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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Keeping Secret by Sierra Dean

Keeping Secret by Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (321 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Something old, something blue, something deadly…what else is new?

Secret McQueen, Book 4

It’s a nice day for a white wedding. At least that’s what Secret McQueen is hoping for, with her poofy-princess-dress marriage to a werewolf king looming closer and closer by the day. But as ever, nothing can be that easy for a vampire/werewolf hybrid for whom someone still harbors a death wish.

Summoned to the south by her werewolf uncle, who makes no bones about the fact her mate bond with Lucas doesn’t pass muster, Secret learns her furry heritage looks more like a tangled vine than a family tree. Getting her royal uncle’s blessing hinges on finding one of the missing twigs. Even with vampire sentry Holden Chancery at her side, she manages to land up to her neck in a swamp of trouble.

As an assassin’s scope zeroes in, family dramas boil up and a fast-collapsing love square threatens to bury her alive, making it to the church on time could be the least of Secret’s problems.

Secret McQueen-half vampire, half werewolf, is all bite and no bark. Mated to the King of the Eastern Werewolves, her wedding to Lucas Rain is fast approaching. The only problem is someone is trying to make sure she never walks down that aisle. To complicate matters, Secret’s uncle, King of the Southern wolves, has decided that Secret and Lucas must visit Louisiana and get his approval. And then there's her position as one of the three most powerful vampires in New York, the exalted Vampire council triad of leaders. As the attempts on Secret’s life keep coming, Can she and Lucas ever make it down the aisle and present the united front the pack needs? Can Secret discover who's behind the plot to kill her, before one of the hit men actually succeeds? And what about her debt to her former mentor, Holden Chancery?

Sierra Dean has built a fantastic world filled with danger, passion and trouble around every turn. The characters are like old friends after four books, and I love watching as these characters interact and grow in their roles. The intertwined destinies of the characters are complex and well written, and I look forward to seeing where Ms. Dean takes Secret next.

Secret McQueen is a very unique woman; half vampire and half werewolf, she's passionate, strong and extremely loyal to her friends and family. She's willing to face whatever comes her way with a huge dose of sassy sarcasm and wit, and more than a little courage. I enjoyed watching her face the worst of her fears in this book-the dreaded wedding planner! Her adventures in bridal traditions are all terrific fun. And her solutions to many of the problems is such a great twist.

The men in this one are all strong and deliciously gorgeous. Lucas Rain is the rich and powerful King of the Eastern wolves, and Secret’s mated other half. Desmond Alverez is the wolf Secret loves and he's Lucas’ lieutenant in the pack. He's light to Lucas’ dark, and both are hot, strong and sexy. Then there is vampire Holden Chancery, a man who is as drawn to Secret as either of her wolves. I enjoy watching as each of these men tried in their own way to win Secret and make her theirs. They each have strong personalities, and sometimes they all clash over who will be with Secret.

There are several stories running through this one, but all converge toward the end for a very surprising and unexpected turn of events. This is definitely not the book in this series to start with, and I recommend that these be read in the order they are written for best results. Does Secret get her happy ever after and her ‘white wedding’? All I will say is you must read Keeping Secret to find out.

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