Hell on Earth Series By Jackie Kessler

From Amazon.com:  She’s A Hot Demon On The Run From Hell– Which Isn’t Easy To Do In Heels.

Once upon a time, Jezebel was a powerful succubus, capable of seducing men and sucking out their souls. But that was before Hell put a bounty on her head. Now her only chance to escape a fate far worse than death is to live as a mortal, losing herself in a sea of unfamiliar humanity, in a place where sinners walk hand-in-hand with saints–a place like Belle’s strip club in New York City.

Working as an exotic dancer is a piece of cake for a former demon that once specialized in sex. Taking money from men? Please. It’s like leading lawyers to the Lake of Fire. Plus the lingerie is great. But she hadn’t counted on meeting sexy Paul Hamilton, a man haunted by his past. Good-bye, succubus; hello, lovestruck. Learning all about how complicated–and pleasurable–love can be, Jezebel thinks she’s turned her back on Hell.

But Hell hasn’t stopped looking for her. The secrets Jezebel holds are the most dangerous of all, the kind every demon in the Underworld would do their worst to protect. Demons are closing in, which is enough to make Jezebel shiver in her G-string. But it’s her love for Paul that’s going to have deadly consequences…

Thoughts on the Road to Hell series: (I tried to avoid spoilers)

Ohmigodilovejezebelthesuccubssomuch!!  Whew, had to blurt that out, anyway. When we meet Jezebel in Hell’s Belles, she’s a succubus on the run from Hell, hoping to find the witch that can turn her human to avoid detection by demon bounty hunters.  Once she is sorta human (and calling herself Jessie), she flees to New York City in hopes of blending in with the rest of humanity.  En route to NYC she meets Paul Hamilton and is instantly smitten with her newly found “Cabin Boy.”  She takes a job as a stripper, which pretty much comes as second nature to a creature of lust, but quickly realizes that the demons of Hell are on her heels.  With the help of her incubus former lover Daunuan and her BFF Meg the Fury, she tries to find a way to escape the wrath of Hell’s new King.

Hell’s Belles is a sexy, dirty, sinfully wonderful book! Jezebel is hysterical, I laughed out loud several times while reading this.  Her mouth is so durty, Orbitz wouldn’t stand a chance cleaning it up.  Plus, there is just enough action to keep the plot moving along, but honestly, I could’ve read Jezebel’s conversations with her ‘conscience’ for hours.  I also loved the twist on the relationship between Heaven and Hell and Lucifer.  In fact, I almost enjoyed the time Jessie was in Hell more than when she was on Earth!

When we see Jezzie again in The Road to Hell, she is living with her cabin boy lover Paul and trying to adjust to being a human with a real, untainted soul.  Unfortunately, her new soul brought all kinds of feelings with it, like hurt from Meg’s betrayal.  Most of the book deals with Jessie trying to learn how to live like a human and be in a relationship, but her new human-with-a-soul status has made her plenty of enemies in Hell.  The Queen of Lust, Lilith, is out to get Jessie for reasons revealed later in the book.  And Jessie keeps getting unwelcome visits from Alecto the Fury asking for assistance with saving Meg and Daunuan attempting to seduce her back to Hell.  When Lilith’s attacks on Jessie fail, she goes after Paul, and Jessie finds herself back in Hell to save him.

The Road to Hell was a great book, but after Hell’s Belles, it was sorta a disappointment.  Jessie is not nearly as raunchy in this one, which I really missed.  She almost becomes whiny when dealing with Paul, and her encounters with Daunuan go from uber steamy to almost sad.   Daunuan’s new apprentice Angel provides some really funny scenes as an angel trying to become a succubus.  While the first book was completely frivolous and fun, The Road to Hell has some more touching scenes that I wasn’t really expecting.  It also left us with lingering questions about why Hecate is interested in Jez and what exactly her relationship with Lucifer is. 

Hotter than Hell, the third book in the series, is completely different from the first two, and is told from Daunuan’s point of view.  The newly appointed King of Lust, the God Pan, has asked Daunuan to be his prince.  But he must pass Pan’s test first which involves seducing a woman slated for Heaven into committing an act of lust.  His target, Virginia, is a dead ringer for Jezebel, and Daunuan is forced to come to terms with his feelings for his long lost succubus.  Daunuan becomes ‘Don’ in order to seduce Virginia into sleeping with him, but other Princes of Hell are trying to stop him at all costs.

After the first two books in the series, I didn’t really appreciate the total shift of view point.  I loved Duan in the other books, but since he had to make himself boring to seduce Virginia, he just didn’t work for me here.  When Jezebel was in the scene, she didn’t act like herself at all, which made me sad. I missed Jessie!  The book had a twist ending that I didn’t see coming, but also didn’t really care for cause it seems that not everyone will get their happy ending.  I kinda wish I had just stuck to the first two, but I liked the books enough to check out Jackie Kessler’s other series, The Icarus Project.

My Favorite Jezebel quotes:

Bartender: “Scotch.  Thought you could use one. The good stuff, too.  Eighteen year.

Jezebel: “Usually I preferred a little Scotch wearing a kilt and no knickers. But I’d take the liquid variety today.

“Paul! Oooh. My Cabin Boy returneth. Woot!”

 “A demon trust a human? Unspeakably funny. The only creatures that lied even more than demons were humans—and that was because demons didn’t lie to themselves.”

Ratings:

Hell’s Belles : 9

The Road to Hell:  8

Hotter than Hell:  7

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KC (Smokinhotbooks)
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 15:19:07

    “Her mouth is so durty, Orbitz wouldn’t stand a chance cleaning it up.”–>Okay you have my attention now. Oh Em Gee I must get on this series.

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  2. jd
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 11:24:38

    Despite your rave review…yeah, probably won’t ever read this. Haha! Love the Orbitz line!

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  3. Lou Wyandt
    Apr 15, 2010 @ 21:58:37

    Thanks for the great post! You have a new fan.

    Reply

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