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Secret Pleasure

(Bound Hearts #13)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,297 ratings  ·  171 reviews
The secret is out: #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh’s Bound Hearts series is so hot, it should come with a warning…

Sebastian and Shane De Loren were born to love Alyssa Hampstead. No other woman on earth can burn for them, ignite with passion between them, the way Alyssa does. But after three sensual months of pleasure come to a crashing halt, Sebastian and Shane are l
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Published August 18th 2015
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Secret Pleasure' by Lora Leigh. This is book 13 in the "Bound Hearts" series and the story of Alyssa, Sebastian and Shane.
Sebastian and Shane are cousins who happen to meet Alyssa and they both fell for her. Alyssa is a young innocent 18 year old and is very attracted to the two cousins. They all meet again 5 months later when Alyssa is off on vacation. The boys have followed her there so that they can pursu
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I honestly don't even know where to start here...

First of all, I guess I should say that I've been a huge fan of this series and Lora Leigh's books in general. Unfortunately, this story didn't even feel like anything she has written before. The style of writing was off even though it had your typical Lora Leigh characterization. It was really choppy and most of the time didn't make a whole lot of sense. I found myself putting it down quite a bit and not wanting to pick it back up, and that's nev
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
30/11 - This was a crazy mash-up of bodice ripper and erotica with some random fantasy elements thrown in, oh and everyone's in the CIA (except the heroine). The front cover advertises that this 'has never before been published' and I can see why. There were way too many errors for a traditionally published book - missing words, the wrong words, sentences that I was forced to read multiple times in order to understand them (and sometimes even then I couldn't work it out). It's also the last book ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

That blurb on Goodreads is so wrong. Try this one instead...

Sebastian and Shane De Loren were born to love Alyssa Hampstead. No other woman on earth can burn for them, ignite with passion between them, the way Alyssa does. But after three sensual months of pleasure come to a crashing halt, Sebastian and Shane are left fighting with everything they’ve got, risking it all to have Alyssa one more time...

Alyssa has closed off her heart. A senator’s daughter in the political sp
Alyssa is a sassy 18 year old virgin who catches the attention of cousins Sebastian and Shane. They engage in a quick love affair but dire circumstances (blackmail) rips them apart. Alyssa is attacked by someone close to her and she barely survives. The attack eventually is the catalyst that brings them back together 8 years later.

Secret Pleasure was a good and entertaining read. It was a little slow going at first with little character connection but then the emotional ties and heartache become
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Soulmates torn apart by distance and misunderstandings is unbearably painful. Secret Pleasure is a difficult story to read. Alyssa Hampstead is a very protected daughter of a dominating mother. No one messes with this princess. When she takes a summer vacation away from her suffocating cocoon, she experiences an explosive pleasure at the hands of Shane and Sebastien. When they are forced apart, it seems as if Alyssa dies and becomes a shell of herself.

From a character perspective, I loved the st
Hope Frost
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let me clear here...I have been a fan of Lora Leigh for a very long time. But her last few books have been less than par, I would even go as far as saying this will be my last LL book. There were several weird, what the hell, moments and a few that were mentioned then never followed up. I was left with more questions than answers. The bad guys were never revealed WHY they were bad, there was at least once it was mentioned about something left for her from her mother in a secret place, but that w ...more
April Symes
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review***

Alyssa happens to catch the eyes’ of two handsome men, Shane and Sebastian, from the very first time they meet. She is a very young 18 years old and they are very jaded and full of charm. The dance they met at is where her innocence charms them and enthralls them completely. Her parents end up sending her to Spain where Shane and Seb already are to begin with, waiting on her. They have a plan, a plan to pursue her and show her
Eva Millien
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian and Shane De Loren were born to love Alyssa Hampstead but their months of sensual pleasure comes crashing to a halt and they are left risking it all to protect her in this sensational contemporary romance.

To survive the pain, Alyssa closed off her heart and she refuses to risk it again for the sexy cousins and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story when Sebastian and Shane blaze their way back into her life and insist on melting the ice that surrounds her heart. The chemi
It's been a few years since we had a new book in this series. It's one of my favorites, so I was glad to see it.

I loved the first part of the book. Loved how innocent Alyssa was, how she managed to charm Shane and Sebastian from the first moment they met her, how from that point forward they went about changing their lives and made a plan to go after her. The boys knew she was innocent, so while they were forward with their intentions and let Alyssa know, they didn't overwhelm her. Alyssa was st
The Romance Evangelist
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at Night Owl Reviews.

It's almost impossible to accurately summarize everything that is wrong with this book without revealing any major spoilers. I'm heartbroken because this has always been one of my favorite erotic romance series.

Full review available at Night Owl Reviews.
Aug 06, 2015 added it
DNF 6%, writing isn't for me. Came off corny and ridiculous even just 6% in.
Sep 10, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-adult
DNF at 15%
I just lost interest in this one. I was really bored and realized I really didn't care what happens or how it ends.
Kathy Davie
Thirteenth in the Bound Hearts erotic romance series and revolving around a loose group of men who like to share their women. The threesome focus is on Alyssa Hampton, Sebastian De Loren, and Shane Connor.

My Take
I felt rather lost in this story, primarily because of Alyssa. I’ve been reading about her as a peripheral character throughout the Bound Hearts series with whispers about her mysterious association with the Sinclair Men’s Club, and we suddenly get the scoop on her in this non-linear nar
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying the 2 star review has little to do with the story.

I love the Bound Hearts series by Lora Leigh....this is a menage series and anyone who knows me knows I'm a die hard menage fan. so Secret Pleasure being the latest installment about one of the "club"'s resident members should be an amazing book. We got to see Ian and Courtney and most of all Khalid! The characters dig into your heart, The story is fantastic with suspense and terror and excitement and heartbreak and incredi
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, earc
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Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first entry in this series that I have read but not the first from this author. I have mixed feelings on this book because while I really enjoyed the overall story, there were several times where I feel as though the author dropped the ball. On more than one occasion there were plot elements that were mentioned and then just never followed through on. At times I felt as though I were reading an unfinished book. For instance her mother mentions I've left something for you in your secr ...more
Stacy Reid
I enjoyed Secret Pleasure. Though it is book 13 in the Bound heart series, it is a great stand alone entry. I was treated to a peek of some of the other guys from the previous books, but sadly the club was not featured at all, just a mere mention.

It still made for a lovely read and I devoured Secret Pleasure in one sitting. It had the trademark hot hot ménage scenes and the emotional intensity Lora leigh writes with. The plot was pretty decent, though not overly complicated, and it wove seamles
The most irritatied part about reading a book was when I anticipate to know the big scheme behind the whole story but found nothing significant, not even the identity of the villains.
Sandy S
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

NOTE: For Goodreads followers I would suggest ignoring the original storyline blurb found on the GR website as it does not apply to the current story.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 18, 2015

Sebastian DeLoren and Shane Connor were born to love Alyssa Hampstead. No other woman on Earth can burn for them, ignite with passion between them, the way Alyssa does. But after three sensual months of pleasure come to a crashing halt, Sebastian and Shane are left fighting their powerful fami
Christi Snow
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Okay, right off the bat, you need to know going into this book that you need to suspend some disbelief. This book is all about the fantasy and sometimes the fantasy goes a little over the top. BUT...if you can do that, I promise you this can be a fun book to read. I actually really enjoyed it a lot.

When the book begins, Bastion and Shane are 24 yo cousins. They are best friends and share everything, including their women. They are at their aunt's annual Christmas party and meet 18 yo A
Sheila Melo
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"They were bound. She couldn't break that bond, couldn't escape it, now matter how she tried when her conscious mind ruled her."

THE STORY: At age 18, Alyssa Hampstead is trying to get away from her overbearing mother and her political aspirations of her father. One night she meets Sebastian De Loren and his cousin Shane Conner. There is an instant connection between the three although Alyssa has no intention of getting involved with these two heartthrobs. The cousins want the beautiful young wom
Gigi staub
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Once a member of the Sinclair men’s club as their honorary female member, Alyssa Hampstead broke one of the most important rules of the club and gracefully accepted Ian Sinclair’s request to leave.

For a reason.

Now, caught between two men she’s terrified of, and a father determined to destroy her, she turns to the only safety she’s ever known, that of the men’s club she forced herself to walk away from.

Only to learn that the very men she’s running from are awaiting for her there. And the man dete
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5-3 Torn Stars....

I liked the story but at the same time- I didn't get all of the players on the bad side of the plot. What the hell was their motivation, truly? It just didn't seem to ring true from what they were after. I get why they supposedly did what they did but - it still doesn't sit right or make complete sense. I think there should have been better motive- like something personal to start it all in motion. Another thing that has me torn over my rating- the way Alyssa's mom was. She w
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Secret Pleasure leaves a lot of loose ends flapping at the end. There are several things that aren't followed up on, which is frustrating. I had more empathy for Alyssa than Shane and Sebastian simply because she was so much younger than the two cousins. The soul bond connection was a bit odd since I didn't know that this was supposed to have a hint of paranormal or magical realism, and the connection only served to make them all feel each other's misery and pain.

The time that they were forced
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many characters in this story, but the main characters are Alyssa, Shane and Sebastian. Alyssa, a sophisticated, 18-year virgin, who was raised with decorum and meets cousins, Shane Conner and Sebastian De Loren, at a formal party, where there is an obvious attraction. Five months pass and Alyssa, while vacationing alone in Barcelona, Spain, again encounters the dapper cousins and a lascivious relationship unite between the three. Yes, I said three. The affair is short lived as the par ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy to read and review.

It has been entirely too long since we have had a book in this series! This author is always an auto buy for me because her books deliver action packed erotic romance. Never a disappointment! The book starts out at a tame pace when Alyssa meets Shane and Sebastien at a formal party. Shane and Sebastien share women and there eyes are set on this glorious girl barely eighteen. After they meet her and share a decadent kiss they bide they're time un
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to go into the details of this book.
Instead I'm just going to touch base on my feelings and tell you that some people will really like this while others will find things wrong with it.

I loved the characters and have to say that it was difficult to read at times. Not for reasons your thinking. Our menage of characters went through some things that are sure to tear you apart. Sebastian and Shane brought out so much emotion in me The intensity of these two men is enough to cause a me
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
From the minute they saw her they knew they had to have her.

I really enjoyed how Alyssa had Shane and Sebastian wrapped around her oh-so-innocent little finger. Though they knew she was unexperienced the let her know their plans and rolled with it.
She ended up being a firecracker and held her own. I REALLY enjoyed their time in Spain and then BAM... I KNEW something was coming but DANNNNG it I wanted to punch them in the head! I get their reasoning but COME ON GUYS making her feel like that!!
Kim  Brewing
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Edited - my "stars" were missing.

It has been a couple of years since I read the previous book in this series, so I went into this hoping I didn't need to refresh....and I didn't.

But holy shit on a many. Bad. Guys. It went on and on.

The book was well written. We were given details of Alyssa' s life in the last eight years (with a little surprise thrown in) but not much on the guys. I wanted to know what they had been up to as well. Other than alphabet soup things what did they do?
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