Sep 20, 2011

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

Urban Fantasy
September 20 2011
284 pages
Samhain Publishing
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Secret McQueen

From 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.


A Bloody Good Secret is the second book in Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series.  A series about a seriously kick ass chick who is half vampire and half werewolf.  The first book ended in somewhat of a cliffhanger.  I didn’t find it to be an “OMG I am going to track down the author and throw water balloons at her for doing this to me!” kind of ending, just an “OMG Really?!?  As if?!?  What is Secret going to do now?!?” kind of ending.  Basically, the perfect sort of cliffhanger for me.

Now this incredible jaw dropping ending could have lead the story for book two in many different ways.  Secret could have been angry and just taken it out on everyone.  She could have just gone ahead and got the task over with.  She could even have decided to just up and quit her job as a bounty hunter to the vampire council.  But she didn’t do any of those things.  What she did do is run – and I loved that that is what she decided to do.

Secret is a strong character who won’t take crap from people.  She is the only one of her kind and keeps her mixed heritage to herself.  She is essentially an assassin.  And she has quite the snarky mouth on her (one of my favorite parts about her).  But she is still scared sometimes and she is still vulnerable sometimes.  Her decision to flee shows that side of her – it makes her more real, more normal.  Because I think, when facing what she is facing, most of us would want to do that too.  I also think how she comes back to facer her task is very true to Secret and her life.

Secret is mate-bonded to two (yes two) werewolves.  Lucas is the werewolf king and he is yummy.  In the first book, I was totally team Lucas.  The chemistry between him and Secret was burning…even though they never actually get the deed done in that book.  But, seeing that he is the king and all, he is a bit of an alpha nightmare for our extremely independent Secret.  She didn’t ask to be bonded to this man, or any man.  It’s just some chemical thing that happens.

The other wolf that she is bonded to is Desmond.  In the first book, I thought he was yummy, but I didn’t get the apparently strong bond they have.  Well, there are no more questions in my mind – Desmond is hot and he and Secret are smokin’ together!  And now that I see how these two are together, I sort of want to see her with Lucas to compare.  What does that tell you about me that I actually want to see Secret do the nasty with another guy so I can see who she is strongest with?!

Holden is a mystery but I like him a lot.  And Sig is fun!  He is another character I am really curious about.  I wonder about the motivations of both of these men.  Wow…Secret really is surrounded by lots of men, isn’t she?!  How is it I only just noticed this now… *lucky lady*

The story in this installment is go go go.  Nonstop excitement with twists that make your eyes pop out of your head from time to time.  There are some of the creepiest ‘things’ that I have ever read too.  Just…ew.  And who was behind all of the upheaval came as a surprise to me.

Overall, I am really really enjoying this series.  Secret is an awesome character, bringing with her the perfect mix of strength and softness.  She often makes me laugh out loud while reading her dialogue.  The stories so far have been well paced and fun to read and Sierra has a gripping writing voice that makes me want to keep reading.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’This one is yours,’ Domenick said, indicating a pristine yellow BMW convertible.

Like all the other cars in the garage, the BMW Z4 was meticulously detailed and polished within an inch of its life.  Something about this specific one maybe the color, or some type of new-car magic, made me certain this car was more than just a loaner.

When I shot Domenick an accusatory glare, he raised his hands and added, ‘Messenger.’


‘Will you feel better if I call it a loaner?’ he asked, obviously picking up my discomfort.

‘My pride will.’

‘You live in a special country of denial, Secret.’

‘Have you met me?  It’s more like a planet.’”

Books in the Secret McQueen series –
Something Secret This Way Comes
A Bloody Good Secret
Deep Dark Secret (Spring 2012)

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my interview with the wonderful and talented Sierra Dean!

  1. Good Review Julie,

    I’m glad to see she doesn’t go all hoochie and sleep with everybody, I have to admit that. I’m anxious to see which direction Sienna Dean is taking Secret 🙂

  2. My curiosity was peaked after reading Sierra’s short novella and your review may have just pushed me over the edge. I need to read this series!

  3. Great review, like always Julie! This is a series I really want to check out sooner then later, I just don’t know how that’s going to happen. 🙁 I did get the novella for my kindle so maybe I can take a quick look at that soon. Of course then I know that I’ll want to read the two novels right after that. Eek. Decisions, decisions.

  4. Lol, I do like how you describe how book 1 did not end. Cos I do hate those kind of cliffies

  5. I haven’t heard of this series – sounds good though!

  6. Erika – I do like that Secret isn’t, as you say so poetically, going all hoochie too. I’m still curious to see how she is with Lucas though. lol

    Carmel – You’ll love these books. You have to get them!

    Deanna – Baby steps… 😉

    blodeuedd – Evil cliffhangers hurt my brain. LOL

    Shelleyrae – It really is! 🙂


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