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Something Secret This Way Comes (Secret McQueen #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,292 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews
Some secrets are dangerous. This Secret is deadly.

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 hunte
ebook, 164 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

DNF at 52%

TRIGGER WARNING: this book contains Stupidly Stupid Highly Flammable Ground-Breaking Crap (SSHFGBC).

Friendly warning: I'm afraid this is going to be one of those pit-stop required reviews. Sorry (view spoiler).

I'm seriously beginning to think I shouldn't put so much faith in human kind. I mean, look at this fine specimen of Stupidly Stupid Crap here. Given the title of the book and the name of the series, anyone else would have thought: Secret and Secret,
Mrs. Badass
Won from Sierra Dean!

Alright all, my gut reactions, you ready?
3.5/5 grade B-

I have personal issues. You should know that by now if you follow me or my blog at all. There are very few things in books that turn me off. Two such things are cliffhangers---and triangles+. I was hesitant to start reading Something Secret This Way Comes, because I had heard, and read that there was more than one love interest. Still, the cover is badass, then I won a twitter contest and blam, I owned the book, and wel
You know the feeling when you have read only the very first couple of paragraphs/pages of a book and know that you are in for an amazing story? That's what I knew righat on the 2nd page of Something Secret This Way Comes, and boy was I proven right!

Sierra Dean spellbinds the reader in her debut urban fantasy novel by introducing an exciting universe where werewolves exist and vampires have a strictly organized hierarchy, and in the middle is Secret McQueen an extraordinary young woman, a halfbre
Jun 22, 2011 QueenB rated it it was ok
This book didn't make sense to me. The protag is supposed to be tough and smart and feared and independent. Then she meets this random stranger who's all, "We're meant to be" and she just kinda goes with it. She doesn't really question things she should and nothing gets explained to her very well. I absolutely did not feel the romance between her and Lucas and Desmond. Of the two, I thought she had a better emotional connection with Lucas, which was tenuous at best, and yet the only sex she ever ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
SOMETHING SECRET THIS WAY COMES reminded me of the fantasy books I read during high school. Not in content, but emotion. In a genre that abounds with vampires and werewolves, Dean managed to add twists to the mythology and social structure of her characters that made me feel like she was treading new ground. While SOMETHING SECRET does draw on many Urban Fantasy clichés, Dean adds enough of a new spin to make me interested in seeing where the series is going.

One of Dean’s best departures from t
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Favorite Quote: ”You have my word that any future insults will be much more personalized and meant only for you.”

Secret McQueen is a bounty hunter. Half vampire and half werewolf, she was hired by the vampire council at age 16 to hunt and kill rogue vampires. Now at age 22, her name is the vampire equivalent of the bogey man. Keeping her dual nature a secret is difficult enough without being soul bonded to the king of the werewolves. L
♫♥✿LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ (Chasity)
Sierra Dean's characters and worldbuilding in nothing shy of remarkable.

The cover and the blurb drew me in but it's the world and the characters that held me. Sierra Dean's character building is sensational. Secret McQueen is 22 years old but has seen enough turmoil that many others would likely call it quits. With one foot in each of the werewolf and vampire worlds all she's trying to do is stabilize that footing but life can never be that simple.

Secret McQueen gets dirty with the best of them.
Sep 19, 2013 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have this problem with books, Where if any of my 'pet peeves' occur, I immediately stop reading and cannot finish the book. It's frustrating, Because it happens so damn often.

This book was unfortunately the same, No build up. No chemistry. Just simply lust and straightforward advances. I hate it! Why do authors have to shove sex down their readers throats?

That being said, I liked the plot. It was interesting, And held me. But the love triangle was eye rolling, And the chemistry with both of t
Holy crumb, THIS BOOK WAS TOO MUCH FUN! (Do you see how serious I am about the amount of fun? I'm using all caps again!) I was zipping along reading it, I couldn't put it down and then I hit the end and I almost DIED! Yes, DIED! Sierra Dean nearly killed me with this ending. I am burning, itching, painfully clawing the walls to see what happens next. (That sentence is begging me to insert a joke about itching and burning and how they have creams for that! Haha. I make myself laugh.)

Good golly! T
Mar 26, 2014 Melliane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

Marcela made me a beautiful eulogy of this series and she was not the only one, far from it. And when I let the first volume go into my PAL, she made me promise to begin it without further delay. I do not know why I let this drag so long and I also would like to thank Zenda who gave me this first novel. All these people have helped me to discover a new fantastic urban fantasy series! And I thank them warmly.

We discover Secret McQueen, a young woman so differe
A Secret I didn’t really need to know

So I recently decided to give Secret McQueen’s world a spin. This fairly new series by author Sierra Dean focuses on Secret (yes, that’s her real name), as she takes on the supernatural underworld. She herself is a vampire/werewolf hybrid bounty hunter, giving her the best of both worlds, though neither side realizes her other half. They just know she’s a little different, and she’d like to keep it that way.

Everything is thrown upside down when a former vam
Jul 16, 2012 Jillyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romantics
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you both to GR & Ms. Sierra Dean for the signed copy.

Secret McQueen defies even paranormal laws of existence. She is neither vampire nor werewolf, but in fact a conglomerate of both. She has the curse of staying in the darkness, mixed with the keen senses of both races. As a slayer hired by the vampiric government, she has always seen herself more as a vampire than a wolf, though she doesn't truly fit in anywhere. But as she meets a d
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Grade: C-

Secret McQueen is a 22 year-old dhampire bounty hunter for the vampire Tribunal. She's was abandoned by her werewolf mother and raised by her maternal human/witch grandmother. Secret began hunting vampires at the age of sixteen when she was nearly killed by a rogue, saved by another bounty hunter, and trained by the Tribunal. She identifies strongly with her vampire side but only drinks packaged blood. Her werewolf side is buried deep down until she meets the werewolf King of the East,
May 11, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: eARC from author

Secret McQueen, half vampire half werewolf bounty hunter for the vampire council, finds herself in a sticky situation when she gets tasked with having to take down (preferably alive) the one nemesis from her past that has her shaking in her sexy boots.

If that wasn’t enough pressure, she also gets introduced to two sexy werewolves, the King of the Eas
Jul 20, 2011 Dia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It is really rare that only after reading the first two pages you instantly know that you'll like a book. I had this phenomenon happen to me with this one! I LOVE it... and I know I say "love it" a lot... but belive me when I say I love it! I can't really tell you specifically what about it I love so much because there are so many aspects of it that I enjoyed! :) hehe... If you can get a hold of this booky here, than I strongly suggest you read it. I really like Sierra Deans writing style and ca ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Ronda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronda by: Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Shelves: 2014-favourites

Hang on - let me calm down....

I'd say at about 10% into the book, I knew this was gonna be 5 stars... I love the way this book is written and the world that the author has created. I had read the prequel, but it wasn't wholly necessary to do so, however, it did shed more light into Secret's life and how close she works with Holden...

So, Secret McQueen... I have to say I love the name!!! She's half vamp, half wolf and born that way! Secret works for the Vampire Council and is a bo
Apr 19, 2012 Jeanine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is like a modest rendition of the Riley Jensen novels, which I love since I am not big on smutty novels, though I'll read them if the premise and storyline are good. Unlike the Riley Jensen novels, Sierra Dean includes the introduction of a fairy world and demi-gods-- concepts that aren't usually thrown in with vampires and werewolves. This novel was featured on Amazon for Kindle for free and it was so good that I feel like I robbed Ms. Dean of the royalties she deserves.

Secret McQu
Apr 13, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
OK OK where to start. It's kind of fun reading a authors book where you have no knowledge of prior works. In this case this is her first book. I think she knocked it out of the park. Just gonna say it. I started reading this a couple weeks ago while sitting under the hair dryer at my local salon. I only got a few chapters in but i liked what i read but i also wondered if this was going to full of violence with little romance. I set it aside for a bit then because other things came up and picked ...more
It took a minute for me to get engaged in this origin story of New York hybrid bounty hunter Secret McQueen contracted trough the ruling vampire council. The appropriately named Secret has many, depending on her audience. Secret is hiding either the vampire, wolf or both side(s) of who she is from her friends, enemies and co-workers. After a particularly unsettling night at work where she discovers her immortal enemy Peyton has returned, Secret also meets East Werewolf King, Lucas Rain. Secret's ...more
May 22, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Werewolves and Vampires

I was extremely excited to win a copy of Something Secret This Way Comes. I cant really express the words on how much I loved this book, but it was just wicked awesome!

How cool would it be to have the name Secret? Well Secret McQueen knows and her name is known for many reasons. She does the dirty work when Vampires go rogue. You see Secret isn’t your normal girl, at birth she was ab
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 06, 2012 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This is one of those series that I kept meaning to read but somehow it always managed to get bumped. After being pestered by several of my fellow reviewers and absolutely adoring both of Sierra’s novellas (The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters & Secret Santa) I finally conceded. I don’t know why I was stressing about fitting it into my busy schedule. I sat down to read Something Secret This Way Comes on a Saturday afternoon and was finished before dinner. I consider mys
Franny (The Reader's Edge)
Secret McQueen is a Werewolf/Vampire hybrid. She was abandoned by her werewolf mother, raised by her witch grandmere, and is now on the vampire tribunal payroll. When not bounty hunting for the vampires, she works with her partner and mentor Keaty. Secret abhors werewolves and chooses to keep her werewolf side a secret (no pun intended.) She is feared by most vampires, apart from Alexandre Peyton. Six years ago, Peyton nearly killed Secret in a botched assassination attempt that left Peyton with ...more
Hell Cat
Aug 11, 2012 Hell Cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Isa Lavinia
It was enjoyable in the same way that an action film can be, just mindless fun. But the short before this book was, in my opinion, more successful.
Secret is still funny and generally pleasant, but she's turning into a Mary-Sue - everyone thinks she's soooo ~special~, and to be honest, I'm not a fan of love triangles, but I'm even less of a fan of love pentangles, or whatever is happening in this series. And the main (is he the main one, there are so many, I don't even know anymore...) love inter
Jan 26, 2016 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*squee!* 4.5 stars - I love a good new PNR series. Okay, not new, but new to me. Secret is fun and sassy and her life just became a huge mess in this book. For a starter book it was really well written and the action never slowed too much to establish the world. I liked it enough that I want to read number two.
Oct 13, 2012 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tammy by: Gin
Shelves: shifters, vampires, uf
I read this book for my October Recommends Challenge. Gin recommended it to me and I'm so glad she did because I've had this one for a while but I kept putting it off. I wish I would have read it sooner because it was great!!

(I'll add a review later...)
Jun 17, 2011 Poetreehugger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I lived in New York, I would now be afraid of The dark. My favorite line: "I said something to her during the Italian Renaissance, and I gather she's still annoyed about it."
Apr 25, 2015 Preethi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, shifters
I am both intrigued and totally frustrated by this book.

Secret McQueen is a half vampire, half werewolf assassin who work for the vampire council, killing or capturing targets they assign her. Her life becomes complicated when an old vampire nemesis Alexandre Peyton comes back to the city. People go missing, mauled to death, or worse turned into vampires without proper guidance and the council assigns the job of apprehending Peyton alive to Secret. Throw into the mix, her sudden double soul-bond
Per Gunnar
It is definitely an interesting start of this book series. The heroine is quite kick-ass, reasonably quick-witted and quick-mouthed. Her universe is an interesting one with a traditional secret vampire council as well as a, equally secret, werewolf pack structure. This book is much more true to the traditional mythology about vampires and werewolves as well as a few other mythological creatures.

This is the first book in the series and as such it of course needs to set the stage and build the uni
Dec 07, 2011 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
"Something Secret This Way Comes" is a yummy little tale about a half-breed, Secret McQueen. When I say half-breed I do not mean half- human and half something else because Secret is half-vampire and half-werewolf. Apparently her werewolf mother was bitten by her newly turned vampire husband while she was pregnant with Secret. After her birth, Secret was left with her grandmere to raise.

At age 16, Secret decides she will hunt down vampires. Unfortunately, she gets a little cocky and attacks an o
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Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of
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Other Books in the Series

Secret McQueen (8 books)
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