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Hotter than Hell
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Pages: 304
- Publisher: Kensington/Zebra Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821781049
- ISBN-13: 978-0821781043
- Release Date: July 29, 2008
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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...
The following review is from the Amazon.com link in the External Links below:
- 5 out of 5 stars
- Sexy, sassy, edgy, and undeniable bold
- Reviewed On: August 27, 2008
- Reviewed By: Kelley Hartsell
Fans of Jackie Kessler's Hell on Earth series who love that sexy incubus Daunuan are in for a treat now that he gets his own story.
Daun loves his job as an incubus. Who can resist the chance to have earth shattering sex all the time and steal a few souls for Hell while you're at it? He's happy exactly where he is and has no aspirations to rise up in the demon food chain. However, now Pan, King of Lust has decided he wants Daun at his right hand and he won't take no for an answer. The only hitch? Daun has to prove his ability by seducing a woman of purest soul, destined for Heaven, into lust, damning her forever. Sounds easy, right?
Unfortunately for Daun, this assignment proves his greatest challenge. When he meets Virginia Reed, she is nothing like he expected. There could not be a more perfect person on Earth than Virginia and soon Daun finds he's none too eager to finish the job. Then there's the fact that Virginia looks an awful lot like former succubus, now human Jezebel, "Jesse" whom Daun could never resist.
Things get complicated even more when every single lesser demon minion from the Underworld has shown up on Earth, bound and determined to kill Daun. Trying to save his own hide, and Virginia's, becomes a priority for Daun. Especially when... could it be possible Daun is falling in love? Of course not! After all, demons don't know the meaning of love. Or do they?
I've loved the Hell on Earth series since the first book, Hell's Belles, was released and I am thrilled to see the story continuing. As much as I love Jesse's character, Daun has fascinated me since his first appearance so I was especially excited to see him playing the starring role in Hotter than Hell. I enjoyed seeing him meet his match in the beautiful, inside and out, Virginia. None of the usual rules apply and I adored the humor in seeing Daun realize the only way to attract her eye was by making himself *gasp* ordinary. As he discovers who Virginia really is, we see just how much Daun has changed from the early days, represented through a series of flashbacks to different eras.
The addition of the mystery as to who is trying to destroy Daun adds to the tension. He has to protect himself and Virginia from the danger if he ever hopes to finish his job. We also get to see a little more about Virginia through the battle scenes, discovering just how brave and big hearted she really is. We also get to visit with some old and new friends. One of my favorites is Angel the former angel, now a succubus. The interaction between Daun and Angel adds another level to the story. I hope Angel will put in more appearances and maybe even get her own story someday.
One thing to keep in mind about Hotter than Hell is that it's difficult to classify. While it has a strong romance between Daun and Virginia, it is very non-traditional and therefore I can't really call it a paranormal romance. This is further shown through the conclusion to their tale. It's not at all what I expected but suits the characters perfectly. It also leaves a few openings for further adventures in the life of Daun.
Jackie Kessler manages to pack enough heat into her books that they challenge the Lake of Fire for intensity. After all, in a series about incubi and succubae, you just now the sexual quota is through the roof! What's especially nice is exploring the romantic relationship between Virginia and Daun. The forced abstinence on Daun's part sends the tension through the roof. It's all about the seduction and not the follow-through, since actually engaging in sex is what will kill Virginia. Hotter than Hell is sexy, sassy, edgy, and undeniable bold, clinching Jackie Kessler's position as a true rising star of the genre.