S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed by L. Marie Adeline


3 stars***

I really liked book one of this series... and, I LOVED book two... but, this last installment was a little too predictable. It follows the same formula as the first two books and so the element of surprise and anticipation was missing. I was already invested in Will and Cassie's story and wanted closure on their relationship... but found myself kind of dredging through Solange's fantasies. I just wasn't able to connect with her character at all. I think it was because she was already a strong and confident woman so I couldn't really see what benefit she was getting from being a candidate. The fantasies also felt very rushed. But, I did like her HEA at the end... I think she did finally realize where her heart truly belonged.
My favorite part of this series as a whole, however, is the underlying message... it is okay for women to explore their own sexual desires and fantasies without shame or judgment. It also heavily tackles the topic of slut shaming and how damaging it can be to women and especially young girls. And finally, it emphasizes that women can be sexy and beautiful at any age... and I love the inclusion of the older women throughout the series! It is a myth that women above the age of 40 are no longer desirable... experience and confidence are very appealing and attractive qualities. It's not always about what you look like.
This is a unique erotica series because it focuses on empowering women and encouraging them to awaken their hidden or lost desires. I enjoyed watching the women in the first two books evolve from shy and inhibited to taking charge of what they wanted and needed sexually. Book three kind of steps up to being more about just having sex and not so much the emotional journey. So, that's probably why it fell a little flat for me personally.
I felt like this was a good place for the S.E.C.R.E.T. journey to end. We finally get some much needed closure for Will and Cassie and whether or not they were actually meant to be together. Cassie's sexual confidence is a little over the top in this book... she even ventures into the threesome scene. Meh... I'm not a fan of sharing and threesomes so this did not appeal to me personally.
Most of the sex scenes in these books are simple fantasy scenarios... sex in an elevator, sex in the car, some light bondage etc... so if you're looking for high level kink with shock factor this isn't the series for you! These books are also not really stand alones... so starting with book one is recommended. :)

ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley

SECRET Revealed bares all--the final book in the hot bestselling series.
     The only thing that Cassie Robichaud has ever really wanted is Will Foret, the love of her life. But when Will discovers that Cassie is part of S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground group devoted to helping women experience their deepest sexual fantasies, Will breaks it off. Heartbroken, Cassie dries her tears and devotes herself to helping the latest S.E.C.R.E.T. recruit, Solange Faraday. Cassie also reignites her relationship with sexy bad-boy Jesse, even if he can never love her as deeply as Will did.
     Meanwhile, beautiful, brilliant Solange, a local news anchor and divorced mom, has a great career but a wilting love life. She rekindles long-lost passions, going deeper and hotter than any other S.E.C.R.E.T. candidate before her. Will she find what her heart most desires? And when Will realizes he's made a tragic mistake, will Cassie be able to forgive him? In the end, as both women blossom as sexual beings, they also discover that ecstasy and true love are closer than they ever imagined.
     SECRET Revealed is the explosive, sensual and sexually-charged finale to the bestselling S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy.

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