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The Devil Inside: Number 1 in series (Morgan Kingsley Exorcist) Paperback – 3 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749938870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749938871
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An exorcist with an attitude, Morgan Kingsley is sure to win Black a legion of fans.' - Kelley Armstrong 'A sassy heroine who's not afraid to do what it takes to get the job done or to save a loved one's life. Add to that a sexy hero, great secondary characters and a storyline that keeps you reading, and this one is definitely a keeper' - Keri Arthur"

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THE DEVIL INSIDE is the start of a new urban fantasy series for her, featuring feisty exorcist Morgan Kingsley

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In this fast-paced paranormal thriller, author Jenna Black introduces us to tough-gal exorcist, Morgan Kingsley. This is a world where demons coexist with humans in the most literal sense: they inhabit their willing hosts' bodies. However, demons who break the law or force themselves onto unwilling hosts are liable to exorcism. Morgan hates demons. She can't understand why anyone would allow themselves to be possessed by one. And then, the thing she dreads most happens: Morgan discovers that she is unwittingly hosting a demon.

The copious amounts of sex that lace this story may not be to everyone's taste and, I suspect, may put some potential readers off. Personally, I enjoy reading erotic fiction and watching erotic films. However, what I most balked at in this novel was not the male homosexual S & M scenes which are relevant to the story, but Morgan's lusty antics with her boyfriend. These didn't really add much in my opinion and could have been left out or toned down with little detrimental effect on the story. I mean, "attractive girl has healthy sexual relationship with her boyfriend" doesn't really have to be spelled out for us if the story is not an out-and-out piece of erotica. However, these scenes are not prominent and they are well written.

Indeed, the standard of Jenna Black's writing is very high. Particularly good are the scenes in the book's later chapters that take place in the cavernous surroundings of an S & M club where we are introduced to the malevolent Shae, a nasty piece of work who I hope will return in further Morgan Kingsley adventures.

The concept of demons inhabiting humans in this story is one that I found fascinating. The demons have the ability to heal their hosts if they are injured (a boon to S & M lovers!
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Morgan Kingsley is an exorcist in trouble. She's hated demons her whole life, both the legal and illegal ones, and made a living from destroying those rouge ones. She's the best in the country at it. But now Morgan's worst nightmare has come alive. She's been possessed. But her demon can't control her, not completely, and can only communicate directly with her in her dreams. That's more than enough for Morgan though, and she'd do anything to get rid of him and the temptation he brings.

As Morgan struggles to find out why and how she was possessed, she finds herself equally targeted by others, both human and demon, and fighting for her life. In desperation she has little choice, but to turn to the demons she's always despised for help.

The first book in the Morgan Kingsley series starts off pretty quick and moves at a decent pace. Morgan isn't the easiest of characters to like and her feelings often contradict her words and actions making you wonder what she's actually feeling or thinking. But the story around her is good enough to keep reading. I didn't find myself sucking particularly, and rather than feeling the ups and downs with Morgan, I felt like a spectator. I feel we were meant to feel bad for Morgan a lot, without really being given a reason to love her enough for it so soon. I also found a few of the secondary characters a bit flat and there wasn't always enough explanation to go with their actions. There is also some graphic S & M and more sex than there really needed to be (both with Morgan and her boyfriend, and a homosexual couple helping her - which really did nothing for me), more there for show than because it had a reason, but I could put up with it.

Overall, none of that was enough to stop me finishing the book within a few days, and I intend to pick up the next one. It's a good enough read, but it's not about to become a favourite of mine.
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another generic super mean heroine who thinks she is a real bad-ass because she wears leather and has a crazy wicked tattoo, MEH!im so done with these types of women,instead of being strong and intelligent. Morgan was either hyper sensitive or emotionally dead.

Honestly I could barely finish it, Morgan was boring, her boyfriend Brian was boring, Lugh (ugh horrible name for a demon) was just paint drying fantastic, even the gay couple who where heavily into S&M were dull.

The premise was great, the actual story line was interesting (though reminiscent of so many others in the UF genre) but the execution of it was lifeless. One more thing that irritated the hell out of me was Morgans repeated use of the word "sucked" its a pet hate of mine only people under the age of 16 should be saying it not the lead female of a urban fantasy book.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2008
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Many people volunteer to be human hosts for demons. With a demon in control of their bodies, they are able to do heroic things. Morgan Kingsley believes the very idea of someone else controlling her every action to be SICK! She would never agree to host a demon! Her parents are part of the Spirit Society "SS" and actually help convince humans to host. Her parents were never more proud than when their son, Andrew, became host to the demon named Raphael. Morgan, who loved Andrew more than life, now avoids him. To Morgan, Andrew is dead. He is now a back seat driver, unable to do anything for the rest of his life except watch and listen as Raphael uses his body.

Hating demons so much, Morgan grew up to become an exorcist. An exorcist is called in whenever a demonic crime is committed to remove the demon from its host. Problem is that some of the hosts are fine after an exorcism and some of the hosts are empty shells that require care for the rest of their lives. No one knows why.

After performing a routine exorcism on an unwillingly possessed child, Morgan begins sleep walking. Recently Morgan has been finding notes written to herself while asleep. The notes claim that she is an unwilling host and has one of the most powerful among demons within without her knowledge. Morgan believes it a lie made up from her nightmares. But Morgan soon has cause to wonder and turns to Adam White, head of the Special Forces division dealing with rogue demons. Since Adam is a demon, Morgan is not thrilled having to go to him for help, but Adam owes her a big favor. Morgan learns that the demon within her is named Lugh. Morgan's aura somehow overwhelms the demon's. Lugh is not within Morgan by choice either. Turns out Lugh is not only one of the most powerful demons, but a high ranking one as well.
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