Review: Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean

Posted June 30, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 46 Comments

Review: Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean
Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #7
Published by Samhain Publishing
Published on: July 1, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 281
Format: eARC
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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.

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This book should have been called Secret’s Revenge instead of COLD HARD SECRET, but the latter works just as well I suppose given what happens in this installment. I say this because this series has had several long running baddies, and in this novel they all get what’s coming to them. OH YEAH! I felt like such a sadist while reading Sierra Dean’s latest because I couldn’t stop grinning like a lunatic as the body count continued to rise. After everything that’s been done to her, it was great to see McQueen getting her pound of flesh. That being said, there’s more to this book than straight-up retribution; her secret’s out, she finally chooses a man, and the cliffhanger will leave you floored. Batten down the hatches people, because this shit is about to get real.

As action-packed as this installment was, the emotional moments were just as poignant. Secret’s quite possibly irrevocably broken after her encounter with The Doctor, and it was painful to watch such a strong heroine brought to her knees. McQueen’s killing spree was practically therapeutic for her in a way because it allowed her to realize that she’s still got it. This series’ shifting love triangle has finally reached its conclusion, and as satisfying as it was, I’m skeptical that it’s really over. There is one more book left after all. Desmond, Holden, and even Lucas, get one last chance to fight for Secret’s affections, but only one wins and it’s not the one that made me cry.

About halfway through this novel, I looked back at all the passages I had highlighted only to realize that there was no way I was ever going to be able to pick my favourite COLD HARD SECRET one-liner. There were just too darned many! I can’t say that I’m surprised because this IS Sierra Dean we’re talking about, but after seven books (and two novellas) I love that she can still leave me reeling with a single sentence. Her writing, characters, and story have not waned one little bit, and even though I am sad that this series is coming to a close, I’m also relieved that SECRET MCQUEEN will be going out on top. As she should.

I loved how each epic battle was showcased to the fullest while also leaving plenty of pages left over for even more oh shit revelations. Dean has already started to tie-up loose ends which I really appreciated because it means that A SECRET TO DIE FOR won’t be weighed down by small details. After this installment’s cliffhanger ending, I expect the finale is going to be crazy good. There’s still lots of story left to tell with Secret’s deal with the Fae, and the Tribunal Council’s reaction yet to be played out. I’m also kinda hoping that amidst all of this forthcoming madness McQueen will somehow find time to visit the werewolf shrink, because that would be a not-to-miss conversation! Just saying.

Sierra Dean knocked me on my ass again with COLD HARD SECRET. I can’t believe there’s only one book left! WANT.

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46 responses to “Review: Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean

    • You’re riding my ass about reading Immortals After Dark? Well, I’m gonna have to start getting on your case about this series. LOVE! Unfortunately, it’s not available in audio. Yet.

  1. Haha! I think it’s good to live yourself out through a book every now and then and I’m glad you enjoyed McQueen kicking a. Ha! I always highlight like crazy and I’m so glad that this one managed to be full of highlight-worthy moments and quotes for you, Carmel. And yay for the epic battle being showcased in a great way. Awesome! Great review, girl!
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  2. I can’t believe that this series is already this far out. I started the first book two years ago and I haven’t gotten back to it! What is wrong with me?? I think that it is awesome that it is still going strong.

  3. Please still be basking in post-honeymoon glow when I admit that I haven’t started the series yet *ducks* I know! But I just checked and I already have book 1 *ducks again for not starting it yet* so I’ll move it to the top of the list!

    Great review Carmel!
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  4. Great thing is that whenever you review UF books I got sudden desire to read one, but bad thing is that each series has so many sequels that it always turns me off. This one sounds really amazing and I’d love to read it but I cannot make myself start it. So glad you enjoyed this one. Great review, Carmel 🙂
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  5. That “Books in this series” graphic and link area you have up top is that a plugin? I had been meaning to ask you about your paranormal release post as well – is that a plugin or which wordpress feature do you use for that? I was hoping to start including something like that in my mailbox posts so people could quickly see the book description but I didn’t want to make the post so long when scrolling unless they wanted to see it.

    You are so dedicated to keeping up on your series reviews…so much more so then I am *sigh*
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    • YAY! Welcome to the Sierra Dean fan club! I know you haven’t read book 1 yet, but after you do, you’ll understand why I was so quick to add you. Hehe

  6. Oh I just love this series! I’m just so behind, I need to read book 4! Well at last I’ll have many books to read. It’s nice to see it’s always good! So curious!