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Authors: Holley Trent

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Demons Undone: The Sons of Gulielmus Series

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Contents

A Demon in Waiting

A Demonness Matched

A Demon in Love

A Demon Bewitched

An Angel Fallen

Crimson Sneak Peek

A Demon in Waiting
Holley Trent, author of
My Nora
and
Sold As Is

Avon, Massachusetts

This edition published by

Crimson Romance

an imprint of F+W Media, Inc.

10151 Carver Road, Suite 200

Blue Ash, Ohio 45242

www.crimsonromance.com

Copyright © 2013 by Holley Trent

ISBN 10: 1-4405-6881-2

ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6881-7

eISBN 10: 1-4405-6882-0

eISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6882-4

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, corporations, institutions, organizations, events, or locales in this novel are either the product of the author’s imagination or, if real, used fictitiously. The resemblance of any character to actual persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.

Cover art © istock.com/John Shepherd

For Ma. Because of her, I can rarely resist adding a spunky grandma to the cast.

Miss ya.

Contents

Dedication

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

About the Author

Chapter One

Gulielmus crept through the dark hallway with all the stealth of a tap-dancing elephant. It didn’t matter how gently he set his socked feet upon the carpet; the hardwood floor creaked and groaned beneath his weight. At nearly seven feet tall and well over two hundred-fifty pounds, he’d never pass the entrance exam for ninja training school. Didn’t matter. He generally didn’t concern himself with discretion as he could vanish and rematerialize as needed. However, this was a special situation.

“Last time I fuck a sister-wife,” he mumbled, wrapping his fingers around the next doorknob he encountered. He let himself into the bedroom, ever so similar to the last room he’d investigated with its spartan furnishings, white paint, and boring hand-quilted bedspread. Always floral prints.

Lame
. At that, he paused in the doorway wondering,
How did I end up here of all places that first time, anyway?

His nostrils contracted at the renewed bombardment of sweet heat.

Oh yes. The estrogen. Acres of it.

He didn’t expect to find a treasure amongst it — something worth returning time and time again for.

Leaning over the bed, he studied the face of the woman bedecked by a satin ribboned nightcap. He squinted. Still couldn’t tell. They all looked alike to some extent. He leaned in closer and inhaled deeper, mentally separating her scent from all the others.

Nope. Not her. She’d have his taint if she were her.

He slipped out into the hallway again and closed the door quietly behind him. On to the next room. He hoped it wouldn’t belong to the shepherd or whatever the hell those polygamist cult types called the man of the house. So far he’d checked six rooms and hadn’t found him, so he’d run out of options soon.

The sound of gentle snoring met his ears before his eyes landed on the singular lump beneath the covers.

Oh, he could smell it from the door. That was her.

He engaged the lock and crept nearer the bed. He whispered her name as he leaned over her. “Darla.”

She stirred, eyelids fluttering.

Was that the right name? He searched his memory banks. He was as old as time itself, so there were a lot of names to keep up with.

Yeah, pretty sure Darla is right.

“Darla!” he whispered.

She opened gray eyes wide and he clamped his hand over her mouth before she could scream.

She narrowed her eyes at him, and growled, tickling his palm with the trapped air from her throat.

“I like it when you growl,” he cooed, drawing the hand away.

She sat up and swatted him. “What do you want? You can’t be here. No more! You tryin’ to get me kicked out? Folks get real suspicious when I get knocked up. We track our cycles, you know. And I keep getting pregnant when it’s not my turn.”

He patted her head. “Shhhh.”

Maybe she had a point, though.

How many kids do we have now? Four? I’ve given her more than any of the others. Oh well, they’re probably better looking and smarter than the others. She should be grateful. I’m doing supernatural wonders for this shallow gene pool.

Shoving his hands into the pockets of his Italian slacks, he shrugged. “Where is he?”

She puffed up her chest and crossed her arms over it as she scowled. “What kind of woman do you think I am? Popping in and out of here like this is some kind of bank? Making deposits, and now this is your first withdrawal, huh?”

“You’re so funny to be an idiot. Stop toying with me.” He cupped her chin in his hand and cocked her face up so her gaze met his. “Now where is he? He’d better be here, Darla. You better not have turned him out. You remember what I told you?”

She rolled bleary eyes. “Yeah, yeah. That I was free if I didn’t fight you.”

“That’s right.” He stroked her hair, lovingly. Or at least as lovingly as an incubus could manage.

She swallowed and tilted her head toward the calico-covered window. “There’s a hunting cabin about two miles east of here, birds-eye. That’s where I sent him when the leader tried to send him away. He’s too handsome, you know? They don’t like him.”

“Of course they don’t. Thank his DNA.”

He clamped his lips to hers and tangoed with her tongue until she moaned and pressed herself against him. He drew back. “Now, now. You’re a married woman.”

She shrugged and fiddled with the buttons of her nightgown. “Not legally.”

He watched her fingers unfasten the row of tiny buttons down to her full breasts, then got hold of himself. He stood and shifted the shoes he’d been carrying to the floor. “Sorry, love. I don’t have time to pleasure you tonight. I’m on a tight timeline. Making the rounds, you know.”

She flopped back and blew a raspberry.

“Goodnight, love,” he said as he pushed his feet into his brogues.

“Bye, Bill,” she responded as he disappeared from sight.

• • •

John bolted upright from the hard cot he’d been tossing and turning on and readied the shotgun he kept at the bedside. He fired off a shot without warning when the intruder took a step forward.

He should have fallen. His chest should have been a bloody ruin, but the massive blond pillar stood there like a statue … and a bored one, at that.

The intruder yawned and tilted his face down to assess his buckshot-shredded button-up shirt. “Fuck.” He flicked some shrapnel off his apparently bulletproof chest and growled. “That was a two-hundred dollar shirt, son.”

Realization settled into John like bad chili on an empty stomach. Even without formal introduction, he knew this man. He was programmed to. “You’re
him
.”

“What gave it away?” The blond pillar reached out and ruffled John’s hair, an odd gesture toward a man who was nearly thirty.

John flinched.

“Was it my invincibility or my unworldly good looks?” He wriggled his brows.

John took a moment to assess him. He had the same yellow-blond hair as John that’d always made people at the compound whisper. His mother’s hair was nearly black, and his supposed father had brown hair. And there were those same startlingly blue eyes and the square chin. The only thing preventing the man from resembling a Ken doll was his bulk.

John put down the gun. “I thought Ma was lying all these years. Fallen angel? Come on. You could have given me some warning you were coming. Woulda cleaned up.” He swept an arm demonstrably, indicating the dilapidated cabin’s dusty, drafty interior.

“You don’t seem scared enough of me,” the man said.

“Should I? I suspect you want something that only I’ve got, so what do I have to be afraid of?”

The demon lifted a brow and quirked one corner of his mouth into a lazy smirk — the same one John wore in every one of the few photographs that existed of him. “Hmm.” He extended one perfectly-manicured hand to John to shake. “Gulielmus, no last name. Most people call me William or Bill. You can call me Dad.”

John shook his head. “No thanks. What do you want?” He patted the nearby chair for the overalls he thought he’d left there, suddenly hyperaware of his underdressed state.

“Not one for chit-chat are you? Oh well. It’s time to go to work, son.”

John gave up on the overalls and slipped on a pair of dirty jeans instead. “Why do I get the feeling the family business will suck the life out of me?”

Gulielmus flashed a wealth of white teeth. Surprisingly, none were excessively pointy. His tongue probably wasn’t forked, either, but John couldn’t tell for sure. “No, no. We do all the life-sucking. Didn’t your mother tell you?”

“Like I said, I wasn’t sure if she was deluded or if maybe she’d gotten into some bad apple juice.”

“You’re charming. I’m glad I kept you in my back pocket for so long because I really need ya.” He grinned again and held out his hand once more. “Might I see your palm?”

John clenched his hands into fists and held them at his side. “Why?”

Gulielmus’s grin receded in a flash. “Because I said so. I’m asking because I’m that kind of father. I’d prefer not to take it.”

John sighed and held out his left hand.

Gulielmus took it in his and used the index finger of his other hand to trace some complex symbol onto his palm. It was too fast to make out, and felt a lot like a disorganized tickle. He tried to draw his hand back, but Gulielmus was already done.

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