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"enthralling world-building"

Morgan Kingsley belongs to a world where demons inhabit humans, who are willing to accept them. Morgan isn't thrilled with the whole possession lifestyle. Her brother, Andrew has become a willing host and she can't come to grip with him letting another being totally control his body, his actions, his whole life.

Against her family's wishes, Morgan became an exorcist, exorcising demons from unwilling hosts. Unfortunately more times than not, the host winds up brain dead and if she can't extract the demon, the law requires the host to be burned alive insuring the demon's death as well. Not exactly great options for the host. Just another reason why Morgan hates demons.

When one of Morgan's exorcisms doesn't go as planned and she begins to leave herself disturbing notes, while she should be sleeping, she realizes she may be harboring an illegal demon. Then Lugh appears to her in a dream, confirming her greatest nightmare--she's possessed. Only for some reason, she's able to keep Lugh from completely taking over her body.

Morgan discovers she's been thrown into a plot where she is the target because of the "devil inside her." Everything in her life changes from there. She doesn't know who she can trust. If she doesn't choose the right person, people are going to be hurt or wind up dead and she's number one on that list.

This story gives in interesting angle to the demon possession concept, a world Ms. Black draws you into, making you want to know more. The Devil Inside is the first installment of the series. You're introduced to characters and to a world of demons with their beliefs and politics, an enthralling world-building in progress. Morgan is a very believable heroine. Feisty, making decisions that aren't always for the best, but she learns from her mistakes and finds she is braver than she thought. She begins to realize not everything is black and white. There are definitely some gray edges to the whole demon/host lifestyle and she's just beginning to realize what they are.

I must warn that there are some explicit sex scenes including two S&M scenes that may be too much for the fainthearted. However, it is not overly done and are consenting acts. So don't pass this uniquely written urban fantasy strictly for this reason.

I eagerly await the next book, The Devil You Know, which I'm sure we'll learn much more about the handsome six-five demon, Lugh. Also check out Ms. Black's, The Guardians of the Night series. You won't be disappointed you did.

Reviewed by: Karen Michelle Nutt, author

Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted December 30, 2007

SUMMARY

Sometimes possession is the ultimate thrill.

POSSESSION. 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 feet 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…

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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The Devil Inside
(Morgan Kingsley: Book 1)
by Jenna Black

Bantam (Spectra)
November 1, 2007
Available: November 27, 2007
ISBN #0553590448
EAN #9780553590449
336 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jenna Black

Sirensong
Dark Descendant
Shadowspell
Glimmerglass
The Devil's Playground
Speak of the Devil
The Devil's Due
The Devil You Know
Hungers of the Heart
Shadows on the Soul
Secrets in the Shadows
Watchers in the Night


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