Book #15: S.E.C.R.E.T Shared

L. Marie Adeline, S.E.C.R.E.T Shared, (2013), 273p

Well I guess I liked the previous book in this series enough to read the second one. I will also, likely, be picking up the third book – which will be further than I got in the 50 Shades series. Sorry EL James.

Like I’ve said before, I’m not a huge erotica fan but I wanted to push myself out of my historical fiction/YA fiction comfort zone. I think this might just be the series to make me read more of this genre. I was even talking with a couple of the gals from my book club about possibly picking a so-called “dirty read” for us all to read.

This one starts off right where S.E.C.R.E.T left of. Cassie was dealt a devastating blow in her love life – her chance with her one true love seems far out of her reach. Instead of wallowing, she attempts to pick herself back up and put all of her energy towards leading the club’s newest recruit through her nine fantasies. Dauphine is a young, shy, retro belle type who has been burned by friends and lovers in the past. S.E.C.R.E.T helps Dauphine reignite her passion and discover her self confidence. The situations are even hotter and Cassie finds herself in some romantic entanglements of her own.

This book was a quick, sexy read and was pretty entertaining. Adeline flexed her creative muscles and came up with new, fun scenarios for Dauphine – with some repeat guest stars from the first book. It made me giggle and made me blush, which I think every erotica novel should do.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #8: S.E.C.R.E.T

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 –
Laurie 🙂