Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Review: 'Their Secret' by Cassandra Dee

Cassandra Dee doesn’t offer a biography but from her output (over forty books to date) of erotica it appears she enjoys all manner of ‘group therapy’. Taking off on the social media ‘want ads’ or dating games Cassandra offers a story that shows both the dangers – and the possible rewards of such seeking of partnerships. Katie Ford joins Cassandra again in this THEIR SECRET and the offer a note as a bio – ‘Hi, we're Cassandra and Katie! If you're looking for something short, smutty and satisfying to read, then you're in the right place!’

A bit of flavor from the early intro of characters – ‘A loud sound startles me awake as I toss around on my fluffy bed. Sitting up, surrounded by a mountain of pillows, I listen intently until the sound reveals itself to be Gray’s shoes moving through the foyer. He’s home, are my thoughts as I roll over and bury my face in the pillows. Seems like that’s starting to happen more and more often nowadays. Ever since my mom jetted right after their wedding, Gray has been working like a maniac and coming back really late. I don’t blame him. Kathy leaving so soon was a shock, and the way she did it was crazy too. No note. No nothing. Just one day … gone. At first, I wanted to talk with my new stepdad about what happened. But what is there to say? Kathy is the most irresponsible person on the planet. She’s never taken anything seriously – and unfortunately, her marriage was no exception. So Gray and I have barely spoken since the disastrous wedding. And now that there’s only three months left to graduation, I’m not sure what’s going to happen next. I have no place to go. No job. No options. Really, Grayson Thorn is the only person I have, even if our relationship isn’t close. But it’s hard to blame Mom for this situation because her life hasn’t exactly been moonlight and rainbows. Kathy was around my age when boom! Pregnancy struck. Needless to say, my dad wasn’t in the picture. So the poor thing was all on her own, forced to grow up real fast suddenly.
And I guess that kind of explains it. I stole my mom’s teen years, and the minute it was possible, Kathy sought to reclaim her youth. The woman became a social butterfly to the max, dating like a whirlwind. At first, there were a string of lovers, a new guy every couple weeks. But things get old fast, and when Kathy met Gray, it seemed like a dream come true. First, he was ten times better than anyone else she dated. Tall, handsome, and a billionaire to boot. What someone like that saw in Kathy was beyond me, but I wasn’t going to complain.‘

Two very accomplished writers offering a truly different MMF romance with the added entity of a ‘secret baby’. But the books synopsis tightens the story: ‘Rule One: Don’t date your therapist. Rule Two: Don’t date the man of the house. Rule Three: Definitely don’t date both at once. Easy right? Guess again. I’ve always had a strange relationship with my stepdad Gray. We don’t get each other. Well, I get him. I see that body, hard and muscular. And my mom’s long gone, so why not? But Gray’s moral. A good guy. He wants me, but he doesn’t. So we go to therapy together. Except the therapist is gorgeous. Mason Channing, PhD, helps couples resolve their issues. But Dr. Channing’s not interested in fixing things because he’s interested in something else. My curves. My wetness. Making me pant … as Gray watches. This is wrong. So bad. Totally taboo. But it’s the best therapy I’ve ever had …‘

For those who thrive on erotica this book is a feast. Cassandra and Katie make a delicious duo! Grady Harp, February 18
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited

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