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Friday, October 18, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Secret Unleashed by Sierra Dean


Title: Secret Unleashed
Author: Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen, book 6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
PublisherSamhain Publishing
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“The darkest secrets are the hardest to unearth.

After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next.

Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow.

As if living out of coffin isn’t bad enough, Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York—for her own safety, of course.

With her list of people to trust getting shorter and shorter, Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all.

Warning: Contains a cross-country journey, an unexpected family reunion, heated lovers’ embraces and a hell of a lot of trouble.
Secret Unleashed is the sixth book in the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean.

Secret Unleashed starts couple of months after the events in Grave Secret (previous book). Secret’s friends are trying to keep her safe; they are taking turns staying with her in case crazy ass Alexander Peyton comes for his revenge.
Secret knows her life is at peril and they are just trying to help, but she is tired of the situation. After doing something she shouldn’t have done she landed in jail.
Sig knows Secret needs to be kept busy and sends her and Holden to California to investigate the disappearance of an artifact.
What should have been an easy job takes Secret to a place where she would have to leave her humanity behind to survive, a place that will leave her marked forever.

Every time Sierra Dean announces a new book I hear a choir of angels in the sky, but at the same time I worry because Sierra Dean is one of those authors that is not afraid of passing her characters through a grinder and then bathing them in alcohol and sprinkle them with salt. I’m not saying she enjoys making her characters suffer yes, I’m saying just that. I’m just saying that she’s not afraid to go the extra mile and making us suffer. What I’m always sure is that I will get apart from suffering a great book that will have me glued to its pages and will leave me wanting for more, that was the case with the previous five books in the series and that was the case with Secret Unleashed.

Secret has come a long way since Something Secret This Way Comes (first book), we have seen her mature and evolved page after page becoming the kickass heroine we all have learned to love and admire. After reading this book and everything Sierra Dean aka Evil Author put her through I can’t help it but love her and admire her even more.

Secret’s men are still around her, she hasn’t made a decision yet, but the time is coming for her to decide and if I’m honest I worry about who is she going to choose.

Holden is very present in this book, as always he’s there every time Secret needs him and his love and dedication for her couldn’t be clearer than in this installment. Team Holden Forever!

Desmond is not as present, but he’s there in the background. He also loves Secret but (in my opinion) his situation as a pack member is a limitation to their relationship and I can’t really see a clear and easy future for Secret with him. Team Holden Forever!

Lucas is barely present, but in the little we see him a big and important question gets answered. I had hoped it wasn’t what it is, but it is and now we need to see what Secret is going to do about it. Too cryptic? I know and I’m sorry, but I don’t want to give spoilers away.

In this installment we also learned the reason behind Sig’s interest in Secret, it was a nice twist in the story and something I kind of guessed after certain clues in previous books. Still, I really liked this new development and I can’t wait what else is in store for them now that their “connection” is known.

As I said before, Sierra Dean is an Evil author that is not afraid of taking her characters through dark and difficult paths, she achieves this thanks to the villains her deranged gifted mind creates, and with the villain of this installment, The Doctor, she not only topped her previous bad guys but many, if not all the villains I have ever read. The creepiest factor about The Doctor is that Sierra Dean made him so real that is so easy to believe a man like him can really exist.

Amazing characters, a plot that surprise you at every turn and a storyline so complex and well thought that will leave you in awe of the imagination and creativity of the author. Secret Unleashed confirmed once again why Sierra Dean is one of my top 5 favorite authors.

There is not much to say in a review after six books of awesomeness, the only thing left to say is: I can’t recommend enough this book and this series, trust me, you need to read it. Secret McQueen is a series that needs to be read in order so I don’t recommend you to start with this book.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters (Novella)
Something Secret This Way Comes
A Bloody Good Secret
Secret Santa (Novella)
Deep Dark Secret
Secret Unleashed
Cold Hard Secret (July 2014)
A Secret to Die For (December 2014)

Other reviews Goodreads


Giveaway:
I love this series so much that I want you to give it a chance. For that reason I’m giving away one e-book of this series in Kindle, Nook or Kobo Books (works with Sony), which one? That is your choice, but as I said before if you haven’t read this series you should start with Something Secret This Way Comes.
The only thing you need to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.


Good luck and Happy Reading.

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3 comments:

  1. yay! I so can't wait to read this one, but well I need to read book 4 as I've bought it a few weeks ago.

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  2. I love Secret :D And yes she is the worst evil author ever

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  3. Oh I didn't know you had a facebook page, that's nice!

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