But I have a lot of residual ambivalence after the fact.
This is a very good story, well told. The first book in the series, Hell's Belles , is still my favorite, and honestly, I wouldn't be too sad if it had been a stand-alone, because it ends so perfectly. But the story keeps going, and there's still one more part, Hell To Pay. I'm scared of what's going to happen in that one. I liked Virginia as a character, and I liked the slow build of Daun's transition from purely emotionless demon to a truly empathetic being - even if his empathy is limited to o This is a very good story, well told.
I liked Virginia as a character, and I liked the slow build of Daun's transition from purely emotionless demon to a truly empathetic being - even if his empathy is limited to one mortal woman. I think my favorite part, though, was the flashback to the relationship between Daunuan Don Juan and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - damned through no fault of his own, but through his father's infernal machinations - who would go on to write 'Don Giovanni' in Daun's honor.
I really like how Kessler plays with history here. The witch in me is less crazy about the characterization of Pan, who in this is just an evil, evil thing that gets his proper reward for being the scumbag that he is. Authors have the right to do whatever they want with their characters, but to witches, Pan is often used as the name of the good god, the consort of the Goddess, the divine masculine.
We don't equate him in any way with evil or with the Christian devil, but this book certainly paints him in a horrifying light. Overall, I think it's fine, because the book needs a villain, and Kessler's Pan is a good literary villain, but Pan shouldn't always be judged so harshly.
Of course, the book has another villain - Eris, the ancient Greek goddess of strife and discord. I liked Eris as a literary villain because she's so seductive, she's almost a likable character, but she's also a little bit frightening. Okay, she's a LOT frightening. Daun figures out a way to get the better of her, and also of Pan.
The happy ending is quite the one you'd expect in a paranormal romance - Kessler admits in the afterward it's less of a PNR and more of a dark urban fantasy. I didn't know if I was going to like the ending, but I thought it was appropriate for this novel. I don't know yet whether or not I'll read the fourth book in the series. I may pretend this is a trilogy, since there are only three paperbacks. I'm scared that Jessie and Paul will get broken up in the next book. That would be a tragedy.
Apr 10, Beth Cato rated it really liked it Shelves: in , , romance , urban , fantasy.
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Disclaimer: As a blogger who reviews books, I was sent this free copy from the author, along with some book-related swag. My review is going to be detailed, but honest. However, I do think the author, Jackie Kessler, is pretty awesome for promoting her book like that. All he has to do is seduce and damn a woman who is otherwise slated for heaven.
Oh, and some other demons, for some reason, keep trying to kill him. And if he doesn't condemn Virginia Reed to Hell, he'll be killed by his boss, Pan. Pressure, pressure. I'm pretty much a goody two-shoes, and the beginning of the book quickly establishes that Daunan is indeed a demon and not a nice guy - and the story is from his first-person viewpoint. At least he's not an angel-raper like Pan, but he's still an arrogant jerk with a near-constant erection. However, once the book introduces his target, Virginia, it became something very deep and profound.
Virginia is a woman who is a mere shell of her past self after a profound loss, going through the motions of her day-to-day life. Since Daunan's magic is ineffective on someone inherently good, he has to seduce her like a normal man, and this enlightens him about the nature of humans. Obviously, he has to bed the girl, but you don't want the good girl condemned to Hell for her actions. The ending is very well-done and tight, and again I'd use the word profound. Everyone stays in character, but their growth is very believable and satisfying. The sex scenes aren't bad, either.
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The poor DMV lady is so consumed with despair and loathing for her job that the demon has trouble getting control of her. It's fantastic and dead-on. But once that first third is done, the book is extraordinary and much deeper than I anticipated. I had trouble putting it down. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
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Jun 30, Angela M rated it really liked it. Duanuan loves being a demon of lust. Great benefits, all the sex he could ever want. He had no ambitions of moving up. How could he refuse?
Only catch is that he has to seduce and damn a good soul meant for Heaven. As icing on the cake the meatpie that Pan has picked is the spitting image of Jezebel, the sexy seductress that left hell, and Duan for Earth and love. Duan thinks that the seduction w Duanuan loves being a demon of lust.
Duan thinks that the seduction will be a quick and easy job, after all, he's been seducing women for thousands of years. What he doesn't expect is to fall in love with the beautiful, charming, and fragile Virginia. As an added difficulty, all of hells elite is coming after him. Someone from hell has put a bounty on his head.
If quitting this assignment was an option Duan would pick it, but the only out is his death. How will he ever pull this one off in time??? I really liked this book.
I think Duan is such a fun character and Virginia was easy to fall in love with. Plus, there was flashes of the sexy Jesse, who has kept us captivated for the last 2 books. With a very unexpected ending this book was a great read. Jul 01, Sarah rated it did not like it.
It is sort of a shame that a third book in this series was ever written - while Hells Bells and Hotter Than Hell were at least amusing and ok beach reads but will never be anything really memorable ; this book finishes out the trilogy on truly a dull note. But as a m It is sort of a shame that a third book in this series was ever written - while Hells Bells and Hotter Than Hell were at least amusing and ok beach reads but will never be anything really memorable ; this book finishes out the trilogy on truly a dull note.
But as a main character? There just isn't enough there.
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And it became clear after a chapter in, that the author didn't really think so either - his character remained flat and lifeless throughout the entire book, with the bulk of his characterization coming from the sound of other people's lust. I think I could have cared more about his attempts to redeem himself if Jezzie hadn't you know, already done it and his character had any depth. But if you want to write about a demon that Does the Right Thing, you first have to create one that doesn't bore the reader to death. Jul 14, Kat rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , , ye-gods-why , romantical.
Basic Plot: Daunuan sets out to seduce a woman and send her to hell. Have you ever picked up a book thinking it was one thing, then turned out to be something else entirely? The problem here is that I've been hunting for the books of short stories that contain Kim Harrison's continuations of the Hollows series, and one of those story collections shares a title with this load of tripe.
Not just demon smut, but BAD demon smut. I don't even know how this book fits into the "romance" category, because there was nothing vaguely romantic about it. The main character is a demon of lust who has sex with women to send them to hell for committing a deadly sin. He's crude with his language, sexist, and he never gets any better. I gave it a shot because I'm stubborn and wanted to see what the big deal is about some of these books. Why do women read them?
The question is still unanswered. Jun 01, Anita rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance. This is technically urban fantasy because the guy doesn't get the girl at the end, but the entire story is about him trying to get the girl, so I'm calling it paranormal romance. And besides, he's a demon, so it's actually good that he doesn't get her.