Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Secret Santa (Secret McQueen #2.5) by Sierra Dean

Release date: November 29, 2011
Synopsis (Goodreads):
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The season for mistletoe, Christmas lights…and a killing spree. When Secret’s friend, Detective Mercedes Castilla, asks for help to solve a series of murders longer than a string of lights, Secret resigns herself to the fact her holidays will be anything but peaceful.

It seems someone is killing New Yorkers in an unusually gruesome way, and as the bodies pile up faster than presents under the tree, the police are no closer to finding the killer than Secret is to finding the perfect present for one of her boyfriends, Lucas.

Tracking down a monster in Manhattan the week before Christmas is almost as difficult as shopping for her ever-expanding collection of loved ones. When tragedy strikes close to home, Secret must do everything in her power to put an end to the horror in time for Santa to come down the chimney.

Warning: Contains a less than merry McQueen with a sword and a reason to use it; a festive new use for mistletoe; and a promise that will haunt Secret like the Ghost of Christmas Future.
My Thoughts: Aaaaannnnnd Sierra Dean has done it again.  She's given us the labyrinthine twists of Secret's love life mixed up in a world of blood, guts and fur.  I, for one, loved it.  I've always been a sucker for the strong Alphas who are brought down by a bitty women.  I'm also a sucker for the simmering sexual tension between people who are trying to deny their attraction.  And then there's that whole "blood, guts and gore" thing.  I like that.  I like it a lot.  It adds an edge of danger to the sexy times.  You never know if the next bout of blood is going hit right as our heroes are getting to the good stuff.

Secret is her usual kick-ass self.  We get to see her chafing at the bit and looking for some action after the events in book 2.  We get to see her worried about meeting her boyfriend's family.  We get to see her trying her darnedest to avoid the simmering looks in Holden's eyes.  And then we get to see her wielding her blades like a bounty hunter should.

A very fun and fast-paced story that easily draws you back into Secret's world.  Sierra Dean's imagination is both fascinating and disturbing.  Plus, she can write some damn sexy kisses.

Other reviews in this series:
Novella 0.5: The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters
Book 1: Something Secret This Way Comes
Book 2: A Bloody Good Secret

More books by Sierra Dean

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
Secret Santa was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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