S.e.c.r.e.t by L. Marie AdelineS.e.c.r.e.t by L. Marie Adeline


byL. Marie Adeline

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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 notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.

L. Marie Adeline is a Canadian author who has written both novels and non-fiction. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Title:S.e.c.r.e.tFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038567970X

ISBN - 13:9780385679701

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Date published: 2018-01-13
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Date published: 2017-10-27
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Date published: 2017-08-10
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Date published: 2017-05-19
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Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series I loved this series how it was focused on a woman than a man
Date published: 2017-01-03
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Date published: 2016-12-26
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Date published: 2014-08-11
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Date published: 2014-02-06
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Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more! Having read 50 shades and the Sylvia Day trilogy, I was disappointed in this novel. I do understand Cassie was on a self discovery mission, but I longed for her to find a Damien or a Christian Grey. I wanted her to be happy; to find one man and be fulfilled. I hated the thought of her sharing her body with so many strangers. The ending left me feeling very unhappy for Cassie because she too wanted more from life than being a leader in the S E C R E T organisation.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read This book is all about building your confidence :) Many people are comparing it to 50 shades of Gray, but it's really not. This book is about a woman who has lost all confidence in herself and the 'sexual' journey she goes on to find it again. For the most part I really liked this book,expect for the ending! The ending seemed very rushed and not at ALL what I expected Overall, it was good and I would recommend it to others :)
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It's okay The story wasn't that great and i found the novel to be dull. If you enjoy erotica, this one isn't lacking. But for those who are just looking for a good novel to read ,skip this one.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read!! -Should NOT be compared to 50 Shades of Grey This book is not at all similar to 50 Shades of Grey apart from the erotica. I don't understand why people compare. This book is about an independent woman's growth and transformation. The Secret society concept is unique. This book sends a great message to women-embrace your femininity, love yourself & independence is great. S.E.C.R.E.T is an easy read, yet keeps you curious & wanting more. The erotic scenes flow with the story instead of annoying the reader with a sex scene every 10 pages (50 Shades?). I really liked it and I am hoping she will write a continuation to this book.
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan I found the book boring and uninteresting.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This is an amazing book. I could not put it down. You get into the story and wish there was a secret society for real. It was great to see Cassie blossom and open up. Every woman should read this book.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is a wondeful book. Cassie's journey was liberating and empowering for her and it was great to see her blossom and grow from the experience. Mixed feelings about the ending but all in all highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Once you start this book its very difficult to put it down. You find yourself falling in love with the characters and wishing that S.E.C.R.E.T. was a real group. Its not just a book about sex, its about everything a woman should be. I recommend that every woman read this book.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book Very good book, not anything close to fifty Shades though... Great story, worth the read.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing! This book is very unique from the others and i loved it! I am really hoping for the author to write a second book!
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great simple read Pick this up on a whim, it's ok...nothing in depth...great pass-the-time read. Ill pick up any sequels, just to see where the story goes. Would I recommend...sure why not!
Date published: 2013-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A steamy read encouraging confidence rather than dominance Cassie Robichaud,widowed 5 years ago after her no-good husband dies, is in her mid 30's now, waitressing at a cafe in New Orleans and in a love life rut. When a customer accidentally leaves behind a journal documenting her explicit sexual encounters, it opens Cassie's eyes to a whole different world that she is quite unfamiliar with. The journal eventually leads her to a secret society, where a group of people help women realize their fantasies, and gain self confidence along the way. First off, this is definitely a book for mature audiences. S.E.C.R.E.T. was completely out of my comfort zone but after hearing such great reviews on it, I thought I would read it with an open mind - and was quite pleasantly surprised. What I loved most about this story was the idea of empowerment. Cassie took charge of what she liked and wanted, agreeing to take part in that "step" each time she encountered one of the men that was there to fulfill one of her fantasies. While I haven't read certain other popular novels in this genre, I felt that this one at least promoted confidence rather than dominance. Really, I was pretty on board with the whole story up until the end. I understand the potential reasoning behind it, to make it a series rather than a standalone, but it was - no pun intended - a bit anti-climactic. It really didn't seem to fit with how the story and characters had been progressing up until that point and felt more like a rushed ending that just didn't sit well. Adeline makes turning fantasies into reality hot and not in an awkwardly uncomfortable-to-read way. Overall, it's quite a good steamy read that's tastefully done. This, and other reviews can be found on JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME HOTT!!!! THIS BOOK IS SOO AWESOME HOTT !!! i enjoy reading this soo much i wish there was more chapters and i really hope there is a 2nd book for this novel cuz i feel like this story is not over and should be kept going i look forward to reading this book again and again lol til there is a 2nd one lol
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed The description sounded good but once I started reading the book I found it actually boring and slow. Was promoted as Canadian version of Fifty Shades of Grey and unlike that book this one I found not believable therefore hard for me to follow. In Fifty Shades we have all met men or know of men like Christian, in this book a secret society of women recruits other woman to live out fantasy's to find themselves. Over the top steps are played out for FREE. Doesn't cost a thing. Gorgeous men are hired for the fantasy's. Again what group of women would ever pay for strangers fantasy's. They wouldn't.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The S.E.C.R.E.T of Gentle Erotica I enjoyed the book. It's much, MUCH better written than the 50 Shades trilogy and the story has more appeal. Instead of the innocent virgin and the domineering sophisticate with an unhealthy obsession, Cassie Robichaud is a mature 35 year old who has let life beat her down (as well as an a** of a husband). I loved the premise of the book. It's refreshingly original - women creating fantasies for women? A support system of women focusing on helping one another regain their sexuality? Sign me up! As Cassie journeys through the steps to reclaim her sexuality, the fantasies she submits to (all created based on her own desires and curiosities) help her find parts of herself that had lay dormant for too long because of the tragedies of her life. I'm relativity new to the genre of erotica but based on what I have encountered, I found the S.E.C.R.E.T to be a little tame. This isn't a bad thing, but because of the hype and the premise, I was expecting a little...more. The sex scenes are well written, though, and realistic, from the voice of a genuine woman, not a silly little girl. This reader, however, was left wanting a little more detail and hoping L.Marie Adeline might linger a little longer in each step Cassie takes. This is why I'm calling it gentle erotica. I liked the book but I think the author missed realizing the potential to be a little more erotic.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I was actually shocked with the end but what really eats me up inside is I really wanted to know who that guy was Cassie encountered when she was blindfolded. I honestly thought as I kept reading that it would've been Will. All in all I feel the book was good. A very quick read though. I read this book in 3 days.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensual Read The Good Stuff Naughty without anything too kink. All about desire which makes it just a good steamy, sensual read Empowering, really liked the message about owning and embracing your sexuality Cassie is a likeable character whom many women will relate to & seriously I just wanted to give her a hug at the beginning Telling you now it will be a huge seller Nice twist - thought I knew what was going to happen and was pleasantly surprised Well written and fast paced Great character development for Cassie Nice injection of humour just when it was needed Um if this society really exists - um call me -- I got one involving Nathan Fillion that would really be nice for a good girl like me LOL! The Not So Good Stuff Some of the naughty bits could have been drawn out more I really don't want this to get put into the genre of Erotica, because it is so much more and the rating could keep people away from reading it Favorite Quotes/Passages "After he died , I cried for all the pain he had been in and all the pain he caused, but I didn't miss him." "Anyone with a set of eyes could have seen that a brown-colored aura had settled over me, like a dusting of defeat. It was time. Time to make a leap." "Yes, the white rippled snow, which stretched to meet a sky so blue it hurt to look at it was utterly breathtaking. But I also marveled at how my world had changed with a simple "yes". "He tasted like wine too, and chocolate. Every cell inside me came alive to his taste and touch, smell, and feel." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Those who thought Fifty Shades of Grey sucked -- this will be more your thing - and trust me there are no mentions of a crack whore mom Just a good story of sexual awakening and taking charge Perfect book for a glass of wine and a bubble bath 4.5 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review - Jeff says thanks too LOL!
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 50 Shades for grown-ups 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 invited to join a secret society that seeks to enliven her again. With some of the most wonderfully written sexual fantasies I've read in a long time. It helps that the book is set in N'awlins, post-Katrina, a town as damaged as Cassie was, trying to reclaim its life and sexiness. I adore New Orleans in stories and it is definitely a place of my secret fantasies. Unlike the rape-oriented 50 Shades, the writer here has put the woman in charge of everything, her fantasies created for her (according to her requests) by a group of women. And instead of endless shouting of "Holy S***!" by a character as shallow as that phrase, the main character here has adult thoughts, feelings, some sense of normalcy, a desire to find richness in life as versus finding life in richness. I heard about it on the Current on CBC and had to download it - read it over two days and it isn't a good thing as I have a date tomorrow and I may well leap on the poor guy like a starving wolf after spending time with Cassie. It's our first date. I may give him a heart attack. It's cold out. Read it. Get warm.
Date published: 2013-02-06

From Our Editors

Secret by L. Marie Adeline: An Excerpt*Waitresses are adept at reading body language. So are wives who’ve lived under the same roof as angry drunks. And I had been both, a wife for fourteen years and a waitress for almost four. Part of my job was to know, sometimes even before customers did, what they wanted. I could do that with my ex, too, anticipate exactly what he wanted the second he came through the door. And yet whenever I tried to turn that skill on myself, to anticipate my own needs, I couldn’t.I hadn’t planned to become a waitress. Does anyone? I got the job at Café Rose after my ex died. And in the following four years, as I moved from grief to anger to a kind of numb limbo, I waited. I waited on people, I waited on time, I waited on life. Still, I actually kind of liked my job.My absolute favorites were the couples, this one couple in particular. Strange maybe to say this, but I’d get butterflies whenever they walked in. The woman was in her late thirties, beautiful in the way some French women are—glowing skin, short hair, and yet she had an undeniably feminine air. Her man, the guy she always came in with, had an open face, with brown hair shaved close to his head. He was tall with a lean, lithe body, and a little younger than her, I think. Neither the man nor the woman wore wedding rings, so I wasn’t sure about the exact nature of their relationship.But whatever it was, it was intimate. They always looked like they’d just come from having sex or were heading to do just that after a quick lunch.After I finished polishing the glasses, I printed up my couple’s bill and made my way slowly to their table. That’s when I noticed the woman’s bracelet for the first time, a thick gold chain festooned with small gold charms.It was so unusual, a pale yellow with a matte finish. The charms had Roman numerals on them on one side and words, which I couldn’t quite read, on the other. There were about a dozen charms on the chain. The man seemed captivated by this piece of jewelry, too. He ran his fingers through the charms as he caressed her wrist and forearm with both hands. His touch was firm, possessive in a way that caught me in the throat and caused the area behind my belly button to warm up. Five years.“Here you go,” I said, my voice rising an octave. I slid the bill on the part of the table not covered by their limbs.“It was great, thanks,” the man added, digging for his wallet.“Let me get this one. You always pay.” The woman leaned sideways and pulled her wallet from her purse and gave me a credit card. Her bracelet tinkled as she moved. “Here you go, sweetheart.” She was my age and calling me “sweetheart”?Her confidence let her get away with it. When I took the credit card, I thought I saw concern flash across her eyes. Was she noticing my stained brown work shirt? The one I always wore because it matched the color of the food that ended up on it? I felt suddenly aware of my appearance. I also realized I wasn’t wearing any makeup. Oh God, and my shoes—brown and flat. No stockings—ankle socks, if you can believe it. What had happened to me? When had I turned prematurely into a middle-aged frump?My eyes followed the couple as they left, walking past the tables and outside, where they kissed and parted ways.As she passed the front window, the woman glanced in at me and waved. I must have looked like such a dork, standing there staring at them. I waved meekly back at her through the dusty glass.My trance was broken by an elderly woman sitting at the next table. “That lady dropped something,” she said, pointing under the table.I bent to retrieve a small, burgundy notebook. It looked well-worn and was soft to the touch, like skin. The cover had the initials PD embossed in gold, the same gold edging the pages. I gingerly opened it to the first page, looking for Pauline’s address or number, and accidentally caught a glimpse of the contents: “. . . his mouth on me . . .never felt so alive . . . it shot through me like a white-hot . . . coming over me in waves, swirling . . . bent me over the . . .”I slapped the diary shut.****Thanks to Random House of Canada for sharing this excerpt. This excerpt has been edited for length. Excerpted from S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline. Copyright © 2012 by L. Marie Adeline. Excerpted by permission of Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved.