Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Road to Hell-Jackie Kessler

The Road to Hell
Jackie Kessler
Zebra, Nov 2007, $15.00
ISBN: 9780821781036

Having finally been freed from an eternity as the centerfold of HELL’S BELLES, Jezebel starts life anew in New York City. Changing her name to Jesse Harris, the former succubus no longer uses sex as a weapon to steal souls or shoot fire and brimstone and she stopped torturing humans. Of course she still teases and titillates the males as Jesse uses sex to earn a living as a mortal exotic dancer. She also lives with New York cop Pete Hamilton, whom she loves with all her new soul.

However, back in her hometown of Hell (not the one in Michigan), Jesse’s former demonic compatriots are outraged by her conversion and the drop in soul harvesting productivity since she became a born again mortal; there is also envy in their rage. These demons want her back in hell enticing humans to cede their souls for a taste of her instead of this inane monogamous relationship with a cop. The scheme to bring her back is simple; abduct the expendable pawn Pete so that Jezebel follows on THE ROAD TO HELL with the good intention of rescuing her beloved; if they cannot re-convert her to soulless state, they will steal her soul anyway.

The second Jezebel saga is a fabulous amusing fantasy as the heroine provides a laugh out loud account of her new life in the Big Apple (where else would a succubus formerly from hell live but in a city nicknamed for Satan’s favorite fruit) and her rescue attempt of her lover. THE ROAD TO HELL may be paved with good intentions, but when Jezebel traverses it, all hell breaks loose on earth, the road and back in her hometown. Fans will appreciate this well written tale starring a beautiful female who rips skin off opponents with her acid tongue that goes quite well with her shimmering body.

Harriet Klausner

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