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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
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
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
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
Annie Michelle
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
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
Rosanna Leo
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
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
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(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 offeri
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
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
Not a big deal (Jesse is a cutie, btw) but the last three pages...


Will no :'(
I have to read the next book.
Ana Luisa
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
Cami Hensley

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
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.
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...
Andrea Guy
You might want to classify this book as erotica, but it is so much more than that. Cassie is a woman whose senses have been dulled by a bad marriage. She's been widowed for several years and hasn't had sex in much longer.

She's sexually dormant.

Then she meets Pauline and Matilda and enters into the world of S.E.C.R.E.T. It is an organization that helps women awaken their sexuality through a series of steps.

As Cassie goes through each step, living out her wildest sexual fantasies you watch her gro
Tara Chevrestt
One of the best books I've read in a long time, especially in the erotic genre. The trend has grown alarming lately. When did women getting hog-tied and abused become sexy? Seriously? The BDSM craze has been going way too far. But this...this is what sex should be about. About all the steps addressed in this book, by this heroine. It should be about empowering women, not belittling or objectifying them.

Surrender. Admit you could use a hand. (Pun intended.) Courage. (Have the courage to try thing
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Sizzling hot and sometimes dir-tay, don’t lie, everyone has them… SECRETS, that’s what we are talking about, those secret desires that you don’t tell anyone about for fear of being judged. What would you do if given the opportunity to have those erotic secret fantasies realized?

Following the death of her husband, Cassie Robichaud basically withdrew and resorted to a life of solitude filled with regret and guilt. One lucky day, while waiting tables, she finds a diary left by a customer. It’s not
Following the likes of the "Fifty Shades" empire, "S.E.C.R.E.T." is another erotic fiction release but with a unique twist.

Meet Cassie. A 35 year old who was previously married for 14 years to Scott, an abusive alcoholic who eventually left her a widow at only 29. Since then, Cassie has become reclusive and hasn't been involved or intimate with a man for the past 5 years. But she's had enough. When an unexpected opportunity arises to secretly live out 9 of her innermost fantasies with complete s
I liked that this book had a great story - it's not just a string of sexual encounters. Cassie is a well-developed, fun character. I also liked that Cassie's sexual awakening was driven by her own fantasies and that she didn't need to be forced, even pretend forced into doing anything she didn't want to do. It's not like 50 Shades of Gray in that regard.

If you are just starting to read erotica or if you are not a fan of what some may think are crude or vulgar words for sex organs, than this woul
I purchased this book because of some of the great reviews that a couple of my Goodreads friends had posted. I usually don't read contemporary romances but, this one seemed really worth taking a look. The main character of the story is Cassie Robichaud who is a widow, trying to get her life back in order. I really don't want to give away any of the story because it is a really good read. I will say that the story idea was not real original but, it does take the reader on a journey. The character ...more
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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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