Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jenna Black - Speak of the Devil

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 suddenly 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 steeped 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.

Comment: This is the fourth book in the Morgan Kingsley series. So far, this has been a great surprise, as I thought this to be plain and after all, it's an interesting and vivid series full of good scenes and plot twists. There's only one book left now and I'll be sorry to see this end.

In this book, Morgan faces a law suit. She is suspended and unsure about the whole thing because her job has been the only unchangeable thing in her life for the last months. She is also worried abut her relationship with her boyfriend and about Lugh's power on the mortal plan and how she will have to help him further.
When Morgan thinks her troubles are more than annoying, they start to be deadly as well and quite macabre...who wants to destroy her life so badly?

Once again, I really enjoyed a story in this series. I think that, so far, everything has been very averagely good and there's not a book much better or much worse than the others. I like what to expect in a book with these characters and it's such a nice feeling to start it and to spend time with it. I haven't read anything else by the author but this series is indeed special.

Morgan sees herself in trouble again, the poor woman is always on the move about something. She has to deal with her personal issues, mostly her doubts concerning her boyfriend's patience with her, as she is very insecure about her relationship and how much she can really trust to Brian. She has the issues many women surely have in real life, she fears she might not be good enough for him or that he might leave her so she keeps a part of her safe to prevent bigger hurt, but with Dominic's help she realizes if she trust Brian completely she might have perfect happiness. Of course it's not that simple and she goes through some heartbreak before reaching that conclusion, but this side of her character is very plausible and realistically done.

As for her role in he demon's war, she keeps being a key player because of her close relationship with Lugh, the demon king. She grew a somewhat solid connection with him and even respect and she is bent in helping him. Because of this her life is a mess, but she also has the help of other characters, her only friends actually, and things end up being done. I like this side of the books, the plot-related stuff and how we don't get bored with Morgan or her failure at times. Sometimes I feel lie shouting at her, don't do that!, but in the end, obviously, things get in shape again.

The secondary characters keep their path of adding more depth to the story, to those element's interest and importance and I love to see them all interact. I think it's a good cast and very motivated.

Like I said, the next book will be the last and I hope the author manages a good end for this story, I hope it's not rushed because until this fourth book, things have been happening slowly and although I enjoyed it, I also want to see things solved well.
This book was a good one and it showed Morgan dealing with several issues she had to at some point and it was a very enjoyable read as always.
Grade: 8/10

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