Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: A Bloody Good Secret (Secret McQueen #2) by Sierra Dean

Release date: September 20, 2011
Synopsis (Goodreads):
After cheating death twice in one night, confessing her true nature to her werewolf soul mates and being asked to kill one of her closest friends, Secret took a much-needed vacation. By running away.

Now she’s back in town—dragged kicking and screaming—determined to clear Holden Chancery’s name. Right after she finds out what he’s accused of. It shouldn’t be hard—Holden has a habit of using their new and scintillating psychic bond to break into her thoughts and dreams at some very, shall we say, awkward moments.

Just a few things stand in her way: a secretive Tribunal leader, a group of would-be vampire slayers and two werewolf boyfriends who refuse to let her operate in her customary lone-wolf style. Even less amusing are the terrifying creatures that someone is using in an attempt to gain control of the council. Even for this out-of-the-ordinary bounty hunter, it’s a challenge with potentially deadly teeth.

Warning: Contains an ever-plucky heroine with no shortage of weapons, super-hot mind games, an ever-complicated love triangle and one hell of a creepy amusement park.
My Thoughts:  Oh, Secret. I thought your love life was complicated in the first book.  Boy, was I wrong.  Or, not wrong, but I had no idea just how complex things would become.  Complex in a delicious, naughty, OMG!NO WAY?!?! sort of way.  Thank you, Sierra Dean, for making me like all the men in her life and thoroughly confusing me as to who I want her to be with.  It's a good thing I like polyamorous relationships or I'd be a bundle of nervous energy.  In other words, in my world Secret gets all the hot men.  I like my world.  It's shiny here.

Picking up shortly after book 1's soul killing cliffhanger, Secret's been hiding out with her grandmother, avoiding the men in her life and slacking like a champion slacker.  She was put through a lot at the end of book 1 and being told she has to kill a friend sent her into a tailspin.  When she (reluctantly) heads back home she's got a lot on her plate.  And the warrant out for Holden is still in effect.

I honestly love Secret with Desmond.  He's not as Alpha as Lucas and he needs her in a way that Lucas doesn't.  Which isn't to say that Lucas doesn't need her, but Desmond neeeeeeeds her.  There's something about seeing a big, strong man rendered weak without his lady that gets me every time.  And then there's Holden.  Wow, can that guy kiss or what?  Yum.

Before you ask, no, this book isn't all about the kissing and hot guys.  I know I sometimes go off on tangents, but there really is other stuff going on besides hot nooky on top of a desk.  Really.  There's beheading and wanna-be vampire hunters and other scary things that go bump in the night.  Secret gets to wear cute shoes and dress pretty.  It's a very well-rounded story.

I do like that where book 1 had more focus on the werewolf side of Secret's personality, this book delved into the vampire side.  With those two very different aspects living inside her you'd think she'd be a raving lunatic, but she makes it work.

Sierra Dean has added even more dimension to the already grand world that she's created.  Secret's exploits don't disappoint and THANK ALL THE MINOR DEITIES that we weren't given a cliffhanger quite as crushing as in book 1.  For those wondering, yes, the book does throw us a curveball at the end.  A delicious, wonderful, how-will-this-work curveball.

When does book 3 come out?

Other reviews in this series:
Novella 0.5: The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters
Book 1: Something Secret This Way Comes

More books by Siera Dean

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Vampire Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge
A Bloody Good Secret was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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