Rating: 3.5 stars
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Length: Novella

 

Seven hundred years ago, Faust sold his soul to a demon, and now the witch spends his days making deals on the demon’s behalf, playing games with mortals. If they win — which they rarely do — they gain something worth more than gold; if they lose, it’s their life on the line. Or rather, years. One man might wager ten years of his life, another five, but it’s up to Faust whether you’re worth playing with.

Cameron is a demon hunter, one of the best, and he’s been hunting this demon for a long time: Breithiúnas, who calls himself a demon of justice. And in a way, he is. A person might bargain with him for their enemy to suffer, only to end up paying with their own life. After all, would a good person wish a demon to harm someone? Would an innocent person bargain with a demon, wishing pain and misfortune for someone else? For Cameron, though, that’s all splitting hairs. Breithiúnas is a demon and he’s a demon hunter, and that’s all there is to the story.

Until it isn’t. It turns out Faust is bound to Breithiúnas, having made a bargain with the demon for his life … by taking the lives of others, and Cameron is going to put a stop to that right now.

This story was first available on Burns & Fawkes Patreon page and is now being offered to everyone else. It’s a fun little book and a very quick read. The chemistry the two authors manage to create between their characters is on point, and the world building flows organically. Plot wise, there’s not much I can say without spoiling things, but it’s a good, solid little story.

Faust is old. He’s seen a lot of life, the good and the bad, and he’s been a faithful enough servant that his master doesn’t mind him losing on occasion. Or maybe he just doesn’t notice when someone walks away with a few added years because Faust is a soft touch. In all his time, Faust had his fair share of entanglements, but none have lasted all that long. Something to do with the demon holding his leash, ordering him about here and there. The few nights Faust has with Cameron where he can sit, relax, cook and eat a meal, and have a shower and maybe a bit of fun in bed have been … well, they’ve been more than nice. They’ve left him feeling normal for the first time in a long time. Normal and vulnerable.

The notion that a man who’d lived seven hundred years, given people like little Nano Del Rosario their lives back, had nowhere better to go than into the arms of a man who’d locked him up and held him prisoner was maybe the most heartbreaking thing of all.

Too bad I was a monster, and had no tears to cry for him.

Cameron is grim, determined, driven and, yes, sometimes a monster. For all that he hunts demons, he’s also willing to sit and have a drink or a chat or a fuck with them, particularly the incubus who runs his favorite bar. He’s not out to save lives or help the needy, he’s out for revenge and his own sense of right and wrong, and sometimes that means leaving people to be their own salvation rather than reaching out to lift them up. That, and the fact the he has a low opinion of his own self worth based on how he looks and how people judge him for it.

The writing is good, the pace is fast, and I had fun reading this story. If you’re a fan of either author or just want a bit of paranormal romance, this book might just hit the spot.