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SECRET UNLEASHED by Sierra DeanSecret Unleashed by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #6
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-10-15
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 343
Reviewed by Jo

The darkest secrets are the hardest to unearth. Secret McQueen, Book 6After 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.

With the fallout from her last mission, which took Secret to her ultimate limits and at the end of which she discovered her biggest foe, Alexandre Peyton, had escaped, Secret has been trading one couch for another at friend’s homes.  Being babysat is driving her up the wall to say the least.  Heck, Secret hasn’t even been able to spend any time with either of her lovers.  But when Secret steps in at the last minute to help one of her protégés with a capture of a rogue – this time she brings down the house.  

Holden and Secret are shipped out to LA to help that council solve a problem.  Secret isn’t happy about this assignment but she can’t argue much when it’s from the leader of her council.  However, once Secret and Holden arrive in LA it’s to find out that certain things were left out from her folder – like just who it would be that she is hunting.  Secret thought the New York council was messed up, but she now see that maybe they are one of sanest councils in the bunch. 

Secret is now on the hunt for a vampire warden who appears to have gone AWOL and an artifact seems to be behind everything.  As Secret and Holden follow the clues in hopes of discovering exactly what happened, they will find a monster even worse than vampires.  They now know exactly what happened with the vampire warden and he didn’t go AWOL at all.  The horrors that Secret and Holden will endure will only be countered by their belief that they can get out alive and by Secret keeping it together to get them out.  Rescue comes from a usual avenue.  Loyalties are going to be called in to question before everyone can get back to New York.  Now Secret must decide if she can accept the price of them being rescued or not. 

When Secret and Holden are sent to LA for what seemed to be a simple job, they find that their very existence is threatened before it’s over in Secret Unleashed.  I couldn’t believe what Secret came up against in LA and even more, just who it was that she would have to hunt.  I have to say that I loved how she didn’t just take the council’s word on what had happened and instead uncovered her own clues.  I will say that there is no way I would ever want to go through the horrors that Secret and Holden had to and I know that their love kept them going and that Secret also had the love of Desmond to hold on to.  I have no idea where Secret is going to end up or with whom, but I do know that before her journey is over, she will be making her mark on the entire vampire and werewolf societies and I believe they need the shake up.  The last twist has me wondering just what is in store for Secret and her men in the future.  Secret Unleashed has moments of love and friendship and even more moments of horror and suspense – the most intense book of the series so far in my opinion.  If you have been following Secret’s path, this is a must read.  If you haven’t meet Secret yet, then go back to the beginning and come on board – it’s a wild ride but one so worth it.


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A LOW DOWN DIRTY SHANE by Sierra DeanA Low Down Dirty Shane by Sierra Dean
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2012-12-25
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Pages: 92
Reviewed by Jo

Thick-skinned vampire assassin meets smart-mouthed druid archer. Run, Cupid, run. Shane Hewitt has been many things—failed husband, supernatural punching bag, and now a bitch to the vampire council of New York City. He thought killing rogue vampires was the hardest thing he’d ever do. Until a hot redhead smashes into him, shouts orders and announces she’s saving his life. The sole female warrior in a family of druids, Siobhan O’Malley knows how to take care of herself and protect the big city from beasties who breach gateways from the fae realm. The last thing she needs is a misguided, leather-clad hottie’s help to get the job done. Except maybe he’s exactly what she needs. Siobhan is expected to be a willing, virginal sacrifice on her twenty-fifth birthday. Sex with Shane to stay alive? If he can pull his foot out of his mouth long enough and stop driving her crazy, no problem. Now if only the bad guys would leave them alone long enough to get the deed done. Warning: Contains a wee red-headed archer with deadly aim; a leather-jacket-wearing vampire hunter with a habit for saying all the wrong things; and a life-saving ritual that will leave them both panting.

Shane Hewitt is a kickass vampire hunter who works for the vampire council now, but he has done many things before now – the majority of which have not turned out well for him.  Part of that is why he works for the vampire council now and was brought into it by a woman who now sits on the council herself.  So when Shane is brought low by a very petite, red headed woman in leathers and on the run from something nasty, he just takes it in stride.  But his very male reaction to this pixie and their teaming up to defeat something large and nasty, seems to be right in line with his life up to now.

Siobhan O’Malley is a female druid warrior charged with protecting one of the two portals into their world from the many other realms.  Even though she is one of the best guards, soon because of who and what she is, Siobhan will be sacrificed and that is just not a fate that Siobhan is willing to accept without trying to find a way out.  This is much harder than keeping her city safe from the nasty beings who try to breach her portal.  Time is of the essence now as Siobhan’s birthday is just days away.

Shane couldn’t believe that this small woman was a great warrior and one heck of an archer.  When she asks for his help to help keep her from her druid fate, he isn’t sure at first.  However when Siobhan finds out just what needs to be done and tells Shane, he is all for helping her.  Thinking that she has stopped the ritual that was to happen just days from now, Siobhan is horrified to learn that her family is determined to have the ritual and will do so one way or another.  Siobhan and Shane end up teaming up again, this time to stop the ritual outcome and to destroy whatever it is that will answer the call.  When morning comes will Shane and Siobhan’s partnership finally be over or has these last few days given them the beginnings of a strange but wonderful and lasting partnership?

Things that go bump in the night and old rituals that should have been forgotten long ago bring two warriors together to find passion.  A Low Down Dirty Shane might have been just a few days in the lives of Shane and Siobhan but I found it to certainly be very active and wickedly fun.  I had met Shane when he first came to the vampire council’s notice and that of their name hunters.  I thought he was all brash and arrogant but I soon found out that he has a gruff exterior and a very soft middle when it came to Siobhan.  I truly believe that Siobhan might be the only woman who could match Shane for brazen acts – even for a good reason.  Their jobs might put them in danger more often than not, but I love that they are still able to keep their sense of humor.  I really enjoyed how Shane and Siobhan were able to keep her safe from the ritual and then showed just how they were so good at their jobs in order to destroy the evil that night and save the innocent.  I seriously can’t wait until the next adventure that Shane and Siobhan have; I’m sure it will be a page turner too.  A Low Down Dirty Shane mixes up danger, passion and humor as a new and kicking partnership came into being.  

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