Monday, 11 November 2013

Review! Secret Shared by L. Marie Adeline

"I, Cassie Robichaud, solemnly swear to serve S.E.C.R.E.T. to the best of my abilities. I will do what is necessary, what is right and what is within my power to assist in the execution of sexual fantasies for our participant(s)..."

And so begins S.E.C.R.E.T. II, which opens with Cassie's initiation into this mysterious organization, one that helps women experience their most potent sexual fantasies. Cassie spends the next year as a "S.E.C.R.E.T. member-at-large," not quite a guide, she'll assist Committee members (including two new ones, Kit DeMarco and Angela Rejean) in recruiting men and helping to execute a new inductee's fantasies. 

After a false start with the first potential inductee, Cassie makes the acquaintance of Dauphine Gray, a 31-year old who works at the Funky Monkey vintage clothing store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Geeky, gawky and easily distracted, Dauphine has no idea how attractive she really is because her face is forever in a book. Reading is her passion, music is her pleasure, and Dauphine's all but given up on sex, especially after a painful rejection that still haunts her. Then Cassie and the women from S.E.C.R.E.T. show her it's possible to reignite that flame.

Meanwhile, Cassie must work through her resentment over losing Will to Tracina and their future baby. But when paternity questions surface, Tracina threatens to expose Cassie's S.E.C.R.E.T. membership to the one man both women love. Will Tracina expose Cassie to Will, and if she does, what will he make of his secret love's S.E.C.R.E.T. life?

Review: I'd been really looking forward to reading this sequel and right from the first page I was hooked back into these characters again. The story picks up right where it left off and I think this was a great intro to begin with. This is definitely a sequel where you have to have read the first one, however, so please be warned of this! This book carries on where it left off with Cassie, but also introduces new character Dauphine, who is a welcome addition to the S.E.C.R.E.T family! 

The plot of this book is very similar to the first book, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The plot of the first book really worked for me and so I was actually really pleased that the storyline was pretty much the same. I really liked the character f Cassie before, and she becomes even more confident and even more sassy in this book. She knows what she wants now and she goes for it, thanks to SECRET! I began to really dislike Will in this book, having liked him in the previous novel, however, I did think that he was really well written-displaying the kind of characteristics a man displays when he wants to avoid something or someone.

New character Dauphine was also lovely. I really loved the fact that she worked in a vintage shop. The shop was really well-described and I found myself wanting to go in there and have a look around! I loved the fact that underneath the surface-Dauphine was really bold and open to any new concepts, this was really entertaining! During this novel we got to revisit some of the other SECRET characters and the SECRET mansion just a little bit more than last time, this was a welcome feature that I really enjoyed.

The sex scenes in this book were just as hot as in the last novel. There were some wonderful new fantasies for Dauphine and Cassie also got plenty of action. There was a particularly well-described scene in a Brazilian night club that I thought was brilliantly written and must have come from an exceptional imagination! I completely raced through this book, just like I did with the first novel, and that is because the pace and action was just so full on. If you've read the first novel then this is a must-read for you, and if you've not read the fist novel-I highly recommend you pick both of them up now! 

To grab your copy of this fab sequel, click here

To see what I thought of the first book click here to go to my review

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