Books Magic Urban Fantasy

Keeping Secret – Not the strongest one in the series

Keeping SecretKeeping Secret (Secret McQueen, #4) by Sierra Dean
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

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.

This is definitely not the strongest book in the series. Actually, I would go as far as to say that it is the weakest one I have read so far.

Almost the entire book revolves around Secret and Lucas wedding. Well, not the wedding itself but a lot of rather contrived procedures and werewolf politics around it. Add some plotting and backstabbing inside of the werewolf clan and the fact that Lucas is really behaving like an asshole and you have a book that rather quickly degenerates into an urban fantasy soap opera.

After reading the previous book I was hoping that the author would pick up on the partial transformation that Secret exhibited and the idea that Secret really was more powerful than she knew but none of that was present in this book.

There is really no focus, no clear goal and no clear enemy in this book. It is just one long row of incidents and screw-ups.

I certainly hope that the next book gets back on track and that Secret frees herself from this wedding nonsense and the Werewolf king that seems to think he can do whatever he himself feels is the right thing to do and just expect Secret to tag along.

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