Which was a shame, because it was off to such a promising start, and there was a great deal to like about the book, such as the diversity, the descriptions of New Orleans, and the main character’s decision to take control of her life and sexuality. Read below the spoiler alert line if you want to know the specifics.
Then I hit the “surprise” ending–maybe 5 to 10 pages left–and threw the book. **SPOILER ALERT** **SPOILER ALERT** **SPOILER ALERT** Once Will breaks up with his girlfriend of 3 years and has sex with Cassie, it seems like all is well and we get the requisite HEA with no unsightly strings.
However, the morning after, Cassie goes to work and Will’s ex shows up to announce that she’s pregnant and Will offered to marry her.
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.
My Review: Short version: Can’t recommend this book, will not be reading the sequel(s).
Long version: I blame myself for not reading the back cover blurb to get an idea of what this story was about before I picked it off the pile of books I got at a convention.