Let me start by saying that the whole premise of the book is one I fully support and I for one wish such a society existed. And if it does, then more power to you!
Cassie is a 35 year old widow who hasn’t had sex in 5 years. She works as a waitress in a small cafe in New Orleans and one day one of her regular customers drops a notebook . She reads an entry which details a menage account. Next day the customer comes looking for her notebook followed by an older woman, Matilda. Matilda gives Cassie a card with the words S.E.C.R.E.T on it and asks Cassie to call her.
S.E.C.R.E.T is a society of women whose motto is ‘No Judgements. No limits. No shame.’ The basic idea is to sexually empower women. Women who are going through periods of fear or self doubt and because of it have given up on love, sex and companionship.
So S.E.C.R.E.T makes the women (Cassie in this case) write down a number of fantasies and S.E.C.R.E.T will make them come true; you know, sex with a stranger, public sex, sex with someone famous etc. All Cassie has to do is accept each step and complete the fantasy whereby she’ll receive a charm to add to her bracelet.
The men in the fantasies were hot as hell! My favorite being the tattooed Jesse. How sexy was he?! I would have skipped the rest of the fantasies after meeting him :) I did roll my eyes a bit during some of the fantasies but I guess I also have some eye roll worthy fantasies myself so who am I to talk ;)
The book was a bit slow, not one I was eagerly looking forward to read at the end of the day but there was a lot that made me stick with it. I thought I knew how it would end though. I thought I could see it a mile away but I was so wrong! That ending was a shocker which for me either signals a sequel or leaves me with too many questions. For example, the women who choose to stay with S.E.C.R.E.T after the steps, do their fantasies continue? Do they find joy just in the mentoring? Because nothing was said about them having partners.
So of course I rushed to Goodreads to find out about the possibility of a sequel and there seems to be one to be released in October this year. I just do not know if it continues with Cassie and the same characters or starts with new ones.
Apart from being a bit slow I also thought the author used too many euphemisms. The word clit for example does not appear at all. The author preferred “sweetest spot” and many other descriptors to actual words. I mean I get the need for diversity but it is erotica after all.
All in all, I love the theme of sexual emancipation. I feel like women will identify with the book. I can’t say I was ever the feminist but I not so secretly wish this secret society exists.
I give it 3.5 Stars
Amazon: S.E.C.R.E.T by L Marie Adeline
Finally, I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House for providing this ARC for my honest review.