the final two or three. The book did not come to the predictable end I thought it would, and I gave already put the sequel on hold.
Overall, this will never ever become my go-to genre, but I feel like it’s nice to spice it up once in a while.
Happy reading –