Review: A Bloody Good Secret by Sierra Dean

Posted March 27, 2012 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 5 Comments

A Bloody Good Secret by Sierra Dean
Title: A Bloody Good Secret
Series: Secret McQueen #2
Author: Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: eBook, 284 pages.
Published: September 20, 2011.
ISBN #: 9781609287115 / 1609287118
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Copy: bought
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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.

This series is quickly becoming an addiction of mine. Luckily, I only have one more book to read in order to get caught up; I was starting to feel bad about neglecting the other novels waiting in my queue. Sierra Dean left me with no other choice though. Something Secret This Way Comes left me begging to know what happens next. I opted to save face a little and bought the next novel instead. A Bloody Good Secret starts off a little slower than its predecessor but don’t worry, you’ll find yourself knee deep in Secret McQueen awesomeness in no time. The ending of this second installment is no less shocking either and if you’re prone to series obsession like I am; it’s probably best if you have all three books at your disposal before you dive in. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!

The first half of this story wasn’t my favorite. The pace was a lot slower than what I’ve come to expect from this series and I was anxious to get to the good stuff. I think the fact that Sierra makes readers wait for the answer to Something Secret This Way Comes’s cliffhanger ending might have had something to do with it. I’m not the most patient of people, especially when it comes to books. That point aside, I think Dean does a great job of summarizing the first book while setting up the chess board in preparation for the upcoming amazing plot twists. The fruits of her labour shine through in the end though and my reaction after the final page was something along the lines of: “omg-omg-omg!”

Once the ball started rolling there was no stopping it! The action is all consuming and the clever way in which Sierra weaves her plot lines is mesmerizing. I’m pretty good at guessing the outcome of books, TV episodes, movies, etc but with this series all bets are off! I was completely blindsided by the big bad and by Secret’s new role. There’s nothing that I like more than a book that keeps me on my toes!

I thought that Secret’s love triangle was complicated enough in the last book but I was wrong! Another man’s been added to the mix, so that makes 3 now. I have some concerns as to where this is going. It took Anita Blake way more than just two books to end up with this many lovers and my opinion of that series has been slowly declining ever since it became more about sex and less about hunting vampires. I’d hate to see Dean fall into the same trap. Secret’s only slept with one of them so far though which means that there’s still hope! I’m completely over Lucas, the werewolf king. In fact, I never really liked him to begin with and this book further reinforced those feelings. I want him gone! I remain skeptical about Holden but I have nothing but love for Desmond. Pick him! Pick him! If anyone can salvage the mess that is McQueen’s love life it’s Sierra Dean. Here’s hoping for a non-Anita-Blake-ish outcome!

A Bloody Good Secret has enough adrenaline, love squabbles and surprises to satisfy even the most difficult of readers. Even though it wasn’t quite as good as the first installment; it’s still a wildly entertaining read that ends with yet another brutal cliffhanger. Damn you Sierra Dean! You’ve left me with no choice (once again) but to read Deep Dark Secret.

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Recommendation: Perfect for anyone who loves kickass heroines, yummy men and a whole lot of action both in and out of the bedroom.
Like this, like that: Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton and Kat Redding series by E.S. Moore.

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5 responses to “Review: A Bloody Good Secret by Sierra Dean

  1. Oh if you didn’t like Lucas you’re really not going to like after you read Deep Dark Secret. You’re right this is a great series.