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HELL’S BELLES
JACKIE KESSLER
ISBN# 0-8217-8102-2
January 2007
Kensington Publishing Corp
850 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
Paperback
$15.00
304 Pages
Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Jesse’s new life may seem like hell on earth, but her old job as the succubus Jezebel makes it look like a walk in the park. She only has to hide from her ex-employer and all the minions of the real Hell, while enjoying her new life as an exotic dancer; all while she finds out that the flesh puppets do not have it as easy as she first thought.

Paul Hamilton finds Jesse irresistibly attractive from the moment he meets her, but he also thinks she is very familiar. Little does he know what he is getting himself into by falling for the sexy new stripper at Belle’s strip club.

Jesse decides to lose herself amongst the rest of the mortals. What better cover could an ex-succubus ask for than as a stripper? After all, she knows what men want, and knows how to make them want it if they do not. However, she finds that being human means having a heart to break, even though her heart is only a few days old. She might just give in and let the minions of Hell find her because that could be less painful. She knows swimming in the Lake of Fire would be much less expensive than living in New York City. Then again, Hell does not have chocolate or Paul, so what is a succubus turned human to do? Just keep dancing and avoid her lecherous boss, of course.

Ms. Kessler took Hell and turned it into big business with all the pitfalls—pun very much intended — entailed. Perhaps hostile takeovers, management changes, and job switches are the greater evil, after all. I loved this take on one of the oldest stories in the world. And in the midst of it all was a surprisingly sweet but very steamy romance between the two main characters. This hilarious send up of all things below made me laugh out loud, especially Jesse’s thoughts on some of humanity’s more indelicate bodily functions. Additionally, the author has built a whole new world filled with furies, incubi, succubi, assorted demons and, last but certainly not least, the King of Hell. Queen Lillith was written with such wickedness that I was secretly rooting for her despite myself. Maybe the devil made me do it. Give in to the sin of temptation and pick up Hell’s Belles; you will be so glad you did!

Jenn
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