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Cate Delacy is glad she's a witch - and you can take that any ol' way you like. As a very mortal woman she has a target on her back, so she has no intention of following in her mother's footsteps as an enforcer for the Council of Supernatural Beings. She didn't ask to be a Guardian and she has to pay her bills. Opening the Darkmirror Agency is her solution. Her clients are mostly human and they pay on time. But one day it all goes to Hell, figuratively. Then literally. Because that's the day the Council's detective Jacqueline Slone slinks her way into Cate's life. Jacq. So alluring. So powerful. So immortal. And up to her sexy neck in a secret that will unleash Hell's Belle. Marie Castle's unpredictable Darkmirror world is unveiled in this romantic, sizzling debut.

©2013 Marie Castle (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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I liked it!

Demons aren't usually my thing, but I saw this recommended on facebook and gave it a try. I'm glad I did. I was more than surprised that I actually liked it. The characters are well developed and the story very creative. It's not as dark as the title would insinuate. The main character pokes fun at herself a bit, and is sometimes a reluctant heroine.

I also was doubly surprised when I actually met the author, who is legally blind, at a conference in New Orleans and she gave one of the most touching award-acceptance speeches I've ever heard. After hearing her speak off the cuff so eloquently, it was clear to me how she could write so effectively for audio. I'll look forward to reading/listening to more from her.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 07-01-15

Not all that original but still great fun.

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A lot of LGBT books have a very thin veneer of a story which is only there to provide a frame for the sexy times. Not so with this book. It's a proper LGBT book and a proper Urban Fantasy. <br/>

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Get to know a real southern bell

The narrator's southern accent fits this novel perfectly. The main character sets out to solve a mystery, but discovers things also about herself and her past. She is intriguing and amusing. This book is a good time, with action and romance in all the right places.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • zenabuff
  • Hell sometimes called Kentucky
  • 04-07-15

An Almost Lesbian Romance novel, w supernatural

Would you consider the audio edition of Hell's Belle to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know I didn't read the book, thank God- I would of throw the book across the room in frustration in many parts. It wasn't one of my favorites. I was sadly disappointment in the book for several reasons.

What other book might you compare Hell's Belle to and why?

The Dante Valentine books, (Sorry straight fiction) The Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall in how reluctant the lead is in becoming a lesbian in the story. It was like the relationship was doomed from the start just by her attitude.

What about Carly Robins’s performance did you like?

Her South Bell infection was perfect for a south bell, Not sure it was needed in this story. Her infection was perfect also, her dramatic pauses all came right on time. No her reading of the book was very good, If I were to flaw the book it would be the writing. (OK If you have guessed I didn't like the book) But it was an over OK book with over OK plot. and I had to give it 4 stars because just because I didn't like doesn't mean other will not love it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Where the said this has been an Auidiobile production and I knew it was finally over with and I could move on to the next book. Again sorry I really didn't like this book. OK if I had to pick a moment it would be at the beginning where she first uses her fire magic for the first time in a fight again a demon and she is really fighting for her life, and she has to use all her tricks, and she cam;t think of a real good reason why she shouldn't use her fire magic to save her own life but you the reader already know it's a bad idea. Its a cool action packed scene where she is fighting for her life.

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Parts of this book where good, the paranormal parts where good, the action scenes where awesome, it's just that I got tired of I straight but I not, thing in the book. I don't care if you are straight or gay, bi, whatever, it doesn't matter to me, but when you play the maybe I am this maybe I am not, Maybe I don't care to read you. I have come to far out of the closet to play stupid childish games with the books I read to bother. I can understand when a character first discovers and then slowly comes out, and it is a slow process. I understand it. But that wasn't how this book it was presented in this book. Maybe I just took it the wrong way. Maybe it was just me. There were enough good things I still gave it 4 stars though I hated it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awful

I am sure some people like this book, I didn't. The narrator was grating and the story boring. Perhaps it got better after the first chapter but I could not bear to go on.

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Wow? Doesn't quite do it justice...

Interesting people, particularly the one in whose head we spend our time. The story takes place in one of my favorite areas, the one surrounding the legends of N'awlins. The species are varied and many, not stuck in a particular genre of witches, vamps, and wares. The unique magics of southern Louisiana add Cajun spice, as do the variety of diverse unicorns.

The author is intelligently witty, and the narrator has great timing. I love the accents overall, quite varied and well read.

Kate is smart, sassy, and *cough*... The author was careful with her sensibilities. I suppose it'd be ungentleperson of me to do less. Jaq is soft, hard, and ancient.

That was fuuunnn! I look forward to the rest in the series!

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great read!

while I knew it was labeled lgbt friendly, I was pleased to find this book forcused on the story and relationships instead of being am all out "sex-fest." the story was great and the performers was good but not great...I also loved the accents!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful