My marketing on this book would be S.E.C.R.E.T. : The antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey, by L. Marie Adeline. Also, part of the secret is that L. Marie Adeline is actually Toronto author Lisa Gabriele. This is not her first bestselling novel, and it shows in the quality of her writing compared to other <cough> “writers”.
As the Globe & Mail put it, fans of Fifty Shades would call this book “pure vanilla.” If you’re looking for erotica in the S&M genre, this is not your book (neither is Fifty Shades, try Jacqueline Carey). What it is, however, is erotica for women that is about not just lust, but emotional needs, and how sex is tangled up with them. The main character is in her thirties, is a widow, and has been suppressing her sexual side for a long time. The S.E.C.R.E.T. of the title is a mysterious organization run by women, to help other women achieve a fulfilled sex life. The tagline is “No judgments, no limits, no shame.” It actually had a story. The ending was not your stereotype ending – I won’t ruin it. But if you’re looking for sexy writing that won’t make you want to light the book on fire and throw it out the window, this may be it.