“S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared: A SECRET Novel”
By L. Marie AdelineDate Published: October 15, 2013
Published by: Broadway Books
Review by Wendy Dawn
“In Summation”:The hotly anticipated sequel to the erotic sensation S.E.C.R.E.T., where women’s sexual fantasies become reality
Still wounded from a recent heartbreak over her boss and lover, Will, Cassie Robichaud throws herself into service with S.E.C.R.E.T., the mysterious organization that changed her forever by bringing her deepest sexual fantasies to life, one step at a time. Now, it’s Cassie’s turn to guide the group’s newest candidate, Dauphine Mason, recruiting men to execute a new set of fantasies.
At thirty-one, Dauphine is the proprietor of a New Orleans vintage clothing store. She’s been harboring a crush on Mark Drury, a local rock star, but is too shy to put herself out there with him. She turns to S.E.C.R.E.T. to reignite her sexual flame and find the confidence to risk her heart again with another man.
As Cassie worries that the right time will never come for her and Will, she finds inspiration helping Dauphine in S.E.C.R.E.T. Both women navigate the rocky path between their hearts and their passions, hoping to discover what they truly want in life and in love.
S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared is a romantic, adventurous, and sexually charged sequel to one of the hottest new series in erotica.
“The Reviews are in”:This is the second book in the series and it is off to a wonderful start. The two main heroines, Cassie and Dauphine, have very separate needs and issues however, the story line intertwine nicely.
As a reader, you will find yourself wishing that S.E.C.R.E.T. were a real organization. A safe place where other women would help others fulfill their sexual fantasies with the purpose of making each woman a stronger, confident and able to love again has a place, even if it is only fictional.
“The word slut, unless employed by iron-clad feminists or ironically by irony experts, has no business coming out of a woman’s mouth, do you hear me? Not when she is describing her own sexual behavior and especially if she’s describing another woman’s. It’s the kind of word that can scar, Cassie.” ~Matilda to Cassie
Empowering each other instead of tearing one another or themselves down is the primary lesson. Males have been doing the same sexual exploits for centuries; these characters just emulate their male counterparts.
The southern roots and mannerisms of the characters and the setting make the story endearing to readers. New Orleans is known for its decadence and moral ambiguity, due to Mardi Gras and the merriment that is associated with it.
You know your Southern upbringing has grown twisted when your first instinct is to be polite when intruding upon your boyfriend f*cking your best friend. ~Dauphine recalling her initial reaction to finding Luke cheating on her with her friend and business partner, Charlotte
Hot fantasy scenes are very well thought out and written. Characters are well developed and interesting. Each character is relatable and a delight to follow.
Once you enter the world of S.E.C.R.E.T., you will crave more. In addition, wish some woman would approach you and ask you to take the first of those ten steps.
Will you accept the step?
The Ratings*:Heros: 4.75 (combining all of the hot guys)
Heroines: 5 (combining all of the ladies for their courage to take the first step to the tenth)
Story/Plot/HEA: 4.75*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero - The main male character of the story. Heroine - The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) - The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.