Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Review of Devil Inside by Jenna Black - Dark and sexy with lots of ass-kicking!

Title: The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley #1)
Author: Jenna Black
Pages: 336 Pages, Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Standalone/Series: Series
Release:  Already Out
Publisher: Spectra
Purchased by me
Author info: http://www.jennablack.com/
Spoiler Alert: mostly in the clear
Good Reads blurb: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. . . .

This book had a little of everything – demon ass kicking, betrayal, and possession as well as phone sex, some S & M, and a little man loving sprinkled in.  Morgan Kinsley, the reluctant heroine of this story, is a modern day exorcist who has very personal reasons to hate both the legal and illegal forms of demon possession that occurs in her world. Unfortunately she gets mixed-up in a battle between different factions in the demon world and is forced to choose a side. Her decisions and her position on the matter make her some very powerful enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy her. Unfortunately, Morgan also has serious trust issues, and she is really good at making enemies of potential allies. With all the mistakes Morgan makes along the way while she continues to be the reluctant heroine, it will be amazing if she makes it out alive.

The action in this book is non-stop as Morgan gets herself out of one deadly situation then makes mistakes and lands in a worse situation. Morgan has a gigantic chip on her shoulder, so big I wouldn’t be surprised if she lists towards one side while she walks, and it stops her from trusting others and she tends to make really bad situations even worse. So many times during the book I wanted to shake her and say –what were you thinking – which is also the mark of a good book too since I cared so much about the choices she makes. During the novel Morgan definitely is reluctant to grow up and change her world view but she does and I can’t wait to read what happens to her in the future installments.

This book does have a good dose of sex and darkness too that made me a little twitchy. Though all this mixes in well with the main story so at least there is no gratuitous S & M but this book is definitely not for those who get squeamish with such things.

This is a 3.5 out of 5 for me, dark and sexy with a fair amount of ass-kicking!


Book Chick City said...

I have this on my shelf just haven't got around to reading it yet. Sounds as though I would like it, but thanks for the heads up on the sex bit as sometimes I'm one of those people who get a bit a bit squeamish LOL :)

Mandi said...

Nice review...some darkness I like in books :)

Anonymous said...

I've had this book for a while now ... but your review has really made me want to read it :) When I'm done with Mercy Thompson, Kitty Norville, and the Ilona Andrews books, I think The Devil Inside will be next :)

Heather (DarklyReading) said...

@Book Chick - yeah there were some parts I had to read over quickly - with all the urban fantasy and paranormal romance I read there are still some things that make me a little squeamish- but overall a good story

@Mandi - darkness is good ;)

@Bella - wow you have quite a great list of to be read books - I loved Mercy Thompson and Ilona Andrews series - Kitty Norville I liked but sometimes she bugged me...

Cecile said...

Great review! And thanks for keeping it honest! You are right, those S&M is not for everyone, so it was nice to that you put that touch in there.

I will have to look into this book a little farther, my dark side has been hungry lately!
Hope all is well honey!

Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

This sounds like something I'd really like, but I wonder if I should wait a little bit after reading The Demon in Me... I don't want to compare them too much.

Thanks for the great review!

Melissa said...

This sounds interesting. I've only read her YA and I loved it. Been wanting to try her adult books. Thanks for the review.

Heather (DarklyReading) said...

@Cecile - thx! Yeah I think I need to ease into the S&M theme ;)

@Tara - yeah the theme with The Demon in Me sounds similar but the Devil Inside is much darker I'm betting and Demon in Me sounds more humorous..

@Melissa - hehe..I want to check out her YA too ;)

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