Earlier this year, author L. Marie Adeline wrote a guest blog post for The Book Case about S.E.C.R.E.T., the first book in her new series that takes erotic romance in a whole different direction while still packing plenty of heat. Unlike the wildly popular Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, in S.E.C.R.E.T., the women are in charge.

At the center of the series is a secret society that helps women struggling with self-esteem issues gain confidence through sexual reawakening. The first book details the sexual journey of Cassie Robichaud as she transforms from shy and lonely to possessing a true passion for life.

With its fresh approach, S.E.C.R.E.T. flew off the shelves, becoming an international bestseller. And now it's time for round two: S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared, which picks up where the first book leaves off. It's Cassie's turn to guide the newest recruit, Dauphine, through her own journey.

Our reviewer says of S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared:

At its heart, S.E.C.R.E.T. is about women helping women. Yes, it’s about women learning to fully embrace their sex lives, but, almost more importantly, it’s about these women realizing their self-worth and figuring out—and going after—what they really want in life. Though self-discovery is not a new theme for erotica, a female lead relying on a supportive community of women to achieve it is unique.

You can read the full review here. One thing's for sure: Despite the controversy it generates, the erotic fiction phenomenon isn't showing any signs of slowing down, with the Fifty Shades books still dominating multiple bestseller lists and S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared likely to join them.

What do you say, readers? Did you read the first book? Will you be reading this second one? Does the female-centric angle sway you one way or the other? We have two copies of S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared to give away. All you have to do to enter is answer any (or all) of these questions in a comment below by the end of the day on Friday. We'll randomly select two winners from among the comments. Official rules are here.

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