Release Date: October 15, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next. Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow. As if living out of coffin isn’t bad enough, Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York—for her own safety, of course. With her list of people to trust getting shorter and shorter, Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all. Warning: Contains a cross-country journey, an unexpected family reunion, heated lovers’ embraces and a hell of a lot of trouble.
When Secret just had Peyton, killer vampire and Mercy, killer mother after her she was up to her eyebrows in crap. Being shuffled around NYC to try to hide her really wasn't working out. So luckily the perfect opportunity popped up and Sig sent Secret on a mission to the west coast. Thinking that she left the majority of her trouble back in the big apple, Secret is focused on completing a job for the west coast tribunal and Sig. Unfortunately for Secret she is facing the largest threat to her life yet and there's nothing she can do about it.
Holden and Sig's daytime servant, Ingrid go with Secret to California. I liked the time away from Desmond because while I like Desmond, I really want to see how things between Secret and Holden develop. This was the perfect opportunity for that. Working on locating a missing vampire and an artifact that the tribunal is desperate to have, Secret isn't really laying low. Although spending time with Holden is proving to be entertaining though, at least for me. Being kidnapped and tortured can really put a damper on things though.
And when I say tortured, I mean tortured. Things get pretty graphic and terrifying. I'm not going to lie there were points throughout this part of the book that I was super grossed out by. Secret got pretty desperate and actually gave up at one point. I was completely with her. I knew that she wasn't going to be able to her herself out of this one and I was right.
I think the end of this book really gives a lot of different options for the way the rest of this series can go. I can see at least one thing causing Secret to have a ton more responsibility that she doesn't necessarily need though, especially on top of everything else she has going on. I don't know if we're going to get a choice made between Desmond and Holden but I really wish we would. While I like them both I really want Secret to choose Holden. But if she would pick at least one of them I'd be happy. I want to mention that while I normally hate love triangles, I don't really hate this one so much.
I'm glad book 7 just came out yesterday because I don't think I could wait any longer to find out what happens next. If you're not reading this series, you're missing out. This has honestly become one of my top favorite UF series of all time.