Saturday, April 5, 2014

S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed, by L. Marie Adeline

*** Warning: This book contains sexually explicit content ***

S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed (Secret, #3)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved, loved, loved it!

This is the 3rd and last book in the S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy. It is the story of a secret women's society who's goal is to bring empowerment and self-esteem back to women through their sexuality and desires. As with the 2 previous books, SECRET Revealed contains powerful messages for women of all ages. Dealing with issues of stereotypes, stigmas and preconceived ideas around women and their sexuality, it also deals with teenage bullying, an issue that is just too prevalent in our society, and the double standard that sexually active men are perceived positively whereas a sexually active woman is perceived negatively in our society.

Beautifully and sensually written, this book contains many scenes of highly descriptive sexual content.

I was a little bit nervous going into SECRET Revealed because the 2nd book ended with a pretty intense love triangle and I was concerned about how the author would resolve it in book 3. Dividing her readers into 2 distinct "teams" (team Jesse and team Will), it's tricky to find an ending that will please everyone but L. Marie Adeline managed to do just that. Throughout my reading, I was struck with moments of laughter, shock, giddiness & frustration, ending in a beautiful and satisfying way.

Dual point of view (Cassie and Solange). Since I had found Dauphine's part a little redundant in book 2, I was concerned that Solange's point of view would also be redundant, reliving yet another candidates steps through SECRET. I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED to see that Solange's chapters were very different from both Cassie and Dauphine's experience as a SECRET candidate. I LOVE that Solange is in her 40's and a mother, a category of women that is very rarely associated with sexuality in literature .

I'm leaving my SECRET experience very satisfied and will most definitely revisit this story again and recommend it to all the women in my life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review via a literary PR company.

The only thing that Cassie Robichaud has ever really wanted is Will Foret, the love of her life. But when Will discovers that Cassie is part of S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground group devoted to helping women experience their deepest sexual fantasies, Will breaks it off. Heartbroken, Cassie dries her tears and devotes herself to helping the latest S.E.C.R.E.T. recruit, Solange Faraday. Cassie also reignites her relationship with sexy bad-boy Jesse, even if he can never love her as deeply as Will did. 

Meanwhile, beautiful, brilliant Solange, a local news anchor and divorced mom, has a great career but a wilting love life. She rekindles long-lost passions, going deeper and hotter than any other S.E.C.R.E.T. candidate before her. Will she find what her heart most desires? And when Will realizes he's made a tragic mistake, will Cassie be able to forgive him? In the end, as both women blossom as sexual beings, they also discover that ecstasy and true love are closer than they ever imagined.

SECRET Revealed is the explosive, sensual and sexually-charged finale to the bestselling S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review! Thank-you. I look forward to reading the final installment of the trilogy :)