Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Keeping Secret by Sierra Dean

Keeping Secret (Secret McQueen #4) by Sierra Dean
Synopsis (Goodreads):
It’s a nice day for a white wedding. At least that’s what Secret McQueen is hoping for, with her poofy-princess-dress marriage to a werewolf king looming closer and closer by the day. But as ever, nothing can be that easy for a vampire/werewolf hybrid for whom someone still harbors a death wish.

Summoned to the south by her werewolf uncle, who makes no bones about the fact her mate bond with Lucas doesn’t pass muster, Secret learns her furry heritage looks more like a tangled vine than a family tree. Getting her royal uncle’s blessing hinges on finding one of the missing twigs. Even with vampire sentry Holden Chancery at her side, she manages to land up to her neck in a swamp of trouble.

As an assassin’s scope zeroes in, family dramas boil up and a fast-collapsing love square threatens to bury her alive, making it to the church on time could be the least of Secret’s problems.

Product Warnings
Contains a grumpy bride who shouldn’t be wearing wedding white, a motley crew of bridesmaids, a dangerous scenic drive in the woods and a smoking-hot trio of suitors who might be too scorching to touch.
My Thoughts: Before I start this review I have something to get out of the way...

Yeah. This book sort of flayed me alive. In a "hurts so good" sort of way. I seriously had to put the book down at one point and take a long cleansing breath because poor Secret had thing after thing thrown at  her and I was a MESS. I love that she has the physical  strength to face down the bad guys and not get gutted but emotionally ... oh, Secret!

I'm really wavering on how I feel about her uncle and the hoops he makes her jump through. She wants so badly to have a family connection and he suddenly summons her and wants to vet her relationship with Lucas? Not cool, werewolf king. Not cool at all. Secret's family is so screwy that sometimes I wonder why she isn't even more of a mess.

I loved that Holden was Secret's go-to guy this time (vampire strength and speed are a major plus when battling for your life) and I missed Desmond something fierce. He's my favorite, you know. I loved that Secret got to delve a little more deeply into the werewolf side of her heritage in this book and that she got to see how her mother's side of the family live.

Secret's kicking ass and taking names, breaking hearts and having hers broken - all while battling for her life against numerous baddies out for their pound of flesh. Awesome and heartbreaking, I am DYING for the next book.

Books in this series
0.5. The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters
1. Something Secret This Way Comes
2. A Bloody Good Secret
2.5. Secret Santa
3. Deep Dark Secret
4. Keeping Secret - Kindle

Author Links
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Reading challenges: Ebook Challenge

Keeping Secret was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I should try the second book in this series to see if I like it any better. *wanders off to add it to my wishlist*

    1. The relationships just get stickier after the first book. Secret has a lot of choices, if you know what I mean.

    2. I think if I try to go into it without picking a "favorite" I'll be fine. Maybe. I WON'T KNOW UNTIL I TRY!

    3. I have a favorite. But part of me wants Secret to just get with all of them and find a way to make this huge poly-amorous relationship work.

      I think that means that I read too many menage books. No, wait. You can never read *too many* menage books. How silly.

    4. So what you're saying is that for me to get past my problems with this series is to read more menage books?

    5. I think the answer to every problem is to read more menage books. EVERY PROBLEM!

    6. Especially if it gets me to read menage books?

  2. I have the first book but I haven't broken it out yet. You and Chelsea LURVE this series though so I keep thinking I should :)