[review] HOTTER THAN HELL by Jackie Kessler

HOTTER THAN HELL

Hell on Earth Series, Book 3

Jackie Kessler

Copyright 2008, Kensington Publishing

Plot 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… From Amazon

Creature Feature:Demons, Angels and various creatures and notable figures from mythology.

Worldbuilding:I like the concept of the strata of demons being categorized by sins.I also like how their jobs are treated much like those of the corporate world with all the headaches and paperwork of the mundane.I think throwing those touches in makes their world and the characters themselves more accessible especially when dealing with Hell and demons.

Storytelling:The story is told in first person POV and Daunaun is a demon of Lust, a Seducer Demon.Ms. Kessler relays sights, sounds, smells and thoughts through the eyes of someone whose life centers on seduction.She doesn’t sugar coat things or create an artificial Happily Ever After.I respect her for sticking to her guns on that one.

Badass Factor:Daunaun is definitely more of a lover than a fighter but when confronted has absolutely no qualms about fighting.  Which is good, especially when it seems there are plenty of folks who seem to have a bone to pick with him.

TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) Moments: None, really.Daunuan’s newly acquired feelings for Virginia made him vulnerable at times but not TSTL.

Notable Quotes:

Jezebel dimpled a smile, and I saw wicked thoughts sparkling in her eyes.  “That was delicious.  All that lava.  All of those souls.”

“I love eating Italian.”

“A saucy people.  Wish we could have stayed longer.”

Buy/Borrow/By-pass:  Definitely a buy.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be buying her backlist as well.

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Lisa Trevethan

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