Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Reviewed by: Amber R.
This book was wild from start to finish. After the harrowing book that was Secret Unleashed, you would think that Secret would have time to come to terms with what happened to her. But she has her hands in so many different pots, there is no time for her to do much.
Immediately she's on the trail of Alexandre Peyton, long time foe and no time friend. A vampire that she was sent after when she was but a teenager. She permanently scarred him and he's never forgiven her. They had a few more encounters after that, in fact he was instrumental in her encounter with The Doctor in Secret Unleashed. So to say that Secret wants revenge and wants Peyton turned to ash is putting it lightly.
If dealing with the mental aftermath from The Doctor and going after Peyton weren't enough, Mercy is still out and about. And Secret's mother is a real pain in the ass. She's been trying to kill Secret since birth and nothing has stopped her from trying yet. Oh and the tribunal and a psychotic fairy king are after her as well.
Cold Hard Secret was one of the hardest books yet in the world of Secret McQueen. All of her anguish and flashbacks to her time in California were so hard to read. Since she came back she just hasn't been the same with anyone and it's so clear that she's having a super hard time. Dealing with Holden and Desmond hasn't been easy either. She still hasn't been able to make a choice between the two of them. But it seems that the time for her decision is coming quicker than ever.
The end of this book was a total shock. I had to read it twice to make sure I didn't miss something. Also I kept looking for more pages because I just couldn't believe that it stopped where it did. To say that this one was a cliffhanger would be an injustice. It ended so abruptly, it definitely leaves you wanting more.
Secret came out of left field for me. I had no idea that I'd get so deep into this series so quick. I absolutely love her and she is one of my top 3 UF picks from here on out. I can't wait to see how this series wraps up at the end of the year.