Friday, July 1, 2011

Review: The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters (Secret McQueen #0.5) by Sierra Dean

Release date: July 19, 2011
Synopsis (Goodreads):
They say it's impossible to find a man in New York City. Secret McQueen needs to find two in one night. Of course, it’ll mean pulling off the impossible—find and kill a displaced rogue vampire without disrupting the first promising date she’s had in ages. As a werewolf hybrid used to walking a fine line of survival in the vampire world, though, Secret eats impossible for breakfast.

Somewhere between hello and the first round of drinks, Secret makes her move. Her target, Hollywood’s biggest star, shouldn’t be hard to spot. Just look for swarms of fans. Except every time her vampire liaison, Holden, helps keep her mission on track, her date runs further off the rails.

Either Holden has a hidden agenda, or he knows more than he’s letting on about her quarry. One way or another, Secret is determined to get her man, and meet Mr. Right. Or die trying.

Warning: This book contains a sword-wielding assassin whose barbs are sharper than her blade, a vampire with serious brooding issues but a skilled tongue, and an A-lister with a bad habit of eating his fans. This novella takes place approximately one year prior to the events of Something Secret This Way Comes.
My Thoughts:  Guys, there's a kiss in this story that will knock your socks off.  It's smoking.  I think Secret walked away from it a little addled.  It was just... whoa.  Honestly, the story could have stopped at that kiss and I would have been happy.  Yes, it was that good.  Thank you, Sierra Dean.  Thank you.

The good news is that the kiss isn't the be all and end all of this story.  It was just the cherry on top.  So to speak.  I mean, Secret gets to kick some ass.  And kiss a guy.  And kick some more ass.  And go on a date.  Not in that order.

The story works.  It gives you a look into the life that Secret led before she got tangled up with a couple of werewolves and had to go head to head with a very bad vampire.  Did I mention that there's this kiss...

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Something Secret This Way Comes

More books by Sierra Dean

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge
The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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