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I Belong

Review: Secret Pleasure by Lora Leigh

Secret PleasureTitle: Secret Pleasure

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Series: Bound Hearts (Book #13)

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-100312576250 (St. Martin’s/Macmillan)

ISBN-13978-0312576257 (St. Martin’s/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


In Secret Pleasure by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh, 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 their powerful family, 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…

Quick & Dirty: One young woman, two hot men… A forbidden love and everything torn apart.

Opening Sentence: “The Collier’s Winter Ball was considered one of the most exciting events of the winter season.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Hangs my head shamefully. I haven’t read yet another series, however, let me just say this, if the rest are as hot as this book well, *fans self* consider me a lover of this series and I am adding the first book and going back and reading them all. Alyssa is a Senator’s daughter and she meets Shane and Sebastian at the Winter Ball. From the moment they met, the three of them are attracted to each other. Alyssa isn’t that shocked when she finds them with a woman pressed between them. And yes, this is the moment that you know this book is going to include a not so normal relationship and that you are totally okay with that because it’s smoking hot!

Shane and Sebastian don’t press Alyssa when they first meet her, instead they wait for several months until she is in Spain and then begin wooing her.  The courtship and the relationship make you want to take a cold shower while reading this. I am not going to say what tears them apart at this point because I think that gives too much away that you will want to read for yourself. Needless to say there is a deeper mystery that is very much central to the story.

Several spoilerly things happen and our main characters are suffering very much when finally they are back together to work out everything! Let’s just say blackmail, murder, attempted murder and well hot steamy erotic sex are all happening in this book!

When I saw Alyssa’s age in the book I thought maybe she was a bit too young (she starts off 18 in the beginning), but I really have to say that I loved the author taking a shy virgin and having her totally okay with getting her freak on! I also loved that Alyssa, Shane and Sebastian had zero issues with their relationship being what it was. There was no jealousy even in the one on one encounters, and the guys loved each in the familial way as they were cousins, but they were also used to sharing women sexually. Lora Leigh takes a forbidden type romance and serves it up in such a way that when your done reading it you are totally okay with it and totally loving the three of them together.

I really can’t say anything bad about this book, I totally loved it. And I say that with three people as a couple isn’t usually my thing, not that I see relationships as just one way, but because often they are kind of portrayed unrealistically or can be done as just a sex book with no plot. Which none of these things are done in this book, the mystery keeps you on the edge, the sex is just enough to be super hot and the romance is just great! So if you are new to the series or been reading it all along, then keep reading because Secret Pleasure is so worth your time.

Notable Scenes:

“The hidden, the mysterious, the rumors and scandalous whispers of some of the more erotic artwork pulled Alyssa into the darker areas.”

“It was damned freaky how much her entire body seemed to like their voices.”

“They offered the forbidden and made her feel alive.”

“It was stealing their souls and they had no way of fighting it.”

“As long as she had them.”

Bound Hearts Series:

1. Surrender

2. Submission

3. Seduction

4. Wicked Intent

5. Sacrifice

6. Embraced

7. Shameless

8. Forbidden Pleasure

9. Wicked Pleasure

10. Only Pleasure

11. Guilty Pleasure

12. Dangerous Pleasure

13. Secret Pleasure

14. Sinful Pleasure (TBA)


FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Secret Pleasure. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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