Cassie Robichaud,widowed 5 years ago after her no-good husband dies, is in her mid 30’s now, waitressing at a cafe in New Orleans and in a love life rut. When a customer accidentally leaves behind a journal documenting her explicit sexual encounters, it opens Cassie’s eyes to a whole different world that she is quite unfamiliar with. The journal eventually leads her to a secret society, where a group of people help women realize their fantasies, and gain self confidence along the way.
First off, this is definitely a book for mature audiences. S.E.C.R.E.T. was completely out of my comfort zone but after hearing such great reviews on it, I thought I would read it with an open mind – and was quite pleasantly surprised. What I loved most about this story was the idea of empowerment. Cassie took charge of what she liked and wanted, agreeing to take part in that “step” each time she encountered one of the men that was there to fulfill one of her fantasies. While I haven’t read certain other popular novels in this genre, I felt that this one at least promoted confidence rather than dominance.
Really, I was pretty on board with the whole story up until the end. I understand the potential reasoning behind it, to make it a series rather than a standalone, but it was – no pun intended – a bit anti-climactic. It really didn’t seem to fit with how the story and characters had been progressing up until that point and felt more like a rushed ending that just didn’t sit well.
Adeline makes turning fantasies into reality hot and not in an awkwardly uncomfortable-to-read way. Overall, it’s quite a good steamy read that’s tastefully done.