Book Review: S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T Shared by: L. Marie Adeline

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Broadway Books

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Origins:  From Sullivan and Partners, LLC for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: "I, Cassie Robichaud, solemnly swear to serve S.E.C.R.E.T. to the best of my abilities. I will do what is necessary, what is right and what is within my power to assist in the execution of sexual fantasies for our participant(s)..."

And so begins S.E.C.R.E.T. II, which opens with Cassie's initiation into this mysterious organization, one that helps women experience their most potent sexual fantasies. Cassie spends the next year as a "S.E.C.R.E.T. member-at-large," not quite a guide, she'll assist Committee members (including two new ones, Kit DeMarco and Angela Rejean) in recruiting men and helping to execute a new inductee's fantasies. 

After a false start with the first potential inductee, Cassie makes the acquaintance of Dauphine Gray, a 31-year old who works at the Funky Monkey vintage clothing store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Geeky, gawky and easily distracted, Dauphine has no idea how attractive she really is because her face is forever in a book. Reading is her passion, music is her pleasure, and Dauphine's all but given up on sex, especially after a painful rejection that still haunts her. Then Cassie and the women from S.E.C.R.E.T. show her it's possible to reignite that flame.

Meanwhile, Cassie must work through her resentment over losing Will to Tracina and their future baby. But when paternity questions surface, Tracina threatens to expose Cassie's S.E.C.R.E.T. membership to the one man both women love. Will Tracina expose Cassie to Will, and if she does, what will he make of his secret love's S.E.C.R.E.T. life?

Review: ‘S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T Shared’ picks up where the first book, ‘S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T’, ends and Cassie is now an initiate in S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, becoming a guide to other women, just as Matilda was Cassie’s guide. Cassie chooses Dauphine Gray as her newest charge and if Dauphine accepts, she’ll begin the liberating and joyful year of fantasies. Cassie has her hands full working on her own issues with Will and Tracina, as well as the reappearance of two of her fantasy men, and a potential male recruit to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T. It was great to see Dauphine start to come alive again through her S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T experiences. Yet it was hard to see Cassie hiding her feelings, when I don’t think Will is the one for her. He seems to only want to accept her on his terms and over the last year Cassie has realized her true potential and confidence. I enjoyed the first book, ‘S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T’, better than ‘S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T Shared’, but overall ‘S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T Shared’ is engaging and has a very positive message for women.

Secret series: S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T (1), S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T Shared (2)

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