Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jenna Black - Devil Inside

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 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. . . 

Comment: I've had this book to read for two years. Like usual, a friend of mine read it and enjoyed it and I was curious enough to buy it but from then on, time has gone and the book stayed behind time and again. When this year begun I wrote down a lot of books that have been piling up and distributed through the months so I could read them at last. This month this one was up and I'm quite glad to have done so.

This is the first book in the Morgan Kinsgsley series. Morgan's job is to exorcise demons from unwilling ghosts as it is forbidden. Demons can be summoned and can travel to the Earth Plan and can possess a willing host, but often the host gets lost in the transaction, or so Morgan believes. Her own brother is possesses by a demon and she thinks she lost him.One day she is asked to perform a exorcism in a young girl but things go wrong and the demon tried to possess Morgan by touching her wrist but she didn't get possessed and doesn't understand why. However, someone tries to kill her after she tells her best friend she's been sleepwalking and writing notes to herself...or isn't she?

So, I ended up enjoying this book a lot. Another one that only took me one day to go through.
Morgan is an exorcist and she comes from a family that strongly defends the chance for demons to possess humans because demons are stronger and they can extend their strength and resistance to humans. Once possessed, most hosts/demons get risky jobs like police enforcement, they become firefighters and pilots, among other things. But Morgan never thought like that and to her, a demon just wants to occupy space while the host is lost. When a demon is exorcised most hosts turn into a vegetative state and few can wake up. She has a boyfriend that really loves her and she's quite happy with her relationship although she also feels that she's not good enough for him, she has a rebel side, both in behavior and appearance that contrasts to her more polished lawyer boyfriend.
I liked Morgan's characterization, she had a little bit of lacking self confidence that I think gave her some more empathy, because she could almost be perfect and that's boring. Although she doesn0t see her person as good enough most times, she knows she has abilities and professionally she's the best.
Morgan's real problem is she was possessed without knowing. But as she has strong mind shields, the demon possessing her can get through unless she lets him, which doesn't happen until she realizes he's a prince of demons and wants to avoid the possession of unwilling humans, but things are in a sort of war state in the demon realm and fanatics try to kill her because only killing the host kills the demon.
I liked the storyline, it was interesting and fluid...I enjoyed this take on demons and their world. I lied the fact hosts and demons could develop a parallel relationship and many care for each other in the long term.
I liked a couple of secondary characters too, Adam and Dominic. They are a couple and were both demon possessed but Dominic was attacked one day until the point his demon took charge and one of the attackers died, so Dominic's demon, Saul, was exorcised by Morgan. From then on we see these two a lot in the plot. Adam is a Dom and he plays S&M with Dominic. Some aspects of this relationship were a bit over the top, but having read s&m gay stories before, I don't think this comes even closer to something heavy or the worst out there..of course it doesn't have the most focus, but it's still a part of the plot line. Still, I didn't feel uncomfortable with any of that, not to a point where I couldn't read it, there's some heavier scenes but not that bad. Can't wait to see those two again.
In the end, the story ended with Morgan and her boyfriend not talking but I feel confidant they'll work things out. She and her demon have a respectful relationship to and they "talk" in dreams, making plans when needed. I think it was a balanced story, I'm sure it will be interesting to see what happens next.

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