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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Not all that original but still great fun.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Poorly written, poorly executed.

I generally don't write reviews of works I don't care for. This, however, is an exception.

The author used many shortcuts instead of doing the work. For example, in 1st person narration, the cheapest way to describe what you look like is to look in the mirror and describe yourself. The author did this, then carried it even further with pages of inner dialog that anthromoporfized the reflection. It's a cheap shortcut.

Additionally, the main character's body parts seemed to move on their own. Something like, "My hand reached for the doorknob." You should just say, "I reached for the doorknob." Or, better yet, "I opened the door." It's one of the challenges of writing in first person. In this book, however, body parts had minds of their own.

The thing that frustrated me the most, however, was the fact that no dialog or action scene could go for more that two sentences without spending another three or four minutes on inner monologue. It made scenes extremely choppy and sometimes I'd forget what was actually happening. Worse, the inner narrative continually rehashed old ideas; ideas that had been talked to death in the mc's head multiple times before.

I like long books, I like feeling that I got my money's worth. This book, however, world have benefited greatly from some serious editing.

The narrator had one voice basically for every character, except for the love interest who had a terrible Cajun accent and a Swedish vampire who sounded Irish.

There is nothing I would recommend about this book. It's full of tropes, clichés, and so much inner dialog I wanted to scream.

I finished it because the author built up quite a bit of sexual tension between the mc and her love interest. I wanted to see how it was resolved. It wasn't.

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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.

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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.

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damn hormones

it seems to me if the girl could have just got over her sex thing and the rest of them in the plot except the old woman was the only one not thinking about sex everybody else sex sex pitiful

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OMG

The story, the characters and the narrator! All I can say is wow!!!
I hope there’s at least one other book in this series. The highest compliment I can pay this book is this… I would and will buy it and in hard cover. First time in a long time I was really and truly sad when it was over.
Take a chance on this book while it’s still included with your membership. I would gladly have paid for it or used a credit. Best book I’ve listened to in a while.

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great press for southern belle's

Well-paced, slow burn, supernatural lesbian romance with delightful, well-rounded characters. This is the author's first book, something I found out as i started searching for another one BEFORE even finishing this. Two things I especially enjoyed was the clever "quotes" used a chapter titles and Cate Delancey's liberal sprinklings of humor throughout. I also double dog dare you not to wish you knew Miss D. So, my advice is hurry up and purchase "Hell's Belle" by Marie Castle, start reading and enjoy the warmth of a Southern embrace.

And Ms Castle, if you read this, just know I am eagerly awaiting more.

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Fantasic fantastic story

Soooo here we have a great story line.. some times the thinking monos go on a little , but i really like the southern accent from the narrator. Let get back to the great story line.... A really cool set of ideas and creatures and discriptions... Im really sad that the second book is not yet availabe ... cause id be binge cleaning something just to listen ... I feel inlove with just about all the charactors ! And i dont feel its to much just great sex scenes... Infact i cannot wait for the next book to have some, but the love relationship of the main charactors , has a good build and i really cannot wait for more in the next book... My little romantic paranormal book worm self really like this version of where creatures , vampires and magical beings! Love it!

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So sad it's ended, and wish the author wrote more!

The narrator was phenomenal, her voice puts you right into the southern region. A synopsis of the story won't do justice to the writing, but I'll try.

The main character is a witch bounty hunter/PI type, who gets pulled into big bad plot. She is also unique in her ability to open and close the doors between earth and hell, essentially. In the process, she develops an attraction to a cop of unknown supernatural origin.

While the main character is obviously figuring out she's attracted to a woman for the first time, I appreciated that this never became a huge deal and wasn't at all part of the main story arc or focus.

Not overly sexual but still managed to be intensely sensual the entire time. A hard line to toe, but the author does it brilliantly. I wish there were more than two books by this author.

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  • 07-28-18

Weird and wacky 👹

This story was quite a weird and wacky one, great characters, interesting story and really well narrated. I definitely recommend it 🐨