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S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret #1)

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No judgments. No limits. No shame.

Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Doubleday Canada (first published January 1st 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
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Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Cassie has some self-esteem issues. The only man who she's ever slept with, her worthless husband, is dead. She's a 35 year old waitress who's given up on life and love until a customer drops her diary and Cassie totes reads it!

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And she's shocked! The diary is totally naughty town!

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Enter S.E.C.R.E.T., which is like a slutty support group. It's basically and 10 step plan for chicks like Cassie to get their grove back. Yes, ladies. That's right. A whole lot of different fantasies, with beautiful,
Duchess Nicole

Color me fairly well shocked...I really didn't expect to love this book so much. It's not a romance. It's erotica. But it was really good erotica, with a story that resonated with me.

Cassie is a widow in her mid thirties living in post Katrina New Orleans. And she feels a bit like the city...struggling to stay afloat after her life seems to have stagnated. She's living a blah existence...waiting tables, no real drive to pretty herself up, no real love interests, no sex, just her jo
Initial reaction: I need to stop letting books with pretty covers fool me. But then again, I was fooled by a lot of things about this book. This should've been something I ended up liking. Actually, this is probably a book I would've liked a lot more given the elements. Self-discovery! Set in New Orleans! Features characters of color in prominent roles! Sexy time fantasies with cute guys!

But instead of "Wow!" all I pretty much got was "Ow, ow, ow!"

And that ending. THAT ending. What on ever lovi
Feb 15, 2013 Ela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED the book but the ending WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so many rants and bitches inside me that I just might burst!!!!
Dorothyanne Brown
This is a Fifty Shades for grownups. Except well-written. And fun. And migods it would be cool to have this sort of thing available.
Instead of a quivering virgin awaiting the brutal manipulations of an uber-controlling damaged man, here we have a sensible 36 year old who has forgotten how to live. Yes, she's sexually dead, but she's also dead in the rest of her life, lacking confidence and zest after a destructive marriage.
And so the lucky lucky lucky (sorry, some envy here) lucky gal gets invit
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

3 Stars

Cassie Robichaud is thirty-five, a widow and currently waiting tables at a rundown café in New Orleans. One particular day at work, Cassie discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman. The eye-opening contents lead her to SECRET, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, darkest, and most intimate sexual fantasies. The SECRET motto: No judgment. No limits. No shame. Cassie soon begins a journey toward sexual f
Amber Rose
3.5 stars

Cassie's character is very lonely. She works at café Rose working as a waitress. She does not have many desires, with low self-esteem issues. Her husband has died 4 years ago and has not had sex for 5 years. That is a long ass time. She feels she is done with it all. Cassie is 35 years old does not have a life outside being a waitress.

Then one day she finds this journal at the café that changes her forever. She starts to read the journal and it is very open, talks about the sexual a
Dec 17, 2012 Johnplavelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will be a best seller. The character carries you along with her as she grows with the secret society. The timid widow who works as a waitress in New Orleans takes the steps to become confident and aware. The ending caught be. From the middle of the book on I was confident that I knew how it would turn out and in the end I was fooled by the author, yet not disappointed in how it turned out. It left me looking for more to come from these exciting characters. The setting and description k ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Είμαι σίγουρη πως όλοι οι fans, ή όλες για να ανακριβολογώ, των "Πενήντα Αποχρώσεων", μόλις μάθατε πως κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Πατάκη το "S.E.C.R.E.T.", ενθουσιαστήκατε και σπεύσατε να το παραγγείλετε. Έχω λοιπόν την βεβαιότητα πως αν όχι όλες, οι περισσότερες, απογοητευτήκατε και αυτό, όχι γιατί το βιβλίο είναι εν τέλει κακό αλλά γιατί περιμένατε κάτι διαφορετικό. Περιμένατε τις καινούργιες "Αποχρώσεις". Λυπάμαι που θα γκρεμίσω το όνειρο, σε όσες δεν έχουν προλάβει ακόμα να το διαβάσουν, αλ ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Annie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free
SECRET 5 stars
it comes out today, Feb. 5 2013

Ok. Let me start out by saying…this is not my usual genre of book. I am not judging, just saying.
I had seen this book once before I decided to try and get it for review. I passed it by because it is an erotic book.
Then one day I saw it again and decided I would try for it because it was supposed to be a different kind of erotic book, one where the woman had all the control, I was intrigued. Then upon further research I realized it took place in New
Jan 28, 2013 Feminista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 out of 5

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

Warning: this is not a love story.

For those who have picked up the book, thinking to read a nice erotic romance, beware that this is not a love story. There is erotica, there is romance, but you may be disappointed if you expect something more. This is about a woman’s sexual emancipation.

The protagonist Cassie is a 35-ish year old woman whose husband of 14 years died a bit more than 5 years ago, and she is finding it hard to find herself after
Tammy  (Reviews by Tammy & Kim)
10 Steps. 9 Fantasies and 1 decision.
No judgment. No Limits. No Shame.

S.E.C.R.E.T. is intriguing; it's a journey that pushes the boundaries of self-discovery.

Step One: Surrender/ Step Two: Courage/ Step Three: Trust/ Step Four: Generosity/ Step Five: Fearlessness/ Step Six: Confidence/ Step Seven: Curiosity/ Step Eight: Bravery/ Step Nine: Exuberance/ Step Ten: The Choice

A secret society of women, 12 months, 1 recruit, 10 steps, 9 fantasies, and 1 decision. The society's newest recruit is a run
4.5 Stars

This 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
Rosanna Leo
Jun 08, 2013 Rosanna Leo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was an incredible rollercoaster ride, following the sexual emancipation of heroine Cassie. I had trouble putting it down. After a sad marriage to a man who treated her ill, Cassie is lonely and fearful and listing. When a mysterious woman loses her sexy journal and Cassie finds it, she becomes privy to a secret club that helps women regain their mojo through having their lusty fantasies fulfilled. This isn't just a hot book, though. It has layers, with Cassie's sweet boss Will, he ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-plain, meh
Not a big deal (Jesse is a cutie, btw) but the last three pages...


Will no :'(
I have to read the next book.
Jan 18, 2013 Whitney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-romance

(I'd really like to have one of these bracelets. Frickin cute, ey?)

Is there going to be a sequel? No way it could end like that. If that was the true ending, I'm out. You're not supposed to pick SECRET, Cassie!

A story about a widow who has given up on herself. Cassie is in a serious rut (sexual and otherwise) until the day her fairy godmother, Matilda, walks into her life. Matilda has SECRETs that can change Cassie's life if she has the courage to go through with what she's offering. 9 Steps m
Joanna  Mongelluzzo
Loved this book!!!

It is under erotica but it is so much more than that! It has a story, it has emotions, it has great character build up.

I don't like to write what the book is about in my reviews because I believe if you read it yourself, you will love it.

Cassie did not have an easy life. Her marriage wasn't that great, her husband abusive and an alcoholic. When he dies Cassie doesn't feel any better. She lives her life the same, wasting away, doing the exact same thing every day, including wor
Feb 05, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who is NOT a fan of 50 Shades but a fan and long time reader of erotic fiction I was hesitant to read S.E.C.R.E.T because of the hoopla surrounding it. Popular does not always equate with good and since I found the so called steamy sex scenes in 50 Shades to be very clinical and unsexy, I was expecting much of the same from this story.

My friend Andrea messaged me one day to say that I HAD to read it! It had blown her away. Now, mostly Andrea and I have different tastes in everything f
Ana Luisa
Mar 07, 2013 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depois de uma campanha de marketing excepcional eis que finalmente o véu de mistério se levanta para que todos possam descobrir este tão famoso segredo. Numa altura em que o que mais se encontra no mercado português são os livros eróticos, com uma premissa mais ou menos semelhante, vem agora até nós algo ligeiramente diferente. L. Marie Adeline, pseudónimo da uma famosa jornalista canadense Lisa Gabrielle, através de uma inversão de papéis acaba por conseguir escrever uma história um pouco difer ...more
My Reading  Addiction
Jan 24, 2013 My Reading Addiction rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic

This is an intriguing read. How often do you hear of women in their 30's or 40's who seem to have lost that spark? They have been divorced, don't feel sexy, low confidence, the list goes on. The S.E.C.R.E.T society aims to give these women back what they may have lost or never had in the first place.

Cassie is the perfect candidate for the program only she doesn't know it. The way these women select their candidates is not at all what you would think. It is
Unbelievable. Mesmerizing. Erotica that leaves a lot to the imagination, that exists to drive the story forward, that's exceptionally well-written (by we-don't-know-who as the author is using a pseudonym and is still anonymous).

Written with strength and a concise understanding of human nature and the power of women to support and help each other to reach their potential.

Cassie Robichaud's life has become drab and lifeless just like the brown shirt she wears to waitress at a small New Orleans C
Mar 12, 2013 Kasia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading S.E.C.R.E.T., I read an article the author wrote for FLARE magazine in which she said that once she came up with the idea for the book, "Two days later, I had an outline. By the following weekend, I had the first four chapters." No big surprise, there. Because while the concept has potential, its execution is absolutely dismal. The characters, if you can call them that, were mere outlines of characters and utterly boring. The scenes felt rushed through and chaotic just to get Cass ...more
E. Jamie
Aug 05, 2015 E. Jamie rated it it was ok
I really liked the author's voice and was enjoying the story until an unnecessary dramatic storm/helicopter/boat scene that felt so completely out of place with the rest of the tone of the story. It felt contrived just to add what the author decided was more needed 'excitement'. I couldn't get over the bad taste that left in my mouth over feeling manipulated as a reader and put the book down. The book was doing beautifully until that point. A beautiful, emotional, passionate character study. If ...more
Natalie Coelho
Oct 02, 2014 Natalie Coelho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to get this trilogy! I cried I laughed hell I even yelled at the books lol, but it was all so worth it right from book one all the way to book 3 it made me realize that I am everything that the woman in the books are. These books have made me feel wonderful and realize that we are all beautiful strong woman everyone must read them. I have the pleasure of not only having all 3 of them in paperback but I have book two autographed thank you for giving me such pleasure and excitement ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Anastasia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Κακόγουστο,δεύτερο,του ποδαριού...μπροστά του το Fifty Shades μοιάζει αριστούργημα!
Feb 06, 2013 Cait rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-like
I was a little excited about reading this book. And I was going to give it 3 stars...until the end. I hate the ending. For a book that's all about fantasy it's a bitch slap back to the real world, which was not what I was anticipating and definitely not appreciated.

Call me greedy, but I want the empowerment of women and the happily ever after, not just one or the other.
Marta Kule
I heard about this book from its editor -- a Canadian project by a professional writer meant as a response to 50 Shades of Grey. I got curious since the skills and talent of the people behind it promised a high-quality product. And indeed, the language is high quality: the correct use of "awhile" and correct pronoun case in phrases like "between you and me" are instances I can remember that had impressed me, as I've seen these two abused in many a good read before.

The problem with this book, tho
Mar 28, 2013 Vishous marked it as hahaha-no-no-no  ·  review of another edition
this is one secret i never wish to find out...
O género erótico não figura na minha lista de preferências porque, normalmente, são livros que oferecem muito pouco em termos de história e conteúdo. Tendo como base estes preconceitos parti para esta leitura com expetativas muito baixas.

Na minha opinião, o mote que dá origem a toda a história em torno de Cassie é interessante e diferentes dos livros dentro deste género que já li. Aqui temos uma mulher mais velha que precisa de reacender a sua sexualidade, ganhar auto-estima e confiança e aprend
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L. Marie Adeline is the pseudonym for the best-selling author Lisa Gabriele, who has written both novels and non-fiction.

S.E.C.R.E.T., the first installment of an erotic trilogy is published in more than thirty countries. It was a bestseller in several countries, including Canada where it was #1 for several weeks.

S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared, the second installment, was published October 2013.

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