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Authors: Belinda Boring

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Every
male werewolf had the capacity for such ruthlessness. As an Alpha, I’d always felt I straddled a fence where just one wrong move and I’d become something different. It was why I always strove to govern the Pack fairly. Why I carefully guarded that part of me that kept me more human than beast. Others didn’t care and claimed it was who they were.

That wasn’t me. I was a good man and because of Darcy,
I remained one
.

 

Praise for Darkness Unleashed

 


The Queen of Cliffhangers has taken this to a whole new level. I thought Savage Possession was intense . . . that was a walk in the park compared to this firebomb.”

~ Raquel Auriemma, Roc n’ Read
.

 


Belinda had my emotions going from the very high to the very low in just a matter of pages. I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion and I didn't know I was doing so until it hurt.”

~ Cindy Mucha Barton, Amazon Customer.

 


Darkness Unleashed has topped the best book in the series to date.”

~ Susan McCray, Goodreads Reader.

 


Your heart and mind will be playing tricks on you as you read this series. The Mystic Wolves will become your addiction, buckle up for another amazing ride.”

~ Laura Griffel, Amazon Customer.

 


Just when you think the Mystic Wolves story can't get any better, Belinda pulls another "rabbit out of her hat". This series gets better and better with a touch of evil sprinkled in! #sataninplainclothes.”
~ Lisa Markson, The Paranormal Bookworm.

 


The Queen Of Swoon, sweeps us in a fast paced, action packed delivery of Epic proportions!!!! If you thought you have read the biggest cliff hangers before then think again because this one deliver's a one two punch that leaves you breathless and in pure shock!!!!”

~ Laura Tolbert, Amazon Customer.

 


All I can say is Belinda is a genius when it comes to cliffhangers.”

~ Kimmi Wakefield, Goodreads Reader.

 


Omg!!! The Queen of Cliffhangers has struck again.”

~ Laura McGee, Amazon Customer.

Darkness Unleashed

 

Copyright 2014 Belinda Boring

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published by Blushing Heart Press

Edited by Kim Swain, Red Line Editing & Writing

Cover Design by Lacey Weatherford, Moonstruck Media LLC

 

Smashwords Edition

 

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Dedication

 

To Julie Woods,

 

Here’s to many more evil plotting sessions in the future.

Oh, and if I haven’t told you already today . . .

 

I love you, and you’re pretty!

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

This may be my all-time favorite book within the Mystic Wolves world. It’s also the one that tested me the most—making me grin, laugh, and yes . . . cry as it broke my heart. I love each of these characters. They own me completely. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them—no twist or turn I won’t make in order to honor them. And it shows in Darkness Unleashed.

Having said that,
trust me
.
Trust me
even when you think I’ve lost my mind.
Trust me
when you’re staring at the page, cursing me loudly.
Trust me
when I say . . . it will all work out.

Scared? You should be. You will fall deeper in love with Mason, Darcy, Daniel, Devlin, and Vlad. Your commitment and devotion to them will intensify. Darkness Unleashed will connect your hearts to them. And it will be glorious!

Thank you, everyone, for all your support. I feel so incredibly blessed by those who surround me on a daily basis, cheering me on, and keeping me motivated when my brain turns to mush and Pinterest starts calling.

To those who help me polish the story until it shines.

To those who constantly promote my books to the world.

To those who make sure I don’t go crazy.

To those who make sure I eat, drink, and sleep.

To those who make me laugh about deleting.

To those who feed my addiction to all things Doctor Who and Supernatural.

 

I LOVE YOU.

 

Thanks for being part of the journey. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

 

Bels

xoxo

 

 

Prologue

Darcy

 

 

Trapped.

I was a prisoner inside my own body, all my efforts for freedom falling by the wayside.

Nothing I did made any difference. In fact, it seemed to please Amber, the werewolf who had managed to possess me when I died during my vampire conversion. She didn’t waste a single moment in gloating about how she was going to finally have Mason all to herself.

She’d aligned with some powerful friends, Helena being one of them. Together, they were preparing the way for someone they called the Master. In secret, they had plotted, killed, and performed the darkest of magic—all the while pretending to be the good guys.

All the while fooling the people I loved most with their lies.

It was torture watching from the shadows as Amber masqueraded as me.

Meanwhile, I grew weaker. Each day that passed, another piece of my soul faded until, eventually, I would simply disappear, forever out of reach.

There would be no bringing me back then. Even if something happened and Amber was discovered, it would be too late to save me.

I would be gone. Truly dead. My life over.

My time was running out, and with each passing second, Amber grew stronger. Bolder. More reckless.

Hopefully it would be her downfall.

I hadn’t given up on Mason realizing something was wrong. He’d know; and when he did, he’d come for me.

Until then, I remained trapped—helplessly watching while Amber left destruction in her wake, reminding me that the clock kept ticking away.

Bringing me one step closer to nothing.

Tick.

Tock.

 

Chapter One

Mason

 

 


How’s she feeling?”

Entering my office, I found Daniel sitting behind my desk, typing at my computer. We were in business together and we often used this room to deal with the various aspects of the job. Both of us had a love of computer programming; but if truth were told, Daniel enjoyed the marketing side of it more. He definitely had the right personality to win over potential customers and keep our clients happy.


She’s going to have one hell of a hangover when she wakes up,” I admitted, closing the door behind me. Part of me wanted to laugh at how funny Darcy had been once we’d pulled up in front of the house. She’d kept up a steady stream of drunken snores all the way home from the bar, but trying to get her inside had proved to be more difficult. Jostling in my arms, she’d stirred and flown off into a confused slur of a rant about something, her alcohol-laced breath proof that she’d indulged in one too many drinks.

It wasn’t the fact she’d decided to go off by herself, or that I’d found her singing Karaoke for a bunch of overly friendly bar patrons—I tried to always keep my overprotectiveness under control when it came to my mate, remembering the countless heated discussions we’d engaged in over her need for independence. For the most part, I knew I didn’t have much to worry about and Woodside Hollow was relatively safe.

No, that wasn’t what had me concerned right now. It was the growing evidence that something was drastically wrong with the girl who owned my heart. She wasn’t herself and it didn’t matter how much I wanted to rationalize it away as a result from her conversion.

Something else was at work here, and damned if I was going to sit back and watch from the sidelines as she unraveled.

Daniel glanced up from the screen, a frown creasing his brow. “Did she say why she was partying by herself? It’s not like her to hang out at the bar alone.” Pushing back from the desk, he leaned with his elbow on the chair’s side arm. Daniel had a good point, but that wasn’t what bothered me the most.

I’m not who you think I am.

I’d wanted to ask her what she meant, but had been busy trying to keep her from removing her clothes right there in the parking lot. Darcy was sexy as hell, and the sight of her skin, the curves of her body, always addled my brain. She’d then whispered something else that had turned my blood cold as she passed out.

She never did deserve you.

I’d gone over and over it in my mind. I’d told myself I must’ve heard her wrong, that she’d said
I
and not
she
, but it was as clear as day. Darcy wasn’t one to talk in third person. Whatever was going on, whoever was walking around in my wife’s body, it wasn’t her.


Can I tell you something that’s going to sound really crazy?” I asked, dropping onto the couch. The second my body hit the cushions, I wanted to be up and pacing, a nervous energy filling me. Now that I’d entertained the idea, I knew I was right.


Dude, how long have I been your friend?” Daniel replied, cocking his eyebrow with a sarcastic grin.


I’m being serious here.” The tone in my voice said it all. He instantly sat straighter, ignoring the work before him.


Then I’m all ears. What’s going on?”

This was my best friend, the man I trusted with everything. If I couldn’t tell him my suspicions, I was definitely in trouble. “It’s Darcy,” I began, pausing long enough to take a deep breath before continuing. “I don’t think it’s really her.”

Confusion flooded Daniel’s features, as my words seemed to hang in the air. I could see him trying to understand and the moment when he failed. “Say that again?”


I don’t think it’s really her.”


What? Like she’s acting strange? We already knew that. I thought we’d decided to wait and see how she settled in?”


No, I mean it’s not her.” Daniel started to chuckle, but I raised my hand, shaking my head. “That woman who’s sleeping in my bed right now . . . that’s not my wife. Yes, it looks and sounds like Darcy, but think about it. We’ve all said it. She’s not acting like the woman we know. Yes, Devlin said there could be a personality shift after the conversion, but how much? I can’t imagine Darcy becoming
that
altered. There have been moments when I’ve thought it’s almost like she’s a completely different person.”

Daniel nodded. “I’ve wondered that as well, but then she’ll say something and I just brushed it off.”


She said something while I was bringing her home. That she wasn’t who I thought she was.”


That could’ve been the alcohol talking, Mason. Do I need to remind you of how many things we’ve let slip over the years after a night out? Honestly? Maybe she was referring to the fact she’s changed.”

I was done with sitting. Now that I’d aired out my concerns, I needed to move. “That’s what I thought. Trust me, I’ve gone through every excuse in the book, but she said something else.” Standing by the desk, I restlessly perched on the edge as I dragged my fingers through my hair.


Well?” Daniel prompted.

I didn’t realize I’d stopped. “She said, ‘she doesn’t deserve you.’”


Huh?”


That’s what she said. ‘She doesn’t deserve you.’”


What the hell does that mean?” Daniel’s puzzled look changed into one of deeper bewilderment.


Exactly. When have you ever heard Darcy talk in third person? So again, I don’t think that’s my wife.” Each time I voiced my belief out loud, fear anchored itself deeper in my heart. A frantic anxiety stirred in the pit of my stomach as bit, by torturous bit, that niggling thought became reality. “It’s the only explanation, Daniel. I’ve gone over it.”


Who else have you told?”


Just you,” I admitted. “I thought I was going mad; but seriously, the evidence all points to something being wrong. And if that’s the case, the sooner we uncover the truth, the sooner we can get the real Darcy back.”

I waited for him to laugh and tell me I was being paranoid. If needed, I was ready to list each situation where she’d acted out of character plainly, so he’d reach the same conclusion as me. It wasn’t necessary, though.

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