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 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. . . .
What follows isn't exaclty a review....more of a rant /review....rambling in nature. Just thought I would warn you ahead of time.
I got dragged kicking and screaming into reading the Morgan Kingsley demon possession series. Only because my pals Bella from Obsessed books (one of only a few bloggers who can influence my reading choices) and Emma (known as @Emkatt77 on twitter) both went on and on about this series did I cave.
First off, I read Bella’s tweets while she was reading the series. I was intrigued. Then I hopped over to amazon to order. What? Wait…..this series sounded seriously freaky. Demon’s, BDSM, gay S&M. After reading the reviews I backed off. Uh-uh, I’m not reading that. Then Bella made a compelling argument in her review HERE. So I decided to bite the bullet and dive in. Here’s my take on the series so far. I have only read the first two books - (The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 1) & The Devil You Know (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 2)) I'm starting the third tonight.
The premise revolves around demon possession. It’s legal, accepted, and even welcome in this society. Some people who feel they aren’t enough as a mere human like to allow a demon to possess them, giving them quick healing powers, allowing them to be in heroic/lifesaving professions such as policeman and firefighters. They feel they are doing something good for society by being a demon host. The demons get to feel things in a human body that they are deprived of in the demon realm. But like drinking – it’s legal but there are those who abuse it. There are demons who don’t want to ask first or be a productive member of society.
Enter Morgan Kingsley She’s a professional exorcist. She expels demons from humans who were possessed illegally and against their will. She has baggage. Her family belongs to a fanatical demon loving group that believes it is the most honorable thing to be a demon host. Her brother and family favorite Andrew is voluntarily possessed by a demon so she hasn’t spoken to her family in years. Nothing seems worse to Morgan than giving up your free will.
So imagine her surprise when she wakes up finding notes in her handwriting telling her she is possessed by the king of all demons – Lugh. Because of her strength he can’t gain total control of her body so they must learn to share.
This is a seriously uncomfortable series to read. The first book ,especially, does delve into the world of bondage, S&M and gay couples. Lugh tries to seduce her while possessing her body. Honestly though - I expected much worse, so I was kind of surprised at how tame it was. I don’t really have any problem with gay couples either so that didn’t bother me. Not that it isn’t graphic – it is. What bothered me though were not the gay couples or their sex lives, it was Morgan’s reaction to it and to Lugh himself. Sure all the guys are outrageously good looking and seductive but where is your self-respect woman? She claims to love her boyfriend Brian but she seems to get pretty lustful for any dude in tight pants at the drop of a hat. Some of it can be expected. She’s is privy to some steamy scenarios with Adam & his lover Dominic. Lugh also has access to her deepest desires so he can be whatever she wants him to be. Which I found creepy – not sexy. She also has her lustful thoughts at some very inopportune times. Like oh say…when your boyfriend may be at death’s door or say when you’re being held against your will….that kind of stuff bugs me.
I like her boyfriend Brian which has caused me endless grief since he is considered boring by Bella & Emma. Yup – he is. But he has also come through when Morgan is in trouble and couldn’t – nay – wouldn’t save herself. And it goes more against Brian’s nature to do these things so it ups his status in my eyes. That being said he’s an idiot to keep going back to her. To me though that makes every guy in this series a wimp. She betrays and treats almost every single one of them like crap and they all come back for more.
Morgan’s self-righteous indignation at all the men her life gets old after a while. She’s supposed to be all bad ass…but guess what? Other than shooting a stun gun she doesn’t do too much more. When push comes to shove she can’t make the tough choices. So that leaves the men in her life to carry out the “evil” stuff. She then makes sure they know just how mad she is at them. Until they rev up her hormones that is.
OK. So by now you’re thinking, “Karen you must really hate this series. I bet you will never read another book Bella recommends again.” But here’s the thing. I can’t stop reading them! When I get to the end of each book I’m like…WAIT! What happens next?? You can’t end there!! And I immediately download the next one.
They are seriously addictive and there is a battle brewing in the demon realm as they try to create a race of humans that are easier to control and possess. I love all the demon stuff. I’m particularly liking Raphael – Lugh’s brother. You never quite know what he’s up to – if he’s good or evil, or somewhere in between. Because his relationship with Morgan isn’t sexual it plays out more naturally. I have my own thoughts on what I think is happening there but I guess I’ll have to make it to the end to see if I’m right. When she’s with Adam (a demon cop that often assists her) there is always a mix of lust and hate that doesn’t always make sense in the context of the plot. I like Adam and in a different story or context I would have liked these two together. Here, I just feel bad for Brian and Dom.
I also enjoy how Lugh can see and cut through Morgan’s bullshit meter. You never know what his true intentions are either and it makes for a fascinating dynamic. They have a sexual tension that kind of creeps me out but I still like them as a team.
As I begin book 3 The Devil’s Due, I can’t wait to learn more about each and every character. Yes, even Morgan, because big stuff is a brewing! The demons are supposed to be the bad guys according to conventional wisdom but Black’s portrayal of them is so layered and complex that I just don’t buy into that. I find that I agree with them and their methods more often than the humans.
So while I can’t say that I love the series as much as Bella and Emma, I have been completely sucked in to a series that angers, frustrates, confuses, and thrills me. Can’t ask for much more than that!
Thanks Bella & Emma for the recommendation………….I think. 0_0