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Hell's Belles

(Hell on Earth #1)

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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,151 ratings  ·  79 reviews
She's A Hot Demon On The Run From Hell--
Which Isn't Easy To Do In Heels. Once upon a time, Jezebel was a powerful succubus, capable of seducing men and sucking out their souls. But that was before Hell put a bounty on her head. Now her only chance to escape a fate far worse than death is to live as a mortal, losing herself in a sea of unfamiliar humanity, in a place where
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Coffcat
Oct 01, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought that it would be great. Succubus turned human with a job as a stripper with hell on the hunt to drag her back. Unfortunately everything that could have made this book good was drowned in cliches, made up curses, and the use of the words sweetie and yummy a couple thousand times. I understand that this book isn't a literary award contester and that it fits a certain niche in the book market. But this book has already been done several times. N ...more
Julie
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler is a dirty little book. The sex scenes are hot. Geez, even the heroine’s daydreams are smokin’! But then again, what else would you expect from a book that tells the story of Jezebel, a succubus running from Hell’s Hunters who asks a witch to make her mortal then moves to New York City and becomes an exotic dancer to pay the rent. It does have all the elements for one sizzling tale….and it really does deliver on those elements.

It’s not just a hot book though. It’s
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Anita
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anita by: Yz
I loved this one! If you like sarcastic, strong, slightly funny female heroines in urban fantasy, this is a good choice. Jezebel is a succubus who has run away from hell. (Her reason for leaving is a big secret slowly revealed throughout the book.) She gets a witch to turn her human enough to keep the demons who hunt her off her back, and goes to New York where she gets a job as an exotic dancer and starts to fall for a guy.

For an "evil" creature, you can't help but love Jezebel. She's the bad
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Pamela / SpazP
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Short N Sweet review: I loved this book so much! The Heroine is such a lovable snarky mess and so so endearing. I am so sad to hear there were only 3 books in this series published but I am definitely moving on to the next one.
Janet Robel
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loads of fun with a sizzling plot!
John
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a hard book for me to judge, because I had a good deal of fun reading it and I see that a number of other readers really liked it, so why do I give it a bumpy two stars ("bumpy" meaning that it just misses being rounded up to three)?

It's an exciting, imaginative adventure told in the first person by a demon--a 4000-year-old succubus named Jezebel--who desperately tries to escape horrible punishment in Hell by becoming a mortal named Jesse, which she does in the first two chapters. The s
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Yz the Whyz
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler
Hell on Earth series #1

“A former succubus on the run from hell, turned mortal stripper in The Big Apple”. Jackie Kessler’s premise for her new book, Hell’s Belles caught my attention and totally perked my interest.

Reading the book in just one day, first of the new year at that, it tells the tale of Jesse, former sex demon, whose former job allows her to seduce men and take souls, is due to some major management changes in Hell, decides to go AWOL. Turning to a witc
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Nicole
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
This was light, fun, and incredibly smutty. It throws most of the romantic conventions (girl is a virgin until she meets her One True Love, for example) right out the window. I'm actually surprised it was in the romance section; though it had a strong romantic plot thread, I thought other portions were more important to the story. ...more
Starry
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Nath
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5/5 (C+)

Review: I like the book and I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, I read the back blurb and wanted to read it for awhile, but that didn't guarantee that I would like the book right? Also, succubus are a bit out of my comfort zone. Another pleasant surprise was the beginning of the book. From reading the black blurb, I thought she was already settled and everything. Instead, we accompany Jezebel on her run and learns about the reasons through flashbacks. All in all, I thought the series had
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Melissa Hayden
The story starts right off with Jezebel on the run looking for the witch who can help her become mortal to keep her off the radar of the underworld creatures who will be out to take her back in, one way or another. Jezebel, a succubus who feels is good no great at her job and loves it, now is mortal. What was the horrible thing happened in the underworld to make her feel she has to leave the life she loves so much? Through the book you get hints but in the end you get all the pieces connected to ...more
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have to say I enjoyed this book. It started out with a sense that it was building the foundation for the series, but then you get to the middle and then it just takes off. Originally, I thought it was going to take me a little bit longer to get through since I’m still settling in at the new house, but that was all put to the side and I just couldn’t put this novel down. We get to watch Jezebel’s character develop throughout the novel from raging sexual deviant (she is a succubus) to a mortal w ...more
Jen
Mar 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Wow. I don't think I knew entirely what I was getting into with this book, but I enjoyed it all the same. Our heroine is a demon on the run from Hell. She's a creature of Lust, a succubus, whose job for millenia has been to seduce mortal men in order to bring their souls to Hell - not exactly soft and cuddly. But some changes in the management of Hell occur that leave her less than satisfied, and she realizes that she is unique in the demon world because she cares about the mortals, and she runs ...more
Joanna
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anita Blake fans
Shelves: keepers
I freaking loved this book.

Hell's Belles is about Jezebel, a succubus who leaves hell in an angry fit and tries to escape detection by other bounty-hunter demons by taking on a human form. So what does a succubus with no job skills do for money? She starts dancing at a strip club, naturally! Throw in a human love interest and an incubus with the hots for her and Jezebel's got her hands full.

This book made me laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sex scenes were good, not fabulous, but I wasn't rea
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Shelby (shelbyymay)
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Absolutely brilliant! It was that good that I read it in two days! I loved the character of Jezebel, and her witty and funny comments. The book itself was looking at the whole 'devil/horror/evil' in a totally different perspective, which is what made this book so unique and brilliant. Instead of being gloomy and the girl falling for the 'vampire boy' or whatever, here was a seductive woman/demon from the pits of hell having sex with men to take their souls to hell! How many can say they've read ...more
Theresa
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, tgif
After reading the reviews for this book, I was really excited to read it. I thought the subject was unique and would make for an interesting read.

It was a unique story and it was interesting, but the ending of the book was lame. I guessed what the ending would be from two chapters in, but I hoped that the author wouldn't go for such an obvious ending. I was disappointed... after all the build-up to have such a sappy, happy ending.

Also, it seemed like the main character, Jezebel, said "sweetie"
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Dawn
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
This one started off well, Jezebel is running for her life she becomes a stripper, as a succubus it makes sense, but then it started to fall off it is all about her day to day life, she is attracted to a human, she is still a stripper, her boss is total scum (yeah I know surprise stripper boss is scum), a couple of demons find her and on and one. The back and forth between past and present got confusing at times and I never understood why it was necessary. After a while I just skimmed through it ...more
Jackie
Got off shelf 4 years ago and for whatever reason never finished past 2nd chapter. Devoured today as once started could not stop reading about Jezebel and her totally tantalizing predicament. On to book 2, am now hooked!
Stacy Kingsley
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book because the back made it sound appealing to me. Jezebel has run away from hell, and she is trying to live in the real world, hiding from those who wish to take her back. Now she has to survive in the world of humans, as a human, and how does she do this? The succubus works as a stripper, and she has to be careful not to use her powers otherwise hell will find her.

The problem with this book, and there were several, but I only had one big one, which has also been mentio
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Michelle
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jezebel is attempting to lay low, working as a stripper. As a succubus currently hiding from the bounty on her head, stripping is an easy way to earn a little money and the wardrobe isn't half bad. But when Paul enters the picture suddenly this demon is struck by cupid's arrow. When her past comes to call can Jezebel not only save her own hide but the man she's fallen in love with? A really sexy, fast paced read! ...more
Sahir Sheikh
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot and steamy, I really liked the storyline, even though I am more of sword and sorcery, blood and gore kinda guy.
Sarah
Jezebel is a succubus who has spent thousands of years collecting men's souls and taking them to hell but now she is on the run. It's not easy to go AWOL from Hell though and her only chance of escaping the demons who are after her is to hide amongst mortals. Finding a job as a stripper in New York Jesse tries desperately to remain hidden but how long will it be before Hell is on her heels?

When we are first introduced to Jezebel (or Jesse for short) she isn't an easy character to like, she is se
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ERIN SCHMIDT
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many reasons to love Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler (Zebra Books, 2007). One is its heroine, Jezebel, who is literally a cloven-footed demon spawned in the depths of Hell. When Hell undergoes a change in management, succubus Jezebel is forced to give up her career of seducing the souls from mortal men and become a nightmare. Jezebel doesn't adapt well to the change, fleeing the Lake of Fire to become a mortal. And, since mortals have to pay the rent, she becomes a stripper.

Lacking a s
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Alison
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
The debut novel, Hell’s Belles, by Jackie Kessler will have you curling your toes!

Such a great interpretation on the battle for souls by good and evil, and a great twist on the succubus novels that have been doing the rounds, with a scorching storyline that doesn’t quite cross over into erotica, but most certainly has some eyes-wide open moments.

The whole idea of Jezebel, the succubus trying to hide out as a human, becoming a stripper is just wonderful. So appropriate, and so well done, after se
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Katya
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bless me!

It's been a while since I read a good paranormal romance. I mean, seriously good. Jackie Kessler just earned me as a possible follower, and it's not just because there's sex going on.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Former succubus Jezebel flees from Hell after an interesting event. Her flight brings on a lot of trouble for her former counterparts. She chooses to go around as a mortal to escape, but get more than she bargained in for when she falls in love.

Jezebel is... quite frankly a
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Mikaela
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it


The Particulars: Paranormal Romance, Kensington, available both in print and e-book

Why was it in my TBR? Because I found it when my dad moved.

The Review:

The blurb:

Hell on Earth, Book 1
Jezebel’s not your average exotic dancer. For one thing, she’s a 4,000-year-old succubus. For another, she’s on the run from Hell (which isn’t easy to do in high heels). Hiding on the mortal coil as a human doesn’t protect her from muggers, lactose intolerance…or having feelings for Paul Hamilton, a man haunted by
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Colleen Scidmore
Jezebel is a Succubus one of the charges assigned to collect the souls of men to bring to hell. Jessie really enjoys her job, but something happens to shift her world upside down and now she is on the run from hell and it's demons that are sent to collect her.
She finds a way with the help of a witch to become mortal, but without a soul, in hopes of tricking the demons hot on her tail. And with that she starts a new life as a stripper in New York, a great job for a former succubus, trying to stay
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Vickie
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
How fun was this book??! I knew I'd probably like it, but didn't realize how much I'd dig it or how fast I'd read it. Jezebel is such a resourceful and funny character who makes her way to the big City to make it, well, big......or at least get herself off of Hell's minion's radar and stay alive.


I could cringe at the way she stole an identity, stole money and credit cards before making her way to NYC, but Jezebel is a succubus, a demon, so this pretty much comes as normal for her, so I could en
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Ithlilian
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Hell's Belles started off strong with the introduction of the witty demon main character Jezebel. I loved watching her navigate through the human world with her new found mortality. I enjoyed her first few days in New York with her new stripping job and I enjoyed the flashback tour through Hell. Everything was shaping up nicely, and I was ready for a four or five star read. Unfortunately, things started to get a bit boring and monotonous. Jezebel is attracted to a mortal, she strips, her boss is ...more
chucklesthescot
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr
Jezebel is on the run from Hell and decides her only way to escape is to hide amongst the mortals. Being a succubus what better place to work than at a strip club where she can prey on the men?

Yes I had reservations about the plot of this book which sounded like an excuse for non stop sex scenes with no plot and I felt I was proved right in the first few pages. The first sex scene had nothing to do with plot, it was just there for the sake of having a sex scene. I really find it annoying when th
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