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The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  6,011 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Possession. Murder. Mayhem.
Let the games begin...

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 down… by th
Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2007)
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LethalLovely~You Knew Who I Was With Every Step That I Ran to You
My Thoughts: FYI, this book contains a few m/m sex scenes. I'm not particularly bothered by them but I realize some readers might be.

I was excited when I got this book because it seemed right up my alley & also had an interesting twist on demon lore. That wasn't what I got..kinda. First, this book seems not to know if it wants to be Urban Fantasy or Erotica. I don't mind sex scenes, even like sex scenes in my UF but only when done right & tastefully. That was not the case. Our heroine Mo
I find the first-person girl-demon-hunter genre increasingly baffling. Why is it always in first-person? Why is the romance so formulaic? Why do I keep on reading it? This entry in the genre doesn't really answer any of those questions, but kept me reading it in search of the answer to a new question: “How is this book so fail?”

Several specific sorts of fail aside, it's not a bad book of its sort, if its the sort of thing you like. Androgynously-named Girl is an exorcist in a world where demon p
Becca Sneed
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May 30, 2008 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Okay, color me surprised. I read the first two or three chapters of this book months ago, and I was very unimpressed. First-person narration, so popular these days, is a hard sell for me, and the narration in those chapters irritated me. Morgan, the main character, spent too damn much time talking about her clothes, her attitude problem, even her tattoo. I don't need to know what a character's wearing unless it's important to the plot, you know? BDSM outfit for an undercover sting? Okay. Very ti ...more
Она проводит кончиком темно-синего ногтя по гладкой каёмке ледяной стопки и тихо дышит.

Напротив в душном воздухе уездного кабака, развалившись в деревянном стуле, молча сидит он. Хотя молчание это относительно, если учесть нацеленный на нее невозмутимый взгляд, говорящий сам за себя.

- Ну, ты пить собираешься вообще? - через пару минут не выдерживает он. Она поднимает взгляд в серые с коричными потертостями глаза и, не задумываясь, опрокидывает стопку.

Горло парализует холодом и через сотую дол
Jan 24, 2012 Jacqueline marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: read-in-2009
With only 1/4 left of the novel, I decided I couldn't stand the protagonist and I didn't care what ended up happening to her. Unfortunate because, in general, I didn't have much of a problem with the plot, writing or other characters.
Suzainur K.A.R.
The premise sounded interesting: kick ass exorcist possessed by what she hated most and having to deal with the aftermath. However, I do not enjoy Morgan Kingsley; I find her judgmental-ness off-putting. Now you may say that it could be part of her journey since The Devil Inside is the first book of the series and I should give her a chance to develop. After all, I gave Rachel Morgan (protagonist of Kim Harrison's The Hollow series) a chance although she was whiny and stupidly impetuous in the f ...more
Kathy Davie
First in the Morgan Kingsley urban fantasy set in an alternate Philadelphia in a world where demons can legally possess willing hosts but illegal possessions result in exorcism or burning.

The Story
One reason Morgan chose to embrace a career as an exorcist is her terrible fear of being possessed. Helping other people is a minor point for Morgan is no hero. Then after a horrible misadventure in Topeka, reinforced by unexplained attacks at home, Morgan's worst horror is confirmed. At great cost to
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I thought the premise was good (woman exorcist) but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It felt like the author was trying to force tension into the book by using s&m scenes. The main character was also pretty whimpy for an exorcist.
I liked this more than I thought I would. Pleasantly surprised! I'm hooked, started the next book right away.
I have found a new favorite series, and I couldn't be happier:-) This is such an intriguing read, and well-crafted world: Morgan Kingsley is a professional exorcist, and the one to call for those extra stubborn demon possessions. Not that all people carrying demons inside them are possessed, no; some are legal hosts to law-abiding demons. But then there are those demons who take unwilling humans, children, who are criminals... And that's where Morgan comes in. She is a hater of all demons, and f ...more
From the Back Cover:

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 feet five inches of dark, delicious temptation, this one is to die for--that is, if he doesn't
If you are like me, you are easily drawn to any new book(and there are many!) in the dark urban fantasy genre just by the cover and teaser(they all sound very interesting at first glance). Although not every book finds a unique approach/twist or hits the right note(by howling, of course) to satisfy me, this was a good find. Morgan Kingsley is a strong and sexy woman, reminiscent of Rachel Mariana Morgan in the Kim Harrison novels, who has the ability to exorcise demons(slightly different from a ...more
I ended up liking this book but it was kinda touch and go at the beginning. Not because the story was iffy or the writing was bad or anything. Rather because I got really tired of having how "tough" Morgan was shoved down my throat every other page. Honestly, you can tell me a character is a tough as nails, but until I see it ... well, those are only words. Plus, having a couple of extra piercings and a tattoo does not make one bad ass. However, Jenna Black dropped the over-telling about halfway ...more
It was good. Very much the opening book in a series, so not much happened beyond character introductions and figuring out part of what the big mystery is. It certainly set the dark, sexy tone very clearly. And the idea of how demons specifically use human hosts, and the demon war, is familiar enough to make sense and different enough to be intriguing. Plus the men sure are hotties! The author is smart in how she wrote some of the sex or sexy scenes in that our lead, Morgan, is all new and reacti ...more
Mary Abshire
a little slow in the beginning, but good story.
demons possessing humans is normal?

there's a king of demons and he's not the devil. Interesting...
A very unique story-not like anything I've read. I like it. Adam seems hot, not because he's a twisted gay demon who loves dishing out pain, but because he's a real hard ass with good intentions. I'm curious to know more about Lugh. Does he really like Morgan? I think so. The ending was good and the last quarter of the book moved quicker.
Looking forwa
Not sure really how to review this book.

First I'd like to let readers know, if you are not into m/m sex scenes or BDSM, then you shouldn't read this book. Second, the main theme in this book is sex. The fact that there is Demons and Morgan is a exorcist is really secondary, because sex and lust tend to take over everything else. Seriously, I'm not sure there even was much of a storyline. I'm not a prude by no means. I own several m/m books along with BDSM books, but they do at least have a stor
Okay, I don't remember this annoying me as much the first time around. haha. Maybe it is just the curse of the re-read, and I am noticing things that I skipped over on the initial read.

The story was interesting. The world was a new one. The main character was my issue.

It was the constant repetition of how much of a BADASS Morgan is because, get this, she has a total of 7 earrings and a tattoo! And the tattoo is on her lower back! OMG. *shock*

Neither thing makes you badass. Your leather pants or
Brandi ;)
3 1/2 STARS

I liked it, but Morgan's attitude and personality seemed to swish around a lot. One minutes she's this bad ass chick that can take anything, then she's blubbering about and squeemish. She didn't seem to be able to make up her mind to save her life, which if it hadn't been for demon Adam, her ass would have been dead, dead, dead.

Morgan's world is one where demons are real, but not the hell-fire & brimstone type. They are apparently not all 'evil' and they live on a separate 'Plain'
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
I started reading Jenna Black with her Faeriewalker series and I have to admit, she does well in both genres, adult and ya. She writes a mean story! This was so interesting. I don't know if the premised had me completely when I read it, but it was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book and start it. Once I started, I couldn't put it down!

Morgan is a very interesting character. I like my tough chicks. With Morgan, we get the tough chick, but we also get the vulnerable chick. What I liked a
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I ended up liking this much more than expected. At first, I wasn't so sure I was going to like Morgan, but as the book progressed, I began to like her more. After all, the situation she's in is pretty horrible. First, she just has to deal with people trying to kill her. Then she finds out the real reason why she's got a demon in her and why she's being targeted because of it and everything just goes to hell.

Some of her decisions were stupid. Really, they were. They usually came about because the
May 26, 2013 Carien rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: uf
I'm in two minds about this book.

I loved the world building and the overall story. It's intriguing, suspenseful and has lots of potential for future books. The idea of demons possessing human bodies (with or without the permission of said humans) is cool and I kept on reading to discover more about this interesting world.

The demon that got inside Morgan was really interesting as well. I loved the interaction between him and Morgan and my only complaint there is that I wanted more than this boo
I wanted to like this one. I really, really did. A professional exorcist who discovers she's been possessed by a demon of her own for months... a demon that drags her into his war of succession to the throne of Hell... what's not to like, right? Well, I'll tell you what. There seems to be this movement of oversexed, unnecessarily kinky novels in the paranormal genres and I rather wish it would stop. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a sexy book as much as the next person. But riding on the coatta ...more
I honestly didn't think I would like this one. But after reading good reviews from a few people whose opinion I trust I decided to pick it up. I'm glad I did!

The plot moved at a good pace and the characters were dynamic. I liked the different take on Demons. The story arc worked out well with enough conclusion to not be a cliffhanger, but enough left hanging to set me up to want the next book.

It held me captivated from almost the beginning. I kept guessing over and over.."what's going to happe
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I saw a blog that was raving about this series, how the five books were not enough and people wanted more, it was that brilliant. I had a look at the synopsis of the first book and thought now that sounds like a book I would love. So I got all five books at once. I just finished this book a few hours ago and I absolutely loved it.
Morgan is a great heroine, I immediately liked her for her sense of humour. She is snarky, grumpy, rude and just a pain in the arse! But I loved her :)
This book ha
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I liked this book for about the first fifty pages. The world that seemed to be created was uniqueish, and the main character seemed to be decent. After we got past the first scene though the whole thing fell apart. The author seems like she cannot decide whether she wants to be writing soft core porn or paranormal fiction. The characters degenerate into old, worn out cliches, and the uniqueness that started the book disappears completely. The main character was completely unbelievable, and not u ...more
Not sure what to rate this book. Very different from my normal books. Not a bad story, but will not continue with the series. Read it because it was the BOM of one of my other groups. Had way too much kinky stuff - whips and what not(which I had no idea prior to reading and is something I don't particularly care to have included in the stories I read) and had a guy romance which doesn't particularly appeal to me. So the latest trend seems to be to take creatures which were once only characterize ...more
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Morgan Kingsley (5 books)
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