Monday, 18 January 2010

The Devil You Know by Jenna Black

"The beautiful. The bad. The Possessed.

Some people worship them. Some people fear them. And some people—like Morgan Kingsley—go up against them toe-to-toe, flesh-to-flesh, and power against power. An exorcist by trade, Morgan is one of the few humans with an aura stronger than her possessor, even though her demon can tease her body senseless. She's also a woman who has just discovered a shocking truth: everything she once believed about her past, her identity, may have been a lie… With a family secret exploding around her and with a full-scale demon war igniting, Morgan is a key player in an unsettled world. Then a rogue, sociopathic demon enters her life with a bang. His name is The Hunter. And since she is the prey, Morgan has only one choice: to hunt The Hunter down—no matter what heartbreaking truths she uncovers on the way…"

This is the second in the Morgan Kingsley series, which started with The Devil Inside. I liked the first okay, but didn't love it. Some pretty graphic m/m, torture and BDSM scenes, none of which is to my tastes. But I liked Morgan's character and the plot was strong enough that I decided to give this book a try and I'm glad I did because I find it better than the first. There is some heavy m/m still, but less of the rest and the plot was heavier.

Morgan is facing some nasty family secrets whilst still trying to deal with being possessed by the king of demons, Lugh, a guy who can tease her senseless knowing what she desires. But before long Morgan is facing bigger problems in the form of 'The Hunter' a demon who gets off on killing and who is determined to find Lugh. His only lead being Morgan and he doesn't care who he has to use or possess to get to her.

Morgan grew on me through this book and I could really feel for her as she tried to deny the reality of her situation and why she wanted to. And as she found the strength to face ugly truths. The plot was pretty solid and moved along at a good pace. There were a couple times when I felt the sex took over a little, but when it did, it didn't last long and quickly got back on to the main plot so I could ignore it, and it was only a couple of times. Some of the plot was predictable, but the there were some good twists as well. There was a fair bit of character development for several of the characters and left some interesting things open for the next books. I'm looking forward to reading them.

Rating: 7/10

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