Secret Unleashed (Secret McQueen #6)
Published: Oct. 15, 2013 (Samhain Publishing)
Purchase at: Amazon
Review source: Purchased
Reviewed by: Krista
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from past books in the series.
Over the course of this series I’ve come to expect a lot from a Sierra Dean novel. There are always a number of blockbuster action sequences, intense sheet-destroying intimate moments, epic emotional upheavals, and a layered story that has at least one “what the?” moment. Secret Unleashed more than lived up to my high expectations.
It can be hard to keep track of which epic upheaval Secret is now dealing with. My favorite would have to have been when she was left at the altar at the wedding of the year. With everything she has been dealing with she should be curled up bawling in some dark corner, but not our Secret. When she should be keeping a low profile while under the watchful eye of her babysitter du jour, she is instead out willfully hunting down a mythic vampire who is the inspiration for Grendel of Beowulf legend.
So in an act of two birds, one stone: Secret’s scary vampire mentor sends her off to the west coast with her tail tucked between her legs. But Secret doesn’t do discreet or submissive well. Instead she and Holden soon find themselves in more dire trouble than before.
Secret Unleashed is probably my favorite so far in the series. I love how Secret keeps evolving throughout each book. Where some characters and series can become repetitive, Dean doesn’t allow Secret to stagnate. Our perception of Secret grows with each novel, just as the characters own sense of identity grows.
My favorite part of this book would have to be the deepening of Secret and Holden’s relationship. She seems to have gotten to a point where she not only accepts Holden’s feeling but maybe she believes them.
“I will have you, Secret. If it takes me the rest of my life to show you I’m the one you should be with, so be it. But I will prove it to you.”
Oh I also love that Holden slips in his British accent during his and Secret’s naughty moments. Yummy! The only criticism I had is for a scene that felt reminiscent of something I’d read before. Not that is was identical, but it had a similar enough set up that I found it jarring. Overall though, the book is a total success.
Secret Unleashed is an excellent addition to the series and I recommend picking it up, although I definitely think this is a series which should be read from the beginning
Sexual content: Graphic sex