Thursday, September 11, 2008

“Hotter Than Hell” by Jackie Kessler

FROM THE BOOKCOVER:
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…
Hotter Than Hell is the third book in the Hell On Earth series following Helle’s Belles [2007] and The Road to Hell [2007].

Hotter Than Hell delivers not just a paranormal romance and dramedy, but an emotionally satisfying love story too. And what makes this a charming achievement is that Ms. Kessler has taken her main incubus character Daunuan, who is a reprehensible, manipulating, irredeemable demon albeit with a touch of charm, and successfully shown his transformation into a vulnerable and believable suitor. However there is still a surfeit of rough humour and insensitive observations reflecting Daunuan’s nature as an incubus and his disdain for humanity. You'll either chuckle or grimace.

The stakes continue to rise in Hell which has been in turmoil since many of the old rules have been tossed out or turned upside down. After all Angels are now serving as succubi. Daunuan has been “offered” an unwanted promotion to Prince of Lust provided he succeeds in seducing and taking the soul of Virginia Reed which is destined for Heaven. The problem is Daunuan’s powers don’t work on pure souls and Pan will kill him if he doesn’t succeed. And he’s on a deadline while demons from the other Sins are out to terminate him for reasons unknown.

Hotter Than Hell nicely intertwines Virginia’s seduction story with the ongoing obsession Daunuan has for Jessie from the earlier books. All of these events lead to a dramatic finish and a poignant HEA, especially for Virginia. In the end I am not sure Daunuan deserves his happily ever after. Read it and decide for yourself. Hotter Than Hell offers a pleasing blend of erotica, action, romance and humour. A little something for everyone.

Read the first chapter.

And view the book trailer…



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