A Secret McQueen prequel, published July 19, 2011. I have won this novella at Stella – Ex Libris blog. Thank you again, Stella!
Are blind dates supposed to be this bloody?
A Secret McQueen Story
They say it's impossible to find a man in New York City. Secret McQueen needs to find two in one night. Of course, it’ll mean pulling off the impossible—find and kill a displaced rogue vampire without disrupting the first promising date she’s had in ages. As a werewolf hybrid used to walking a fine line of survival in the vampire world, though, Secret eats impossible for breakfast.
Somewhere between hello and the first round of drinks, Secret makes her move. Her target, Hollywood’s biggest star, shouldn’t be hard to spot. Just look for swarms of fans. Except every time her vampire liaison, Holden, helps keep her mission on track, her date runs further off the rails.
Either Holden has a hidden agenda, or he knows more than he’s letting on about her quarry. One way or another, Secret is determined to get her man, and meet Mr. Right. Or die trying.
Warning: This book contains a sword-wielding assassin whose barbs are sharper than her blade, a vampire with serious brooding issues but a skilled tongue, and an A-lister with a bad habit of eating his fans. This novella takes place approximately one year prior to the events of Something Secret This Way Comes.
Secret McQueen is half vampire, half werewolf, and works for the Vampire Council as an assassin, but she fits in neither world. Her best friend Mercedes has set her up with another blind date, as her vampire liaison pops up to give her a new assignment. He wants her to keep her date with Detective Tyler Nowakowski, but it also seems Holden does what he can to ruin her date. Which is a shame, as she really likes Tyler. But he is human, and a relationship between them would never work. She needs to sleep all day, and she cannot reveal what she is to a human. The council would have her killed, and his memory scrubbed.
Secret really likes her job, to hunt down rogue vampires and kill them, it suits both her natures, the werewolf and the vampire. And she is good at it, or she never would have survived this long. The council pays her per kill, and she should be able to live nicely on that, if only she didn’t have a shoe weakness…
Telling more of the story would only spoil it, so lets go to my Quick Review:
Hero: not sure yet if it will be Holden, or Tyler. But at this moment, I like them both. No background on them yet, the story was just too short for that.
Heroine: Secret McQueen. I liked her. She is small and blond and pretty, but she is also very strong and a fast healer, a real kick ass chick. Witty, smart and certainly not a whiner or insecure. Doesn’t care about getting blood all over her.
Secondary characters: her best friend and the vampire council I guess, not much info on them yet.
Plot: Secret has to hunt down the famous actor / vampire and kill him. His bodyguards are not so happy with that plan.
Heat-level: not really. One sexy moment when Holden kisses her as a disguise.
Writingstyle: I love it. Fast, captivating, humorous.
Summary: I am happy to have won this prequel and will certainly read the other two books in the series.