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5.0 out of 5 stars "Hell on Earth" series book 2, 9 Mar 2008
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The sequel to stunning debut novel "Hell's Belles", in this book Jesse Harris (aka Jezebel); the ex soul stealing succubus now a mortal with her own soul, has moved in with the love of her life; Vice cop Paul Hamilton. Yet whilst Jesse is still trying to keep off Hell's radar, an awful lot of "old friends" are determined she return. Unable to coax, terrify or seduce her into returning willingly, someone starts to play extremely dirty. When Paul's soul is illegally taken to Hell, Jesse finds herself arranging her own death so she can follow him. Returning to her old haunting ground she is soon dealing with familiar enemies whilst attempting to rescue her lover and her best friend.

Angel, the um Angel is introduced and makes if clear that her new job as a Seducer is far from suitable for her virginal nature; her ambitions firmly lying in the Heavenly Choir area. Unfortunately Archangel Michael, the Viceroy of Heaven and now the new King of Hell is establishing new laws in the Underworld and after obliterating several high ranking demons, no one appears to be objecting to his rather bad ideas. Yet if it means getting Paul's soul back safely in the mortal realm, Jesse will take on the Ruler of Hell himself even if it damns her own soul for eternity.

There's no denying there is plenty of sex in this book; however when dealing with the creatures of Hell plus an ex-succubus turned exotic dancer (well a girl still needs her fix of lust even if she's no longer a working demon) what can you expect. Incubus Daunuan (Daun) makes several significant appearances, determined to get his hands on Jesse's soul (and any parts of her anatomy he can snag a feel) and in fact he gets his own story later this year when book 3 "Hotter than Hell" is released in August. Jesse again is a creature of total contradictions; a likeable demon with hugely questionable morals. Although totally in love with Paul she is required to perform certain deeds which could constitute as unfaithful and even before Paul's life is threatened she almost falls under the seductive spell of Daun on several occasions. Yet you've got to admire a girl who would not only go to Hell and back (quite literally) to get her man but also call the powerful Queen of Hell a "skanky ho" whilst trying to bash her brains out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesse the Succubus is Back!, 9 Jan 2009
This review is from: THE ROAD TO HELL (Paperback)
The Road to Hell continues Jesse Harris's story begun in Hell's Belles. Jesse - now mortal - is trying to enjoy the life she has with Paul, her boyfriend. Unfortunately Hell doesn't want to let her go that easily. And they're willing to use Paul's immortal soul to get her back.

I enjoyed this slightly more than Hell's Belles. Maybe I've settled into the characters more? Jesse is even more sarcastic, sardonic and wickedly witty than she was in the previous book. I'm sure her mental note count has increased.

"Mental note: Finish planning the rescue before executing it."

This series is still being marketed as Parnormal Romance - so wrong. Jesse is a great heroine, one of my favourites in Urban Fantasy, but I just don't see her as PNR material. Jesse seduces a female angel (not her girlfriend), has sex with an incubus (not her boyfriend) and the book starts with her doing a lap dance. Definitely not your typical PNR heroine, she's rude, crude, socially unacceptable - and I absolutely love her.

"You can't claim me for Hell. My soul's clean." Benefit of being only thirty days old in mortal years: that's not a lot of time to wreak havoc."

One of my favourite things about Jesse is that she doesn't try to be anything other than what she is - though admittedly she is trying to do her best with the whole human having a soul thing. But even though she has all the tact of a brick in the face, she still manages to pick up friends and seduce angels.

If I had to sum up what The Road to Hell was for me - it's a kind of Urban Fantasy Orpheus and Eurydice tale but with demons, sex and a reversal of gender roles. The book is in two halves - the first part dealing with Hell doing its utmost to get Jesse back, and the second part as Jesse descends back into Hell having been left with no other choice but to return. It has to be said there are a lot less jokes in the second half of the book, but the stakes are a lot higher, so there's less to be witty about.

The second half didn't work quite as well for me. Maybe because I'm not completely sure where the story is going, so I'm finding the whole Angels take over Hell thing a little bit difficult to get my head round. At the end it feels like Jesse's story is complete - if only for the moment. But the overall arc of what's happening between Heaven, Hell and Earth is still unresolved. I'm hoping we get more answers in Book 3 Hotter than Hell (Daun's story).

Book 1 - Hell's Belles
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! this authors no one trick pony!!, 27 July 2013
This review is from: The Road to Hell (Mass Market Paperback)
this is the second book in Jackie Kessler's 'Hell on Earth' series (book 1 Hell's Belles), and what a terrific second book it was! the first book in this series i found totally brilliant and was a bit doubtful as to whether the author could deliver on this second installment,but oh boy did she deliver!the story was fast paced and set in Kessler's totally unique world, and the trademark humor and sarcasm from the first book was plentiful!
though written in the first person (which i don't always like) the secondary characters still came through with their very individual and entertaining personalities. Jesse/Jezebel was still as refreshing and unique as before, and i couldn't help falling in love with her all over again .i totally recommend this book,but i would advise that the series be read in order.though things are explained,i don't think i would have truly got this book and character as much had i not read the first.this is for me a'follow-on' book where we see the transition and development of the lead character.also the first book is totally brilliant so in my opinion it so wouldn't be a waste!
cant wait to read the next one which this time is the incubus Daunuan's story.
series order:
1. Hell's Belles
2. The Road to Hell
3. Hotter Than Hell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 13 April 2011
This review is from: The Road to Hell (Mass Market Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book, the whole series is great fun & very new - not like every other dark fantasy book out there. Very imaginative & a wickedly sharp lead character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously delicious bedevilment, 21 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Road to Hell (Mass Market Paperback)
Here in the second book of Jackie's series, our heroine has a monumental task ahead of her so what does she do but knuckle down and kick some demon butt however whilst many would literally do this in a beat down sort of sense, Jackie's hero does it with brain power. It's a nice turn up and its definitely something that made her stand out to us as readers. Back that up with more kickass one liners, a fast paced plot as well as an imaginative version of hell and you know that its going to be good.

Finally with the series all set now for a climactic conclusion in the third part out next month, we really can't wait to see what Jackie has lined up next. "Look Sir, demons, bloody thousands of them.."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Oct 2014
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