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The Devil's Playground (Morgan Kingsley #5)

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Morgan Kingsley, a kick-ass exorcist, can deal with Lugh, the supersexy demon living inside her, but does he have to moan softly during her intimate moments with her mortal lover? Understandably, Brian is reluctant to share the pleasures of Morgan’s flesh with a gorgeous rogue from the Demon Realm.

But personal matters will have to wait when the opportunistic owner of the S
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Dell
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Scartale I can't say for certain, but I remember reading somewhere that the author had given up on this series and that there wouldn't be any more books in the…moreI can't say for certain, but I remember reading somewhere that the author had given up on this series and that there wouldn't be any more books in the series. I was pretty disappointed but what can you do :/(less)

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Shannon
I wanted to add that I do still read Black's books; I haven't given up on her. In fact, here newest series (my review of the first book, Dark Descendant) is actually really, really good. I also liked her YA series as well (I have a review for the second book only though) and these are both really good examples of why I don't give up on an author completely because of one or two bad books. I think over time she's only gotten better, so if you disliked this one as much as I did, maybe give another ...more
Tracy
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~*~*~*~*~* Full of Sound And Fury...Signifying Nothing *~*~*~*~*~

I hate to butcher old Willy S. here, but that's the feeling I was left with upon the conclusion of The Devil's Playground, fifth book of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist series. I've been reading this series since the first (The Devil Inside) and have suffered the peaks and valleys along with Morgan and crew ever since. Up through Speak of the Devil (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 4) my biggest problem with the series was, in fact, M
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Starry
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Melindeeloo
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons, urban-fantasy
Stepping into territory outside of my comfort zone at times, I am still sad to see this series end. But Black does a bang up job with the big finish to the struggle for the demon throne.

I've come to really like all of the characters in the series (well, Brian irked me at times) even the ones who are a bit on the morally challenged side and most all of them have grown (or grown on me) to some extent over the course of the series.

Next up for Black Glimmerglass which looks to be Fae centric (and
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Kathy Davie
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, fantasy, urban
Fifth and end of the Morgan Kingsley urban-fantasy series set in an alternate Philadelphia.

The Story
Shae, the illegal demon who owns the Seven Deadlies, comes to Morgan with some disturbing news. Seems she's seeing a lot of new demons coming into her club who aren't the usual gorgeous beauties. Instead they seem to be addicts and beggars. Since no demon wants to be in anything less than a gorgeous body, the news is disturbing enough that Lugh's Council realizes they'll have to push Dougal into a
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Athena
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Holy Crap this book was good. (I got this as an ARC in a contest so I thought I'd do a brief review) Morgan Kingsley our heroine is an exorcist who kicks ass and takes names and in her latest adventures Morgan is forced to deal with coups, jealous boyfriends, a brooding brother, tension between demon relatives, not to mention murder, mayhem and my favorite; a yummylicious Demon King who knows Morgan from the inside out making amorous advances. Black ups the ante and comes to some startling concl ...more
Kelly *that's me*
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I am disappointed in the ending of this series. Some things end a bit too easily, other things don't seem to have any resolution at all.

I read this book not knowing that it was the end of the series, and I think had I known-I might of stopped reading this series a lot sooner than this last book.

I think that I will always be holding a part of myself back while reading Jenna's books in the future, because (at least right now) getting vested in the characters of her books and taking the chance th
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Adrian Phoenix
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the Morgan Kingsley series and was sorry to see it end. I'll read anything Jenna Black writes.
Jessica Walsh
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Summary:
Welcome to the world of Morgan Kingsley, exorcist extraordinaire. It's not much different from our modern world, really, except for one specific thing: in Morgan's world, you can be possessed by demons.

In fact, demon possession is a way of life. It's fought over by people and the government much like gay rights (with religious groups on either side to boot) and the whole of society is learning to live with their new 'reality'. On this stage, Morgan is an exorcist, brought in to exorcise
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Sarah
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Please be aware that this is the 5th & final book in the Morgan Kingsley series so although my review won't contain spoilers for The Devil's Playground it may contain spoilers for previous books. If you're new to the series its one I'd recommend reading in order starting with book 1 The Devil Inside.

Things have been going far too well for Morgan and the other members of Lugh's council over the last couple of months - they should have known it was too good to be true. When Shae (the owner of
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Steph
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
The fifth and final book in the Morgan Kingsely series.
I was so sad when I realised that this was the last book in the series and I did as always enjoy this book. However I will be honest and say that it was my least favourite out of them all. Books one and two were amazing, we were being introduced into this exciting dangerous new world. I loved getting to know all the characters and my face lit up in every book when I would get to read about them all again. With the third and fourth books it
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Shelley
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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Lillie
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Lokki
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Devil's Playground is the fifth and final book in the Morgan Kingsley series by Black. And, while I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and it's unique story concept, if this last book is anything to judge by, it's probably a good thing that the series has come to a close. Not that I didn't enjoy this book. I did. It's just that it felt like the story was getting a bit stale, like things were beginning to get repetitive.

Morgan Kingsley is a demon executioner with a dirty little secret - she's ac
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Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Hmmm, so that wasn't too bad, but of all of the books, it was the least exciting. Mostly because the characters sat around talking and drinking coffee a lot. Don't get me wrong, I was happy they were finally on the offensive with getting Dougal out of the way and the way it worked out wasn't too bad. Still, I'm not sure exactly how I feel. Especially since the author seems to have run out of steam with the series. There are open ends for her to come back to. There are still plenty of issues that ...more
Marianne
The time has come for the demon king and his exorcist host to make a final stand as the plot moves forward to the anticipated war of the demon brothers. Meanwhile; the fate of humankind and the mortal realm hangs in the balance as Dougal's rule would herald a deluge of new and illegal human possessions.

Lugh, Morgan and his Royal council on the mortal plane have evidence that Lugh's traitorous brother Dougal has set in motion in Philadelphia at the Seven Deadlies demonic nightclub the openings sa
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Ailsa
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(originally posted by me to The Book Bundle )

5th book in the series, so contains references to earlier plot points.

I've put off buying this book because I didn't want the series to be over - I enjoyed it too much to want to let it go. When I eventually opened it, despite intentions of making it last, savouring this last of the series, I read it the same way I've read all Jenna's books - very fast.
The story starts when Shae, owner of the Seven Deadlies, pays Morgan a visit to tell her about the g
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Susi
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay so how to start reviewing the fifth and last book in a series with spoiling it? I have to admit I have no idea so I will just go with the flow.

I had high expectations for this book. So many things were left in the dark and I wanted everything to work out the way I planned it in my head. Okay as it seems that were not the same things Ms. Black had planned for her story but this doesn't has to be something bad.

The Devil's Playground is a great ending for this series but I expected a bigger b
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
It’s difficult to be completely fair and non-biased when reviewing a series sequel when you love the world created and the characters so much. You may miss tiny nuances or weakened plot points because you’re so thrilled to finally see everyone again.

This is the fifth book, the last book, the wrap-up of all ties novel. It was a good one too, even though I felt more needed to be said about certain situations and I wish more had been explored with Lugh.

The whole Lugh reveal to Morgan about Brian,
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Kimberly
The final battle has come. A lot more illegal demons are going through the Mortal Realm. It seems Dougal has been getting impatient and is deep trouble. The council needs to put a stop to the demon outbreak before it gets out of hand. However, the people who could give them information are turning up dead. They need to find a way to lure out Dougal to the Mortal Realm to kill him and stop his plans.

Other than the demons, Brian, Morgan and Lugh need to get used to each other if they are going to
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Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A romance triangle is the least of Morgan’s worries when a demon wants to kill her and the demon she possesses.

Morgan Kingsley is an exorcist, probably the best in the world. Therefore, it is ironic that she is possessed by the demon King Lugh. Morgan and her boyfriend have been through a lot together, but Brian may have reached his limit.

Lugh reveals to Morgan that not only does he desire her, but he desires Brian as well. Brian doesn't take well to the news that he has to accept Lugh with Mor
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mlady_rebecca
I guess I've gotten too many books with cliffhangers lately, because the ending of this one had me looking to see if the series was ending prematurely. I mean it doesn't feel like the series should be over, but there was a resolution of sorts. Better than I hoped for, to tell you the truth.

(Oh, and I have no idea if this is the last book. I didn't see mention of book 6, but I didn't see a mention that this was the final book either.)

Mystery wise, there are a lot of illegal demons showing up in P
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Esther
It is probably not a great idea to read the last book in a series never having read any of the previous books but although this book wasn’t exactly standalone I didn’t seem to be missing a lot.
The story was pretty average fare with super powers (demons in this case) duking it out with a possible side effect being ‘the end of the world as we know it’ or rather ‘as they know it’ because this is an alternate reality in which Humans are regularly, and for the most willingly, possessed by Demons.
The
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Kay
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the last book in the series. When I finished it, I still wanted more, but I've wanted more after every Morgan Kingsley book, and each time I've read the next, I haven't quite been satisfied.

I love the world and Black's take on demon possession. I love the characters, especially Lugh, but plot-wise, these books aren't doing anything for me anymore. I was really looking forward to this one because, at the end of book #4, it sounded like the council was going to stop sitting around and actu
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Hali Sowle
The fifth (and final?) book in the series has so many things going on, not all of them good but they do move the story along. This book really focuses on the fight between Dougal and Lugh and much less on Morgan and Morgan's Issues. That's the good thing because she's very whiny and self centered. She may be the best exorcist in the US but it doesn't mean she's got anything of her act together, not her relationship with Brian nor her friendships. There is also something missing from this book th ...more
Kathy
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really a 4.25 Rating

I strongly recommend you read the previous books in this series (Devil Inside, The Devil You Know, The Devil's Due and Speak of the Devil) prior to reading this book.

The basis for my review is pure entertainment factor alone. At last the Morgan Kingsley's journey has come to an end. IMO this was the best of book in the series. Morgan had such a huge transformation in this installment. She's gone from pig headed and irritating to only marginally annoying. I'm really going to m
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Ghadeer A
Nov 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
I really hate when the love story already started and we are in the middle of it..Morgan was already in love with Brian so what are we supposed to do? It's like we are supposed to love him or like him based on her feeling for him ,like we dont get to decide for ourselves..wWe dont even know him or know their love story or the begining of it ..It was annoying am sorry but thats the truth..

And I am talking about the whole series here not just the last book

And i feel the author wanted this series t
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Bookworms
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I like the stories of Morgan because the author write it in an easy and nice way. You can read this book very fast, without any problems and without a lot of thinking about it after you have finished it. Some books you have to think about a long time but this books from Morgan are very good "entertainment".
In this book a lot happen. "People" are murdered and the council of the demon king Lugh have a lot to do. Morgan and Brian have their problems and topics again because of Lugh, who don't hide
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Jess
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
Overall I'm happy with the way the series has ended. I still don't really like the relationship between Brian and Morgan, they fought too much and Brian just ended up being really whiny. He kept complaining she wasn't open with him and then when she did tell him the truth about things she had been hiding he just got mad at her.

The battles in this book were pretty awesome, there was a lot of conflict and anticipation. I think this really is what made the book really great. I loved the interaction
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Nicole
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-uf, read-in-2017
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