S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline

secretPUB. INFO: Broadway Books, 4/2013
GENRE: Contemporary Erotica
SETTING: Louisiana, USA
SERIES: book 1
NARRATION: First person

From Publisher: Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed.

The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.

MY THOUGHTS: Cassie is a thirty-four year old widow. Her husband was a sometimes abusive alcoholic who died almost four years ago. She hasn't had sex since before he died. Their relationship was bad, they'd stopped having sex and she wasn't sad when he died accidentally. She'd been married for fourteen years and her husband was the only lover she'd had. She's very lonely, works most of the time so when the opportunity to be part of this one year secret 'experiment' presents itself it didn't take her long to become part of it. I assume the woman who recruited her at the restaurant thought she was attractive.

I was disappointed that the sex scenes didn't have more graphic language. I think the P word may have been used once or twice early on. The sex scenes were pretty lackluster and not exciting to me and were pretty quick. During the one and only anal sex scene the word 'anal' or 'ass' wasn't even used. I think the author was clearly going for less graphic, perhaps 'sophisticated' erotica. Whenever a man's age was given it was to say he was a little younger than her, which is a turn off for me. I don't like stories of any kind featuring younger men with older women. Not usually, anyway.

Outside of her sexual encounters the storyline was pretty boring, especially the charity stuff. There wasn't much use for her coworker, Tracina, in the story, except to involve her with their boss, Will Foret, in something together near the end. That was just something conveniently thrown in to allow Cassie to continue on with her journey through S.E.C.R.E.T. Just when she and Will had gotten close emotionally something happened to blow it. I don't know why they hadn't dated before now since she's worked for him for several years and there's always been an attraction between them. I did like his jealousy when she went out with someone he knew.

We didn't get much backstory on Cassie. We only know she's from Michigan and was married her whole adult life to the same man, Scott. Nothing at all about her childhood. Physically, we only know she's got brown hair and is a C cup.

Now for a few things that irritated me. The author is Canadian. She clearly loves the French. Cassie's last name is French, the story takes place in the French part of Louisiana, and Cassie wins a ski trip to Canada (what a random thing to throw in) and the ski instructor just happens to have a bit of a French accent. The story should have just taken place in Canada.

If you're into mild erotica, meaning it's not too descriptive or hardcore, you may want to try this series. If you're like me and like your erotica very graphic, like real porn, skip this. The sequel is due out in October.

Here's some info on what the acronym means:

Safe, in that the participant feels no danger.
Erotic, in that the fantasy is sexual in nature, not just imaginary.
Compelling, in that the participant truly wants to complete the fantasy.
Romantic, in that the participant feels wanted and desired.
Ecstatic, in that the participant experiences joy in the act.
Transformative, in that something in the participant changes in a fundamental way.

S.E.C.R.E.T. Ten Steps: Surrender, Courage, Trust, Generosity, Fearlessness, Confidence, Curiosity, Bravery, Exuberance, Liberation.

Same review posted here.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

THE DUCHESS HUNT by Jennifer Haymore

duchessPUB. INFO: Forever, 6/2013
GENRE: Historical Romance
SETTING: England, 1812
SERIES: House of Trent, book 1

From Publisher: Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother's disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . .

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon's touch. But dukes do not long for lady's maids-or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer's web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family's future or break Sarah's heart.

MY THOUGHTS: I liked this better than I thought I would. I think the twenty page prologue was too long and a bit silly but I understand the author's intent. Sarah, who's about twenty-four and has black hair, blue eyes, and Simon, twenty-nine, who has light brown hair and green eyes, have always been attracted to each other but they're from two different worlds so nothing ever came of their attraction. Her status as housemaid at the family home, Ironwood Park, gets upgraded to lady's companion to his younger sister, Esme, who's nineteen.

I feel for Sarah because she's in love with a man she can't have, or so she thinks, because he's obligated to marry someone from his realm. After they begin a sexual relationship with each other, they fall in love but he's being blackmailed into marrying someone and has to end their affair. But don't worry, Sarah and Simon have their happily ever after.

Halfway into the story it got real interesting for me when some upsetting revelations came about regarding the paternity of Simon's close family members. Also a major event happens with Sarah, a consequence that was bound to happen, and some character named Robert was brought in to help deal with that part of the storyline. I didn't like the addition of his character.

I was real disappointed that Simon's mother's disappearance wasn't resolved but it continues into the next in the series, The Rogue's Proposal, out in November.

Overall I really liked this, more so during the second half after their relationship ended and I'm dying to know what happened to his mother.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tiger G Spot Silicone Dildo by Fun Factory

This G spot dildo is called Tiger and is made by a German company called Fun Factory. It's made in red and black. I own it in red.

MATERIAL: This is made from silicone, which is one of, if not the, safest adult toy materials out there. You can't got wrong with silicone; it's completely hypoallergenic, nontoxic, nonporous, odorless and seamless. This is flexible and can be bend in half.

MEASUREMENTS: This has an insertible length of 7 1/4". The thickest part of the head is 1.6" in diameter. The shaft is the same length the whole way down, 1.6" and thickens slightly, right at the base. The base is thick and is 3 1/8" wide. This weighs 8.8 oz.

DESIGN: This is the most attractive, unique looking toy that I own, the second one being another by Fun Factory called Bandito. There are five 'tiger' stripes down the front and back of this. Each stripe gets wider as it nears the base. The base is slightly domed but will not suction to a hard surface.

MAINTENANCE: Silicone is very easy to clean. Just use very hot tap water and a fragrance free soap. Pat it dry and store it in a resealable gallon bag or wrap it in plastic wrap before storing it next to other silicone toys. If they touch for an extended period of time the material will break down.

LUBE: You can only use water-based lube with silicone toys. Silicone lube is harmful to silicone toys so please don't use it. Silicone is a premium material, often expensive, so treat your toys with care.

GRADE: I give this an A+. It did exactly what it was designed to do. It's such a cool looking toy and I'm glad I got it. I love Fun Factory and have many of their dildos and would recommend them to all.

MY THOUGHTS:  I first saw the red version of this on the side of the box of another Fun Factory toy I'd gotten. I was fascinated by the ridge on the head of this so I ran to the computer, found it online and ordered it right away in red.

The ridge on this is designed to rub against your G spot, and it did mine. You can't really tell from the photo but the stripe/ridge on the head actually sticks out a bit, unlike the other stripes. That's what caught my attention. It worked the same as my other G spot dildos. This didn't stand out in any way while using it. For some reason I thought the ridge on this would somehow be 'better' but it wasn't. Nevertheless, it's an awesome toy that gave me a long, intense orgasm in about three minutes. I wish it was about 1 1/2" shorter, since you only need about three inches of it to achieve an orgasm.

I purchased this myself.


STUDIO:  Vivid
LENGTH: 1 hr. 43 min.

From DVD: Attention voyeurism! Take a peep! She's watching you watching her! Hidden cameras. Spying eyes. It's voyeurism in Voyeurismvision! Take a peep at the hottest girls from behind closed doors! It's a secret fantasy world and it's for your eye's only! Shh!

Starring: Dayton, Jewell Marceau, Chloe, Tasha Hunter, Renee LaRue, Ian Daniels, Eric Masterson, Pat Myne, TJ Cummings, Tony Tedeschi, and more.

This is a compilation of sex scenes from various Vivid films, with each scene starring Dayton and were made before she got breast implants, as shown on the cover. Condoms are used in all scenes.

Click on red highlighted names to see what they look like. She's either completely bald or has a little strip of hair on mound. Dayton was between 22-24 when these films were made.

SCENE 1: She's in the tub on all fours. Eric walks over to her, naked, and pours champagne on her ass then gets in and sits on the edge of tub. She blows him for a while. She sits on the edge, he gets in the water and eats her. She lays back on a towel and he fucks her, her rubbing her clit some, then doggie style. She gets on her hands and knees and uses a curved glass dildo in her ass while he sits on the edge of tub, watching and jerking off. Cowgirl position briefly then he comes on her chest.

SCENE 2: This scene is terrible. Dayton and Jewell are in a diner, complete with red and white checkered tablecloths. Jewell has huge implants, bald labia. Jewel takes her bra off and Dayton licks her nipples. Jewell lays on the table, Dayton takes her underwear off and eats her briefly and fingers her with two fingers. Dayton rubs her thumb over Jewell's clit and we get a good close-up of the clit. Dayton lays on the counter and Jewell eats her.

SCENE 3: Dayton's in the tub and hears something. She pulls back the shower curtain and TJ and Pat are standing there naked, hard and facing each other with helmet's on their dickheads. Pat lays on the bed. She blows him while laying on her right side while TJ eats her. She's on her back, Pat eating her pussy while TJ rubs her breasts and stomach. Pat fingers her, TJ rubs her clit. She's still on her back, Pat fucking her, TJ to her left side holding her left leg back then jerking off while watching. She leans over and blows him.

Reverse cowgirl on bed with TJ, Pat standing up to her left, her sucking him off. TJ's on his back, she's on all fours between his legs, blowing him while Pat fucks her from behind. She kneels on bed, blowing both while they're standing on the bed. She leans back on her elbows, legs spread wide and they both come on her pussy.

SCENE 4: Dayton's on the bed wearing black top and black skirt. Tony comes over wearing a white tank top and boxers. He puts his hand up her skirt and rubs her pussy through her underwear. He pulls down her strapless top and licks her nipples. He takes her clothes off, she lays back and he eats her. He lays back, she takes his boxers off and blows him while on her knees and elbows between his legs, periodically jerking him while sucking his balls.

She's in doggie position on bed, he's standing up fucking her. She gets on her back, legs pushed way back he gets between her legs and fucks her. She lays over on her right side a little, he holds her left leg up and continues to fuck her. He comes on her thigh.

SCENE 5: This scene if from Hansel and Gretel so her and Dale are dressed the part and her hair is in two French braids. They're in the woods laying on a blanket. She blows him while he's standing. She lays back, he kneels down and pushes her skirt up, then her top, and licks her nipples then eats her. Cowgirl position for quite a while, then on her back. He comes on her chest.

SCENE 6: Ian is sitting on a table in a diner. Dayton is dressed like a waitress and is leaning over, blowing him. Cowgirl position on counter and she's naked except for socks and shoes. Doggie position on counter, him standing behind her. Next she's on her back on the counter, him standing between her legs. He comes on her stomach.

SCENE 7: This scene is from a series that features petite women and men with huge dicks. Dayton's blowing Joel while kneeling on the floor, then sitting on sofa, then him laying back on the sofa. She climbs on him, cowgirl position. Next she kneels on sofa, facing the back and he's fucking her from behind. She's on her back and he comes on her chest.

SCENE 8: Dayton's supposed to be Repunzel. She and Eric are outside. She blows him then he eats her while she's laying on a long cushion near a stone wall. He fucks her in that position, then reverse cowgirl then her leaning on a chair, him behind her. He comes on her right ass cheek.

SCENE 9: Tasha and Dayton are in an office wearing short dresses. Tasha pushes Dayton back onto a desk. They kiss then Tasha takes Dayton's underwear off, eats and fingers her. Dayton lays back on the desk while Tasha uses a double-ended clear glass dildo on her. Tasha lays on the table and Dayton eats and fingers her roughly with two fingers, then three. Tasha's on all fours on the desk. Dayton's using a vibrator in her pussy. Tasha rubs her clit a lot.

SCENE 10: Dayton's on a bed in some dark room that has lots of windows in it. She's laying back holding her right leg up so Renee can eat her. Chloe is sitting on a stool, watching through the window. She's got her hands down her pants, rubbing her clit. Dayton and Renee walk over to the window, Renee puts her right foot up on the sill and Dayton eats her. Renee lays on the bed and Dayton uses a while dildo on her that has a handle like a pistol. She takes it out and rubs the tip on Renee's clit. She puts it back in and Renee rubs her clit.. Dayton gets on all fours and Renee uses a hot pink double-ended jelly dildo on her.


1: Renee is leaning over the side of the sofa arm, blowing Julian while Tony eats her pussy from behind. He fingers her pussy then her asshole with three fingers. He fucks her in that position. Reverse cowgirl with Julian on the sofa. Tony's standing on the soft, to her right and she's blowing him. She lays back on the sofa and Tony's fucking her while holding her right leg up. Julian's sitting behind her on the arm, jerking off. Tony comes on her awful fake breasts, then Julian does.

2: Eric is sitting on a huge sofa that's covered with a purple blanket, leaning back against the arm. Tasha blows him. She takes his place and lays on her back, him in front fucking her. Reverse cowgirl next, then anal doggie position.


Behind the scenes of the Paul Thomas porn Hansel and Gretel. As with most behind the scenes this wasn't really worth watching.

Previews of four Vivid titles and the above bonus scenes.

MY THOUGHTS: I love compilations best. You don't have to sit through lame dialogue and plots. Some of these scenes were a little too short. I could have done without the three lesbian scenes.

Favorite scenes would be scene 4, with Tony and seven, with Joel. Scene three wasn't too bad either. Those scenes didn't seem as rushed and took place on a bed or sofa.

This came from my personal collection.


murderPUB. INFO: Minotaur, 4/2013
ISBN: 9781250007902
GENRE: Historical Fiction/Mystery
SETTING: England, 1665
SERIES: A Lucy Campion Mystery, book 1

From Publisher: For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone close to Lucy falls under suspicion. Lucy can't believe it, but in a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren't permitted to defend their clients, and--if the plague doesn't kill the suspect first--public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never find out what really happened. Unless, that is, she can uncover the truth herself.

Determined to do just that, Lucy finds herself venturing out of her expected station and into raucous printers' shops, secretive gypsy camps, the foul streets of London, and even the bowels of Newgate prison on a trail that might lead her straight into the arms of the killer.

MY THOUGHTS: This is the first book in a new series by a debut author. The second paragraph of the synopsis makes this story sound much more interesting than it really was. I was so excited to read this and it had a lot of potential. Not a whole lot of sleuthing going on with the eighteen-year old protagonist, Lucy. She did a tiny amount of it but not nearly enough as the synopsis would have you believe.

Lucy's friend and fellow maid, Bessy, was murdered at Rosamund's Gate, which is a Lover's Lane-type place. She's two years older than Lucy. Someone very close to Lucy was arrested for it and there was a short trial.

The plot is interesting but it was slow moving for the duration and took a nosedive when the author brought in a plague subplot that lasted too long. I desperately wanted the author to get back to the murder mystery. The whole story ended up being very bland until the ridiculous ending. The story jumped ahead almost a year before we found out who the killer was. Unlike some readers I never guessed early on who the killer was.

Despite being very disappointed in this book I would like to read the next in the series because I like Lucy.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Splash Silicone Dildo from Tantus®

Splash is the name of this awesome-looking toy. It's made by my favorite toy company, Tantus®.

MATERIAL: This is made from what Tantus® calls ultra-premium silicone. It's thick and solid and doesn't really bend. It's a pearlized purple at the bottom then as you go upward it turns to a solid pearlized white. So pretty. You can tell this is a quality piece.

MEASUREMENTS: The shaft is 6 1/2" long. The largest part at the top is a huge 1.7". It narrows a bit down the shaft to almost 1.5" in diameter and narrows even more to about 1.4". The base is flat and is 2 3/4" wide. It won't stick to a hard surface. It weighs 8.5 oz/242 g.

CARE & MAINTENANCE: Silicone is hypoallergenic, nonporous, boilable, odorless and easy to wash. Please use the hottest tap water and fragrance-free soap, if you've got it.

LUBE: Please note that you can't use silicone lube with any silicone toy as that will help break down the material. Use water-based lube only. Silicone should never be stored directly touching another piece of silicone as that too will help break down the toy over time. Wrap the toy in something first before storing it with other silicone pieces.

PACKAGING: Every Tantus® dildo I've ever gotten has come in the same clear packaging. I really like being able to see the toy inside. It's easy to open but you probably won't want to store it in it.

MY THOUGHTS: I'd had my sights set on this for about six months and finally got it whenit was on sale. I knew it was too thick for me but I had to have it based on it's appearance. It's so unique, who wouldn't want it?

As I feared it's a bit too thick for me. I think if it wasn't curved it would have been fine or if it was curved but not so thick I'd have been able to handle it. But as it is, it was too much. But read the measurements and decide for yourself if this is for you. There is a smaller version called Splish but that's smaller than I'd like, only 1" in diameter.

I purchased this myself.