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Cold Hard Secret

(Secret McQueen #7)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,194 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The Secret’s out, and heads will roll.

Ever since her near-death experience at the hands of the villainous Dr. Kesteral, Secret McQueen hasn’t been the same. As in damaged almost beyond repair. But as usual, Secret has no time to lick her wounds.

Armed to the fangs, she and Desmond embark on a whirlwind quest for revenge that takes them to the sewers of Paris to put an end t
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Samhain Publishing
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Ivie dan Glokta
I was so happy to get this novel in my hands, I absolutely love Sierra Dean's writing. Secret is one of my all time favorite paranormal kickass queens. But, i must admit, i didn't read it with the same enthusiasm as the rest. Why? I heard it trough the grapevine that the next book is the very last in the series. I needed to confirm it, and I got a resounding Yes! Straight from the mare's mouth, as it were.

Reading 'Cold Hard Secret' I thought of so many different stories in Secret's life yet unw
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This book should have been called Secret’s Revenge instead of COLD HARD SECRET, but the latter works just as well I suppose given what happens in this installment. I say this because this series has had several long running baddies, and in this novel they all get what’s coming to them. OH YEAH! I felt like such a sadist while reading Sierra Dean’s latest because I couldn’t stop grinning like a lunatic as the body count continued to rise. After everything that’s been done
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My English review

I really like this Sierra Dean’s series but it’s true that I’m coming to the end of the Secret McQueen series. Moreover, this end comes much faster than expected as I now have only one novel left (she finally announced recently that we will have a book 9). I’m still happy that there is a spin off series on Genie, because I would have been sad to leave this universe.

Secret has gone through hell in the previous volume and now has to deal with the consequences.
Jen Davis
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book did not play out the way I expected it to. Maybe because I have gnashed my teeth through six prior installments of Secret flitting from man to man, I have really gotten to the point where I thought Sierra Dean would never end her waffling. Yet, it appears Secret has finally settled on a paramour. I think I might drop dead from the shock of it. Better yet, I am going to steel myself for the possibility it’s all a colossal fake-out and the winning sweetheart will suddenly drop dead in th ...more
If you've come this far in the series, you don't need a recap. What you do need to know is...
Holy Crap, a choice has been made!! No spoilers!
Also, I'm now even *more* frightened of the final book coming Dec 16, even though I pre-ordered it minutes after finishing this one. They ALL MUST live! *bites nails*

If you are not reading this series then I am very sad for you, because you are missing out one seriously kick-ass ride with just enough action, emotion and blood spilling to keep everyone happy
Julie Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog
Cold Hard Secret features:

paranormal romance
character death/s
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Leave it to Sierra to leave me in a blubbery snotty mess…and nobody ‘special’ even died! *grabs Kleenex, wipes eyes, blows nose*

Where to start?!

Cold Hard Secret is the seventh book in Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series and the title suits is perfectly. Our Secret, our snarky sassy Secret, has changed. What happened to her in the last book has pretty much crushed her spirit and who can blame her? No one would be able to survive what she did and escape uns
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally posted at The Book Nympho 

KICKASS wellwrittentraingle

This review contains spoilers from earlier books in the series.
When we last left Secret, she was not dealing well with the horrific things that The Doctor did to her in SECRET UNLEASHED. She's trying to make it look like she is but she's not fooling anyone. After having The Doctor play with her insides, Secret can't stand to be touched by people because it throws her back into her time with The Doctor. So both Desmond (her werewolf lover) and Holden (her va

May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok so first of all, thanks Sierra to giving me the opportunity to read this book NOW.
I just want to say that it is a great book and I don't say that because there is a part in Paris ;-)
I love the choice Sierra made and this end is AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Update on July, 1st

In this book we’ll find Secret and Desmond in Paris, the city of love. Secret is damaged since her adventure with The Doctor, Desmond and Holden don’t push her for the choice.
Secret is in Paris because she wants to find Alexan
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blodeuedd Finland
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it

I know Dean is good with endings but this most be the most evil one of late. I turned the page, expecting more and and *sobs* THE END
Cold man, cold.

July The review

This one had one of Sierra Dean's evil endings. I was reading something, turned the page and gasped, the book had ended! Now that is beyond evil, so yes it does end with a cliffhanger. And it's pretty huge and so good that I want book 8 at once. Like now...please? With sugar on top?

Secret is not her usual kick-ass self. She is still de
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had some big fears for Secret after what happened to her at the end of book 6. She survived A LOT at the hands of the Doctor and even though he's no longer an issue, his handiwork left scars.

Let's face it, Secret's not in the best place here. In her effort to not face what she lived through, she's focused solely on taking on outside threats. And it's heartbreaking.

That moment when she realizes that no matter how many enemies she kills, it's not going to magically fix things in her head... oh,
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★★1/2

This is the seventh book in the Secret McQueen series. This series is very UF, but has romantic threads woven into the storyline. Secret is the ultimate in snarky dhampire heroines and still sorting out her latest love triangle. I'm "Team Desmond" all the way... She is still recovering from the battle wounds of the previous book while exacting her final revenge on a couple of targets in this one. A couple of lingering storylines get wrapped up, but there always seems to b
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
GAH! One of the best reads so far this year! If you haven't started this series - get on it! ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5.

So many loose ends tied.

Love of her life chosen.

Things are finally moving along.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read it in a day. Couldn't put it down
I read the final 4 Secret McQueen books back-to-back, so I can't really tell one from another. In two of the books, Secret is getting her ass handed to her in the usual dark urban fantasy ways. There's medical torture, for example. Then she turns it around, disposing of her enemies, and finally fighting zombies. Because EVERY book written at that time has zombies in it. It's apparently a rule - all UF authors must incorporate zombies, even if they don't fit in the book's world. The overall endin ...more
Gypsie Holley
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's no way I would have made the same decision as Secret. This broke me. I wept hard. ...more
I just love it when my ship sails
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Favorite Quote: I never forgot the gun anymore.

Secret McQueen is in a dark, dark place. Still dealing with the psychological and physical damage from her capture and subsequent torture, she finds herself unable to catch even the slightest of breaks as she is tasked with recapturing Alexander Peyton. Secret’s investigation points her towards Paris so with the Tribunals’ reluctant approval, she and Desmond fly to the city of l’amour to t
I was a bit reluctant to read this book knowing it was the penultimate one of the series and I just didn't want to let this series go, not just yet anyway! Secret has been one of my fave book characters for a while now and this one really made me feel for her. She is still recovering, albeit very slowly, from her ordeal at the hands of The Doctor and finds it hard to be physically close to the two men she loves so dearly. Her constant nightmares make it impossible for her to sleep with either of ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Secret and Desmond have headed to Paris to find and get rid of Alexandre Peyton once and for all. And after some fighting that only Secret can do, she and Desmond have accomplished their goal. But there is some serious fall out, first off Desmond was harmed and the true background behind Secret’s heritage and her powers is on the vampire talking channels, the last thing she needs.

Now Secret finds out, after talking with Sig, some truths that she might have been better off not knowing and begins
Per Gunnar
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It is not exactly a secret that I have not been very thrilled with some of the books in this series. That have been to the extent that I was ready to give up on it. I am happy to say that this book is continuing the trend of being somewhat of an improvement over the more abysmal instalments in the series.

The book starts of with Secret being in Paris trying to hunt down Peyton. I would say that Peyton have pretty much outstayed his welcome in these books. I have really never been much for stories
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This is the first Secret McQueen book that I did not enjoy. It kind of felt like two novellas that had been shoved into one book. I was really disappointed by Secret in this installment, it felt like all the growing and learning she has done over the last six books has been thrown out the window. Additionally, the first few books always had this sense of fear/danger, we knew that Secret could be killed and the books had that tone to them whenever she was going into a fight. Now, for both halves ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow!  A lot happens in this book, but guess that's to be expected before the final book.
I wasn't very engaged the first quarter of the book, mainly because there's a lot on introspection on Secret's part as she deals with the psychological trauma resulting from torture by the 'Doctor'. She's kinda screwed up, and per the title, a little colder & harder.  Fortunately Desmond & Holden are there for her, but the relationships are strained. 
Things do pick up after she seeks revenge on Peyton, and tr
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: calibre-library, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After the difficulty I had with the previous book due to the gritty and dark subject matter, I was happy that this book was filled with resolution. There have been a lot of storylines that have been present throughout almost all of the series and we knock a lot of them out in one book here. Secret makes a lot of choices in this book, so be prepared for the good and the bad.

We pick up this book with a pretty damaged Secret. After all
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not my favourite book in the series, but still good. It feels like the author came to this book and thought "I really need to start finishing up some plot points before the last book". So she wanted to tie-up two loose ends- Peyton and Mercy. Then she just put a storyline around that. I don't think it flowed well. It was like two stories mushed together. Yes there was lots of action and killing, but it would have been nice if the author could have taken her time a bit more. I was really sad to h ...more
Nov 14, 2014 added it

*The Secret’s out, and heads will roll. *

Secret McQueen, Book 7

Ever since her near-death experience at the hands of the villainous Dr. Kesteral, Secret McQueen hasn’t been the same. As in damaged almost beyond repair. But as usual, Secret has no time to lick her wounds.

Armed to the fangs, she and Desmond embark on a whirlwind quest for revenge that takes them to the sewers of Paris to put an end to Alexandre Peyton. Instead, it’s almost the end of them, and before she can stop him, Peyton r

Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
COLD HARD SECRET has a TON of action in it. It starts with action and ends with action. There is constant moving with no time for rest. Enemies die, a lot is revealed including who exactly Sig is to Secret. It was not the news she wanted to hear.

Secret is still having a hard time with what happened to her in SECRET UNLEASHED. Her relationship with both Desmond and Holden are suffering due to it but they are both very much trying to be there for her. Good news for those that don't care for the Se
Noodle The Naughty Night Owl
5/10: Finished the book and it was above average.

Huge fan of the earlier Secret McQueen books, but not sure if Secret and I might be about to part ways.

It could be that I simply didn't like her choice in the end. (You'll understand this once you've read the book). I would have gone the other way, but that's just me.

Or it might have been the last chapter, which seemed tagged on the end and superfluous, other than to create a new scene and cut us off right in the middle of it. Cliffhanger crashing
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Sierra Dean is a reformed historian. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and is allowed annual exit visas in order to continue her quest of steadily conquering the world one city at a time. Making the best of the cold Canadian winters, Sierra indulges in her less global interests: drinking too much tea and writing urban fantasy.

Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of

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