I am reading this series entirely back to front – having not heard of it before the opportunity to review appeared, but I found the author had managed to present enough backstory that I didn’t feel totally lost, but I would recommend that the series be read in order.
S.E.C.R.E.T. is the “Skull and Bones” of the sexual underground for women searching for more fulfillment. Not quite a ‘secret society’ but not widely known, the women who are featured all learn to revel in their sensuality, taking charge of and developing in their confidence and empowerment.
This story highlighted both the women’s ability to support and befriend one another, as well as their own personal journeys as they find fulfillment in all aspects of their lives. In this story, the new woman to the group is Solange, and I was impressed by the supportive behavior displayed by all the women. Adeline is also to be commended for the smart writing of interactions and stumbling points that worked for the plot and for lessons to us all in the support available in the right kind of friendships: this didn’t feel preachy or over-played, but worked beautifully well.
This is, as a threaded plot line, a story about sexual fantasies and fulfillment, but done in such a way that the relationships and growth of the characters really is the most memorable parts of the story. BUT – the sex is off the charts hot and steamy, with several really clever fantasies enacted and showing the power of the women who have chosen and are enjoying their moments.
I won’t attest to the conclusion and who gets whom – I will wait until I have read all of the trilogy before I make a final decision for myself – but for the presentation of the story and what I saw in this particular book about the development of relationships and pairings of the characters: the matches “felt” real and plausible to me, and I closed the book satisfied.
Title: S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed
Author: L. Marie Adeline
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Doubleday Canada
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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SECRET Revealed bares all--the final book in the hot bestselling series.
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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.