Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on May 10, 2011
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For Secret McQueen, her life feels like the punch line for a terrible joke. Abandoned at birth by her werewolf mother, hired as a teen by the vampire council of New York City to kill rogues, Secret is a part of both worlds, but belongs to neither. At twenty-two, she has carved out as close to a normal life as a bounty hunter can.
When an enemy from her past returns with her death on his mind, she is forced to call on every ounce of her mixed heritage to save herself—and everyone else in the city she calls home. As if the fate of the world wasn’t enough to deal with, there’s Lucas Rain, King of the East Coast werewolves, who seems to believe he and Secret are fated to be together. Too bad Secret also feels a connection with Desmond, Lucas’s second-in-command…
Warning: This book contains a sarcastic, kick-ass bounty hunter; a metaphysical love triangle with two sexy werewolves; a demanding vampire council; and a spicy seasoning of sex and violence. (less)
I found myself in one of those moods, the kind of mood where you feel like crap and you just want to step away from reality and immerse yourself in a book that engages but doesn’t require much of a thought process. I came across the Secret McQueen Series and thought “Jack Pot!!”. A kickass female Bounty Hunter of Rogue Vampires would fit the bill nicely. Then I read the first couple of paragraphs and thought I had really screwed up. This had to be the worst opening for a book I have ever read. Seriously, it could win awards for the true suckiness of it. Here’s just a taste:
“In the sullen hours before daylight, a thick dewy fog was settling over the deep green lawns of Central Park. A waning moon hung over the cityscape like a Cheshire cat’s looming smile. It was cold enough in the spring air that an exhaled breath became a cloud with a limited lifespan. With enough of those escaped breaths, one could trace the path of the breather as they moved through the park and into the night.”
Add another entire paragraph of that lovely prose and then end it with:
“Always, mere inches ahead of these markers, a young woman was running for her life.”
I just knew I had picked up a stinker of a book. I even put it down for a minute, but it was 2:30 in the morning and I felt too bad to bother trying to find something else to read so I started reading again. Boy was I glad I did. Get past that first chapter and you will find yourself in an easy, action-packed romper of a book.
Secret is a hybrid Vampire/Werewolf that was named Secret because her genetic makeup had to stay a secret. Her crazy ass mother left a note to her Grandmother telling her to keep the baby a secret and obviously Grandma took it and ran with it.
There’s some funny stuff going on, mainly because Secret was born without a filter on her mouth and snarky stuff just comes pouring out. She is my hands down favorite kind of heroine. It’s got a crazy paranormal love triangle going on, but that takes a back seat to the outside the bedroom action. I do wish the cock count was higher, but it had some smexy times just not near enough. It also had some plot holes big enough to drive trucks through but where usually this drives me batty, they didn’t really bother me too horribly much. When I was done with the book, I couldn’t download the next one fast enough.
Rating: 4 First Impressions Are Sometimes Wrong Stars
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