Double Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. & S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared by L. Marie. Adeline

eARC copies were provided by Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via NetGalley


Description

Fantasy becomes reality in the internationally bestselling SECRET – the first novel in the enticing, empowering and exciting S.E.C.R.E.T series.

A young widow, Cassie’s life is filled with sadness and regret. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, heading home alone each night, yearning for more from her life and wishing she could make it happen.

When Cassie discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, her world is changed forever. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S·E·C·R·E·T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. At the heart of the society is three rules:

NO JUDGEMENTS. NO LIMITS. NO SHAME.

As Cassie is set free from her inhibitions, she is transformed by the confidence and passion she’s kept buried deep inside. But can she find the courage to reveal this new side of herself to the one man she never thought she could have?

An irresistible, erotically charged and unforgettable romance series, perfect for fans of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and Sylvia Day’s Bared to You.


This is Fifty Shades moved on a gear – a grown-up heroine, a more sophisticatedsetting and a much more empowering story
Rating: 3 stars!
This book is as the marketing said, empowering. It got a really good plot and it give a really meaningful advice to women, whether young or mature to embrace themselves. 
Cassie is a thirty something divorcee living in New Orleans, and working as a waitress. Since a domestic situation between her and her late ex-husband, it traumatise her to open up and let live in the city of old jazz, New Orleans.
One night, some coincidental moment kickstart her adventure with S.E.C.R.E.T. and changed her life for the better.
For an Erotica book, thee plot of this book is very refreshing. It doesn't focus on the short run of a character's sex life, in fact it turn them for the better. Not in a superficial shallow way either. I really like that. I was shown her work life as well as her sex life, thus making the characters more relatable.

Characters wise, they lack a bit of 'oomph!' in them. Of course it is the goal to see the journey from a low self-esteemed Cassie to a new Cassie, but in some scenes the characters seems so passive and lack of confident, it dimmed the fire for me.
Cassie, is a character i feel a lot of readers could relate to, maybe not literally, but perhaps parts of her. Her journey to be a better person can be seen throughout the book, and it was admirable. I like her friendships with the Commission ladies at The Mansion and her steps journey was quite sizzling!
Will, the owner of Cafe Rose, where Cassie work, is the guy she had a crush for in quite a while. He seems to be quite a sexually unapologetic in earlier of the book, yet as the story progresses, he became a passive person. Which is too bad. I thought Cassie's crush on him was quite weird, given her response back when she first started to work in Cafe Rose. I didn't buy their connection there.
The recruiting of S.E.C.R.E.T. was kind of sketchy, i wouldn't say i'd trust them completely if my choices are only "yes or no" without further information. *reminiscing The Devil's Advocate*  
The supporting characters were okay, Readers would like a bit of tasty pastry chef- Jesse or the mysterious millionaire - Pierre. Though one of them turned their ugly trait at the end...
The ending was not up to my taste i'm afraid. I was disappointed she didn't choose the guy i thought she would choose, and it ended up in tears.
Readers, let me tell you, it ended in a better ending. BUT you should read book two, because trust me, it goes better!




Description

Hidden desires are set free in SECRET Shared – the intoxicating, intensely sexy second novel in the internationally bestselling S.E.C.R.E.T series.

Cassie Robichaud has come a long way from the invisible, insecure woman she was a year ago. As she takes her place as a guide for S·E·C·R·E·T – an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies – Cassie tries to put the bittersweet memories of the man who was almost hers behind her.

But while helping a new member, Dauphine, to live out the passionate adventures she’s kept buried for so long, Cassie’s connection with one of the male recruits may unravel the one thing she’s afraid to leave exposed: her heart. Can a passion formed in fantasy ever become love in Cassie’s reality?

An irresistible, erotically charged and unforgettable romance series, perfect for fans of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and Sylvia Day’s Bared to You.
Hidden desires are set free in SECRET Shared – the intoxicating, intensely sexy second novel in the internationally bestselling S.E.C.R.E.T series.
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Rating: 3.5 Stars!

I really like this book far more than the first book, even though it was a good book too. It got more depth and it's in two women's perspective - Cassie and a vintage retail shop owner, Dauphine. The story continue right after the ending of S.E.C.R.E.T. though it started in Dauphine's perspective first, so it might confuse you a bit. 
After her decision from the ending of the last book, Cassie is trying to pick up the pieces and be the better person and move forward. After a scene with Mark -a musician Dauphine has a crush on, Cassie became Dauphine's guide for her S.E.C.R.E.T. journey. and what a journey it was!
I thought Dauphine's adventure was far more exotic and thrilling than Cassie's. I meant, cockpit with pilot 101?! come on! One could only dream about it (maybe charter a private plane...). Cassie too, has a mess she had to clean up, with the drama from last book wasn't finished. What a dramatic finish it was~ the best drama climax i have ever read yet! There were tears, blood, and some skeleton dragged from it's closet.
yeah, it was messy...
I was introduced with fresh faced men, from Canada, all the way to Scotland, and Latino. Let me tell you peeps, they were not disappointment. (lucky ladies got the sexy men!)
Again, Cassie's choice to repeat the history annoys me. Why did she choose him not others? Clearly he broke her heart last time, surely he wouldn't hesitate to broke it twice. 
I'm feeling this book is not the end journey of Cassie. Even though Dauphine got her HEA.
I'm looking forward 'till the next one (if there will be).

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