Secret Pleasure (Bound Hearts Series #13)

Secret Pleasure (Bound Hearts Series #13)

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The secret is out: #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh’s Bound Hearts series is so hot, it should come with a warning…

Sebastian and Shane De Loren were born to love Alyssa Hampstead. No other woman on earth can burn for them, ignite with passion between them, the way Alyssa does. But after three sensual months of pleasure come to a

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The secret is out: #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh’s Bound Hearts series is so hot, it should come with a warning…

Sebastian and Shane De Loren were born to love Alyssa Hampstead. No other woman on earth can burn for them, ignite with passion between them, the way Alyssa does. But after three sensual months of pleasure come to a crashing halt, Sebastian and Shane are left fighting with everything they’ve got, risking it all to have Alyssa one more time...

Alyssa has closed off her heart. A senator’s daughter in the political spotlight, she’d rather be quiet and safe than feel the emotional intensity Sebastian and Shane roused within her years ago. But when the sexy cousins blaze their way back into her life, Alyssa cannot help but succumb to the heady pleasures the two men can give her. And as an unknown enemy draws near, Alyssa will need Sebastian and Shane to protect her...and satisfy every forbidden craving.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250080790
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/31/2016
Series:
Bound Hearts Series , #6
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
333,217
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Secret Pleasure


By Lora Leigh

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2015 Lora Leigh
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-03267-6


CHAPTER 1

The Colliers' Winter Ball was considered one of the most exciting events of the winter season. It was always held a few weeks before Christmas, and the Colliers' gifts to their guests were always the guests themselves. No one ever knew the guest list or the number attending. What one could count on, though, was a broad selection of not just the political and social elite but also those of the entertainment industry.

Landra Collier was known for her wide selection of interests and friends, and it was rumored there were very few immune to her charm. Or to her invitations.

Margot Hampstead, wife to the newly elected Senator Davis Allen Hampstead, was one of the few, her daughter, Alyssa, thought. Margot's unexpected acceptance at the last minute had surprised not just her husband but her daughter as well. Alyssa hadn't begged her mother to accept the invitation. She'd been certain it wasn't accepted when she'd seen it in her mother's wastebasket. The regret she'd felt had been impossible to hide. And Margot hadn't been happy with her. Weeks later, when she'd told Alyssa to begin preparations to attend the event, Alyssa had been so excited she'd actually hugged her mother before racing upstairs to her room to do just that.

Slipping through a set of French doors leading from the huge oval ballroom to the gardens, Alyssa felt the night's excitement building. Rumored to hold exquisite works of holiday art tucked within grottos and sheltered arbors, the gardens were one of the main reasons she'd wanted so desperately to attend.

Alyssa had waited all year to attend this one event. She was eighteen, no longer excluded from the Colliers' parties, and she had already picked out the ball gown she was determined to wear, just in case her mother decided to attend.

The long cashmere gown was such a pale, pale blue that in certain lights it could be mistaken for white. Alyssa hoped few would catch a glimpse of her within the heavy snow that had begun falling over the softly lit mystery of the enchanting wonderland Landra was said to have created this year.

The heated brick walk instantly melted the fluff while all around it several inches of the snow glistened on the ground and clung to the bare branches and evergreens that spread out from the path.

Stepping cautiously along the damp walk, Alyssa made her way as quickly as possible into the shadowed garden, determined to find as many of the sheltered treasures as possible. She'd waited years to see the gardens. And they were just as beautiful, just as mysterious and enchanting, as she'd heard they were.

An ice castle nearly eight feet tall was the first treasure to be found. The soft white lights tucked in the sculptured firs to each side of it reflected off the ice and the shadowed forms of a Christmas tree and presents lightly colored at one window.

An ice door was partially open, and before it stood four ice carolers in front of the ice couple standing at the door, their faces lifted in joy.

It was so beautiful. The workmanship that had gone into it was so precise and detailed, the artistry in no doubt. It was said Landra's nephews and her son did many of the carvings each year, though the nephews' names were never revealed. And Landra had a lot of nephews, Alyssa had heard.

Continuing along the brick path, she found an ice angel next to a bed of straw, and on it lay a beautiful carved babe. Farther along the path blocks of ice carved to resembled gaily wrapped presents sat beneath a fir tree along with an ice-carved teddy bear. There were marble figures of children preparing to open presents, a large metal unicorn with a big red bow tied at the base of his horn.

A large wooden Santa painted in all his red and white finery knelt before a gas fire beneath a sheltered arbor where he lifted presents from his sack. A reindeer waited at his side.

Moving deeper into the grotto, Alyssa took a much narrower path that led away from the main walk. The path itself wasn't as well lit, but a flicker of light along a dark curve filled with thick evergreens drew her attention. The hidden, the mysterious, the rumors and scandalous whispers of some of the more erotic artwork pulled Alyssa into the darker areas.

She found out why. Wide-eyed and curious despite her astonishment, Alyssa found a sculpture that held her spellbound, certain her imagination was playing tricks on her as she saw two male forms embracing a female, her long hair flowing around them.

It was an incredibly sensual piece of ice art, or a rather strange form due to a bit of melting. Alyssa couldn't be completely certain. But it made her heart beat faster at the perceived vision before she drew away and continued deeper into the gardens.

All around her heavy flakes of snow fell gathering higher alongside the path. It held to branches and fir trees, piled atop glittering lights, and gave them a fractured, otherworldly look. The fantasyland atmosphere began to soften and ease a tension she hadn't known she'd possessed until she felt it dissipate.

She wanted to become a part of the magic and erotic sensuality unfolding around her forever. She wanted to find a way to hold it just as it was, never allow it to melt. Never allow it to be taken from sight.

Lifting her face to the falling fluff, eyes closing, she inhaled the cold air, feeling it settle along her bare shoulders where the cashmere dress draped away from the curves.

She belonged here, she thought dreamily. Amid the rich treasure trove of lovingly carved ice and fantasy dreams. Here, where sensual art could be found tucked in the most unlikely of places, deep within the snow-filled night and the fantasies she dared not reveal were being brought to life inside her.

It was that damned carving of the two males with their female lover, she thought with a dreamy smile. How secure would that feel? How completely surrounded with sensuality and eroticism it would have to be. And she would never know, she told herself in amusement as she found another of the sensual poses. One of a reclining female, resting on her elbows, head tipped back, her back arched to lift her breasts closer to the male at one side of her, while the one kissing her cupped one breast as though offering it to his partner.

Wow. Alyssa was going to begin sweating soon. She was amazed the ice wasn't melting from the sensuality of the carving itself.

Landra's nephews had placed the explicit art pieces in an area certain not to be walked through as often. She might have thought there was nothing farther along the way if the snow hadn't picked up a shimmer of light farther ahead.

As she moved quietly along the path a faint shiver caught her, the chill of the snow reaching past her fascination. Interspersed among the carvings here and there were the arbors with their gas fireplaces and enclosed padded seats. That was what she needed to find; otherwise she'd have to return to the ballroom or risk turning into a block of ice herself.

Rounding a bend in the brick walkway, she sighted one of the enclosed shelters and hurried toward it. The sound of whispers took a moment to register, though. Not until she was at the entrance of the arbor did she come to a stop, certain she wasn't seeing what she was seeing.

Just as she tried to step back, the female pressed between the two tall males gave an outraged gasp.

"How dare you!" she exclaimed.

"Because you asked?" Dark, amused laughter spilled into the night along with the faint foreign accent.

"You obviously misunderstood." The false outrage was familiar, Alyssa thought, peeking around the evergreen branches that grew slightly over the walk.

Ah yes. Millicent Raye. She should have recognized the other woman's voice instantly. Recently divorced and looking for her next wealthy meal ticket, the socialite was known for her promiscuity as well as her displays of innocence.

The divorcée rushed from the shelter without attempting to see who had glimpsed her in the rather scandalous position. Alyssa had no doubt the other woman hadn't seen enough of her to know who she was. Millicent was too concerned with the innocent act and escaping the fact that she had been caught.

"You can come out now." The Texas accent was a lazy, amused drawl.

"I wasn't hiding." Alyssa stepped from the cover of the branches. "I was merely giving you a chance to escape as well before I borrow the warmth of that fire." She nodded to the gas flames flickering over fake logs behind them.

"Escape? From an elf?" the darker of the two, the Texan, questioned her curiously, the sound of his voice like a whisper of velvet. "Where are the rest of your kind, little thing?"

"Ha-ha. Aren't I so very amused," she stated, stepping slowly toward them and into the arbor. Some days it just sucked being short. Even in heels, she still didn't gain the height she was trying for. Her delicate build and short stature did very little to convince anyone that she wasn't a pushover.

She'd put up with these two for a moment, though, she decided, amused by them. They were interesting. She liked interesting people. Her mother called it her reckless streak, the habit her daughter had of finding the very people a parent didn't want their child involved with, such as the southern belle with an affinity for knives.

With a rather teasing grin she pushed between them, then stepped to the fire before facing them again.

They were rather handsome as well, she thought. Both about six two or so. The Texan with his pitch-black hair and deep blue eyes, his features chiseled with a rough-hewn appearance and infused with arrogance. The other, with the Spanish accent, had surprisingly dark blond hair that lay long against the back of his tuxedo collar, black eyes, with tempered aristocratic features. There was nothing soft about either man. They were tall, muscular, and far too masculine.

"That isn't an elf, Cousin." The faintly foreign accent stroked over her senses like a verbal caress. It was damned freaky how much her entire body seemed to like their voices. "She's not quite tall enough, I don't believe. Perhaps a wingless fairy of some sort?"

Alyssa gave them a forgiving smile. "You should try for more originality, gentlemen. The elf and fairy jokes were boring by age ten. Would you like to try again?"


* * *

She was completely enchanting.

Shane Connor was mesmerized and he fully admitted it. For the first time since he'd realized how exceptional females were, there was one he simply couldn't imagine taking his eyes from or allowing out of his life.

The night had begun as a simple drop from the lovely divorcée, a particularly adept agent with a talent for acquiring information others couldn't. The flash drive with all the information a particular Middle Eastern diplomat carried on his laptop now rested safely in Shane's pocket where Milly had deposited it as she was pressed between them.

"On second thought," he drawled to his cousin, wondering if he sounded as shell-shocked as he felt. "Perhaps not an elf or wingless fairy, 'Bastian. I believe we may have within our sights the sweetest of all fairy creatures. A rare, mesmerizing siren. One that comes out to play in the snow rather than the seas."

Damn, he was getting as good at the poetic descriptions as his cousin.

"Can we keep her?" Sebastian's voice was low and filled with a dark, pulsing hunger Shane could feel invading his own body. "Hurry, grab her. We'll hide her in our pocket and slip out with her."

"Goofy." She laughed, believing Sebastian's demand to be a joke.

Damn, there was nothing more Shane wanted to do than run away with her right now. The urge was so damned strange he made himself ignore it. Kidnapping came with penalties, he'd heard. His bosses, not to mention his family, wouldn't like that.

"Sadly," she answered for him, her gaze sparkling with the laughter still lingering on her lips. "No. I fear the dark queen would have far too much to say about that one." There was a hint of regret in her tone, though. As though she were as fascinated as they were.

"We'll slay her," Sebastian promised instantly, but Shane was watching her eyes, and he had a feeling she wasn't talking about some imagined fantasy figure.

"Unfortunately, I'm still rather fond of her." The impish little thing gave them a rueful smile. "Too bad it was here you found me. Perhaps, in another lifetime where the rules of this land no longer exist." She gave a little shrug.

Where the rules of her world didn't exist, Shane thought as denial raged through him. Yet the thought of letting her go before he knew her, before he could claim her, clear to her soul, had his entire body tight with denial.

"These rules don't exist in every land," Sebastian assured her then, stepping closer until he could lean against the post supporting the arbor, less than a foot from her. "We could find a land where the rules don't apply, little siren."

She flicked him a sideways glance and a small, knowing smile. "Ah, dark knight," she said softly. "The rules I live by apply in every land, I'm afraid."

There was true regret in her soft gray eyes. Sebastian could see her curiosity as well as a hint of the sensuality that ran through her. Innocence marked her as well. Such innocence that even in the knowledge of the sexuality they'd turn loose in her, she appeared as pure and without artifice as the snow falling around them, insulating them.

She was ... a treasure. The gown she wore lay like a caress from breast to hip before flowing down and away from her delicate frame. The color was indescribable. It wasn't white, nor was it blue or gray. It shifted between the palest of those colors, though, as she moved and the light of the flames flickered behind her.

He wanted to touch her. Taste her.

His hands actually tingled at the thought of touching the silken flesh rising above the gown. And what lay beneath ... He wanted nothing more than to taste, stroke, possess. She was a siren indeed, and her mysterious song was entrancing him ...

And she was young, he realized. Eighteen perhaps, no younger. But definitely no more than twenty, and he'd wager his trust fund she had no more than one, perhaps two lovers.

"Rules were made to be broken," Shane assured her. "And here in this fantasy, they can be hidden." He stepped closer as well, moving to stand within inches of her, their warmth now surrounding her.

"As the lovely Ms. Raye was hidden?" she asked, but her breathing was faster, her voice filled with curiosity. And wariness.

"We were unaware Millicent wanted to be hidden," Sebastian assured her. They enclosed her, their larger bodies blocking the doorway. "I dare you. Just a kiss. See if you can choose which of us you'd prefer."

Alyssa felt a heavy lassitude settling over her senses as she looked up at the goof. He wasn't so goofy now, though. He was dark, sensual, and she was dying to have them both kiss her.

It was positively indecent. Her mother would ship her off to a convent to make certain she never did anything so scandalous again. But she would know ...

And a part of her knew, these men would probably find her.

"One kiss?" It was hard to breathe.

"Two," the dark cowboy whispered from behind her. "One for him, one for me."

"Just a kiss?" She had to be certain. "On the lips only."

The wicked chuckle behind her was filled with sensual knowledge. "An intelligent siren. She'll steal our hearts if we're not careful."

Black eyes stared into hers; mystery, secrets, wicked, carnal delights gleamed in the dark expanse. "Perhaps she's already stolen mine," he murmured, his lips lowering to hers.

She was a virgin, not a robot. Alyssa knew what sex was. Many of the young women she socialized with had been having sex for years. Many, with men far older than they. What they'd described as the perfect kiss had no resemblance to this.

This was dangerous. It should be outlawed.

Her arms wrapped around his neck as he eased her to him, lifting her from her feet and holding her secure as his lips slanted over hers and his tongue forged past them taste hers.

Hot forays past her lips, little licks, tempting, teasing thrusts into her mouth as he dissolved her common sense with no more than the kiss he was taking.

Behind her, her Cowboy brushed his cheek lightly against her bare shoulder, nipped, flicked his tongue teasingly against her flesh. Those kisses roved from her neck to her shoulders, along her back, just beneath her nape, to the other side.

Pleasure was whipping through her senses, heat suffusing her flesh as a heightened sensitivity began building through her body. Every cell she possessed seemed to be demanding this touch.


(Continues...)

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#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.

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Secret Pleasure 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a story. It was a few scenes thrown together with lots filler between. It was disjointed and confusing and just not sexy. I said Bengal s quest was my last Lora purchase as the quality of the storytelling had been declining for a while. I took a chance on this and I'm sorry, but 9.99 for a poorly thrown together story is just not something I can continue to do. Lora is not alone. Maya banks, shayla black and numerous other bestselling authors I've been able to count on for a good read are putting out substandard work. It makes me wonder if it's pressure coming from the publisher to put out work more quickly..... Ladies please for your readers who have loved these stories...please whatever it is. Fix it.
Cheryl-S 8 months ago
Such pain! I was so into the story that I could feel their pain. I cried with Alyssa at each and every loss she experienced. I felt her broken heart. This was such an emotional read. Lora Leigh has done it again! She's written book 13 in The Bound Hearts series and it is just as AMAZING as the first twelve! This is Alyssa Hampstead and cousins, Shane Connor and Sebastian De Loren's story. It is full of intense love, a beautiful ménage, incredible heartbreak and immeasurable sadness. A THOROUGHLY satisfying story that deserves a second read, it was that good. I always look forward to reading ANYTHING written by this fabulous author! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
SuzyReads 10 months ago
First of all I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. I'm a devoted follower of Lora Leigh's books because I love the way she weaves her stories with just the perfect touch of romance, sexiness and suspense. Those are the three biggest requisites for any Lora Leigh book and this one definitely did not disappoint this reader. I was hooked and all in until the last page was turned. Just let me say that Alyssa, Shane and Sebastian were true soulmates. It was love at first glance for them but after a steamy idyllic interlude in Spain they were torn apart by a betrayal that left them changed. Each one was broken in their own way but still bound together heart and soul. It wasn't until a crisis brings them back together and Alyssa learns the truth about what happened but it may be too late for her to forgive her lovers. There you have the romantic and the steamy sexy love scenes that Lora Leigh does so well. Now the suspense part was a bit more tricksy and intricate. I didn't know who to suspect right up until it was revealed and then the clever author went and threw in yet another twist. Didn't see that one coming at all. What I do see coming .... and I hope it's soon .... is a book for Summer and Falcone somewhere down the line. Secret Pleasures is another fantastic read from the fabulous Lora Leigh. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for more from this amazing author. So read and enjoy .....
PennieM 10 months ago
Finally, another book in this series and a few answers...very few...but we are left with even more questions. Questions as in why, who, and what the #$@!@ If you can get past that and focus on the love story then you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Shane, Sebastian, and Alyssa are bound in ways no one anticipated and even trying to tear them apart could not separate them. It has been years since we have had a book in this series and I am hoping we do not have to wait that long for another. **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
stanhope3234 10 months ago
I love this series! I started with "Wicked Pleasure" and that's all it took for me to read all I could of Ms. Leigh's books. I love how she brings back past characters into each of the books. That's one of my favorite things about series books, the sense of family and community. Shane and Sebastian knew the minute they met Alyssa that she was meant for them. Alyssa knew they where special but she couldn't fathom just how important they would be to her. The book had everything that makes it a good read. Great chemistry and characters, sexual tension and heat that will burn the pages. Heartbreaking and soul wrenching sadness and a suspenseful plot twist that I didn't quite see coming. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Sissymae1 11 months ago
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Secret Pleasure' by Lora Leigh. This is book 13 in the "Bound Hearts" series and the story of Alyssa, Sebastian and Shane. Sebastian and Shane are cousins who happen to meet Alyssa and they both fell for her. Alyssa is a young innocent 18 year old and is very attracted to the two cousins. They all meet again 5 months later when Alyssa is off on vacation. The boys have followed her there so that they can pursue a relationship with her. Which they do and everything is great until they are blackmailed to stay away from her. Alyssa struggled with her emotions and loss. Now six years later we find the cousins are coming back for her. Will they be able to when her over again after all Alyssa has been through? Please follow more reviews at the below sites: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/sally.mae.39... http://booklikes.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... https://www.facebook.com/groups/17091... https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.pinterest.com/u2soapsrus/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smooth read. Nothing annoying like far fetched dialogue or forced behavior. Would have finished it in one day if the reality of the real world and the need for a paycheck had not gotten in the way.
sharonRNNJ More than 1 year ago
I used to enjoy Lora Leigh's novels, especially her Bound Hearts series. However, the last few books in the series have been increasingly less entertaining. This latest entry into the Bound Hearts series was formulaic, repetitive, with a convoluted and unrealistic conspiracy. Though frequent, the sex scenes were ho hum and repetitive ad nauseam. I found myself speed reading through to the denouement, hoping at least to find an interesting wrap up. Nope. Too many authors continue series that should be ended many books sooner. This is one such series.
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I'm a huge fan of Ms. Leigh's. I've read everything she's written so far....I was a bit disappointed in her last book..but she certainly made up for it in Secret Pleasure! If you're a fan of Lora's you'll definitely enjoy the roller coaster ride with this book. I definitely recommend this book! :-)
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UnderJen More than 1 year ago
This book is packed full of soul deep emotion. The attention to detail that Lora Leigh is known for flows off of the pages. Alyssa character is very witty and smart. Shane and Sebastian are devoted to the end. All in all, this is a very well written addition to The Bounded Hearts series.
ladypowers More than 1 year ago
Lora Leigh absolutely sizzles, and has done it again with this spicy read. Being a master of her craft, she is able to take the readers beyond and back on a sensuous journey. She weaves tales so explicit that you would beg her for more. Beware! This story is not for the faint of heart! Readers are in for spicy scenes, romance, action, drama, and enough suspense to keep them interested. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The books development was very well written and thought out. The different POVs added to the complexity of the story, and was entertaining. I liked the twists and turns, pacing in the story and how realistic the setting was. I could imagine myself as a guest at the Collier's Winter Ball or when Alyssa mentioned she would not ride Diablo again because she's pregnant. She wrote a story revolving these three main characters: Sebastian, Shane, Alyssa and their MMF relationship. Sebastian and Shane have formed a soul bound with Alyssa. She felt the connection too. Their relationship hasn't been the smoothest with betrayals or blackmail at almost every turn. Their enemies are closer than they realize. Secret Pleasure (Bound Hearts Series, Book 13) by Lora Leigh got 5 stars! The book can be read standalone, or as a series. You'll just have to read the novel to find out what happens next, and the HEA. I highly recommend this author. I would buy books from her in the future. I received this copy for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. DebA
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Alyssa is finally 18 and allowed to attend a winter party her parents rarely attend. While there, she runs into cousins Shane and Sebastian in a secluded ice garden. Shane and Sebastian are instantly smitten by the innocent Alyssa and can't wait to spend more time with her. That Summer, while in Spain, they surprise and and have a torrid affair that would be unaccepted by most. After they are torn away from her without a trace except a horrible letter, Alyssa is emotionally destroyed. After 8 years of pain, Shane and Sebastian charge back into her life, demanding she reopen her heart and body to them. Wow, this story was HAWT HAWT HAWT, but it was also SO much more. Switching between POVs, the reader is forced to feel all of the pain, anger, and passion that each character, especially Alyssa is going through. This was so much more than just an erotic story. There is a full story taking place especially after they are reunited and Alyssa is put in danger. This author is one of my absolute favorites and no matter what she writes, she always manages to draw me it.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Sebastian and Shane are cousins who spent a glorious time in Spain teaching Alyssa the pleasures of given herself to both men. Threats cause them to end the relationship and eight years pass before they are reunited, can they reclaim the passion they once had? This story has is all, secrets, spies, drama and plenty of steamy sex. This is a part of the Bound Hearts series but can be read as a stand-alone but I will warn you one you read this book you will want to read the entire series. This is an excellent addition to the series, I loved it!!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Alyssa Hampstead has lead somewhat of a sheltered life, and now that she is eighteen and finally has some freedom she flees from the protected world of her father and sets out on a journey to Spain. While in Spain she encounters Shane Conner and his cousin Sebastian DeLoren, she is attracted to both men, and finds that they are more than willing to share her attention. A relationship then ensues between the three of them, but is cut short when urgent circumstances intervene, and Alyssa is attacked. The three of them then go their separate ways, that is until eight years later when they are reunited due to extenuating circumstances surrounding Alyssa's attack. This was my introduction to this authors work, and I have to stay it left a good first impression. It was refreshing to read something a little out of the norm for me, and definitely worth venturing outside of my comfort zone for, and helped cement Ms. Leigh a place on my go to author list! Definitely planning to read more of her books in the very near future!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by St.Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.
BeautyNTheChic More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review** Alyssa is an 18 year old virgin who finds herself caught up with cousins Sebastian and Shane. A love affair takes a dangerous turn when someone begins blackmailing them and keeps them apart. Being separated leaves Alyssa open to be attacked and she barely lives through it. It does however bring Sebastian and Shane back into Alyssa’s life and then the real story begins. Lora Leigh was one of the first writers that I read in romance/erotica and true to form she doesn’t disappoint. Secret Pleasures is the type of book that Lora does best – it’s an erotic mystery that will leave you on the edge of your seat and in suspense from beginning to end. The story is fast paced and you won’t be able to put it down. If you’re looking for a sinful read -- Secret Pleasures is that. I give this 4 stars.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Alyssa is a sassy 18 year old virgin who catches the attention of cousins Sebastian and Shane. They engage in a quick love affair but dire circumstances (blackmail) rips them apart. Alyssa is attacked by someone close to her and she barely survives. The attack eventually is the catalyst that brings them back together 8 years later. Secret Pleasure was a good and entertaining read. It was a little slow going at first with little character connection but then the emotional ties and heartache become real and intense. Secret Pleasure did provide a great balance of steaming hot, mystery and suspense. I am a big fan of Lora Leigh's writing and as it stands, I believe I've read all her published works so far. What I like most is her ability to write sensual and erotic romances but still manage to provide a strong story that could stand on its own. I received this ARC copy of Secret Plesaure from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars----SECRET PLEASURE is the 13th installment in Lora Leigh’s adult, contemporary BOUND HEARTS slight, paranormal erotic romance series. This is Alyssa Hampstead, Sebastian DeLoren and Shane Connor’s storyline. SECRET PLEASURE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Several previous storyline characters play secondary and supporting roles. The Sinclair Men’s Club is but a hiccup in the overall story. NOTE: SECRET PLEASURE is a M/F/M storyline with graphic $ex scenes and explicit sexual scenarios. If you are not a fan of ménage romance SECRET PLEASURE will not be for you. Told from third person point of view SECRET PLEASURE follows the building relationship between Alyssa, Sebastian and his cousin Shane. While on summer vacation in Barcelona, Spain an eighteen year old Alyssa will meet up with the two men who have featured prominently in her sexual fantasies and dreams. For close to three months our trio explore one another’s bodies introducing Alyssa to a world of sexual pleasure she had never known. Sebastian and Shane believe they have found their soul bond in Alyssa but threats against the woman with whom they have fallen in love find our trio destroyed when eight years will pass before Sebastian and Shane are able to claim the woman who stole their hearts. SECRET PLEASURE is a storyline awash in secrets, lies, espionage and revenge. Alyssa Hampstead will become a pawn in a much bigger game, at times leaving our heroine on the verge of death and struggling to survive. Eight years will pass before Alyssa is reunited with the two men that she loves and throughout the years her anger, humiliation and heartbreak have grown. Without knowing the truth behind Sebastian and Shane’s disappearance Alyssa has become a shadow of her former self-withdrawn, disheartened, and living in an emotional hell of sorrow and pain. The relationship between Alyssa, Sebastian and Shane begins slowly as our heroine is only eighteen years old to the cousins’ twenty four. Sebastian and Shane begin to show Alyssa the pleasures of exploring the sexual unknown, teaching an inexperienced young woman what it is like to be loved by two men at the same time. The M/F/M $ex scenes are erotic, provocative and explicit. SECRET PLEASURE covers eight years in the life of Alyssa, Sebastian and Shane. There are moments of intense pleasure and heartbreaking loss; betrayal, revenge and murderous rage. The premise not only focuses on the relationship between three colorful and engaging characters but also looks at the fall out from a life of greed, power, and dangerous family secrets. There is more than one person willing to destroy Alyssa’s happily ever after. SECRET PLEASURE follows all of Lora Leigh’s signature sexual scenarios and romantic suspense storylines. There is a familiarity to the premise outline where the heroine falls in love with her two leading men ensuring everyone gets his or her happily ever after.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Once a member of the Sinclair men’s club as their honorary female member, Alyssa Hampstead broke one of the most important rules of the club and gracefully accepted Ian Sinclair’s request to leave. For a reason. Now, caught between two men she’s terrified of, and a father determined to destroy her, she turns to the only safety she’s ever known, that of the men’s club she forced herself to walk away from. Only to learn that the very men she’s running from are awaiting for her there. And the man determined to destroy her, has just been waiting for her to return Review: Seems like forever ago since the last book in this series came out. It took me a bit to figure out who the characters were and how they fit into this universe of people and inter-connections because it had been soo long since I read the last story. Honestly, I did not think there would be another book in this series. This is one of my favorite series, though it has lost some of its original freshness, Lora Leigh still writes some of the best menage scenes around. I enjoyed the the story, the first part was very different in feel than the second half of the book. The cast of characters grew as the story progressed and at some points it was hard to keep everyone straight. I thought the mystery of who was behind it was well-done, I could not figure out who it was or why they were doing it. The one thing that is bothering me is, I wanted to know what happened to Alyssa's mother when she went after Alyssa's husband ****spoiler**** I know she killed him and she died but either I missed or it was never really explained what exactly happened. I found the characters; Alyssa, Shane and Sebastian very likable and interesting. The side characters were great too, but again there were so many of them you did not really get to spend a lot of time with them. If you have read previous books in the series, you will see some familiar faces. This is book #13 in the series, but honestly it is stand-alone, there are a few references to previous events featured in other stories though nothing that should get in the way of first-time readers of the series. Okay, story, not the best in the series, but I was glad to see that the series had not be abandoned. Hope we won't have to wait too long for another in this series. 3.5 Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Eight years ago, Alyssa went to Barcelona for the summer and had an affair with two cousins, Sebastian and Shane. When photos surface of the three of them, they have to erase themselves from her life or the photos will be published. She returns home and marries another. For six years she was trying to get on with her life until her husband stabs her and almost kills her. Now Shane and Sebastian have waited two years for her to recover and now they're back to reclaim her. But there is still danger following her. Shane and Sebastian will do anything to keep her safe. Secrets, lies, and hot sex. One important detail was left out. Hoping it gets fixed before released. RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Full of Passion and Mystery, just what you expect and also unpected twists with this book ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review*** Alyssa happens to catch the eyes’ of two handsome men, Shane and Sebastian, from the very first time they meet. She is a very young 18 years old and they are very jaded and full of charm. The dance they met at is where her innocence charms them and enthralls them completely. Her parents end up sending her to Spain where Shane and Seb already are to begin with, waiting on her. They have a plan, a plan to pursue her and show her that she is meant to be in their lives. Alyssa at first was unsure of what it all meant but as they took the time to break down her walls, everything fell into place. That magical month in Spain was so good for them. They thought they had it all, could have it all when it was ripped away from them. Pictures were taken of them in intimate moments and unless they leaves her, it will be put up all over the internet. So the men make her think she was nothing to them but a game per say. It killed them to do this but they had to do it. So Alyssa ends up going back home and marrying another man and in that marriage there was trouble. For 6 years she endured until he tried to kill her by stabbing her and he almost succeeded. Seb and Shane have patiently waited another two years for Alyssa to recover from the stabbing to go to her but her life is still in danger and they aren’t about to stay away any further. They know she is mad and the anger between them is living and breathing when they see each other after all those years apart. Alyssa has so much emotional pain tied up to her men yet the passion that still exists is there and she wants them, still, after all this time. The problem isn’t that she still loves them, is will she forgive them. Her other problem is who wants her dead and is trying to kill her? There are so many secrets, lies, hot sex, make up sex , and attempted murder in this book that is so good. I love the author and she knows how to get the most out of her characters. I feel for Alyssa-she has been thru the wringer –not knowing if she is loved, loved enough or not loved at all. Giving all my love and feeling like it was thrown back in my face. This woman is incredibly strong to have gone through what she has. As for the men- They are some of the most ALPHA males I have had the pleasure of reading about. Strong, opinionated, bossy, tender and passionate. I cannot wait to read another Bound Heart book because there is nothing as good like the BH series. You cannot pass this story up because it is that good. My rating: 4.5 STARS ****
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Loved the series n can't wait for more