Sunday, September 5, 2010
Review: The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley #1) by Jenna Black
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Posession. Murder. Mayhem. Let the games begin...
Exorcism isn't a job, it's a calling and a curse. Just ask Morgan Kingsley, a woman who has a stronger aura than any Demon. Or so she thought. Now, in a pair of black leather pants and a kick-ass tattoo, Morgan is heading back to Philadelphia after a nasty little exorcism and her life is about to be turned upside down by the Demon that's gotten inside her. Not just any Demon. Six foot five inches of dark, delicious temptation, this one is to die for;that is, if he doesn't get Morgan killed first. Because while some humans vilify Demons and others idolize them, Morgan's Demon is leading a war of succession no human has ever imagined. For a woman trying to live a life, and hold on to the almost-perfect man, being possessed by a gorgeous rebel Demon will mean a wild ride of uninhibited thrills, shocking surprises, and pure, unadulterated terror. . . .
My take: I ended up liking this book but it was kinda touch and go at the beginning. Not because the story was iffy or the writing was bad or anything. Rather because I got really tired of having how "tough" Morgan was shoved down my throat every other page. Honestly, you can tell me a character is a tough as nails, but until I see it ... well, those are only words. Plus, having a couple of extra piercings and a tattoo does not make one bad ass. However, Jenna Black dropped the over-telling about halfway through the book and things really started to pick up from there.
Like I said, once I got past the over-telling of Morgan's character, I found a fun, well-crafted story. She really started to come alive for me when she was drawn into Adam and Dom's world. Her unwilling attraction to the darker side of their sex life made her more real. She was uncomfortable with it (both her arousal from it and their penchant for using pain to fuel sex) and she doesn't quite understand why both Adam and Dom find it stimulating. This expanded her as a character. She went from being a one-dimensional exorcist to being someone who had the potential to grow as her understanding grew.
Other books by Jenna Black