Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Review – “A Hell of a Time” by Jackie Kessler from Eternal Lover

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A Hell of a Time by Jackie Kessler
Jesse's immortal life as a soul-stealing succubus is over. And now that she is human, she longs to tempt her lover with all her persuasive powers of total sexual seduction...
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Bitten by Lynsay Sands
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Kensington
Published: April 1, 2009
ISBN #: 9780758231222
Format: Paperback
Pages: 413
The Eternal Lover collection first appeared in trade paperback last year and is available tomorrow as a mass market paperback. One of the novella’s is A Hell of a Time, an amusing paranormal romance from Jackie Kessler’s Hell on Earth series featuring succubus Jesse. At this point in the timeline, Jesse has been with her lover Paul for only three months and is still adjusting to being human and the loss of all of her succubus and Hell-given powers. She can however still see the minions of Hell although she is careful not to let this slip. Jesse is so very afraid of letting the supernatural interfere with her life and ruining her relationship with Paul. This becomes the central motive for Jesse’s actions throughout the story.

Jesse is a funny, sexy and quirky character as a millennia old succubus turned human should be. Paul surprises Jesse with an impromptu vacation getaway to the Catskills. Jesse is thrilled. The dialogue on the trip up is hilarious, with Jesse pestering Paul to drive despite having no license. Jesse has carnal plans for Paul as well.

At the cabin Jesse begins to hear voices, calling her evil and she sees things, even being attacked by a strange vine with teeth. Is she going crazy? Of course she won’t admit any of this to Paul so Jesse’s problems escalate and she has to deal with them with only her human abilities. This drives home an important lesson in communicating with her lover and about trust. Not something she is exactly prepared for.

Eventually the nature of the threat becomes clear and Paul gets dragged into the climactic confrontation. As a team they triumph, strengthening their bond and deepening their evolving relationship. A Hell of a Time is amusing, sexy, adventurous and a nice complement to the central Hell on Earth novels. You don’t need to have read the series to enjoy this, but if you have, you will appreciate this little extra slice of Paul and Jesse’s unusual romance even more.

I'll be back with more reviews of the other novella's as time permits in April.


AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASEOfficial Jackie Kessler Website
Official Jackie Kessler Blog

Read an Excerpt of Chapter 1.

Hell on Earth Series Novels:

  1. Hell’s Belles (2007)
  2. The Road to Hell (2007)
  3. Hotter Than Hell (2008)

Hell on Earth Series Stories/Novella’s:

  • A Hell of a Time in Eternal Lover (2008)
  • When Hell Comes Calling in Lilith Unbound (2008)
  • Hellis Where the Heart Is from A Red Hot Valentine’s Day (2009)
Jackie is also collaborating with Caitlin Kittredge on a new superhero fantasy due out in June called Black and White. Check out the website designed specifically for the new series. It's called The Icarus Project.


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