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"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 notice him.

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 have her.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted July 19, 2008

SUMMARY

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...

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Hotter Than Hell
(Hell On Earth: Book 3)
by Jackie Kessler

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
July 1, 2008
Available: July 29, 2008
ISBN #0821781049
EAN #9780821781043
304 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jackie Kessler

Shades of Gray
Black and White
A Red Hot Valentine's Day
Lilith Unbound
Eternal Lover
The Road to Hell
Hell's Belles


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