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The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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I really enjoyed reading about all the characters in The Devil Inside, especially Lugh (the dangerously sexy king of demons unwillingly thrust inside Morgan), Adam (a demon who heads the Special Forces and who likes to inflict pain in the bedroom) and Dominic (a former Demon host and overall good guy). Morgan is a very likeable heroine. At first she comes across as rather hard-edged and cynical- kind of like she's seen and done it all. It doesn't take long to figure out that isn't true. Due to her upbringing in a family zealously in support of all demons and demon hosting, and her subsequent rebellion and hatred toward demons, Morgan is in fact rather close minded and naive. She finds out how much she has to learn after she moves in with Adam and Dominic. Her deep seated hatred and fear don't always allow her to make rational decisions, and in fact she makes several that she later regrets.Read more ›
Morgan is self righteous and hypocritical. At the beginning of the book she boasts to the reader how she likes to wear tight leather pants cause she looks hot in them. Later on she is too embarrased to wear a sexy outfit to a club. She is judgemental of the S&M lifestyle of Adam and Dominic and proceeds to make snotty comments about it whenever possible.
The author, Jenna Black, has created some really interesting fully fledged characters. The romantic relationship between Adam and Dominic feels realistic even though one is a human possessed demon. I was really impressed by her imagination and the way she portrayed every other character. I just can't like a book when I hate the main character. I have about 50 pages left to finish this book, and I all I want from the ending is for her to die. So that I can read the next book with only the supporting characters.
If you are interested in this book I recommend that you check it out from the library first so you don't end up in the same situation as me.
The story begins with Morgan being summoned to KS for an exorcism. The victim is a little girl, already strapped to the metal table and ready to go into the oven if the exorcism fails. The demon inside the girl is quite strong and Morgan gets touched by it--she wakens in a containment room herself, suspected possessed by the demon she just exorcised, but she knows that's not true and can't figure out why.
Her sleep's been troubled for a long time. She sleepwalks and now she's writing notes to her waking self from a demon named Lugh, who claims to have involuntarily have possessed her when she was drugged by her family.
This is just the beginning of a tale that takes you to a world where demons are on one side voluntarily hosted and almost worshipped by the Spirit Society and abhorred and abused by the Wrath of God. The hints of world-building in this novel are very interesting particularly in relation to demon advocacy.
The characters show some potential. Morgan is a strong, feisty woman who doesn't always make the best decisions. Still, she is loyal and will risk her life for someone she cares for. I would like to see stronger character development in the future.
Unfortunately, the plot got bogged down in heavy erotic content. When I say heavy, I am referring to whips and chains, etc. Fortunately, none of it was precisely non-consensual; however, I'd have enjoyed the politics and world-building much more than the explicit material.
I'm not sure this first novel actually has a good niche.Read more ›
At first I thought I was going to enjoy the book (even w/ a dull, vulgar phone sex conversation pretty close in), but it wasn't long that I started getting really disappointed. Too much of the behavior in this book was unbelievable and senseless.
The word I can best describe the main character is "stupid". She's comes off as weak in every sense of the word. I don't feel the author did a very good job making the reader feel what the characters were feeling. An author can't just write that a character feels a certain way and expect the reader to believe it. He/she needs to lay a foundation, and when the main character flip-flops all over the place without it being properly justified or resolved it fails to allow the reader to become involved.
The book is heavy on the S&M/gay erotica. I don't mind a few sexy scenes in book, but these just bored me or disgusted me. I simply didn't find the sex scenes "sexy".
It's hard to write a review w/o giving too much a way. I really don't want to ruin the book for anyone who may still want to read it. Basically, what I most disliked about the book was the how the main character reacted to everything. Her behavior was almost embarrassing to read. She'd get upset, throw a fit, then back down. There were reasons for her to be upset, but none of the intelligent, moral arguments were ever brought up. She'd just apologize. Also, it made her seem even worse the way she dealt w/ the erotic content. She acted like she thought is was wrong, but it was a blatant case of "the lady doth protest too much".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy Jenna Black's books, I loved the YA series and the Goddess summoning series had the same dark style as this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael
Just started reading it and man I can't stop reading it's so good. I bought the whole saga. Can't wait to read the rest of the booksPublished 4 months ago by Nayely Calderon
Carrying a demon prince inside who wants to seduce you is a great way to start a series. Everyone has an agenda and no one knows everything, which keeps the reader guessing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bookelf
This book has a unique storyline that is refreshing with the demon possession, and then you amp up the intensity by having a gay couple flaunting their BDSM lifestyle. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sherese
What a horrible waste. I admit that I actually finished this awful piece of trash because I, like other reviewers hoped that Morgan would die so that poor Lugh could escape her. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by D. Matlack
The book started out really well with a plot that had some real potential. Then the author decided that what every good plot needs is to be interrupted constantly by long graphic... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Craig