August 4, 2010

Review: The Devil's Due by Jenna Black

The Devil's Due (Morgan Kingsley, #3)The Devil's Due by Jenna Black

Possession was never this much fun

Trust me or die… That's the choice Morgan Kingsley, exorcist, is given by the gorgeous rogue demon who's gotten inside her. The truth is, Morgan has dozens of reasons not to trust anyone, from the violence that torched her house and killed her father to a love life that's left her questioning her relationship with her erstwhile boyfriend, Brian. But Lugh, a king among demons, won't take no for an answer. He's prying into her body, her mind, even her sex life. And he's just pulled Morgan into a power struggle that could have devastating consequences for both the human and demon worlds.

But Morgan still has a job to do: investigating the highly bizarre possession of the son of a wealthy Philadelphia couple. That hunt leads Morgan into a realm of sexual depravity, then a terrifying kidnapping.… Now a woman who makes her living prying demons from their hosts finds her day job colliding with the night: a darkness that is attracting demons of the damnedest sort, including the one who’s about to demand his ultimate due. . .

Black's exorcist series has been my guilty pleasure read for a quite a while. The Devil's Due is another solid entry into a world where demon's are among us and some humans willingly allow themselves to be possessed. It's hard to beat the crazy fabulous ending from the previous book, The Devil You Know, but Black comes close to it.

The constant battle of Morgan—our loud mouthed exorcist—and Lugh—the yummy demon king--has been the highlight of reading this series. This time around Lugh and Morgan are trying to find some middle ground, because Lugh possessing her and there's no way he's leaving. Of course this search for middle ground doesn't mean there's really any peace, so look forward to some more head butting sass. The struggle for Morgan to allow herself to let Lugh take control of her is really amusing, and in the end it may cause her more harm then frazzled nerves.

A mother hires Morgan to figure out why her son was possessed legally by all illegal means necessary, and perhaps get Morgan to illegally exorcise it. Soon Morgan finds herself not only trying to save an unwilling demon host, but diving deeper into the mystery of the human experimentation. Soon she finds another demon run experiment had more success then the one Morgan was spawned from. Leading to a very creepy and chilling conclusion.

One thing I loved about this installment is that not only does Morgan realize that she trusts Brian, and loves him enough to work things out. She also accepts that she's placed Brian on a pedestal and that he's human and will make grave decisions that may not be morally right. The relationship with the sadistic Adam takes a different turn. Sure they still hate each other, Adam tries at every turn to make Morgan uncomfortable and blush, but there's real progress. Morgan even gives Adam a sympathy hug, as the two understand each other just a tad more.

Black shows demon's at times can be human, Adam's love for his unpossessed boyfriend Dominic over powers his demon nature to obey his King, Lugh. Then at other times Black brings home how alien demon's really are, there ability to justify all actions for the need of there cause. Unable to understand why morals should stop them from achieving what they want.

The final paragraphs from The Devil's Due are some of my favorite, but I'll just leave the final two to sum things up.

The fate of the entire human race rests on the ability of this council of angry, antagonistic misfits to work together, to be honest with one another, and to watch each others backs. I have two words for you.

We're doomed.
Bottom Line:

This is a hardcore entry into the fantastic world of Morgan Kingsley, for any reader's who've had doubts about the series this should lay them to rest. These characters are growing, not just in the book, but on me. For those of you who have yet to try this series out, do it's one of the few demon/exorcist series out there and it does the UF genre proud.

Sexual Content:

This one is not as heavy on the male on male action as previous books, in fact I don't think there's much besides a few sweet kisses and dirty talk. However some readers may not like it. There are some other graphic sex scenes, but mainly between Morgan and her boyfriend.

Rating: 5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession.


Melissa said...

This sounds intriguing...despite the fact that it's not normally my thing. Great review :)

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

Thank you! It really is a great series.