Either Holden has a hidden agenda, or he knows more than he’s letting on about her quarry. 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.One way or another, Secret is determined to get her man, and meet Mr. The 2017 second edition contains minor wording tweaks but no story tweaks from the 2011 original.It was very smart to turn that story into this novella. And what I mean by that is it doesn’t feel like it has any missing pieces. Everything which made Something Secret This Way Comes the outstanding read it is was back in The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters: Secret’s acerbicly sarcastic and dry humoured narrative, Sierra Dean’s fluent writing, the fast-paced action scenes, the chuckle out loud one liners, the ping-pong verbal repartees and of course the swoonworthy man candy :-D Secret is a fantastic and very entertaining heroine.I don’t feel like there is a better way to go about reading this. A perfect companion to Something Secret This Way Comes. Honestly, the story could have stopped at that kiss and I would have been happy. Her fresh and sassy narrative voice guarantees the reader will have a great time - just a few examples so you see I’m telling the truth: When introducing herself and talking about her double (werewolf-vampire) heritage:…Prequels are a good way of testing any unknown series. The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters does its job pretty well.
As a werewolf hybrid used to walking a fine line of survival in the vampire Are blind dates supposed to be this bloody?If I didn’t get too much blood on me, there might even be a good-night kiss in my future. One of the things I loved the most about The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters was that a character who was rather a supporting character in Something Secret This Way Comes got promoted and got his time in the spotlight! I have to say with all the delicious men in Something Secret This Way Comes, I wasn’t that focused on Holden in the first book, but now I see him in a completely different light.I will not spoil anything if I tell you that he is the one whose skilled tongue you are warned about, and believe me that warning is needed!I actually read it before Something Secret This Way Comes, but I don’t think it matters which way you go. Honestly, the story could have stopped at that kiss and I would have been happy. I'm already wanting to know what is going to happen with Secret and Holden! Seems promising, Secret is not a Mary-Sue and, even though she's a vampire/werewolf hybrid, doesn't have any out-of-this-world powers to make her special.Sierra does an excellent job introducing us to Secret and giving us a bit of her background without it feeling like she is giving us a huge back story. And go on a Guys, there's a kiss in this story that will knock your socks off. I think Secret walked away from it a little addled. Also, so far she's not one of those UF heroines who are always cracking stupid jokes and acting like they can't be bothered with basic social skills just so they appear "tough", she's pretty likeable and believable. As my enthusiasm was quite exuberant, you must know how much I luurved Sierra Dean’s debut novel, the first book in the Secret Mc Queen series: Something Secret This Way Comes (but if you somehow managed to miss it, you can find my fan girl-like gushing review here).There is one scene, one very hot kissing scene which packs more heat and sparks than sex scenes do in other novels. I also loved the thrilling action, the exciting fight scenes (come on: who wouldn't enjoy reading about a petite blonde girl battling 6ft tall bulky vampire body guards with a huge and mean looking katana (=Japanese sword)? Verdict: What amazed me in The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters was that even though it is a novella it still managed to give an interesting plot, with the story having a beginning, middle and end part, as well as well fleshed out characters, which let’s be honest is no simple feat considering the length restrictions.