S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret #1)
No Judgments. No limits. No shame.
Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden 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
At first I had a hard time reading this because I was jaded after reading some reviews from who I totally appreciate and value their opinions but once I got to this quote:
"The ability to heal ourselves has made it possible for us to help others. That's why we're here. That's the only reason we're here."
After reading that I decided to clear my mind and try to read it for what it was without judgement. Once this was done I realized it's not a book about the HEA it's a book about finding one self. Yes there was some over the top, corny and predictable parts of the book but that's wasn't the point to this book. Yes it's a long journey for Cassie to love herself but in reality finding one self does not happen over night so this journey needed to take time.
By the end of Cassie's journey she thinks it is a relationship that she wants but once she is burnt she closes up that option very quickly and surrenders to the S.E.C.R.E.T society but with this very rash and rushed decision because she didn't even give a moment to think over the possibility of the truth you realize that her journey is definitely not over.
Why she trusted Tracina with information when they were not friends and Tracina was jealous of Cassie throughout the whole book and had an affair baffles me. I have a feeling that Tracina's bombshell was to break up Cassie and Will which worked for the time being and this was enough to make me want to find out more about Cassie's journey to see if she can have an HEA after all in the next installment of the series.
3 Thumbs Up!