Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hell's Belles (Hell on Earth, Book 1) Hell's Belles
by Jackie Kessler
Hell on Earth series #1

Book Review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A former succubus on the run from hell, turned mortal stripper in The Big Apple”. Jackie Kessler’s premise for her new book, Hell’s Belles, caught my attention and totally perked my interest.

Reading the book in just one day, first of the new year at that, it tells the tale of Jesse, former sex demon whose job was to seduce men and take their souls, who is now, due to some major management changes in Hell, AWOL from the fiery depths. Turning to a witch for help, she gets herself changed to a mortal, and with nothing but desperation and her inherent skill sets, ventureds towards the Big Apple. On the train she meets Paul, a hunky mortal who makes her want to get back into the seducing business. So what does a former succubus do in the big city? Becomes a stripper., of course.

Now, plagued with mortal problems like financial issues and love dilemmas, Jesse also has to hide from bounty hunters from hell, an irate demon queen, and an incubus friend who has the “hots” for her. Jesse’s earthly adventure couldn’t be more filled with humor and danger.

Told through Jesse’s point of view, I got totally sucked into this book, and couldn’t put it down. Written in a light, humorous manner, complete with silly clichéd expression that somehow added to its charm, I found myself rooting for the main character, as she navigates her escape from hell and her hiding out in Earth.

Kessler’s vivid description of Hell is ingenious and picturesque. I also like her use of “corporate business” terms as her metaphor for its management issues. Her demoness with a heart was an endearing heroine, and the plot was fast-paced enough to keep my attention. And that incubus Daun intrigued me so much, that I can't wait to read his book, which is the third in the series. The ending is a little pat for my taste, although it did reveal more on why Jesse did run away.

If you like paranormal books that are funny and a little bit raunchy, pick up Hell’s Belles for a fun ride in hell.

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