Monday, June 30, 2014

Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean [Review]
Cold Hard Secret (Secret McQueen #7) by Sierra Dean
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: February 14, 2014

Secret McQueen
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
5. Grave Secret
6. Secret Unleashed
7. Cold Hard Secret - Kindle
8. A Secret to Die For

Sierra Dean
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
The Secret’s out, and heads will roll.

Ever since her near-death experience at the hands of the villainous Dr. Kesteral, Secret McQueen hasn’t been the same. As in damaged almost beyond repair. But as usual, Secret has no time to lick her wounds.

Armed to the fangs, she and Desmond embark on a whirlwind quest for revenge that takes them to the sewers of Paris to put an end to Alexandre Peyton. Instead, it’s almost the end of them, and before she can stop him, Peyton rips the veil off her deepest secret.

The devil’s not through muddling up the details, either. An eye-opening confab with Sig in the Big Apple leaves her wondering if she’s ever been in control of her own life at all. Plus, a cryptic postcard sends her racing back to her Manitoba hometown, fearing for her grandmere.

With the Council holding the power of life and death over her head, Secret’s circle of friends is shrinking, while the pool of enemies looking for payback is widening like a pool of her own blood.

Warning: Contains the least romantic Paris getaway in history and an unstoppable hybrid with an impossible choice to make between two men who’ve been to hell and back for her.
Thoughts on Cold Hard Secret: I had some big fears for Secret after what happened to her at the end of book 6. She survived A LOT at the hands of the Doctor and even though he's no longer an issue, his handiwork left scars.

Let's face it, Secret's not in the best place here. In her effort to not face what she lived through, she's focused solely on taking on outside threats. And it's heartbreaking.

That moment when she realizes that no matter how many enemies she kills, it's not going to magically fix things in her head... oh, Secret. OH, SECRET.

(I'm going to be intentionally vague here. Go with it.) I can't say I was shocked by one choice Secret had to make. It was something that felt right (it went the way I had been reading the signs, at least) and it wasn't so much her reaction to it as the other party's reaction that delivered the most emotional impact. And as much as I want to say more (AND I DO WANT TO SAY MORE), I'm going to leave it at that.

A lot of different threads get tied up in this book. Enemies are vanquished, Secret's darkest secret is exposed, THINGS HAPPEN. Oh, and the set up for the final book is WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON HERE AND HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK???? And there's a pesky favor hanging over Secret's head that I fear. FEAR.

I really can't wait to see how things play out.

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