Review: Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler (Hell on Earth #1)
January 1 2007
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Paul Hamilton
Kick Ass Chick – Jezebel
“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 New York City.
Working as an exotic dancer is a piece of cake for a former demon who once specialized in sex. But she hadn’t counted on meeting sexy Paul Hamilton, a man haunted by his past. Good-bye, succubus; hello, lovestruck.
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. . .”
Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler is a dirty little book. The sex scenes are hot. Geez, even the heroine’s daydreams are smokin’! But then again, what else would you expect from a book that tells the story of Jezebel, a succubus running from Hell’s Hunters who asks a witch to make her mortal then moves to New York City and becomes an exotic dancer to pay the rent. It does have all the elements for one sizzling tale….and it really does deliver on those elements.
It’s not just a hot book though. It’s a good book too! Jezebel is a succubus who is kind of going though an identity crisis of sorts. You see, she’s developing feelings. And demons don’t have feelings. That’s worst than having cooties! We don’t really know what happened that made her run. We just know she’s afraid and needs to get away. By becoming mortal, she figures she has a better chance of slipping under Hell’s radar. She is such a cute and charming character, full of conflicting emotion yet not too serious. She’s been around humans for 4,000 years, but she’s never been one. As you witness her trying to fit in, you can’t help but want her to be okay. And Jezabel is a funny gal. Her one liners are hilarious!
While waiting at the train station, she meets Paul. Paul is sweet and sexy and nice. And he doesn’t care when Jezebel cries because she’s been hurt or is confused. Yes, I said he doesn’t mind. Can there be a more perfect man?! Through the book we slowly learn about Paul, but for most of the book we only know that he’s a great guy who cares for our Jesse (the name Jezebel goes by). But don’t worry. You never feel lost and you will eventually get all the info you want.
The way the story is written is great. You know Jesse is running but you don’t know why. Actually, you don’t really know from whom exactly either. I learned the hard way that reading the titles of the chapters is very important in this book. I must admit that sometimes I don’t so much do that. I am too anxious to get to the story. (Am I really the only one?) So I’m reading away at this book and suddenly, I find myself lost. I don’t know why Jesse is in the bar at the end of the last chapter and in Hell in this chapter. Then I noticed that the chapters’ titles actually tells you when that particular part of the story is going to take place, whether it be now or before. Yep. Sort of important. *smacks forehead*
Through the story you are sent from the present to the past, from the hotel she’s staying at to Hell to the club. Jackie does this very well. The bouncing around never feels forced or awkward. The story is told as the story is supposed to be told, and everything falls in place at the end. And even though there is a happy at the end, there is also a lot of “but but but…” So it’s a good thing that there is another book in this series and lots and lots of novellas.
I am glad I finally picked up this book. I originally bought it because the reviews that I’d read said it was a good story with fun characters with a wicked sense of humor. And they were right. I really enjoyed this book. I laughed many times and giggled many others. I have the second book The Road to Hell in my book closet and I am going to pick it up because I really want to know where Jesse and Paul end up. They are an endearing, funny and hot couple. And really, is there a better combination?
Giggle worthy quotes
“And just like sex, it was over too fast.”
“He grinned at me, his eyes checking out my legs briefly before locking politely onto my face. ‘Someone here order a pizza?’
Stop staring at him like he was the hottest thing since Adonis.
Uh-uh, I told myself, wondering if all mortal women had silent conversations with their psyches. He’d give Adonis an inferiority complex that would eclipse Mount Olympus.
Oh, please. Get past the hot factor. You’re a former demon. Hot for you would make suns feel chilly.
But those eyes…!
At least pick your jaw up off the floor and say something clever.
I opened my mouth and said, ‘Hi.’
That’s it, the little voice in my head snorted in disgust. I give up. You’re hopeless.”
“Crap. Now my panties were damp. Being human meant leaking at very inopportune times.”
Books in the Hell on Earth series –
The Road to Hell
Hotter than Hell
Hell to Pay – an online serial novella you can read here.