Jul 6, 2012

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Review: Keeping Secret by Sierra Dean (Secret McQueen #4)

Urban Fantasy
July 10 2012
287 pages
Samhain Publishing
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Secret McQueen

From 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.


Keeping Secret is the fourth book in Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series.  If you have yet to read it, it’s important to know that this series is filled with heart-pounding action, creepy crazy villains, incredibly written characters, edge of your seat storytelling and many love interests.  Sierra once told me that by the end of the fourth book, readers will know who the final two men will be.  Well, let me tell you that I don’t feel I know for certain!  Maybe she changed her mind but I feel a little door still peeking open when it comes to that.  I mean, I think I know but it’s not extra clear…and of course that is driving me a little bit nuts.

Right there is proof of how these books affect their readers.  They suck you in, keep you entertained, keep you guessing, keep you wanting, then throw you out, often violently, only to suck you back in as soon as you start a new installment.  (And by violently, I am of course speaking of Sierra’s knack for writing endings that leave your mouth gaping open then possibly throwing your eReader across the room.)  Keeping Secret was no exception.  The book starts right in the middle of a training session and ends with an ‘OMG She better write the next book from THIS EXACT SPOT or I will be SO p*ssed!’ moment.  I love the direction this book took the series and, even though I am still nervous about everyone finding out that Secret is in fact both a vampire and a werewolf, Secret’s growth in this installment was significant and hopefully it’s gearing her up for when the sh*t will hit the fan.

Yeah…I bet I’m not making much sense right about now.  Maybe I should try a different approach.  Let’s talk characters.

Secret I love.  She lives on my favorite characters list and she is so deserving.  I just love how ‘real’ she is.  She’s tough but not unreachable.  She’s sassy and smart and just a good all-around mix of my favorite traits in an urban fantasy heroine.  As I mentioned above, I liked how her character developed in this book.  She is truly in love with Desmond, yet she knows she needs to keep up appearances with Lucas for the sake of the Pack.  She is also on the vampire council and really is taking that responsibility very seriously.  She has never really been a selfish person but Secret was always important to Secret.  You see her transform in this book into someone who gets what sacrifices need to be made for the betterment of everyone.  She may not like it, but she understands.  I really felt for her at the end of the book.  I would totally kick that s.o.b’s arse if I were her.  I’m curious to see how she is in the next book after she mends from what happened in this book, to see how it’s all truly affected her.

Desmond I adore.  We don’t see him much in this book but what we see will leave its mark on the reader.  My heart…oh my heart.

Sig is still a mystery and I can’t wait until that one is cracked!  He is awesome and I know there is a big story with him.  I just know it.

Lucas.  Arse.  That is all.

Okay, maybe I’ll elaborate a little bit.  I get Lucas.  I understand that as the werewolf king, he has very important decisions to make and that sometimes these decisions mean sacrifices, many personal and yadda yadda yadda.  I get it, but it don’t mean I have to like it.  Or him.  And by the way, you know when people ask you “what supernatural creature would you be?” I don’t think I would EVER answer werewolf.  It’s all about the pack.  You are not you; you are not even allowed to be you.  It’s all pack pack pack.  Well, if that were me, they could just shove it somewhere icky.

Holden…I really do like him a whole lot.  I’m honestly confused about my feeling for him as a match for Secret.

Juan Carlos, what is up his butt?  Seriously…

Often in this series, we get to see the inner workings of the vampire side of Secret’s life.  She was an assassin for them after all.  We hear talk about how a werewolf pack works but we had yet to truly witness a pack in action…until this installment.  We get to see the politics at a closer level and boy is it messed up.  Okay, in werewolf terms, it’s actually all pretty ‘normal’ but as an outsider looking in, it’s messed up.  It was nice to see Secret discover her Were side and I am left curious to see if she will ‘discover’ further in future works.

These books should come with a warning that you should only read them when you can devour it in one sitting.  Because of, you know, life I had to put the book down once in a while and man that hurt.  I wanted to keep reading!  I would steal glances towards the book as I was feeding the kids as though it would start reading itself to me!  I even went to twitter and told Sierra that her books should not be this addictive!  (*clears throat* I may have used some slightly less lady-like language in those tweets)  And I know I’m not the only one who tweets Sierra to give her sh*t while and after reading one of her Secret books.  That’s the sort of reaction Sierra’s books generate!  That’s the enthusiasm she pulls from her readers.

Have you noticed how this review is filled with a little more um…passion that usual?  That’s what this series does to me.  From the very first book, I was hooked.  Sierra has such an amazing writing voice and it lends itself perfectly to the genre and the type of books she’s written in this series.  Her stories are vivid and wild and her characters are just incredible.

Keeping Secret was a fantastic installment and left me already drooling for the next book, which is not due out until early 2013.  (*shakes fist* write faster Sierra)

5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’Don’t worry,’ I told them both. ‘I know what I’m doing.’

It never ceased to amaze me, but whenever I used those words, people were stupid enough to believe me.  And I think every time I said it, I hadn’t the faintest idea in hell what was going to happen next.”

Books in the Secret McQueen series –
Something Secret This Way Comes
A Bloody Good Secret
Deep Dark Secret
Keeping Secret
Grave Secret (2013)

  1. We are review twins today! I Love your review! I’m still not sure who she is going to end up with either, but maybe we are in denial?????

  2. Colette – Maybe LOL

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