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The Devil Inside

(Morgan Kingsley #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  7,068 ratings  ·  387 reviews
Morgan is an exorcist who walks that fine line between heaven and hell. She lives in a world in which demons co-exist with humans. Normally hailed as heroes, these demons can heal, help, and make strong the willing hosts who gladly accept their corporeal possession - unless a demon steps outside the boundaries of the law.
Paperback, UK edition, 307 pages
Published January 2008 by Piatkus (first published November 27th 2007)
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Solipsophisticate If you like the concept of a spirit/disembodied voice speaking inside of a character's head you might like Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series.
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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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Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
I picked up a cheap copy of this book from a library sale, because I wanted to buy something for myself to go with the piles of random books for my kids. I eventually decided to read it directly after BURN FOR ME, since I really disliked that book and wanted to compare two different urban fantasies.

I didn't dislike this as much as BURN FOR ME, and that may be because there wasn't much substance to this book at all. It didn't really give me reason to actively hate it. There was very little world-
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Review originally posted at

This was my very first Jenna Black book several years ago (as in 2009). I was trying to decide what book I wanted to try next. I decided that I wanted to go back and revisit this series that I loved so much. I read this before I was reviewing, so I decide that I could review it this time around.

So, this series follows Morgan Kingsley. She’s an exorcist and one of the best. In this world, people willing take demon possessions. It allows humans to
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I bought this book and read it in a day. I have a few words to say. Overall I loved this book but I think I loved the supporting characters more than I loved Morgan. She it one of the most selfish uncaring people I have ever read in a character.

She accepts help but only when there are no choices left that doesn't make you a "hero". I loved Adam and Dom. I loved Lugh, and Andy/Raphael, and Brian. Morgan is so dense about the world around her she doesn't want to hear anything else. I can't seem t
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
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
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Kathy Davie
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Irina Villacis
el libro ha estado bien pero no espectacular. lo que mas me gustó obviamente son las escenas HOT ENTRE ADAM Y DOMINIC. la protagonista es demasiado terca y tonta pero no al punto de que la odies , es buena persona pero muy muy tonta.

Adam ha resaltado entre todos los personajes.

no creo que siga con los demas libros.
Nel Zee
Jan 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A strong, independent woman in an urban fantasy series (with a little romance?)- well it sounds like this will be right up my ally!

Ask me how I felt about it 50 pages in. Thanks for taking a character with potential and completely butchering her appeal by making her a unreliable, unloyal (srly, how many times can you break up with your boyfriend and backstab the people who are trying to keep you safe?) and closeminded in terrible situations.

First off, I don't mind romance/set scenes in fiction
Christine Kirchoff
How crazy good of a plot is that? This books lives up the hype, I promise you that. There is so much plot sprinkled with romance that I had a hard time putting this book down. The Devil Inside is an absolutely brilliant paranormal world with a serious romantic kick. A must read!
Apr 12, 2009 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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.
The genres were very misleading in this one. I expected paranormal romance, what I got instead was poorly written BDSM erotica. The plot would've been interesting if it wasn't constantly was interrupted by the ill-timed sex scenes. The supposedly "kick ass" heroine made extremely idiotic decisions and was an absolute doormat.

I somehow managed to slog though this mess though, I have to say, that one scene where the heroine was whipped against her will (to the point that she bled) almost made me d
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traded, reviewed
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.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this more than I thought I would. Pleasantly surprised! I'm hooked, started the next book right away.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Anna 'Bookbuyer' call me bookbuyer. ^-^
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Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
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
Dec 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
The Devil Inside hit all my buttons - well, most of them, the main character has a bit of a chip on her shoulder that's annoying. The beginning is exciting in that she's performing an exorcism and gets caught in the bad side of things. She has a pre-warning of exciting things to come. I think the author starts off a bit too swiftly in the bedroom with an existing relationship, but once this is gotten beyond I was completely riveted.

Morgan has tons of emotional scars - the creative society she li
Elinor Master of Gifs
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Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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