Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL Book 4 in Morgan Kingsley series by Jenna Black

Publisher: Dell
Date published: July 2009
ISBN: 978-0440244936
Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained by Publisher
Reviewed by Dawn

Morgan Kingsley’s life has gotten exceedingly complicated since she has been hosting illegally the Demon King, Lugh. Being on suspension from an exorcism that went horribly wrong and still no money from her house fire, Morgan is at the end of her rope when she is sued by the father of the victim of said exorcism. Can it get any worse? Alas, Morgan finds out she is the target of a psychotic demon bent on killing her slowly and oh so painfully especially as she starts receiving threats then dead things start showing up in the mail. Can Morgan ever catch a break?

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL is a pure delight and I read it in just a few hours. I love Ms. Blacks Morgan Kingsley series with a passion. I love the dynamics between the characters, especially those that have many issues with each other. Can they work together as Lugh’s inner circle or will they tear each other apart? Poor Morgan has enough to deal with without trying to be a referee as well. Between suspensions, insurance investigations, and now lawsuits from a past exorcism that went wrong, Morgan is tired and really hoping it all goes away. Unfortunately for her, she is about to find her life gets even more crazy as she is set up for murder and the threats she has been receiving has escalated to the point of harming everyone she holds dear. Can she survive long enough to find out who the heck wants her dead before it is too late?

All I have to say is Ms. Black delivers a kick butt heroine who needs a swift kick in the pants some days. Morgan has issues, namely trust issues and when her boyfriend Brian has had enough of those said issues in the midst of all the havoc that is Morgan’s life right now, she finds herself without the one person she has been able to count on all along. Add in a sexy demon king determined to seduce her as well, Morgan has major problems. The way Ms. Black keeps her characters evolving in each book is a delight. Sure Morgan can be a whiny pain in the butt sometimes but she generally has a good heart and the reader sees that she does learn from her mistakes, a little late some days. The demons are my favorite by far. They are a range of nice and naughty to downright nasty. They are so different that it gives SPEAK OF THE DEVIL some wonderful humorous moments that had me chuckling.

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL is the fourth book in this wonderful Urban Fantasy series and I do highly recommend reading the first three books first as each book capitalizes on the last one. Ms. Black is a masterful storyteller that keeps her readers running the gauntlet of emotions even as they teeter on the edge as Morgan and her friends’ race against time, against a psycho demon. Can Morgan survive to live another day? Read SPEAK OF THE DEVIL and get ready for one wild, sexy ride. I look forward to the next Morgan Book and hope I don’t have to wait too long for it.


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