Friday, 29 January 2010

Speak of the Devil by Jenna Black

"For a kick-ass exorcist, it’s all about staying alive . . .
Morgan Kingsley, America’s most successful exorcist, is paying the price for an exorcism gone wrong. The victim’s family is suing the daylights out of her, the Exorcism Board has suspended her, and now she’s living on a diet of ramen noodles and bad coffee. But Morgan has a few good men at her side. One is her current boyfriend, nice-guy legal-eagle Brian, who’s starting to reveal his inner bad boy. The other is Philly cop Adam White, who’s trying to help Morgan find out who sent her a little present—a severed human hand—and why someone seems determined to destroy her.
As her stalker turns more violent, leaving dead bodies in his wake, Morgan turns to the dark side of her life: a group of demons seeped in secrets, sinful eroticism, and otherworldly family feuds, including one sexy beast who shares Morgan’s body—and some X-rated fantasies. Soon Morgan must choose between her friends, her enemies, and her libido: to escape a mad demon determined to destroy her completely."
This is the fourth book in the Morgan Kingsley series. There were a few threads left open in the previous book that pick up in this one, and quickly become much bigger than first thought. Morgan is also facing some tough personal questions and decisions around her (very human) boyfriend Brian, but at the same time is finding herself more and more tempted by the demon sharing her body and the fantasies he creates for her. As Morgan's professional problems mount they collide with her personal ones making things even harder for her, and her guys, to work out where the dangers lie and how to handle them.

There is some really good character development in this book, and I like Morgan more for some of the decisions she makes. The book starts up pretty quick and doesn't really let up. Like the previous book, there is a lot going on and figuring out how it all connects is part of the fun. There is the added presence of a new female character in this book, which helps break up the, at times, oppressive testosterone of Morgan being surrounded just by (mostly very hot) men.

This is my favourite book so far in the series so far with the developments, but the ending makes it clear while somethings may be improving for Morgan, they're not going to stay that way. Things are going to get worse for her before they get better. And me, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens! Can't wait for the next book, The Devil's Playground.

Rating: 8/10

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