ARC REVIEWS

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PARANORMAL AND CONTEMPORARY MM EROTIC ROMANCES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SADIE SINS

NOTE ABOUT UPCOMING ARC CHANGES

Hey you lovely gals and guys. So I'm in the middle of republishing and going wide, which means basically anything on Amazon can and will be moved without any notice. The Amazon reviews, I'm told, will transfer perfectly fine but I'll have to update links to the new books here. This also means I'll be adding new places for reviews once they go live--Barnes and Noble, Google, Kobo and... Apple? We'll see. You're going to find the ARC area switching around so I can include the serial episodes and upgrade the bundles with the final edited version. Hopefully it will all be done by the end of the month (for that part.)

I'm looking at about 300,000 words of editing I have to get done on top of my normal writing. I think I've bitched enough about how sick I was when I started writing for you all to get how important it is for me to finally do this shit the right way. I have no interest in rushing and breaking myself over it, but I will get it done with my best foot forward.

As always, happy reading! <3

~Sadie Sins

For those new to ARC/Reviewing, let me give you a few simple guidelines because, hey, we all have different opinions on what shit means.

Star System
5 stars=Loved it!
4 stars=Liked it!
3 stars=Meh, it was alright.
2 stars=I didn't like most of it but a few things kept me reading.
1 star=Hated it.

*Be honest. Legit, if I've fucked up and you hate my book, I need to know so I can improve as a writer.

*You are not required to write a long ass review. Just do what makes you comfortable .

*Amazon will not allow reviews in exchange for free books anymore. They will allow free books to be given and a reader to voluntarily choose to review--In case you guys didn't realize, you are not obligated to do anything. I know it and that's why I'm so appreciative that you're here to begin with. It's important you know it too. If you're having trouble with the right wording for this statement, I pulled this off a website which should be acceptable.
"I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it."

*I'm pretty focused on Amazon at the moment because of visibility, but if you're all hooked up with Goodreads or Smashwords, by all means. Oh, if you're in another country and reviewing, you can either review on the US site or the one you're connected to--I'm not a 100% sure how it works. I'm sure it'll be good, whatever you do. <3 I'm going to do a series of links at the bottom and it's up to you where you actually want to post the review.

Thank you!

~Sadie Sins

DEMON BONDED

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL * RATING X-XX
KY DISCOVERS DEMONS, SORCERY AND AN UNDERGROUND SLAVE TRADE AS HE BECOMES CENTER TO A MALE HAREM

SOMETHING WAITING IN THE DARK

DEMON BONDED EPISODE 1 (DEMENCIOUS SAGA)

PC VERSION * MOBILE VERSION

 

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BREATHING UNDER THE BED

DEMON BONDED EPISODE 2 (DEMENCIOUS SAGA)

PC VERSION * MOBILE VERSION

 

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THE KILLER WARDROBE

DEMON BONDED EPISODE 3 (DEMENCIOUS SAGA)

PC VERSION * MOBILE VERSION

 

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MAGNIFICENT NIGHT

DEMON BONDED EPISODE 4 (DEMENCIOUS SAGA)

PC VERSION * MOBILE VERSION

BONUS EPISODE: PC * MOBILE

 

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CITY HOWLS

*COMING SOON*

TEDDY'S NAUGHTY ADVENTURES

*COMING SOON*

MY SECRET BRONICORN

*COMING SOON*

BULLYING TEACHER

*COMING SOON*

PARANORMAL ACADEMY FOR TROUBLED BOYS

Demon Arms
The Paranormal Academy For Troubled Boys: Book 1
Just dodging jail, dragon shifter Wylie ends up in the Academy, an institution for out of control paranormals. He falls for a sexy, troubled sorcerer whose magical infliction makes him too deadly to touch. Convincing Dorian to be his might just get them all killed.
X 101,000+ wrds, paranormal, dragon shifter, sorcery, first time, NA. Published: April 1, 2016

REVIEW HERE: Amazon * Goodreads * Smashwords

A MATE OF HIS OWN

HEAT: Abducted To Be His Mate
A Mate Of His Own: Book 1
If having to go through his first heat wasn't bad enough for werewolf Ryan Moss, kidnapping and tying up his rival of forever, Shane Cooper, guarantees to make it eventful. Too bad Ryan's wolf thinks the boy is perfect for mating no matter how straight Shane says he is.
XXX 23,000+ wrds, paranormal, werewolf, straight to gay, noncon, bdsm. Published: June 3, 2016

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BITE: Claiming His Mate
A Mate Of His Own: Book 2
Shane thought facing Ryan after their day of confusing, overwhelming pleasure was going to be difficult. It's nothing compared to having to face his family and himself. If he fails, his inner spirit wolf could kill Ryan and everyone he knows.
XX 23,000+ wrds, paranormal, werewolf, straight to gay, dubcon, bdsm. Published: July 1, 2016

REVIEW HERE: Amazon * Goodreads

WOUNDED HEARTS

Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid
Wounded Hearts: Book One
Aiden didn't expect to spend Valentine's Day doing anything but cursing the color scheme. He's built a wall around his heart filled with bitterness and cynicism created by years of disappointment and neglect. A wall two winged boys are determined to ignore as they claim that Aiden is their destiny.
X 33,000+ wrds, paranormal, angels, threesome, NA. Published: February 12, 2016

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My Broken Angel
Wounded Hearts: Book Two
I didn’t know that one bloody kiss could change my life forever. I‘ve found my soulmate and nothing makes sense anymore. He’s a half demon, half angel who just got out of the pit. Danyal doesn’t know how to be human—Worse, he doesn’t know how to keep living. There’s nothing I won’t do for him but I’m only human and when Danyal runs, he flies.
X 50,000+ wrds, paranormal, angels, demons, NA. Published: March 4, 2017

REVIEW HERE: Amazon * Goodreads

OBSESSION

Home Invasion
Obsession: Book 1
When an intruder breaks into their house with a gun, Joshua, and his father Kyle are forced into a series of depraved acts by a deranged man that demands submission. Kyle will do anything to protect his son, but he can't help but notice that Joshy seems more than eager to do everything the armed thief tells him, just as long as his father is involved.
XXX 25,000+ wrds, contemporary, forced to fuck, father/son, incest, straight to gay. Published: January 15, 2017

REVIEW HERE: Smashwords * Goodreads

DRAGON SHIELD

Blackthorne
Dragon Shield: Book 1
Daniel Cross fell in love with the wrong sorcerer. Mason Blackthorne holds a conduit dragon inside, making him the target of every evil warlock that could conceive to capture him. Daniel has plenty of good reasons for avoiding Mason but his heart and body are completely at the conduit's mercy. Can Daniel be convinced to fight for Mason or will he lose the only boy he's ever truly loved to an ancient evil lurking in human flesh?
X 105,000+ wrds, paranormal, humanoid shifters, action adventure, and courting sorcerers. Published: December 19, 2015

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Taken By Beasts
A M/M Erotic Halloween Collection
This collection contains five never before released, steamy paranormal stories of monsters and the innocent, handsome young men they call prey *cough* boyfriend.
X-XXX 66,000+ wrds, monsters, Hallowen, werewolves, sorcery, dubcon, NA. Published: October 28, 2016

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The Autumn Prince

Eaves has spent a lifetime hiding from the elves that would kill him. After one dangerous night and an angry eyed prince, Eaves must decide if his future lies with humans or the elf he's fallen for.
X 36,000+ wrds, Fantasy, elves, action adventure, dubcon, NA. Published: September 9, 2016

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StepDaddy

Jeff has been doing everything he can to keep his distance from his hunky new stepson. But when Ethan starts dressing provocatively to get the man's attention, there's only one way to handle the situation. Like a daddy.
X 35,000+ wrds, contemporary, straight to gay, first time, pseudo incest, NA. Published: August 27, 2016

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Robyn: Forced To Be Their Sister
A MMMM Incest Dubcon Erotica
Rob is pissed that his brothers have once again humiliated him, calling him a chick in front of the team. He's sick of being treated like a girl. The only problem is, he keeps acting like one, his three older brothers done dealing with the little brat's hissy fits. They're going to teach their sis a lesson Rob won't forget.
XX 17,000+ wrds, contemporary, brothercest, dubcon, and angst. Published: June 11, 2016

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The Drunk Email
A Brothercest Erotica
Nick has had a crush on his older brother for as long as he could remember. Justin is just so perfect; handsome, strong with blond hair and blue eyes. It's impossible to look anywhere else. Nick never thought he'd ever tell his brother how he felt. That was until Justin went on a school trip out of country and Nick got lonely and really drunk.
X 12,000+ wrds, contemporary, brothercest, dubcon, and angst. Published: May 1, 2016

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I’ll Tell
A Blackmailing Stepbrother Romance
Jayce has been doing everything to get his now official younger brother settled in to his new home, all while fighting some very unbrotherly feelings for the angry, isolated brat. After things get weird, Declan decides to turn the tables, blackmailing his older brother into greater heights of depravity. Can Jayce keep from getting sucked into Declan's twisted games?
XX 56,000+ wrds, contemporary, stepbrother psi, new adult, blackmail. Published: January 23, 2016

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Dare

Brendon wasn't looking to be molested by his best friend's asshole of a friend, Mitch, forced to suck the kid's fingers for a dare. Worse, suddenly Jake finally admits his very gay feelings for his very pretty friend, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Brendon is straight. But Jake thinks his best friend is just repressed and he's willing to recruit some help to prove it.
XX 23,000+ wrds, contemporary, first time, dubcon, multi, NA. Published: January 2, 2016

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Coffee Guy
Broken By Alphas
Galvin Starling, alpha werewolf and billionaire, runs a unique office. Jayden, the new coffee guy, has just found himself tied up in the same room as six large, strong alphas. He knows what's coming next, he just isn't sure he can handle it in such large numbers.
XXX 15,000+ wrds, paranormal, alpha wolf shifters, bondage, and office. Published: November 10, 2015

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Doing Wrong
A Magical Romance
Chase wants someone he's not supposed to have. Tristan Bryant is sexy, talented and infuriating, not to mention already seeing someone. Chase crosses the line when he uses a spell to disguise himself as Tristan's boyfriend, all while falling for the brat. He doesn't know how to make things right and Tristan seems determined to hate him forever.
XX 33,000+ wrds, paranormal, dubcon, sorcerers, and school. Published: November 7, 2015

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The Demon Virus
A Magical Romance
Mobile Version
This is a rather intense, dripping wet, XX-XXX rated fic featuring a naïve main character, his manipulative best friend, a very sexually aggressive incubus that finds his victims through the Internet, and his big monster cock covered in ridges. Like the majority of my stories, it features dubcon and is intended for 18+ readers.
XXX 10,000+ wrds, paranormal, dubcon, noncon, and demon. Published: 2016

REVIEW HERE: Goodreads

ARC READS

You don't need to read them all at once, or at all. I prefer you read what you feel is within your comfort level. I have a range and I don't want anyone uncomfortable for any reason. Make sure to check the X, XX, and XXX rating so you know what you're getting into.

THE LIBRARY

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PARANORMAL AND CONTEMPORARY MM EROTIC ROMANCES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SADIE SINS

SORCERER SLAYER

PARANORMAL MM ROMANCE: DEMON ARMS SEQUEL
READ SORCERER SLAYER

AWAKENING

PARANORMAL MM EPIC ROMANCE
READ AWAKENING

OBSESSION : STALKED

CONTEMPORARY MM EROTICA FEATURING INCEST
READ OBSESSION

SHIFTER SAFE HAVEN

PARANORMAL MM ROMANCE
READ SHIFTER SAFE HAVEN

DEMON BONDED : COVEN SAGA

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL
KY FINDS OUT ANSELM'S YEARS OF EXPERIMENTS AND RESEARCH WEREN'T CONTAINED TO HIS DEMONS.
READ COVEN SAGA
READ COMPLETED EPISODES

MY SECRET BRONICORN

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL
A GLITTERING HERD OF UNICORN SHIFTERS ENDS UP ON EARTH WHERE THEY STRUGGLE WITH THE RESTRICTIVE SEXUAL CUSTOM OF MONOGAMY
READ BRONICORN

CITY HOWLS

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL
SAGE WAKES WITH AN OVERWHELMING SEX SCENT AND MUST RUN FROM GANGS OF WEREWOLVES
READ CITY HOWLS

TEDDY'S NAUGHTY ADVENTURES

CONTEMPORARY MM EROTIC SERIAL
TEDDY, A BEAUTIFUL ORPHAN, STUMBLES INTO A PROSTITUTION RING IN THE SUBURBS
READ TEDDY

FOX CLAIMS VINCE

contains bestiality

Vincent's obsession with Fox's fur might lead him into more trouble than anticipated.
READ FOX CLAIMS VINCE

CATALOGUE OF MM BOOKS BY SADIE SINS

M/F BY NATALIE THORNS (AKA SADIE SINS)

Yeah, I write some straight stuff when I feel the urge. Dubcon, noncon and beast galore.

I’m writing a sequel to Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid

Outlined, and hoping to have ready for Feb, 14 as long as I don’t get wordy. Fuck yeah. Okay, so some of you may know, I buried my adoptive mom on Valentine’s Day, 2001. It’s kind of shadowed an already emo as fuck holiday for me ever since. Breast cancer pink ribbons with garish pink and red hearts. So I guess I'm celebrating with a ton of teenage angst. Ben’s story. Enter wounded, sarcastic halfie straight out of the pit with half a dozen corrupt hunting him down, and a return of Gavriil, Damian and angry, angry Aiden. It’ll be fun. ^^ And, cus it's February, 'Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid' is free for the month.

The apprentice Saga is out and $0.99 for the weekend!

I've got a Goodreads giveaway going for Demencious Saga in print until the 11th. US Link and International Link. I added all the countries I could on that International one, that way I don't have to worry I left anyone out. You guys might not be aware, but I have a fair amount of readers outside of the US, and it's been really cool to email and learn about their unique way of life. I wish I were the type of person that found travel an adventure instead of stressful as fuck. I can’t go a weekend without wishing I was home where I can recharge emotionally. Ah, the life of an introvert.


Apprentice Saga- Sadie Sins $0.99

This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,' written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.


Prelude to Jack's Magical Beanstalk & Sam's Quandary Book 3- Pablo Michaels $1.99

Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & Sam’s Quandary Book 3 is the story of Jack and the Magical Beanstalk seen through, Sam's eyes.

Sam is Jack’s partner and lover. The story began when Jack’s future love interest, Sam watched him flee from the evil giant Master with his bag of gold coins. When they met they were infatuated with each other. Through Jack’s escapades with Master, Sam eventually followed Jack down the magical beanstalk to live with Jack but the beanstalk had to be cut down.

Subsequently, Sam was prevented from seeing his father and brothers. When Sam discovered his father’s illness, he conspired to plant a new magical beanstalk, having to do so secretly. Adam the farmhand had his suspicions and blackmailed Sam into a sexual fling to keep the secret.

Did Sam save his father from sickness? Did Jack follow his lover when the farm faces ruin?


Flight of Fantasy- Rory Wilde $0.99

Diego is a romance novelist who travels the world and writes stories of men falling in love—but he can't find the right guy for himself. He's too hung up on his best friend from college,Thom, who's not only stuck in a small town with his abusive mother, but uncertain of his sexuality.

The sparks fly when Diego visits Thom, and Thom is awakened to the fact that he might just be into men after all. The two decide to take a vacation to London, and romance is in the air. But as Thom grows more independent and determined to make a life for himself, Diego finds that he has his own demons to fight.

When Diego realizes that he's on the verge of getting everything he's ever wanted, he has to make a choice—can he finally commit to the man he's loved for years?


Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid- Sadie Sins Free for February

An angel, a demon and a love-wary teenager walk into a cemetery…

Aiden Fisher hates Valentine’s Day with a passion saved only for holidays and annoying public displays of affection. He’s spent his teenage life trying to be as unapproachable as possible even if his cute face has heads turning. This Valentine’s Day he finds he’s failed his goal; a secret admirer wants to meet him.

Aiden has a lot of reasons to avoid love at all costs, many he can’t seem to remember when he’s approached by two foreign, beautiful boys that say they’re destined to meet. He tries to avoid the alarming feelings welling up, but when they’re attacked and he brings his new friends home, there’s nowhere to run.

Trying to hide as much of his embarrassing home life as he can from these quirky winged boys, Aiden finds himself faced with a choice. Does he wants to suffer in love or suffer alone?


Question for you all about Apprentice Saga. So I did some editing with tenses before I put this out. Pretty intensely, actually. It’s just a difference of presentation; I broke up some run on sentences into individual ones and cut back on the 'ed' to 'ing' all the damn time, and you're going to be hard-pressed to find the word 'boy' unless it's connected to 'cat.' The words are the same for the most part. I added a little bit here and there. But still, I edited the fuck out of this, and I need to know if it feels different to read. I think it works, but I could be totally biased after staring at it for the week, right?

So yeah, this isn’t a review thing—although if you want to review, feel free <3. I'm just looking for a bit of feedback. I’m trying to get my presentation more ‘professional’ so that I can compete with my peers. I’m not sick anymore, and I’m going to be doing this writing gig for a long ass time, I should probably push to appear more professional… But I have no interest in pushing for professionalism if something is lost in the story, that would just be counter productive. I don't plan on updating the individual episodes so the contrast will be available for me to compare to later when I'm not in editing coma mode.

Shit, did anyone want to do ARCs for Demencious Saga and Apprentice Saga? Hit me up, and I’ll hook you up once I upload them to Instafreebie. I’ve been distracted with all the stuff I’m trying to get done. Hey, juggling feels far less stressful, and more invigorating lately. I'm glad to be busy. I seriously love being able to write these stories.

An amazing person—I don’t know if he’s shy so I won’t throw his name out—went through a crazy amount of work to edit Demon Arms from cover to cover. Before Sorcerer Slayer goes out, I want to relaunch Demon Arms with a giveaway and maybe some posters... Do people like posters anymore? >_> And of course, finish up Sorcerer Slayer. I’m outlining the next sagas for Demon Bonded—I realized there is a shit ton of stuff I can do in that series. *_* You guys are going to be meeting Declan Moon soon once we jump into the Coven Saga. I've been waiting for this guy, and I think you're going to like him. Also want to get back to Awakening and get that shit done. There are so many stories spinning in my head that are all demanding my attention. And hey, as long as the world it still here, I plan on having some awesome writing to share.

Demencious Saga

Okay, the first saga of Demon Bonded is out. $0.99 to buy for the weekend, or free to read with Kindle Unlimited. The Apprentice Saga will be available next weekend, and at that time, I’ll be hosting a Goodreads giveaway too. My first. ^^

I did a US only one and an International one, only to realize that I only chose a few major countries out in the big globe and I'm wondering if that was a mistake. International mailing is way more expensive, but I don't think it varies from country to country once it's out of the States much... But the book is only in English and I have no clue country by country who can read it--I know, I'm ignorant as fuck. Although, in the back of my head, I did have this shitty thought wondering if I'd end up on some fucking 'anti America' list for mailing to other countries.

Because that's the shit I have to worry about now. Anywho...


Electric Singularity by Debrah Deumont

Theo Brancher needs a well-trained slave, what he gets is Leon Risch: pilot, and a Qualra Knight commander hot on his heels. Theo's grey-area work was bound to get him into trouble sooner or later, but these Knights are persistent and Theo grows suspicious. His new slave better start talking or it'll be more than electricity coursing through his body.


Demencious Saga by Sadie Sins

This volume contains episodes 1-4 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode 'Far From Home', written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2015-2016. Demencious Saga is the first saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

After his father is laid off, Ky Scion is forced to reside in his ancient family manor in the small town of Blackstone Falls. An outcast to the local farmers, Ky turns to repairing the huge house while pursuing his art degree. His parents are blind to the terrible secret he slowly discovers among the bloodstained walls. Something is living in the dark, in the nooks and hideaways of the old house. Something with hot breath and strong hands that wakes Ky up in the middle of the night.

In the dark hides the demonic Relics. Unique and beautiful, they're exploited for their power and fought after viciously. But Relics aren't items, they're sentient beings, demonic people stolen from their very world to be bonded into servitude to callous sorcerers.

Ky's grandfather disappeared years ago, leaving his Relics to be killed off, one by one without his protection. Smelling of rot and blood, Ky can sense the monster's approach. But he's not a sorcerer, and has no way to defend himself from the murderous beast set on revenge.


StepDaddy--Last week to get it free!

A first time straight to gay pseudo incest MM erotica

Ethan never expected to fall for his mother’s new love interest. He had never thought he’d ever look at a man that way at all. There’s just something about his caring but controlling stepfather that has everything upside down for the eighteen year old, his crush only getting worse the longer they share space.

Jeff has been doing everything he can to avoid his new stepson. Ethan is sweet, lonely, and absolutely beautiful. And worse, Jeff can’t help but want to protect the boy, especially when Ethan insists on dressing in provocative, hot ways. His stepson might just be trying to bait him, but for what he’s not sure.

When the two finally realize their attraction is mutual, Jeff knows he must leave to keep from crossing the line. Heartbroken, Ethan comes up with a plan. He’s just not sure it will be enough to convince his stepdaddy to stay.


It’s been a week since I last talked to you guys, and damn, I don’t want to say the fucking happiness has been sucked out of me… So, instead I’ll talk about how I’ve been reading A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion by Jordan Catillo Price while eating ice cream and waiting for my book to publish today. Hot goth, vamps, sex and murder, pistols, and a crappy van—It’s looking better than reality today.

Sorcerer Slayer has reached the place where Vincent has a terrible flash back and Fox happens across him in the hallway where he’s falling apart the only way Vincent knows how. By standing there pretending it’s not happening. Oh, and had a really cool afternoon out with a brilliant author and learned about screen writing—and how there are so many fucking things about this world I still want to learn. Character development, Gloria Steinem, how to fix a leak, how many novels can I actually write in a year if I didn’t tell myself it was difficult to write a novel… Sigh.

So yup, that’s where I’m looking today. Distractions from reality. My soul focus is Sorcerer Slayer and seeing how quickly I can write. Muslim bans, executive orders, gagging of government offices while they’re crushed and unable to ask for help, and dickwad Republicans will be saved for a time when I don’t want to destroy something. It'll be a while.

So, how are you all coping?

Apprentice Saga

This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,' written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

Summary:

Ky’s recovery from the overseer Demencious is short lived. His parents have lost all trust in him, and Ky again has to wonder if he’s losing his mind. That is until he starts his first art class at his new college, and meets an actual sorcerer apprentice.

Liem Kane could have been a typical teenager, but there is something terribly wrong beneath his well-groomed exterior. His demon, Fido, is twisted and abused, the wolf Relic tormented daily by his young master.

In his quest to save Fido from certain death, Ky must face Liem’s master. A demon trainer of cruelty that far surpasses his young pupil, Tobias has no qualms in murdering those that disobey. Ky faces off against this monster among men. It's kill or be killed, and Ky isn't sure he can live with either option.

18+ This book contains explicit m/m sexual content, shifter anatomy that knots and ties, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage.

68,000+ wrds, Published January 21, 2017.

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(republishing; sorry for the delay)

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on March 21, 2017
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Persistent whispers slowly pulled Ky from sleep. Everything was fuzzy, and for a long moment, he was certain his mother was talking to him. But the voices were male, strange, and spoke in a language he didn't recognize. Somehow, though, he understood. His mind bent around each foreign word and supplied the translation as if he had known it all his life.

“You need to feed.”

“I'm fine. Just stop rolling me.” Lovely gave a soft groan. His arm fell over Ky's chest when he was deposited heavily on the bed.

“Feed, you stubborn thing. I don't have enough to restore you.” The bed shifted, and Feral bent over Ky to peer into his sleepy face. “Alright there, whelp?”

Focusing blearily on the coyote's demon's scarred face and intense, golden eyes, Ky reached his hand up towards his bleeding shoulder. Feral was covered in wounds; some were so raw and painfully deep, Ky could barely stand to look at them. “Feral, you're hurt.”

Feral gave a huff when Ky's silver eyes filled with tears as he took in his bloodied form. “Don't start bawling, stupid. Help the feline. He can't heal without energy, and I don't have enough.”

“I'm fine,” Lovely mumbled again. Ky's gaze drifted to his side where the pale cat demon was stretched out beside him, blood dry and caked on his beautiful face.

“Frrrling whelp,” Feral mutter in exasperation when Ky's tears spilled free. Ky whimpered low in his throat and turned and fretted softly over Lovely's exhausted body.

He was too tired to grumble much. Feral sank onto the mattress and closed his eyes. They had spent the last day and a half in the wardrobe because Ky's parents were constantly running in and out of the room. Livia had gone so far as to sit with her son the entire night before. The two adults had finally left the house together, driving off in one of their vehicles. It had been enough for Feral to feel safe to come out and lock the bedroom door.

“Shhh... I swear I'm okay,” Lovely whispered hoarsely. His mismatched eyes of blue and violet peered out from between his long strands of white hair. “Go back to sleep. Redeless is just overreacting.”

“Chrrrl,” Feral snapped grumpily and burrowed deeper into the bedspread. “You nearly drained me unconscious. Let the kid feed you before you bleed out.”

Ky gently pushed Lovely's long, white hair from his face and revealed slashes and bruises all over his luminescent flesh. It was strange to see the cat boy in the thick black collar with its one crystal stud when everything else was bright and white about Lovely. “What do you need, Lovely? If I can help, I'll do anything. Just tell me.”

“Sweet boy.” Exhaling heavily, Lovely snagged Ky by his chin and tugged him down until their noses brushed. “I just... just need a taste.” He licked his tongue out, traced over Ky's lips until he opened his mouth with a sigh.

Ky was starting to understand that when Lovely kissed him like this, with his tongue lapping inside his mouth in slow, hungry strokes, it was to get his energy and help restore him. It didn't mean it stopped feeling amazing. Ky whimpered and melted into the kiss. Lovely pulled him down and licked away his streams of tears before plunging back into his mouth.

“Sweet... sweet boy,” Lovely murmured against his lips. He nipped Ky's red flesh swollen and drew spots of blood his tongue quickly stole and healed. “Taste so sweet... so generous... My beautiful Master.”

Blushing, Ky fought back a moan. Lovely was growing stronger, his lips persistent and hungry as he kissed him into the mattress. Ky couldn't help feel more than a little perverted, especially when Lovely kept saying things about how nice he was when he felt so hot and dizzy. “Lovely—Oh... Okay,” he mumbled when the cat demon pinned him to the bed and started licking down his throat while pulling his shirt off.

“You're wonderful.” Lovely nipped into his flat stomach, and Ky gasped and flexed beneath him. “Saved us with your very first spell... Kept us alive when we'd been starving for so long.” He pulled back and met Ky's heavy-lidded gaze. “You're the only one that's ever shared, sweet boy. Didn't take, didn't ask for anything back. You're so brave. So good.”

Ky couldn't stop flushing, and he bit his lower lip anxiously. “Lovely... Is that all it is? S-Sharing energy? I like when you kiss me. A lot.”

Lovely smirked and leaned down to lap over Ky's pout. “I like tasting you, sweetling. Touching you. Making you moan, and beg, and cum.”

Sighing, Ky pressed up and tried to kiss him back. “I like that too. I like everything you do to me.” He gave another sigh when firm lips descended on his. He fell back against the mattress as Lovely languidly devoured his mouth.

“I need to heal Redeless.” Lovely broke away and knelt on the bed. “He doesn't have the same restorative abilities as I do.”

Lovely's skin had lost its blue bruising. The slashes and red scratches were just dried blood now, his pale flesh whole and intact. Even his head wound was healed. He just needed a shower to clean the grime of the battle away.

Ky watched as Lovely crawled over to Feral. The bronze coyote demon muttered something under his breath when a tongue moved over the wound on his shoulder. Feral looked exhausted; his eyes were closed, and face pinched in pain. Ky still didn't know him much; he still didn't know where he stood with the Relic. But Feral had helped him save Lovely, had helped them all survive the terrible Demencious, and had kept them from falling into the pit. Ky liked him even if he was mean and surly at times.

Decided, Ky shifted down the bed, and ducked his head until he was nose to nose with Feral on the mattress. “Did you...? Can I give you some energy, Feral?” Ky felt nervous when the coyote demon opened his eyes. No matter all they had been through, Feral's golden gaze was still as intense and piercing as ever.

Feral didn't answer right away, and Ky had to wonder if he was more hurt than first thought. “Are you okay?” He carefully touched one of his ears and watched as the furry triangle pierced with gold twitched under his fingertips.

“That tickles, whelp,” Feral finally muttered and closed his eyes.

“Feral, I want to help you,” Ky whispered. He pressed closer until his mouth was right next to his flushed lips. Feral had beautiful lips, maybe even nicer than Lovely's now that he wasn't snarling.

“I don't want help from a sorcerer,” Feral said with a grunt, only to gasp and glare to the other side of him when Lovely sank his fangs into his arm in retaliation.

“Oh. I don't think I'm much of a sorcerer.” Ky's gaze moved over the cuts revealed on Feral's jaw. “I mean, I just made a picture. I'm really just an artist, right? So... So it should be okay.”

“Taste him, you stubborn thing.” Lovely pushed Feral's face back the other way and held him down. “I took too much from you. You can barely put up a fight.”

Ky was not going to kiss Feral if he insisted against it. Even if it would help... Well, maybe just a little. Surely once Feral felt better, he probably wouldn't be so angry about it. Lovely seemed to think so, and held Feral in place while he returned to healing his arm with slow licks of his tongue.

“It's just a taste, right? To make you feel better.” Ky tilted his head closer, the coyote demon's annoyed huff hot on his cheek. He licked his tongue out; he felt more than a little daring to touch Feral's lips. Hopefully, he wouldn't bite him. “Come on, Feral. Lovely says I taste sweet,” he teased.

“Foolish little whelp,” Feral grumbled. Ky used the opportunity to press his tongue inside his mouth. Feral kept himself still, but Ky was determined and caught him by the side of his face so he could share as much of his fluids as possible.

Feral tasted like copper and something heady. His mouth was hot, and it made Ky dizzy when he ran his tongue over the demon's in gentle strokes. He knew he was supposed to be helping, but Ky couldn't stop from feeling so very hot. His body reacted even when his mind told him he was just sharing energy. He didn't know how the demons did it all the time.

Ky pulled away with a groan, his lips sore and tongue aching. He wanted more. His body was burning and tense, and he knew if he didn't stop, he'd probably upset Feral even more. “Sorry. It's hard to not get...” He exhaled shakily and flashed Feral a weak smile. “You have a nice mouth.”

Growling lowly, Feral grabbed Ky by his silky, black hair, and pulled him back forcefully. Ky had a moment to wonder if Lovely would have to heal his face again if Feral started slashing, only to have his lips crushed roughly by the coyote's.

“Gentle,” Lovely warned in Feral's ear, claws prickling on his neck.

Grunting, Feral relaxed his grip on Ky's hair after a moment. He pushed Ky back and crawled up his dazed form. Feral straddled him, his muscular body pinning the slender brunette down while Ky stared up with wide, silver eyes. “Silly little human.” Feral ducked down and drove his tongue into Ky's gasping mouth, his strong fingers holding him by his chin to keep the trembling boy in place. Slowly, he let his hand slid down, caressing his throat and shoulders. “Don't you know it's dangerous to share your life force with a Relic?”

Ky didn't have an answer for that. He was too busy whimpering around the tongue pushing into his mouth as Feral tasted him, stole his breath and made him gasp. Large palms ran up his sides, burning against his skin. “Oh... Oh, god,” he moaned. Feral moved down to his pants and shredded them. Cool air soothed over Ky's revealed skin.

“Listen to you. Always so loud, whelp.” Feral tugged at Ky's pajama pants. The material ripped away from his legs with a tear. “You beg so nicely when Thornes has you filled. It's a pleasing sound to wake to, you pretty slut.”

Blushing hotly, Ky gave another heated moan when his nipple was twisted. Feral lapped his wide tongue down his throat and nipped sharply. Well, maybe the coyote demon didn't totally hate him. It was very hard to think with the muscular, bronze body pinning him down, his hands moving down his panting form to cup his ass and squeeze roughly.

“Oh, fuck,” Ky whimpered hoarsely. His hips bucked up, and he found Feral just as hard as he was. Okay, it seemed demons had the same problem with energy sharing as he did. Maybe he wasn't that weird after all. That hot tongue went lower, moving down his flat stomach and teasing towards his dick. Ky trembled and gasped with each touch.

Feral gave a sharp growl when his head wrenched back. Lovely stared down at him while he yanked his hair. “Hands off, Redeless. If you want to play with my master, then you need to bond. Which you're not going to do, so back off.”

Glaring up at the cat demon, Feral snarled. “Like I want the little whelp? I'd rather be dead than bonded.”

Lovely gave a wicked smirk and pulled harder on Feral's gold and purple locks. “By all means, you coyote hellspawn. Now get your paws off my master. He's too sweet for a coward like you.”

Growling loudly, Feral twisted in Lovely's hold and grabbed him around the waist. Fluffy white wings fluttering around his face as he wrestled the cat boy down on the bed. He pinned Lovely chest first to the mattress, his lips wet when he kissed down his pale, long throat and wrapped around his back. “I know what you're doing, Thornes, and it's not going to work. I don't want a master.”

“You do.” Lovely groaned and pushed back into Feral's embrace. “You want to be tied to me again. You can't connect without a master, and you know it.”

“Kitten, I don't need anything but your tight hole and my knot to tie you,” Feral murmured heatedly. His fingers quickly sought out Lovely's entrance, ignoring his tail as it swished.

“Hell... Damn it, Redeless.” Gasping, Lovely moaned loudly as two fingers plunged into him, drove into his passage and stretched him deep. “You know it's not the same.”

Feral gave another growl and nipped his fangs into Lovely's neck while stretching him relentlessly. “Did you miss me, kitten? Miss having me in your head? Miss knowing when I'm going to hunt you down, fuck you senseless, make you mine?” He thrust a third finger into Lovely's opening, the cat boy crying out and shuddering. “You're always going to be mine, Thornes. My noble, pure, total slut of a kitten.”

Arching his back, Lovely rocked on the fingers pumping into him. He tried to drive them in deeper, harder. Ky was having a difficult time breathing; the two were absolutely beautiful, and Feral was shamelessly tormenting Lovely right next to him. He really wanted to see Feral fuck him again. Ky blushed, realizing just how hot it got him.

Lovely was mewling with every deep pump of Feral's fingers, and Ky sat up to watch the two, his bottom lip caught between his teeth. Feral was definitely Lovely's boyfriend. His low growls were full of naughty encouragements to the moaning cat boy that spoke of familiarity.

“Tell me you want me, kitten. Tell me you're still mine.” Feral sank his teeth into Lovely's shoulder and clenched his jaw until the beautiful cat boy sobbed and gasped for more. “You get so tight for me... So loud and bad, just for me.”

“Redeless... please,” Lovely whimpered. He spread his knees and bent forward on the bed. “Claim me.”

Growling, Feral pulled his fingers from his clenching passage. He licked between Lovely's sweet cheeks before grabbing him by the hips and wrenching him back. Guiding his dripping cock between the cat boy's smooth globes, he bent down to nip his furry ear studded in silver. “Thought you were dead, kitten. Thought I had lost you.”

“Redeless—Oh, gods,” Lovely cried out. Feral sheathed into him abruptly, holding him tight as he humped into him with hard jolts. “Yes... Gods, harder... Need you.”

Groaning, Feral began to fuck him with slamming thrusts, holding Lovely's shoulder down on the bed as he took him hard and filled him again and again.

“Deeper, Red,” Lovely gasped, his hand reaching above and behind him to grasp Feral's thick hair. “Come on, you frrrling coyote. Mate me... Do it.”

Biting the side of his thumb, Ky could only gasp when the coyote demon's thrusts changed. Lovely's expression turned to pure ecstasy. It didn't look much different that Ky could tell, but Lovely was certainly enjoying it. His cries came out broken and aching, and a tear slipped free from his squeezed shut eyes.

“That's it, kitten... Frrrl, that's it... Take it all. Take my knot.” Feral held Lovely tight around his chest, his hips rocking much gentler while the cat demon moaned in agony. “So tight... So full of me. My kitten.” He buried his face in the waterfall of hair at Lovely's neck and groaned softly as he filled his mate with his seed.

“Yes... So much.” Pushing back as he held his weight on his arms, Lovely bucked his hips in an erratic rhythm. He groaned when he got Feral to drive into him even deeper. “Yesss.” He came with a moan, his back arching, muscles tight, breath lost.

Eyes sliding down to where Lovely's cum had spilled over the sheets, Ky slipped his finger into the stream and brought it tentatively to his lips to taste. He closed his eyes, his breath coming out in a burst. It nearly sparked on his tongue. Ky took another lick and felt the strange sensation again. He lapped away the rest of Lovely's cum from his fingers with hungry strokes. When his eyes flickered open again, he found Feral staring at him intently.

Ky blushed under the golden gaze. He couldn't stop from glancing down to find that Feral was still buried deep in Lovely's hole. The cat boy was moaning softly, his lashes fluttering as he rocked with Feral's gentle thrusts. Cum was dripping from where they were joined, and Ky couldn't help but wonder dizzily just how much seed Feral had.

Ky leaned forward and caught Lovely's dazed eye after pushing his long hair out of his face. “It's okay, you know. You two can be together all you like. I know you only bonded with me so that I could have magic to cast that spell. I would never keep you from your boyfriend.”

“Frrling—Kitten, stop moving,” Feral grumbled in exasperation. Still, Lovely stretched forward and kissed Ky soundly.

“I trust you, Ky. That's why I bonded with you.” He kissed Ky's blushing cheek and teased his tongue between his lips. “There are so many things about you I adore, sweet boy. I wanted to be connected to you.” He glanced over his shoulder at Feral, who gave a grumpy glare back. “I want to be connected to the two of you, ideally. But that's Redeless's choice to make.”

“He doesn't like me very much,” Ky mumbled. He really couldn't blame Feral. Anyone that took Lovely's attention away would probably be the worst ever.

“He's just afraid.” Lovely kissed Ky again, hard enough to push him flat on the bed. “He was hurt once. It makes it hard for him to trust.”

“I would never hurt—”

“Don't get the whelp bawling,” Feral grunted. He pulled from Lovely and came up on the other side of Ky to collapse spent on the bed. “He's all tears, this one.”

“No I'm not,” Ky said with a pout. “I would never hurt you—I couldn't. Feral, you could literally claw my face off. And... Well, I don't like seeing people hurt. It's not nice.”

Feral rolled his eyes, unimpressed with Ky's upstanding morals. “Ignore him, sweetling,” Lovely said and kissed down Ky's neck and chest. He moved his hands to caress Ky's sides as he settled between his spread thighs. “Can you feel how connected we are? That warm, strong flare of power in your stomach?”

Ky wet his lips. He couldn't feel much beyond the throb in his dick. Lovely's breath was hot and teasing as he kissed his shaft. “I... Oh, it's in my chest,” he whispered when he felt the flare of power. “You're very... pink,” he said, his brows furrowed as he tried to comprehend the feeling. “Healing... and power. Oh, you're very strong, Lovely. Like a bright, pure light.”

Eyes trained on Ky's face, Feral slipped a finger under Ky's chin and turned his head towards him. Ky opened his eyes at the touch, wondering again if he had said the wrong thing with the prickly coyote. But Feral just continued to stare at him questioningly as if he were trying to read something.

Ky gasped. A low whine escaped him when a hot tongue pressed against his hole. He flushed red, but Feral held his face still and watched his every expression while Lovely began to tease his tongue into his entrance with tormenting, demanding thrusts. “Oh... Oh, that's...” His entire body jerked. Lovely grabbed his raised knees and held them spread as he continued to lick around his rim and plunge into his entrance with slick strokes.

“Louder, little whelp. Let him know how good he is.” Feral's tongue lapped out to steal a hot tear from Ky's cheek.

“Oh, fuck,” Ky moaned. Fingers pushed thick into his hole and replaced Lovely's tongue and lips. He tried to move his head to see what Lovely was doing to him, but Feral wouldn't let him go. The coyote seemed determined to steal every ounce of fluid that dripped from him from his stray tears and streaks of saliva.

“Wait—oh, god... God, Lovely, that's...” Ky wasn't sure just how many long fingers were stretching him wide. Combined with Lovely's hot mouth sucking his cock down, he could barely keep from thrashing. It was a relief when Feral grabbed his wrists with a growl, and pinned him down and still. The coyote's mouth descended on his and muffled his loud cries from every plunging thrust of Lovely's fingers.

“Pleading little slut.” Feral licked up the side of Ky's face while he let out another aching cry. “You're almost as bad as my kitten, and he is a very, very bad slut.”

Gasping for air, Ky squeezed his eyes shut, his body so tight and hot. “Please... I can't... God, please.”

Lovely gave a happy trill when Ky came. His lips sealed tight around his jerking dick, and he swallowed with hot suction. He lapped Ky's sensitive crown a few times to get every last drop of seed before finally letting him go. “Tasty... Sweet, sweet sex.” He licked up Ky's navel, collected his sweat and drank it down in long swipes of his tongue.

Moaning, Ky slumped back on the bed, his eyes cracked open weakly to find Feral still inches from his face with fangs glinting. “Did you know cum is a delicacy, whelp? It's a pure energy shot. Not only does it keep a demon fed, but makes him horny as sin." His eyes lingered on Ky's parted lips for a long moment. "You should be careful who you let into your bed in the dark. You could have all kinds of beasts trying to get into your generous pants.”

Narrowing sleepily on his golden eyes, Ky gave Feral a huff for a change. “Don't you ever have anything nice to say?”

Feral licked his teeth wickedly. “No.”

“Ignore him,” Lovely said with a purr, and the soothing sound filled the room. “My sweet master has healed me, fed me, and saved all our lives. He needs his rest to regain his strength.”

“Right, only after you got every drop you could get from the whelp,” Feral pointed out flatly. Lovely glared at him while wrapping around Ky's yawning form.

“I'd give Lovely everything.” A smile twisted Ky's lips when the white haired boy cuddled with him. He sank into the bed with a sigh, only just realizing how fuzzy he felt. Did sharing energy take energy from him? He hadn't thought that it did, but now he wondered. He remembered how tired he always seemed to be whenever Lovely fed from him.

It wasn't important, not really. Ky watched blearily as Feral gave another stretch, the coyote's strong, tanned arm wrapping over him and Lovely's tangled forms. He had never felt this special before, cherished and protected. Lovely might have felt compelled to bond with him, but that didn't mean he had to like him. Ky could feel that warm energy in his heart that was full of Lovely and he knew the cat boy was genuine. Even Feral, for all his gruff words and taunts, seemed genuine in his regard as he grumbled and nuzzled his face into Ky's neck.

Having the two strong demons curled up with him was the most protected Ky had ever felt. It made it easy to close his eyes and slip into sleep. No nightmares of monstrous overseers dared to break through his warm, fluffy winged guardians.

***

Ky was sorting through his wardrobe when his father came home. Not all of his clothes were ruined, but a lot were sporting fresh slashes, one mangled shirt so destroyed and covered in blood, he couldn't even use it for a rag. He was still feeling off, his mind a bit muddled and he didn't know if that was from using magic for the first time or because he had bonded to Lovely. He kept noticing the princely cat even though Lovely was fast asleep. He had noticed him when he was in the shower scrubbing sleepily, when he had dared poke through the darkness in the wardrobe with a flashlight to discover that it did indeed lead to the attic, and even now, facing away and staring at his ruined pants, he noticed the pale demon. It was all very strange and distracting.

The bedroom door gave a rattle, and Ky turned, his heart stuttering for a moment until he heard his father's voice. “Ky? Why is the door locked?”

Not a monster. Not a huge, terrible, person eating monster. “Sorry, Dad, I'm changing,” Ky yelled. He quickly threw on a shirt and shoved his ruined clothes into the bottom of the wardrobe before closing it tight. He hurried across the room and paused in front of the bed. Feral and Lovely were still lying cuddled together, their long limbs entwined. Feral gave a bored glance his way. Ky bit his lip and turned to the door.

It was probably time, right? His parents were going to figure it out sooner or later when the two demons started leaving the bedroom.

Marcus's eyes were sharp behind his glasses when Ky opened the door. It wasn't an expression Ky usually had directed at him from his father, and it gave him pause.

“Why did you lock the door?” Marcus asked, suspicion clear in his voice.

“Uh... I don't think I did,” Ky mumbled. He wasn't sure what to say when his father narrowed his eyes. He was in trouble. His dad was angry—that weird, quiet, he wasn't sure what was coming, but it was going to be big angry. He was totally in trouble.

Ky stepped away from the door so Marcus could come in, his lip caught between his teeth. “Dad, I wanted you to...” He trailed off. Marcus stepped into the room and looked around warily. His eyes skipped over the bed, unseeing. Ky turned to the bed as well. Feral glared at his father while he covered Lovely's sleeping form with his body. Marcus didn't react, didn't notice, and Ky's heart sank at the realization.

“We need to talk.” Marcus pointed to the chair by the unlit fireplace. Ky shuffled over, not sure what to make of anything at the moment. Either he was absolutely insane, or his dad couldn't see the very solid beings in his room. If his dad couldn't see the Relics, it was going to be really difficult to explain what had happened.

“Is... Is Mom okay?” Ky felt very young under the piercing glare he received for the question.

“Of course your mother is okay. Why wouldn't she be okay? Ky, what the hell is going on?”

Wincing, Ky pulled his knees up. The cushy chair dwarfed him as his father paced. A thrum filled the air, and Ky glanced over to where Lovely was now swishing his tail and stretching. Marcus didn't notice the purr or Lovely either. He looked at Ky expectantly with a grim frown.

“You didn't see anything,” Ky finally said with a sigh. There was no point making it a question.

“There was no one to see,” Marcus snapped back. “Your mother came into the house, and all the lights went out. She stumbled in the dark and had thought she heard voices, maybe fighting. For all we know, it was the television. We searched the house top to bottom, and there was nothing. By the way, I don't understand why you felt the need to destroy the attic, but you will be cleaning that mess.”

“Dad, I didn't—”

“Are you having blackouts?” Marcus stopped in front of Ky's chair with a concerned expression. “Do you wake up not remembering things, maybe losing hours? Ky, this isn't normal behavior.”

Ky clicked his mouth shut. He blinked rapidly as dread began to grow in the pit of his stomach. Lovely's purr was not helping this one. His dad thought he was going crazy. Marcus had grown up with Anselm—the man had a full grown sorcerer for a father—but he thought he was crazy.

Marcus had never figured out Anselm was a sorcerer, had he? He hadn't even known that the top floor of his childhood house had been filled with chained up demons. Maybe... Maybe only certain people could see the creatures?

“Dad, did Anselm ever tell you about the Relics?” Ky asked quietly.

Marcus stepped back as if struck. He turned abruptly and paced away, only to turn again. “I want you to stay away from my father's old things. He was crazy, Ky. He kept dangerous things, possibly poison, maybe hallucinogenics. They're not toys.”

“Dad! You'd rather believe I'm out of my mind than listen to the truth. You know what a Relic is. It's a demon!”

“There is no such thing as demons,” Marcus gritted out between clenched teeth. “It's just nonsense from the messed up mind of a very inattentive father. I should never have let you near any of his books. The dark, horrible stuff in those things... You're too impressionable.”

Feeling helpless and angry, Ky could only get louder the more his father refused to listen to him. “You're the one not seeing things clearly. You're so afraid of what grandpa was that you're completely ignoring that there was a monster in the house that was going to hurt us. It killed Anselm, and it was going to kill us too!”

“Then where is it, Ky?” Marcus shouted and threw his hands up. His eyes were wild with restrained anger. “Where is this so called demon?”

“I don't know. Oblivion, I think,” Ky muttered angrily. “I did a spell to send her away. All I know is that she's never coming back.”

“The circle?” Marcus pointed to the doorway where he had returned to wash all remains of the spell away. “Those nonsense drawings my father was always doing in his notebooks?”

Stumbling to his feet, Ky crossed to the door and pointed to the slashes gouged into the floor from Demencious when she'd been sucked into the spell. “How would I have done that, huh? My hands can't make marks like that. I don't have any tool that can do that. Why would I lie about this, Dad? Why would I choose for you to think I'm a fucking crazy person unless I'm telling you the damn truth!”

Maybe Feral was right; maybe he was all tears. Ky rubbed the back of his wrists against his damp eyes in frustration. “You've always said to tell the truth—that it doesn't matter what kind of trouble I get into just as long as I tell you the truth. Dad, there was a monster in the house that was going to eat me. It was that Marlene lady, but she wasn't really a person, she was a demon. An overseer. It was going to eat mom and you too when you got home. It was going to eat Lovely and Feral and—Oh, fuck, Magnificent. Dad, Anselm had, like, thirty different demons in this house. Aunty Charlotte saw Lovely and—”

“Stop,” Marcus cut in, his voice clipped, face hard, and expression closed off. “Just stop it. You will not tell your mother any of this nonsense. Do you understand me? You will not make her afraid of her own house. Do not make her worry that her only son is losing his mind.” His voice broke on the last word and Ky flinched from the sorrow in his father's voice.

“Dad, I'm not...”

“No more playing around with Anselm's old things. You need to focus on your schoolwork. You've missed the first two days of class—You slept through two days, Ky. Your mother wanted to take you to the hospital. Nothing we did could wake you.” Marcus looked away, his expression crumpling. He pointed to the bureau where Ky's syllabus sat on top. “You have an evening class tonight. One of the art classes. Don't forget to go. You can take your mother's car. I... I have work I need to get to. We've gotten behind because of all of this.”

He stopped in the doorway and stared down at the gouges in the floor before meeting Ky's watery gaze. “No more circles.” Marcus left, his footsteps heavy as he walked away.

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