Secret Diary: A Forbidden Liaisons Erotic Romance [NOOK Book]


An old diary contains the most intimate secrets of a woman her age who lived a century ago

Clarissa has been coveting a beautiful antique desk that belonged to an old lady friend, and she finally gets her wish when it is given to her after the old lady dies.

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An old diary contains the most intimate secrets of a woman her age who lived a century ago

Clarissa has been coveting a beautiful antique desk that belonged to an old lady friend, and she finally gets her wish when it is given to her after the old lady dies.

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The moment Sandra Ross held her first romance novel when she was ten, she knew she was going to write romance. At thirty now, a prolific reader and a freelance writer, she's since then expanded her preferences from just romance to romance with a dash of now trending sub-genres—paranormal , fantasy, sci-fi even, and erotica. She loves challenging herself and would write on a dare. On a normal day, she would be found in her herb garden collecting spices for her kitchen or ingredients for her potions; in her huge eclectic Provencal kitchen with the big modern oven cooking pots and pans of food for her family of one husband and three kids (an ardent daughter and two boisterous sons) that'll probably last for weeks; in her library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and an e-reader in her hands as she reads the latest erotic hit; or scribbling pages upon pages of different erotic lifestyles, searching for the one that feels like it was inspired by just the right mix of passion, story line, and sex. Aside from these activities, the rest of the time she'd be found in front of her laptop typing the latest Sandra Ross concoction for her readers.
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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    The Forbidden Apple is Always Sweeter! What is it about forbidd

    The Forbidden Apple is Always Sweeter!

    What is it about forbidden love that always makes it so much more exciting that those who fall victim to its lure would be willing to do
    almost anything to get the object of their affection even if it meant enduring a lion aching wait? 
    I liked the fact that the story takes you back to a time when men and women valued their virtue more than they do now. A woman's virtue
    was gold and men wanted nothing more than to honor that even if it meant taking a couple of cold showers to cool your desire. Where do
    you find that these days? We have lost the suspense that waiting brings. 
    The story started with a wonderful idea, Clarissa inherits an old writing desk from her elderly neighbor and finds in it a note addressed to
    her and a diary. On the instruction of the note she begins to read the diary and her journey of enlightenment begins. She is introduced to
    the life of Amanda Hopewell and Alex Corbett. Set in the 1700 when there was a lot more to be desired in a woman, Amanda is faced
    with a predicament. She is in love but is unable to be with the one that captures her heart because of tradition. Her happiness hinges on
    her older sister finding a suitable mate. Alex Corbett is an honorable man and if not for the fact that he was completely head over heels in
    love with Amanda he would have easily accepted the custom. 
    It was delightful to read how the two pacified the hunger they felt for each other. I liked the fact that no matter what Amanda did not give up
    the cookie and more importantly Alex did not let her. He was still able to take her to heights she could only imagine possible without
    stealing her virtue. I think this story is exactly what Eve should have done when the serpent tried to convince her to eat the apple. Instead
    of plucking the forbidden fruit from the tree, she should have gotten as creative as Alex did. 
    The end of this book surprised me completely. I understood that there was a message behind the old woman's decision to give the book
    to Clarissa but I took it to mean something different from what Clarissa decided it did in the end. This is what made the book for me
    because I truly did not see the ending coming. I was blindsided you could say. Sandra took me down a steamy path and I thought I was
    getting the picture then 'wham' Clarissa did what she did and I went - huh? 
    I wished that Amanda's sister Beatrice was a little more clued in though but I am sure if that were the case the story would not have the
    bite it did. Alternatively, I would have appreciated a little of what 'Wuthering Heights' gave in terms of Beatrice falling for Alex and meeting
    his disdain in return. That would have surely given this story a kick. 
    Somehow during the story that even in the absence of the two lovers losing control of their emotions and casting all reason aside,
    Sandra kept me hooked. I kept wishing that they would let go but rejoicing in the fact that they didn't. I had a good time with this book. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

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    In This Case, I am Quite Amused

    Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain for 64 years---the longest-serving monarch in British history. Her rule, from 1837 to 1901, was characterized by burgeoning industry, haphazard population growth, exacerbated class tensions, child labor, world empire, and a tremendous outpouring of literature that survives to this day.

    Oh, and the period of her rule entered the English lexicon as the "Victorian era."

    Nowadays, if someone or something is characterized as Victorian, there is an unmistakable air of social class, tradition and solemnity that is all-pervasive and unchanging. The term also evokes rigidity and an undercurrent of sexual and emotional passion that found numerous outlets during that time period and has continued to the present. Nowadays, having Victorian sensibilities comes across as hopelessly old-fashioned, sexless, ignorant, robotic, and being a downright killjoy.

    But this particular time period has proven to be a veritable gold mine for sexual fodder for countless writers of prurient literature and other forms of erotica. Classic works such as "Lady Chatterley's Lover," "Fanny Hill," and "The Story of O" have been expurgated and bowdlerized to suit whatever audience happened to be reading or viewing them at the time.

    Victoria, however, is not the only inspiration for lovestruck couples and passionate raw sex. The Georgian Era (1714 - 1830) runs a close second to ol' Vicky. This era, featuring dull, obstinate, uneducated, boorish kings named (strangely enough) George, was marked by similar accomplishments in literature and architecture, and also introduced the populace to countless royal shenanigans---incest; affairs; bankruptcy; homosexuality; wanton drunkenness; and the occasional beheading.

    J.R. Ewing of "Dallas" fame was an amateur compared to what transpired with this bunch.

    Sandra Ross has tackled this genre in a similar vein. Her book, "Secret Diary," tells the tale of two young eighteenth-century lovers, Amanda and Alexander, whose mutual passion for one another is severely curtailed by the social and sexual mores of their time. Their story is channeled through a young woman, Clarissa, via an old rolltop desk that she inherited from an old woman's estate. The desk itself serves as a clairvoyant catalyst for Clarissa to vicariously experience the erotic pleasures felt by Amanda as she and Alexander meet for sensuous interludes, despite society's disapproval.

    "Diary" is one of Ross's numerous historical erotic romances, and she provides specific periodic detail that underscores her working knowledge of what life was like in the year 1777. While the author is not an expert and doesn't pretend to be one, her detailed approach to how people lived, worked, dressed, and relaxed in that particular time period fits "Diary" well. The reader is able to use their imagination to evoke an image, via Ross's words, of what the era was like.

    Clarissa is a good conduit for Amanda's longings, and the former is able to achieve sexual satisfaction via surreptitious observation of the young lovers' titillating trysts throughout the story.

    Friskiness is generally associated with a pet's demeanor; however, it can also be applied to the passionate stirrings between two lovers who can't seem to keep their hands off each other. For couples who demonstrate this behavior, such outward displays of affection can easily be interprete

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Secret Diary is a romance story within a story. This is the sto

    Secret Diary is a romance story within a story. This is the story of Clarissa, Amanda and Alexander. Now you might think that means that this is a love triangle. However it actually isn't. Amanda and Alexander lived one hundred years before Clarissa. They lived in the year 1777 and they loved each other more than life itself.
    This book is a romance with a bit of a twist. It isn't the main character's story. Clarissa may be the main character however she is only the tunnel through which we can see the lives and the forbidden romance of Amanda and Alexander. It's a wonderful manner of showing a true romantic story.
    Just like the rest of her books Sandra has written this book in a really good style. it's able to convey a lot of information without simply telling. It actually does a really good job of showing various different incidents by helping the reader to visualize them.
    If you like romance stories and you're really into historical stories then you will want to read this book. It's all about the beauty of history and the genuine love of two people that lived long ago. Through the diary that Clarissa finds she learns this beautiful story that will actually help her to get through her own life.
    Clarissa didn't seem to have enough romance in her own life from the start, which seemed a little sad. She was reading about this beautiful story between two people and yet she didn't have anyone of her own. It would have been nice if she could have had a great man in her life right from the start.
    This book made me see what a love story is really about. It was beautiful and romantic while also being a little bit steamy. This was nice and definitely a good read. If you're looking for a story that not only has a happy ending but also has a great plot then you've found it. It can be hard to find something that has all of these qualities however you'll be able to with this.
    I would recommend this book to all of my friends because I know they love any story with a happy ending. And this story actually has two happy endings. They would also really like the romance and the historical styling of Amanda and Alexander's story.
    I've read a number of different romance novels and I really loved them. This is one of the books that I would be interested in reading again because of the plotline and the endings. Don't pass it up because this love story will make you smile throughout. If you're a romance lover you won't be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Secret Diary by Sandra Ross is a good book that has a nice plot

    Secret Diary by Sandra Ross is a good book that has a nice plot working with it and a good flow of the story line. It is erotic and it does pull you through a journey into the characters’ lives pretty easily. Overall I enjoyed the book I like the style that it was written in and that it was edited well so there were not mistakes in it that stood out and made you get distracted from the story.

    I did have a few small problems with the book one being that some of the wording while well written could sometimes be simplistic. I like a book even an erotica to challenge me a little bit with vocabulary. The other is that I didn’t really like how little the desk was described or the diary itself in its look. Of course I am someone who likes to hear the small details of older things like a desk and a diary because I like antiques and the historical pieces so it may be a me thing more than an actual complaint.

    Overall it is a good book and one I am not upset that I got to read and if I had the chance to pick if I read it again or not I would.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    Secret Diary is a excellently written erotic love story. A tale

    Secret Diary is a excellently written erotic love story. A tale that is both sexy and heartwarming. The story begins with Clarissa inheriting a desk from a friend. She had long wanted the desk and had offered to buy it from its owner several times, but the woman always declined. When she passed away she left the desk to Clarissa as a last gift to the child she watched grow up. Clarissa cleaned the desk until it sparkled, and that's when the story heats up. She finds a locked drawer with a false bottom. It takes her a bit, but she manages to get the drawer open. Inside the drawer is a hidden journal written by a young woman named Amanda who lived in the 1700s. Inside the red leather diary is the story of her life and her forbidden love with Alexander. As Clarissa reads the diary she and the reader enjoy the young woman's story. One filled with love and tribulations, since her match with Alexander had been forbidden. It is a story that offers hope not only to Clarissa, but also the reader.

    The Secret Dairy is well written and easy to follow. The plot is rich with both action and emotion that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It explores the heart and mind of Amanda as she falls in love and sexually awakens. The dairy itself is witty because of her naivety. Amanda actually admits she can't believe she said the word penis. This book is one of my newest favorites in this genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    Very good read!

    Secret Diary by Sandra Ross took me by surprise with its clarity, thickness of plot and how well written it was.

    The romance thrives on suspense and erotica, pulling you in and taking you through a thrilling journey from beginning to end.

    Ross writes pretty well and if you like a book that doesn’t bore you with complex terminology, unnecessary descriptions and a whole lot of fluff, then you can rest assured that you will find none of that in this book.

    Secret Diary by Sandra Ross takes you on a journey through love. I am a hopeless romantic and I really loved how the plot played out in this book.

    I love erotica as well and I find that Ross writes erotica very well.
    If you like to read books on that topic, then you can add this one to your library.

    The book is written simply and edited well. You will have no problem actually navigating through the chapters.
    The characters as well, were thoroughly developed. I found that for the most part, I liked being in their heads. I liked going through their struggle and conflict with them and I loved experiencing their resolution.
    Ross writes so that you can actually feel the characters, almost as if you were in the book with them. You are given a wealth of information on each major character, and not in a way to bore you; she doesn’t through it all at you at once but gives you a little at a time as the book develops.

    Very good read.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    Clarissa loved her elderly neighbours writing desk not only beca

    Clarissa loved her elderly neighbours writing desk not only because it’s a beautiful antique, it’s also where she learned to write as a child. When her neighbour passed away, she gave Clarissa the desk. Let’s just say she got more than she bargained for with the new roll- top writing desk she recently inherited. Hidden in one of the drawers of the table is a detailed and steamy diary of a woman who lived centuries ago.
    The story takes us back in the 1700s to a woman named Amanda. On her diary, she wrote about her finding true love early but couldn’t get married just yet for a reason. That doesn’t mean she couldn’t have fun while waiting for that perfect wedding date, right? 
    I always thought old times were boring in terms of romance. It makes me wonder if people then were really that chaste and conservative.
     One thing I love about Sandra Ross is her knack for writing in details and keeping the story short. She won’t bore you with pages after pages of all talk and no action. On the downside, I feel this book would have been better if Clarissa found her special someone before the book ended. Clarissa deserved a romantic and happy ending just like the lady who wrote the diary. 
    Would I recommend this book? I probably would. It’s a good read that’s easy and light. It won’t keep you scratching your head as the plot is easy to follow. It will make you want to go to a thrift market to shop for those types of hidden treasures!

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    The story focuses actually on Amanda's life and her love story w

    The story focuses actually on Amanda's life and her love story with her hero Alexander Corbett. Alexander visits their house intending to see Beatrice, Amanda's older sister who hasn't found a husband still at the age of twenty-two. Their father's belief is old-fashioned in a sense that Amanda is not allowed for courtship and marriage even if she is already at age as long as her older sister has not tied the knot. But Alexander happens to first found Amanda and they both felt instant attraction in each other but Amanda's father hinders their love.

    This is like reading one of my favorite historical novels where conservatism is the norm during those eras. It is interesting as cultures, social beliefs and norms are way different during that time as oppose to our time. I can see Amanda in her dress and the gorgeous Alexander when they first met. Sandra Ross was able to carry out describing the world during the 1770's. Amanda and Alexander's courtship is sort of modern. I suppose to make it appealing to today's readers but their conflict is old-fashioned because of the conservative belief of Amanda's father.

    My impression on the book when I first read the first words was that it will be a contemporary novel. Then somehow, it shifts into a Historical genre because of Amanda Corbett's Diary. I learned Amanda's world through Clarissa's reading of her secret diary. What's funny is that I was all out wondering about the story of Clarissa.

    Even until now, I am still wondering what will happen to Clarissa. I hope the writer is able to attend to Clarissa's story as well.

    All in all, this story is an enjoyable read especially since I am a fan of historical novels.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

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    Love will always prevail Clarissa inherits an old roll-top writ

    Love will always prevail

    Clarissa inherits an old roll-top writing desk when her elderly neighbour,
    Mrs Hopewell, passes away.  Clarissa had been in love with this desk
    since she first laid eyes on it and Mrs Hopewell was well aware of that fact.  
    Not only did Mrs Hopewell want to pass on the desk to Clarissa because
    she loved it so much, she also wanted to pass on a very special message
    through a diary that was hidden in a secret drawer.  This diary was written
    by a one of Mrs Hopewell’s great aunts and it was about her falling in love
    with a very special man.  Her name was Amanda and she lived in the 1700s
    and her life changed forever the day she met Alexander Corbett.  However,
    due to the restrictions at the time they were not allowed to court until
    Amanda’s sister was married, so they started to meet in private and
    developed a secret relationship.

    The sentiment of the story is really sweet but I felt the language didn’t
    do the story justice… I felt that the diary should have been depicted in the
    language that would have been used at the time – so instead of being
    innocent and convincing, it came across as slightly cheesy by describing
    old-fashioned times with the use of modern language.  However, the
    essence of the relationship and the love story were still cute and sentimental
    and there is a prominent theme that true love will always prevail.  This
    theme ran through the course of the book as this is the message that Mrs
    Hopewell was conveying to Clarissa and helping Clarissa to open her eyes
    and see that she too can have true love.

    The sex scenes were described with a virgin innocence and I think this
    makes it steamier in a sense!   This book will appeal to anybody who
    believes in true love.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    This book was an interesting read actually. I was pleased to see

    This book was an interesting read actually. I was pleased to see a great novel here and be able to read it all the way through without putting it down. Here is why I loved this book and I am not going to give anything away since many have not read it yet.

    The author of this book always keeps my interest first off and that is something that I am always looking for. I think that to be a good author you should always start a book of right and this is one of those books that started off just right for me. I love the whole scene and how everything really came together.

    The plot of this book was original and it was not like other romance novels that you see now days where they are all the same thing over and over again. I liked the fact that it was kept in an original state and I could enjoy the book without any issues. I found this book to be in good taste and the scenes were very good.

    I love romance novels and books about love, so this was a plus for me to read. I would recommend this book to others that love this genre as well. You will not be disappointed with this book at all. I think that the book was in all around great taste and if you are looking for something to read then I would suggest this one.

    This Author created a good book to read.

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