Where do I start with Secret McQueen? Wow. She reminds of earlier Anita Blake with a streak of Eddie Murphy in Golden Child. She is fun, sassy, sarcastic and knows her Jimmy Choo.
And did I say these two books were fun? Great, light, clever read.
I got the first book when it was a freebie, started reading it and emerged few hours later blinking, went to buy the second book and devoured it straight away.
I made a comparison with Anita Blake earlier, but the difference between Secret McQueen and Ms. Blake is that Anita hates all monsters in the beginning, and Secret is a monster herself. She is half-vampire, half-werewolf, and both her sides constantly battle within her.
She has to sleep during the day and drinks blood, but she can't shift, although full moon will make her restless. Secret works as a bounty hunter and executioner for the Vampire Council, and most of her victims can't take the little cute blonde with a ponytale seriously until she blows their brains out. But then it's too late for them.
Her life complicates when her old enemy, the crazy psycho vamp who attacked her when she was sixteen comes back into town with a genious evil plan of world domination. Her werewolf side also shows itself at an awkward moment choosing to soul-bond to two powerful werewolves, one of whom is a local king.
Oops. Love troubles aside, she has to save her own ass first and think of everything else later. Both books deliver plenty of kick-butt action, smart-assery, bad puns and unexpected twists in the plot.
I highly recommend it if you want to read somewhat lighter urban fantasy as opposed to doom and gloom, save-the world-or-die-trying dark UF which I would normally choose to read.