S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared [NOOK Book]

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The hotly anticipated sequel to the erotic sensation S.E.C.R.E.T., where women’s sexual fantasies become reality 

Still wounded from a recent heartbreak over her boss and lover, Will, Cassie Robichaud throws herself into service with S.E.C.R.E.T., the mysterious organization that changed her forever by bringing her deepest sexual fantasies to life, one step at a time. Now, it’s Cassie’s turn to guide the...

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Overview

The hotly anticipated sequel to the erotic sensation S.E.C.R.E.T., where women’s sexual fantasies become reality 

Still wounded from a recent heartbreak over her boss and lover, Will, Cassie Robichaud throws herself into service with S.E.C.R.E.T., the mysterious organization that changed her forever by bringing her deepest sexual fantasies to life, one step at a time. Now, it’s Cassie’s turn to guide the group’s newest candidate, Dauphine Mason, recruiting men to execute a new set of fantasies.
     At thirty-one, Dauphine is the proprietor of a New Orleans vintage clothing store. She’s been harboring a crush on Mark Drury, a local rock star, but is too shy to put herself out there with him. She turns to S.E.C.R.E.T. to reignite her sexual flame and find the confidence to risk her heart again with another man.  
     As Cassie worries that the right time will never come for her and Will, she finds inspiration helping Dauphine in S.E.C.R.E.T. Both women navigate the rocky path between their hearts and their passions, hoping to discover what they truly want in life and in love. S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared is a romantic, adventurous, and sexually charged sequel to one of the hottest new series in erotica.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-05
Cassie volunteers to support S.E.C.R.E.T, the covert society in New Orleans that helps women overcome personal and relationship issues by acquainting them with the liberating possibilities of sexual fantasy, and introduces Dauphine to the mystery and adventure. At the end of a year of sexual adventure, Cassie Robichaud believes she has unlocked her true fantasy, a happily-ever-after with her best friend, Will. But when Will's girlfriend announces she's pregnant, everything falls apart and Cassie volunteers to help other S.E.C.R.E.T. clients, the underground society that helps women feel liberated and empowered through a series of sexual encounters. Cassie meets Dauphine and sees her as a prime candidate. She also meets Mark, a handsome local musician, and recruits him to be a sex partner fulfilling fantasies. As Will faces parenthood, he decides to expand his cafe and offers Cassie a huge professional opportunity, while events leave everyone doubting Will is actually the father. Dauphine hits unexpected bumps along her sexual journey, including a run-in with a New Orleans billionaire who has a grudge against the group. Ultimately, though, she'll have the chance to meet her fantasy crush, a local music star, and he just may be her forever-love. Pseudonymous author Adeline's follow-up to S.E.C.R.E.T. (2013) offers an intriguing erotic hook, and there are plenty of readers who will appreciate the storyline and the hot, fairly graphic sex scenes that are sprinkled liberally through the text. Frankly, though, the original book left some readers outraged with the awful ending, and this book will offend them again for the same reason. Also, romance fans (since that does seem to be the target audience) will be affronted by too many character choices and the rushed nature of Dauphine's arc. Readers looking for a smoothly written story with a lot of hot sex may enjoy this book. Those who want to feel satisfied emotionally may want to avoid it. Sort of sexy, but disappointing overall.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804136877
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: S.E.C.R.E.T. Trilogy Series , #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 10,088
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

L. MARIE ADELINE is a pseudonym for the bestselling author Lisa Gabriele. S.E.C.R.E.T., her first novel in this series, was an international bestseller. Visit her at secretnovels.com.

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Reading Group Guide

1. Cassie Robichaud and Dauphine Mason were both hurt by the men from their past. Both women isolate as a result. By partaking in S.E.C.R.E.T., how does Dauphine successfully leave those memories behind? How did Cassie? How does Dauphine’s journey differ from Cassie’s? How are they similar?

2. When Dauphine Mason is on the shore of the Abita River for her first fantasy, she is nervous, self-conscious and frozen, but she tells herself: " Stop thinking. Act," and takes the plunge as she accepts her first Step. What are some other examples throughout the book where Dauphine stops thinking and acts? What results does she get? Have you ever had to "shake yourself free" this way?

3. If you were a member of S.E.C.R.E.T., would you want to be a guide, recruiter or fantasy facilitator? Cassie experiments with all three roles—which do you think suits her best?

4. "You did it. You gave up control." For Dauphine, her journey in S.E.C.R.E.T. is a path leading her from a life ruled by control to one where she is finally able to let go. With each Step, she lets go of the familiar, routine and isolated life to which she finds herself increasingly clinging. What kinds of things do you control that you could benefit from letting go of? What steps have you taken to give up that control? What would freedom from those habits look like?

5. What did you think of Matilda’s recruiting methods? How was she able to spot a willing and able recruit in Dominic? Where would you go to spot a recruit? And what is the answer to Cassie’s question: how did Matilda "get the hottest guy in the park" to come to her?

6. As Cassie reflects on her relationship with Will, she marvels at the notion that she had known him for so many years, yet never allowed herself to see him as a potential lover until she was transformed by S.E.C.R.E.T. What other unseen gifts does she uncover? What are the gifts in your life that you might not be noticing?

7. After Luke leaves Dauphine and writes his bestselling book, humiliating her, how does Dauphine continue to give him power? When Dauphine meets Mark, how is that relationship different from her relationship with Luke?

8. Cassie’s experience with S.E.C.R.E.T. was successful in transforming her from someone withdrawn and timid to a confident, self-realized woman of action. But with Will, she feels stuck, unable to be with him. Matilda advises Cassie to get on with the business of life—not to let heartbreak get in the way of practical concerns. "Don’t give men that much power, Cassie. Get on with the task of living." Do you agree with this advice?

9. "I always went with the most powerful force governing my life at the time," says Dauphine. What are the powerful forces governing Dauphine’s life when we first meet her? How do they affect her life? By the end of the book, how have those forces shifted?

10. The first time Dauphine sees Cassie at Ignatius’s, Cassie gets Mark Drury’s phone number with an ease and confidence that impresses both of them. Have you ever seen a similar example in your life, when someone pulled something off that you couldn’t dream of doing? When Cassie then visits Dauphine at the Funky Monkey, how does she establish trust?

11. Before Dauphine decides to tell Cassie that she is interested in pursuing S.E.C.R.E.T., she asks her why she thinks fulfilling wild sex fantasies will fix everything. Cassie explains that it won’t fix everything but that it will create a "cascade effect" in her life. Do you agree that this is how change can occur? Is there any one thing you would like to change that might create a similar effect in your own life?

12. When Dauphine meets the S.E.C.R.E.T. committee at the Mansion, she makes a list of rules for herself from which she won’t budge: no flying, no lights on, nothing to do with beaches and no water. She breaks every one of her rules. What rules would you have if you were to take the S.E.C.R.E.T. Steps? Which ones might you consider breaking under the right circumstances?

13. What surprised you about Dauphine handing her completely empty fantasy folder over to the Committee, telling them, "surprise me"?

14. Cassie has Mark’s phone number yet she hesitates to call him. What holds her back? Do you think there remains a general perception that women shouldn’t call men? Why? Or why not?

15. Both Cassie and Dauphine hesitate before joining S.E.C.R.E.T. But Mark’s reaction to being recruited into S.E.C.R.E.T. is different. According to Cassie it "required no preamble . . . no psychic obstacles, [or] social conditioning to fight against; [it] didn’t cause him to question everything he was taught about his role in society or his sexuality." Do you think when it comes to men, women and sex, that there is still a double standard?

16. During Mark’s training with Angela, Matilda explains that making a woman feel desirable is the greatest aphrodisiac. Is that true for you? Angela instructs Mark to smolder, not smile, to take his time but not to be too deliberate and to maintain eye contact. Would you find this sexy? Are there are behaviors you would like a partner to exhibit to make you feel desirable? What do you make of Mark’s training session? What would you have done differently? What did you agree with?

17. In Buenos Aires, Dauphine trusts her instincts when she meets Pierre Castille and refuses to take the Step with him. What was it about him or that situation that made her feel unsafe? Do you have a reflex that allows you to protect yourself when you feel unsafe?

18. The theme of sexual rebirth is prevalent throughout the book. In addition to her fantasies, particularly the first one where she is submerged in a river, what are some other firsts in the book for Dauphine? What about Cassie?

19. Matilda says to Cassie: "The word ‘slut,’ unless employed by iron-clad feminists or ironically, by irony experts, has no business coming out of a woman’s mouth." Talk about that word and its ramifications. Why do you think Matilda is so passionate about the word "slut"? Do you agree with her?

20. Beside hair color, age and general shape, L. Marie Adeline does not describe Cassie or Dauphine’s physical appearances in very much detail, leaving much of what they look like up to the readers’ imaginations. She also refrains from referring to them as beautiful or sexy though the men they’re with often flatter them. Why do you think this is the case? How do you picture Cassie and Dauphine?

21. Dauphine and Cassie encounter many different men in the course of their S.E.C.R.E.T. journeys, including a police officer, a pilot, an athlete and a musician. Which one of these male archetypes would appeal to you the most, and why? Who is the sexiest character in the book? Why do you feel that way?

22. In the end, Will abandons Cassie after the revelations about her involvement in S.E.C.R.E.T. Do you understand why he felt he had to do this? Or do you think he was overwhelmed by this news so soon after Tracina’s betrayal? What do you think they’ll have to overcome to be together again?

23. At least for a while it looks like Cassie might pair up with Jesse again. Do they make a good pair? Do you think they reignite their passion at the end of the book? What are their chances for the long haul?

24. No Judgments. No Limits. No Shame. Over the course of the book, each tenet of S.E.C.R.E.T.’s motto is put to the test. Talk about the challenges the S.E.C.R.E.T. members face in upholding these values, and whether there are any times they fail to do so. What do you make of this motto in your life?

Readers Group Guide by Best Hester and Sarah Durning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    One of my best reads. We'll written, emotionally provoking novel

    One of my best reads. We'll written, emotionally provoking novels. I hope there are more to follow. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Love it

    I love this series! This is not a straight guy meets girl. It is about a woman growing, and the men are part of the story. It is wonderful. But with all of the women helped, the financial struggles werefar fetched.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ It was only a year ago that that Cassie

    My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿




    It was only a year ago that that Cassie Robichaud had found herself drawn into S.E.C.R.E.T., an organization by and for women helping them flourish and grow in confidence through fulfilling their sexual fantasies. Cassie had come through all the steps and chosen to join their ranks after some unwelcome news broke off the budding romance between her and her boss and longtime friend, Will. Cassie's role with S.E.C.R.E.T. would be to guide the new subject of the organizations benevolence, Dauphine Mason.




    Owning a shop just next door to the restaurant Cassie works at, Dauphine has never really recovered from a brutal break up eight years ago and hides herself in the vintage clothing she sells in her store. The only time she ventures out is when a certain band plays in a local venue, and the main attraction is their front man, Mark Drury, who Dauphine has been eyeing from safe distance. Eager to make a change in her life and tired of living in the shadows, it doesn't take a lot of convincing to have Dauphine sign up with S.E.C.R.E.T..




    Cassie gently guides Dauphine along her first steps in finding herself, while she slowly starts exploring her own newfound sense of liberation. Even though her heart still aches for Will, it seems their timing may never be right, and she no longer wants to stay on the sidelines waiting for her turn. She is determined to go out and take what she needs.












    Dauphine has struggled to relinquish control, but with every step she takes in the program, she feels herself loosening up more and more, as she gives herself up to the moment. Her self-confidence returns, her self-image improves and she slowly steps out of the shadows until she discovers she was never as invisible as she thought.












    ****












    S.E.C.R.E.T. SHARED is the sequel to S.E.C.R.E.T. and not a standalone novel. This again is a beautifully written, very empowering erotic novel geared toward strengthening women's self-worth.












    I remember when I read the first book, I couldn't help but wish there were an organization like this that truly exiisted and would take me under its wing. I think I wouldn't be the only woman who would benefit from an injection to her sense of value and worthiness. But even just reading the books, provided me with a 'surrogate boost', so to speak. The concept of such a sisterhood is a beautiful thing.












    I feel for Cassie, having things fall down on her and Will so immediately after finally finding each other, but she has become so strong through her involvement with S.E.C.R.E.T. that she handles it amazingly well. Despite the fact that I want to hit Will over the head with one of the two by fours he is working with from time to time!! If he cannot keep his mind (or hands) off Cassie, then why is he not looking at alternate solutions to his problems? This day and age there are plenty! He disappointed me a little.












    Dauphine makes such a jump, from tight and rigid self-doubting wallflower, to sensuous and warm-hearted, trusting her instincts and believing in herself by the time she is almost done the program. She still has a bit to go, but when her final step turns out to be her ultimate wish, it looks like she has reached her full bloom. She is not afraid to grab on to what she has in front of her with both hands.












    Fantastically uplifting, and yet oddly disturbing to think that we might be such simple creatures that some 'petting' and attention, in short, could have such an impact on our emotional well-being. And yet I believe it to be true....... why else would so many of us be reading or writing all the varieties of romance. We all crave it. Need it. I wonder how many of us ever find it.....












    An absolutely unique concept from L. Marie Adeline, with personable characters, a wonderful rhythm and quality writing. There is obviously going to be a next instalment, since we are left with a slight cliffhanger, and I am looking forward to it.












    ¿Deliciously sensual, highly empowering, emotionally real.¿












    **ARC provided by NetGalley and Random House in return for an honest review.**

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

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    I read and really enjoyed the first installment in this erotic s

    I read and really enjoyed the first installment in this erotic series, S.E.C.R.E.T., back in February. So when I saw AmazonVine was offering the second installment, I just had to grab a copy.

    In the first book thirty something widow Cassie Robichaud discovers an underground group of women called S.E.C.R.E.T. This is a support group for women and is highly discreet and confidential. The idea is for its members to awaken their sexual desires in order to lead uninhibited and happier lives.

    The first book ended with a major cliffhanger and I was curious to see what would happen with Cassie. Now Cassie has decided to stay with S.E.C.R.E.T. for one year and the recruit assigned to her is Dauphine Mason, a single, shy, business owner with a broken heart. Dauphine has a crush on a local rock star but just doesn't have the nerve to make a move.

    Cassie is broken hearted over Will, her love interest in the first book. She spends her time trying to fight her feelings, which I thought became annoying. He's her boss, and she's still working at his restaurant after all the history they have and the sticky situation they find themselves in. I felt like saying "Get another job lady!" But then, there would be no plot right? These two are always trying not to bump into each other at work, but viola, they keep bumping into each other at work.

    There is plenty of drama in this installment and there is somewhat of a love triangle to boot. I felt like in the first book, Cassie was empowered, she found herself and became a stronger person. In this installment, it kind of felt like the newly empowered Cassie was on the prowl. It felt a little flaky to me at times.
    One of the main themes in these books however, is no judgements and no shame. I like that about this series.

    "I have, in my life, felt that shame, that sense that there was something wrong about wanting and enjoying sex. But since joining S.E.C.R.E.T. that shame had been fading. In fact, it seemed ludicrous to hold onto any of those old ideas."
    p.102, S.E.C.R.E.T Shared

    Author L. Marie Adeline has a knack for writing a story that just flows. I breezed through this one. Although I enjoyed the first installment more, this second book was good as well. There are characters from the first book in here and some interesting plot twists. The ending again, leaves it wide open for book three. Will I be reading that one? Yes! This series has become my guilty pleasure. Love the cover on this one too.

    disclaimer:
    This review is my honest opinion. I received my free copy of S.E.C.R.E.T Shared via AmazonVine. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

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    I am recently back into the reading scene (my absence due to my

    I am recently back into the reading scene (my absence due to my MMORPG addiction), and due to the S.E.C.R.E.T Shared I have experienced a first. I started this book and nine hours later I was done. I have NEVER finished a book in one sitting before. I loved the first book and was so excited when the sequel came out. It doesn’t disappoint. I must warn you that besides all the usual M/F action there is a little F/F, but even if you aren’t into that sort of thing, it is only a small part in the story and is tastefully done. I also have to tell you that I was initially upset after reading this book. I realized that even though the book doesn’t end the way I wanted it to, it still had a somewhat of happy ending. I love these books because they empower women without bashing men. These stories chronicle the personal, emotional, and spiritual development of women. They try to show that there is nothing wrong with a woman exploring her sexuality. When men do it they are sowing their wild oats. If women are doing it they are considered sluts and whores.
    In this story, Cassie is still enjoying her new found empowerment after her experience with S.E.C.R.E.T, but she is still trying to navigate through all the new feelings and the heart ache over losing Will. We are also introduced to Dauphine a woman who reminds Cassie of herself before S.E.C.R.E.T. Cassie learns to be her guide through Dauphine’s own escapade. Both women find something unexpected during their time together. S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared is an amazing read. If you enjoyed the first book you won’t be able to put this one down. There are a lot of sexy scenes, drama and even a little brawling action. Secrets are revealed and lives are changed.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Wow..... more steamy scenes mixed with emotional romance.

    THIS REVIEW WAS POSTED ON MY GOODREADS ACCOUNT!
    I could'nt put this book down. I read it in one night.
    This is book # 2 in the S.E.C.R.E.T trilogy.It follows Cassie a thirtysomething widowed woman through her sextual awakenings, thanks to a secret society that helps liberate woman both sextually and emotionally.
    Well, Cassie is now working for this club finding woman recruits that need help finding themselves, all the while trying to decide where her life should go next.She gets a bomb of terrible news dropped into her lap involving Will and the life she always wanted falls to the floor in a huge emotional mess.
    Cassie involves herself with her new recruit Dauphine, she gets cozy with Mick the Hot Rockstar, and tries to rekindle the flames between herself and one time fantasy man of her dreams Jesse. Cassie's heart still leads her back to Will, but will all be ruined by a former fantasy man when the truth comes out.
    I loved the story about Dauphine, her fantasies were way more erotic and out there as apposed to Cassie's in book # 1.
    Don't believe me . Well just read the airplane ride scene, it's to die for!!
    (It's not what you think. ( mile high club in the bathroom ...i think not!!)
    I was a little disappointed that Dauphine's fantasies ended so soon, considering on her club application she stated she was down for anything.
    I'm glad she got something out of her journey, but for me who wanted her to go through more fantasies before finding herself. It fell a little short.
    I will read book # 3 ( S.E.C.R.E.T Revealed) soon.I recieved a free copy through Goodreads from Crown Publishing.
    Be on the lookout for my review of the finale book, and i hope you give these gems a chance and devour every page like i have so far

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