Ash Demon Marcus has been dispatched from the dark realms to find and seduce Elizabeth Burke. He is tolearn what she knows about PCell, a top secret division of the British Secret Service intent upon eliminatingcreatures of the paranormal—and use that information to destroy PCell!But Marcus has felt a connection to Elizabeth for a long time, ever since he rescued her from being ravaged by his cousin ten years ago! Can he go through with a plan that calls for him to do essentially the same thing—without falling in love with her?
The explosion slammed Marcus’s mortal body against the riverbank before he could fly to safety. His enemywas on the hunt, firing his blaster at random, hoping to make his para kill for the night. Instead, the PCellagent discharged his weapon into the ground, sending shockwaves across the English countryside.Marcus could have been destroyed because he’d been distracted by a pretty face.
pretty face.Was his intense attraction to her a side effect of the conversion from his Ash Demon form to human flesh andbones? It had to be. It wasn’t like Elizabeth Burke was breathtakingly beautiful. He’d seen prettier."Are you off your trolley? You could have gotten yourself killed."The not–so–pretty Elizabeth, with her red–streaked hair damp from the rain, stood over him, pinning him withher golden eyes. "Come on, then. We’ve got to get you out of here. You walked into a bloody mess."In a helpful gesture, she grabbed his arm and Marcus fought back his resentment. He was Ash Demon, a racesuperior to mortals. He hadn’t been physically wounded and didn’t need assistance from this petite creature.Standing, he wavered, struggling to regain his strength. The conversion
weakened him more so thanusual. Or had a salt bullet from the agent’s blaster actually grazed his skin?Elizabeth led him away from the river that weaved through the lush, rolling countryside, away from certainannihilation if he’d been caught by a PCell assassin. Correction: not caught, executed. PCell’s sole purposewas to destroy paras of all kinds, without thought, without reason."What’s your name?" she asked.She seemed awfully trusting, but then they’d met before, even if she didn’t consciously remember theencounter. They’d met, he’d defended her, and he’d held her in his mortal arms until she’d fallen soundlyasleep. She’d been the only woman he’d held that way, and back then she was just a girl, terrified byMarcus’s demon cousin who’d wanted to slake his need with a human virgin."My name is Marcus." Even his voice sounded weak."Easy then, Marcus. My auto is just beyond those trees. I’ll give you a lift out of here. I was finishing up whenI heard the blast. What were you doing anyway? The enchanted forest is dangerous for people like us."People like us? The girl had no idea she was walking beside an Ash Demon, a creature from the dark realmsent to find her, seduce her, and use her knowledge to destroy PCell. A mission he did not relish, yet wouldfulfill in order to save his kind: paras of the dark realm.She didn’t realize the danger of being in Marcus’s presence because Ash was the most highly evolved of thedemon race. Having been created from human ash of the Great Fire of Rome, Ash could assume human formbetter than any other creature of the dark realm. But the mortal seed running through them also made Ashmore susceptible to the horrific emotions of compassion and love, two vulnerabilities that could strip an AshDemon of his identity if he succumbed to their charms."It’s lovely out this evening," he said, his voice returning. "I decided to take a stroll and lost my way.""Ah," she winked. "Must be having girl trouble."