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Monday, July 18, 2011

Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean

Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (178 Pages)
Other: M/F, Love triangle
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Some secrets are dangerous. This Secret is deadly.

Secret McQueen, Book 1

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…

Living between two cultures, while not really a part of either, is difficult. This is the life of Secret McQueen, half werewolf, half vampire and all sass.

She works as a bounty hunter for the vampire council and has, so far, managed to keep her lupine heritage secret from them. Very few know of her true origins, but one is her vampire liaison Holden Chancery. Things get a bit…complicated on her latest assignment when she meets Lucas Rain, King of the East Coast werewolves and Desmond Alvarez, his second in command, and discovers they are her soul mates.

Things get bad when another alpha wolf wants to overthrow the hierarchy and dethrone the current king, especially when he kidnaps Secret and tries to kill her. Seems his mate is Secret’s long lost mother, who abandoned her at birth, and would love to see Secret dead too. Then there’s Alexandre Peyton, the rogue vampire that tried to kill Secret before, and is murdering young women that resemble her. When Secret is told to bring him in-alive-things get a lot more dangerous for everyone. Can Secret come to terms with having two mates, after being alone so long? Will she be able to stop the rogue from creating the vampire army he wants? Can she keep everyone safe and bring Peyton in?

This is Sierra Dean’s first book, and what a marvelous debut it is. I found the world she created to be an intriguing place, and alternate New York filled with paranormal beings and happenings. The characters are rich and complex, and the action is fast paced and entertaining.

Secret McQueen is strong and independent. A rarity in the paranormal world, she was born half werewolf and half vampire. She has a strong sense of duty and fulfills her contracts to the best of her abilities. She is also very sarcastic and sassy, and takes advantage of her deceptive appearance to get her job done. Tiny and blond, she seems like no threat to the rogues she hunts, until it is too late for them.

Lucas Rain is King of the East Coast werewolves, and he is handsome and sexy, and he recognizes Secret instantly as his mate. Although he is the ultimate alpha wolf, he is gentle and kind when possible, and would rather not have to fight. But he is not weak, and he will defend what is his, even to the death. I like Lucas, for his patience in trying to teach Secret about her wolf heritage, and not rushing her into anything.

Desmond Alvarez is gorgeous as well, and light to Lucas’ dark. At first, it seems as though he hates Secret, and she doesn’t understand what she has done to cause this reaction. The truth is much different-it would appear that Desmond can sense that he is also meant to be mated to Secret and can’t figure out how to broach the subject. I loved that, once they got over the initial difficulty, Desmond was willing to protect Secret at all costs.

There are several story lines here, and I enjoyed watching as Ms. Dean was able to weave these into one marvelous tapestry of romance, betrayal and intrigue. There are several wonderful surprise twists here, and the hint of much more to come in the future. The secondary characters such as Holden Chancery, Secret’s vampire liaison, and Secret’s only female friend, Detective Mercedes Castilla of the NYPD are both well defined, and I look forward to seeing more of them as well. One warning to those who read this book: there is a terrific happy for now, but there is also one sucker punch of a twist at the end. But this one is definitely a wonderful first book, one that left me wanting more.

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