Tied Bond (Holly Woods Files, #4)

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© Emma Hart 2016.

 

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Photography and design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design.

Editing by Michelle Kampmeier.

Table of Contents

Title Page
Books by Emma Hart
About TIED BOND
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
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five
About the Author
Coypright Notice

The HOLLY WOODS FILES series:

Twisted Bond

Tangled Bond

Tethered Bond

Tied Bond

Twirled Bond

Burning Bond

Twined Bond

 

The BY HIS GAME series:

Blindsided

Sidelined

Intercepted

 

The CALL series:

Late Call

Final Call

His Call

 

The WILD series:

Wild Attraction

Wild Temptation

Wild Addiction

 

The GAME series:

The Love Game

Playing for Keeps

The Right Moves

Worth the Risk

 

The MEMORIES series:

Never Forget

Always Remember

 

The BURKE BROTHERS series:

Dirty Secret

Dirty Past

Dirty Lies

Dirty Tricks

Holly Woods is going to hell in a handbasket—but this time, Satanists aren’t to blame. Halloween is.

 

Nonna doesn’t understand why there are skeletons and demons everywhere. Mom is threatening to stitch a devil into Nonna’s pillowcase if she doesn’t shut up. Bek is bumbling over a date with Jason, the handsome FBI agent who conveniently got himself relocated to Austin, and I… Well. I’m considering running away to a town without the crazies.

 

Nothing new here.

 

Everything is going smoothly—too smoothly—and I can’t shake the feeling that something is about to happen. Drake insists I’m being paranoid… But when a body turns up at the Holly Woods Halloween party, we have a whole lot more than a murderer to worry about.

 

Because the prime suspect is his mom.

 

And it’s my job to prove she’s innocent.

“K
ellie! You put-a that-a devil-a down!”

“It’s not a devil, Liliana. It’s a demon. One that will find its way into your bedroom if you don’t get. Off. Of. It!”

I fold my arms across my chest and lean against the front door. Have you ever seen an elderly Italian woman and a fifty-something-year-old woman playing tug-of-war with a decorative demon? No?

Lucky you.

“I do not-a care! It is-a not-a going on-a my-a house-a!”

“It’s my house!” Mom yells. “You haven’t paid rent for ten years!”

My eyes widen. Oh boy. Here we go.

“I no need-a pay-a rent! I cook-a, I clean-a! That-a is-a my rent!”

“You clean the
kitchen
, you crazy old lady!”

Nonna gasps, her hand flying to her chest in dramatic horror. “I am-a not-a crazy!”

“You’re so crazy you’re lucky you’re not in a home!”

“Noella!” Nonna spins, pointing a wrinkled finger in my direction. “Am-a I crazy?”

Way to put a girl on the spot, Nonna.
“Well…” I say slowly. “Crazy is a strong word…”

“Aha!”

“But, then again, so is normal.”

“Noella!”

“What? You asked, I answered.”

She sniffs and pulls her light wrap around her shoulders. “Why-a you-a here? Don’t you-a have-a to feed-a your man?”

“No. He’s working.”

“Aha! I will-a call-a Drake and report this… This-a
merda
!”

Mom staggers back, her jaw open. “Liliana! That language is not appropriate!”

“Neither is-a your-a demons!” Nonna finally manages to wrench the demon away from Mom and waves it enthusiastically. “Pah!”

Then, to Mom’s undisguised horror, she throws it onto the ground. My eyebrows shoot up, and I step to the side as Nonna storms toward me. Well, as quickly as an old woman with a cane can storm, that is.

“Liliana! You pick that up right now!”

“No! I call-a the police-a!” Nonna frowns and waves her cane in Mom’s direction. “You-a disturb-a the peace!” She turns and shuffles into the house.

“She’s not actually going to… Never mind,” I say, hearing her yell down the phone. Yep, she’s actually calling the police station.

That’s a new one, even for the Bonds.

“She’s crazy!” Mom’s face is bright red as she bends forward to pick up the demon Nonna defiled with dirt. “She needs to be put in a home!”

“You’d need to get her sedated before you tried that.” I straighten a pumpkin Nonna apparently knocked over. “Just put the demons somewhere she can’t see them and then the problem is solved.”

“Oh yes?” Mom raises her eyebrows then pulls out a giant cloaked figure. “What do I do with Lucifer?”

I stare at the five-foot-tall devil decoration that usually spends the holiday hanging on the tree at the bottom of the yard. Its motion-sensor makes it moan every time someone walks past it, and the long robes are forever getting caught on the bush beneath the tree.

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