ARC Review: Grave Secret by Sierra Dean

Posted March 15, 2013 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 6 Comments

ARC Review: Grave Secret by Sierra Dean
Grave Secret by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #5
Published by Samhain Publishing
Published on: March 19, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 301
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Sometimes a secret goes to the grave. Sometimes Secret puts you there.

It’s been a hell of a year for Secret McQueen, and the last thing in the world she wants is to get caught up in werewolf drama. But when her former fiancé Lucas Rain shows up asking for her help, she knows there’s no easy way out.

After making it known she wants nothing to do with him, Secret agrees to help find Lucas’s wayward sister Kellen. After all, how much trouble could one socialite get into in the city that never sleeps?

Unless that socialite has been spirited away by fairies.

Trying to track down a missing girl in an alternate reality is just the start of Secret’s problems, though. Someone appears to be killing teenagers, and the MO looks eerily similar to something for which the half-fairy oracle, Calliope, might be responsible. Throw in a rogue wolf pack claiming allegiance to Secret’s mother, Mercy, and she’ll have miles to go before she rests.

Warning: This book contains a promise fulfilled, sex that’s out of this world, and more heartache than one hybrid assassin can handle.



My favourite heroine is back at it and is once again biting off more than she can chew. To my delight she handles it all in true Secret McQueen fashion; by running her mouth and delivering some of the best one-liners of her Urban Fantasy career. There’s no shortage of action or romance in this book and more wow moments than I care to count.

Even after everything the werewolf king has done to her, Secret still has trouble refusing Lucas. What starts out as a simple search for a missing socialite quickly morphs into a fiasco of epic proportions. Secret’s biggest wish has unexpectedly come true but unfortunately for her she can’t even enjoy it thanks to the slew of baddies who are trying to rain on her parade. McQueen finds herself forced to rely on her men-du-jour for protection instead of her sword and needless to say, the role of victim does not suit her.

I loved Secret in this installment because for the first time in a long time she’s vulnerable. It was refreshing to see the big bad werewolf queen / vampire council leader / assassin sweat a little. Of course, instead of going into hiding because of her weakened state, McQueen’s backup defense is laying her trademark sarcasm on extra thick. I adore Sierra Dean’s sense of humour and Grave Secret is milk-out-your-nose funny.

Move over Lucas Rain and h-e-l-l-o Holden! Just when I thought nothing could sway me from team Desmond, the vampire steps up to the plate and takes a swing. Both men have so many amazing moments in this book that I now find myself loving them equally. I don’t envy the choice that Secret has to make; if it were up to me, I’d keep them both! She is a hybrid after all, so it makes sense that she needs a werewolf AND a vampire lover, right? I’m just saying.

Grave Secret will make you swoon, cry, rage, laugh and finally leave you with a big “oh shit” at the end.

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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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6 responses to “ARC Review: Grave Secret by Sierra Dean

  1. Love your review! <3 You absolutely nailed why I was glued to this one too. Argh, and that last line just slayed me! I wanted to bop Sierra on the head for it – why does she do that to us??