The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how. . . Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke—or with him. . .
There were few people or demons who were more familiar with the complex spiderweb of tunnels better than Styx.
Before his mating to Darcy, he’d lived in them for several decades along with the previous Anasso.
Which meant that he knew every secret passage and hidden nook.
A knowledge he put to quick use less than an hour after he and Viper had arrived.
Once they’d formally lodged their petition with a dour-faced Sota demon and been shown to their bleak caverns where they were supposed to wait for an opportunity to have their dispute heard by the Oracles, Styx had led them from the public chambers to the dank tunnels beneath.
Stepping through the illusion of a seemingly solid stone wall, Styx pulled his large sword free of the sheath strapped to his back.
“Bring back old memories?” Viper demanded, ridiculously wearing black chinos and a white ruffled shirt with a brocade vest. His silver hair was braided, emphasizing the beauty of his elegant face, and the sword he carried looked like it should belong to a fencer, not a warrior.
But only an idiot would believe that Viper wouldn’t have their heart carved out with a flick of his wrist.
Styx, on the other hand, didn’t bother with subtlety.
Leather, shit-kickers, and plenty of snarly attitude.
“Not so old,” he said, leaping over a large boulder that blocked their path. “Although it does seem like another lifetime.”
Viper easily kept pace. “Who would have thought just a year later we’d both be mated and saviors of the world?”
Styx snorted. “Be careful, Levet takes full credit for being savior of the world.”
“He would,” Viper said dryly.
Styx kept his attention on the widening tunnel, well aware there were cracks in the uneven walls where an enemy could hide.
He wasn’t about to walk into an ambush.
“I’ll gladly allow him to have the glory if it keeps him out of my hair.”
Viper gave a short laugh. “Yeah, good luck with that.”
“True,” Viper drawled. “You found a mate who hasn’t stabbed you with a stake.”
“Yet.” Styx pointed out, an indulgent smile curving his lips.
He wanted this business done so he could return to Darcy. The faster the better.
They turned down another tunnel that ended in the appearance of a dead-end. This time, however, when they stepped through the illusion there was an unmistakable scent of decay.
“Viper,” he growled, coming to a sharp halt.
His companion moved to stand beside him. “I smell it.”
Styx wrinkled his nose. “Fairy.”
Styx nodded toward the nearby entrance to a small cavern. “Ready?”
Viper shrugged. “Always.”
Together they entered the cavern, discovering the fairy lying on the in the center of the smooth floor.
Without a sound Viper was sprinting toward the far end of the cavern, searching behind the nooks and crannies that could hide the killer.
Styx knelt beside the body, reaching out his fingers to touch the dead man’s throat as he made a physical inventory.
Outwardly the fairy appeared unharmed. His long hair red hair was untangled, his pale skin unmarred, his lean body in one piece, and there wasn’t so much as a drop of blood on the traditional robes that were given to most petitioners.
Rising to his feet, he watched Viper return.
“Anything?” he demanded.
The younger vampire gave a shake of his head. “No, whoever did this is long gone.”
Styx glanced back down at the fairy. Most demon bodies disintegrated within a matter of hours, sometimes minutes. It was a necessary precaution to avoid detection by the humans.
Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.
Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.
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