Rebecca is a demon with family connections. She ran from Las Vegas to New York to escape a bad situation and her family hired Saul, a fallen angel and bounty hunter, to protect her. Living up to his nickname of the Bastard, Rebecca finds Saul abrasive yet utterly irresistible. Likewise, Saul is attracted to Rebecca, but must fight his attraction since he wants to earn his way back into Heaven. Can they ignore their mutual feelings? Will Saul be able to keep Rebecca safe?
Saul and Rebecca are both extremely likeable characters. Rebecca is self-assured and intelligent. Saul is tortured and secretly caring, but carrying a huge chip on his shoulder. I adored their relationship, especially the teasing and the buildup.
Although I enjoyed Saul and Rebecca, I wanted more. I felt their character and relationship development was rushed. Also, I felt most of the plot was rushed, leading to several moments where I felt I missed something important. Needless to say, this short story flew by, leaving me turning the pages but scratching my head.
I liked The Beauty and the Bastard. The main characters seal the deal and the pacing of the story is lightening fast. Unfortunately, I wish this short story were longer. I believe with a bit more character and plot development The Beauty and the Bastard would have been fantastic. In its current form, the short story is pretty good and still recommended.
Saul the Bastard is a fallen angel who works as a bounty hunter for powerful urban demon families. Rebecca Drake, a modern day demon princess, is being hunted by dangerous desert demons. When Rebecca's family hires Saul to protect her, they are both unhappy with the arrangement, but before long sparks fly as they try to resist their strong mutual attraction. For the first time in living memory, Saul has someone to love; someone he is scared of losing; someone the desert demons have marked to be their next sacrifice.