"Ms. Kessler really has outdone herself this time around"
It's never a good day when you discover the flesh puppet
you're seducing -- and whose soul you're supposed to
be taking on a one-way trip to Hell -- is trying to turn the
tables and kill you instead. On top of that, the
woman's husband is now being inhabited by one of the
nefarious -- a Wrath demon, to be exact - who is also trying
to kill you. And ugh, do you know the paperwork involved
for killing a nefarious and a human? Trust me,
you don't even want to go there.
Yeah, the super-sexy incubus Daunuan is not having a good
day. Things really are going to Hell in a hand basket in
the Abyss. First the King of Hell replaced all the succubi
with one-time angels, turning the angels into the
seducers. Have you ever seen an angel in full seduction
mode? Pathetic. And now Daunuan finds himself being tapped
by Pan, the King of Lust, for the vacant position of Prince
of Lust, First of Principals. Great promotion, if only he
wanted it. The only problem is that since Pan has already
made his intentions clear to all the elite, Daunuan can't
refuse the honor. However, there's one caveat: first
Daunuan must prove himself worthy of said honor by tempting
someone whose soul is meant for Heaven. He must get a
truly good person to commit an act of lust big enough to
damn her to Hell...and Pan has just the woman for him.
Virginia Reed is your average everyday woman except for the
fact that she bares an eerie resemblance to Daun's one-time
succubus-in-crime, Jezebel. When Daun mistakenly thinks
that Vee will be just another easy target, he's in for the
surprise of his (very long) life. Vee has no use for Daun,
no matter what his disguise and Daun finds himself having
to work harder than he has ever had to, to get a woman to
Ms. Kessler has penned, in my opinion, the best book of the
Hell on Earth series to date. Daunuan is forced to face
many things about himself that he'd rather avoid all
together. Between his budding relationship with the very
closed and cautious, Vee, and his feelings for the ex-
succubus Jezebel, we are given a deeper insight to Daun
than we have yet to see since meeting the incubus. This
book is filled with Kessler's characteristic witty
dialogue, fantastic quirky characters, and an emotional
depth not seen in the prior books. The story grabs hold of
you from page one and demands your attention. This is one
of those rare books that I found myself literally laughing
out loud at Daun's antics. Ms. Kessler really has outdone
herself this time around and has given readers a real treat
with a book that is not only heartfelt and engaging but one
that is also a sensuous and adventurous tale. Kessler
clearly is staking her claim in the urban fantasy genre as
an author that is here to stay -- and we're only too glad to
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted July 19, 2008
In HELL'S BELLES and THE ROAD TO HELL, Jackie Kessler brought readers into an unforgettable Underworld populated by alluring demons and sexy devils. Now Daunuan, the most irresistible incubus of all, is facing one Hell of a challenge...
So whose soul do you have to damn to get a promotion around here?
Daunuan was never the ambitious type. There's so much to love about his job just the way it is--mind-blowing sexual prowess, the power to seduce any human, excellent dental plan. But now Pan, the King of Lust, has offered to make Daun his right-hand incubus--a position other demons would give their left horn for. All he has to do is entice a soul destined for heaven into a damnable act of lust. Should take, oh, seven minutes, tops.
Then he meets his target, Virginia Reed. She's cute. Funny. Smart. Unfathomably resistant to his charms. He can't understand it. But Daun has centuries of seduction to his credit. He's the best there is. Sooner or later he'll transform this polar icecap of a female into a pool of molten desire, and every instinct tells him she'll be worth the effort.
Meanwhile, he has to deal with a plague of rogue demons Hell-bent on taking him down, sent by an unknown enemy with a serious grudge. And one other problem: the dawning realization that he's falling in love--that unholiest of four-letter words--with the woman he's about to doom for all eternity...