Title: Secret Pleasure
Author: Lora Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Stand alone or series: Series
How did I get this book: Review Copy
What made me want to read it: I’m a huge fan of Lora Leigh.
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…
Secret Pleasure will rip your heart out and hand it back to you. I’m talking major FEELS in this one. I haven’t been this devastated by a book in a while. Not only did I cry; I ugly cried. Lora Leigh delivers a melt-your-kindle-its-so-hot erotic romance, but also creates an emotional bond between her three characters that is equally as sweet as the sexual chemistry is hot. Sebastian and Shane are cousins that share everything including their women. They have always known that one day they would find one woman to be theirs permanently. The cousins are immediately taken by the beautiful and innocent Alyssa. The three lovers share months of happiness and intense sensual pleasure until one day threats of impending social ruin tear them apart. Deceit, betrayal, anger, and gut-wrenching pain surrounds Alyssa leaving her broken and forsaken. Sebastian and Shane charge back into Alyssa’s life to rekindle their bond, but can they bring her back from the wasteland of despair?
Alyssa starts out as vibrant and lively. Her innocence is a perfect balance to the dark sensuality of her lovers. I think Alyssa is a very interesting character. She’s a mass of contradictions. She’s charming, quietly rebellious, funny, skittish, brave, and vulnerable. Her character captured me from page one and held on fast to the end. It’s no wonder Sebastian and Shane become so obsessed with her so quickly.
The emotional and sexual chemistry in this book are incredibly intense. Well-written, the erotic sexual scenes, including m/f/m, set the steam factor for this book at scorching hot. Although, there are plenty of sexual encounters (hello it’s an erotic romance) the emotional part of this story is powerful. Alyssa, Sebastian, and Shane have to overcome so many obstacles just to be together.
I was completely taken in by this story that was ripe with emotional conflict and written so beautifully it made me laugh and cry along with the characters. Leigh mixes in some mystery, suspense, and life threatening circumstances in this erotic romance to once again give her readers a vivid and fantastic read. Although, this is part of a series all the books in the Bound Hearts series can be read as standalone books. I would recommend, however, if you prefer to remain spoiler free for the other couples in this series then read the books in order. I absolutely adore this series. Lora Leigh’s characters are so compelling and unforgettable. I love how Leigh mixes humor, tension, passion, and heartwarming romance to create a memorable reading experience. If you like your romances with erotic sex involving a permanent threesome, and strong alpha male characters then you need to read this one.
Rating: 4 Stars
**An ARC was provided by St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.