Reader reviews for SECRET: A SECRET Novel

I was interested in S.E.C.R.E.T because it was recommended for those who like Fifty Shades of Grey. I didn't have anything to lose so I entered to win a copy from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. I should have been happy winning an Uncorrected Proof, but I'm not. S.E.C.R.E.T was no where near the level of Fifty Shades in story or sexuality. Cassie is approached by a society that helps women over the age of 30, who are stuck emotionally and sexually, empower themselves through a series of steps. This book is definitely about an average women learning who she really is, accepting it and then learn to live with it. I love that about this book, unfortunately that's the only thing I love.While secret societies and empowering women is great, large amounts of S.E.C.R.E.T are seriously lacking. The way it was written leaves you feeling disconnected from all the characters. It's like watching the world through a dirty window, you can tell what's happening you just don't care. This book had amazing potential but with parts that were mind numbingly slow, lack of depth, and an abrupt ending that was handled with the emotional maturity of a fourteen year old I'll take a huge pass at the rest of the series.
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It was ok but I just could not stayt interested in it enough to finish it.
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S.E.C.R.E.T. is the story of a lonely, emotionally shut down woman named Cassie who decides to open herself up to erotic fantasies with highly attractive men. The fantasies are concocted by a sorority of women who run a secret organization in the heart of sexy New Orleans. Cassie is apprehensive at first, but with each encounter she gains some insight into herself. What struck me about this erotic story is that it is not disturbing or degrading in any way. It is fluffy chick lit with a good dose of healthy sex. L. Marie Adeline has written an erotic fantasy that is funny and filled with good vibes.
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I felt that this book was in the 50 Shades vein of erotica; however, I wouldn't rate it as highly. I felt that Cassie accepted the whole idea a bit quickly considering how closed off the author describes her as being and the story was somewhat predictable until the twist at the end. That being said, S.E.C.R.E.T. makes for an easy read and is enjoyable enough to keep the reader moving along.
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I don't generally review books that would be considered erotic this one I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact read it cover to cover in one sitting, then spent so much time talking about the book to others I completely forgot to actually write a review. The main character's journey of discovery makes for a wonderful read and you can't help but want to cheer for her. I for one will be looking forward to more from this author.
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posted on Romancing the Books blogreviewed by Pattireview copy from NetgalleyI wanted to read this book because I have read other books by Sam Crescent that I really loved, so I decided to give this one a try. The only thing that I didn’t like was that this was part of a series and I missed the first one. As I was reading this book I started wondering what it would be like to have three men at my beck and call. I think that I could get used to it. It would be exciting. Especially if I had one that loved to cook just like Connor. I enjoyed meeting all three men and finding out all about them. This is a different menage. I’ve never read one where all three men are straight and they only want one woman between them. Talk about a dream come true for the woman that they pick. The only thing is, is that they pick Zoe and she just fights it. She didn’t have a great childhood and never let herself depend on anyone. She never stays long enough to put down any roots. I really enjoyed reading about Jake, Connor, and Brent. They all have different things that they do to make extra money and it isn’t anything that you would think about. I loved how the author brought all four of them together. They all have something that helps two of them heal. I won’t give any spoilers. I will just tell you that you should really take the time and read this book. I was glad that I did. I am hoping that there is another one coming out because there is more men that needs a story.
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I really liked this book. I find it was a little off than the 50 shades of grey series, but it held it's own. I liked the characters and I liked the concept of the book. Good read.
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E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey appears to have released the floodgates on the popularity of erotic fiction, though it may be more apt to say that erotica is just more mainstream now. S.E.C.R.E.T. fits squarely into that category, though Cassie Robichaud, its main character, is thankfully more mature, nuanced, and believable than any to be found in E.L. James’ books. Having just recently been widowed, Cassie finds herself at a crossroads. Her marriage was an unhappy one – her now-deceased husband was a verbally and sometimes physically abusive alcoholic – and while she can’t quite find it in her to really grieve, Cassie won’t allow herself any vices, either. And in her newly-adopted city of New Orleans, there’s always something interesting around every corner – or maybe under the occasional diner table. Cleaning up after one of her customers one day, she finds a diary left behind on accident; while she refuses to let herself read all that she wants to read, she flips through enough pages that she’s left feeling intrigued by the erotic situations described and guilty for reading it at all. And that, of course, is where the story starts to get interesting. The woman who comes to claim the diary is from an (ahem: secret) organization of women in New Orleans whose purpose is to help women gain personal happiness and self-acceptance through the fulfillment of their erotic fantasies. Each year, the ladies of S.E.C.R.E.T. select one woman to help, and this year it’s Cassie. The erotic scenes that follow as Cassie decides to fulfill her S.E.C.R.E.T. promise aren’t explicitly graphic, but the fact that Cassie doesn’t know any of the men adds plenty of titillating appreciation for the average erotica reader. And for the reader who enjoys a bit of emotional attachment with their sexual fantasies, there’s a little of that here as well. Overall, an above-average erotic read.
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*SPOILER ALERT*Overall this was an awesome book. I loved the plot, loved the character of Cassie, and although the ending threw me, I really liked the book. Random observations:- The book started slowly, with lots of details about Cassie's past and things that I don't really think added much to the actual story.- While I immediately loved this concept of S.E.C.R.E.T., it seemed a tad unrealistic how quickly Cassie accepted the offer. She didn't ask for much explanation on anything, she really had no clue at all what would happen, and at *that* point Cassie was still very much a shy/closed-off person, so that didn't really make sense.- I absolutely loved the Fearlessness Step. The storm, the danger, was completely unexpected and not planned, and yet it fit in perfectly with what the step was all about.- I like how Matilda gives these little pieces of advice throughout the book, things that really make sense in any context; fear can't be released without our permission, since we generate it only we can let it go; Sex creates chemicals that can be mistaken for love and a lot of women don't realize that...- The Society Ball was just awesome. As soon as Matilda started talking to Cassie I *knew* they were putting her on the auction, but I never imagined billionaire hot-shot Pierre would be a S.E.C.R.E.T. participant!- The last Step, Exuberance, totally caught me off-guard. Kit faking a fall so Cassie would have to dance instead of her, *Kit* being a S.E.C.R.E.T. member, didn't expect that! From the very start of the book I had a feeling (or a hope) that Cassie and Will would end up together, so Will saving her from Pierre was wonderful.- And then the end. Yeah, I teared up, won't lie. I was so excited that Cassie and Will had finally gotten together!! ... And then it all went to hell when Will's ex announced her pregnancy, and Will chose to go back to her. But I guess it all worked out how it was supposed to, because that's what pushed Cassie to say yes to staying with S.E.C.R.E.T.
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4.5 StarsThis book was very enticing. Yes this was erotica but it was so much more. It was a journey of self-discovery. Cassie a widow at a very young age who got stuck in a rut and not knowing she is in a rut. She has hardly any self-confidence (if any at all), and beautiful just not in her eyes. Then there is S.E.C.R.E.T... A group of women who help women discover their sexuality and confidence in themselves. I love this group. Matilda was a wonderful women and an excellent guide for Cassie. I loved reading and seeing how much Cassie grew into the real her after each fantasy. The men weren’t that bad either. Some of the fantasy weren’t my cup of tea. To each their own. I cried just a little at the end. I won’t say anymore because that would spoil the ending. Very good book!
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