The Devil’s Due by Jenna Black @jennablack

Posted September 19, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 22 Comments

The Devil’s Due by Jenna Black @jennablackThe Devil's Due by Jenna Black
Series: Morgan Kingsley #3
Published by Dell on November 25, 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Possession was never this much fun

Trust me or die…That’s the choice Morgan Kingsley, exorcist, is given by the gorgeous rogue demon who’s gotten inside her. The truth is, Morgan has dozens of reasons not to trust anyone, from the violence that torched her house and killed her father to a love life that’s left her questioning her relationship with her erstwhile boyfriend, Brian. But Lugh, a king among demons, won’t take no for an answer. He’s prying into her body, her mind, even her sex life. And he’s just pulled Morgan into a power struggle that could have devastating consequences for both the human and demon worlds.

But Morgan still has a job to do: investigating the highly bizarre possession of the son of a wealthy Philadelphia couple. That hunt leads Morgan into a realm of sexual depravity, then a terrifying kidnapping.… Now a woman who makes her living prying demons from their hosts finds her day job colliding with the night: a darkness that is attracting demons of the damnedest sort, including the one who’s about to demand his ultimate due.…

So, I’m continuing my reread of Jenna Black’s Morgan Kingsley series. I still really enjoy this series.

In The Devil’s Due, Morgan is approached by a well-to-do woman who asks Morgan to exorcise her son. This woman is sure her son didn’t agree to be possessed. He was a member of God’s Wrath, which is a demon hate group. They believe in killing the human hosts, along with the demons. Problem is, if Morgan exorcises him, she can be charged with murder of the demon (humans believe that exorcising a demon kills them, when it just sends them back to the demon realm).

We also learn a lot more about what the demons on Earth have been up to. They want more malleable hosts and were using genetics to accomplish this. Lugh, the demon king, is just now learning about all of this. His brother, Raphael, knows about some of it, but not much, or so he says.

Lugh has also determined that he needs to set up a demon council on the Earthly plane, since he is stuck here for the foreseeable future. This makes for finding hosts for a demon that needs to be summoned, which doesn’t sit well with Morgan.

Adam, the demon cop, also continues to be a pain in Morgan’s rear. Dom, former demon host and Adam’s boyfriend, is still as sweet as ever. Brian, Morgan’s human boyfriend, is present a lot too. There’s times I love him and there are times when I want to shake him.

Speaking of shaking, Morgan needs her head pounded into the wall or something. She is a trainwreck. She just can’t seem to keep from pissing everyone off around her.

This continues to be an action packed urban fantasy story. There is the part about of the possessed hate group member which adds a nice mystery to the story, in addition to the overall story arc. I can’t remember how this is all wrapped up, but I have two books left in this series and I can’t wait to get to that point.

I’m just not as nice as Brian. I hold grudges and nurse my anger like a well-loved baby. Why a man like him loved someone like me was beyond my comprehension.

“I know you’re not the enemy,” I murmured against his collarbone as he returned my embrace. “And I’m sorry I’m such a bitch. I just… I want my life back, and I know I’m not going to get it, at least not anytime soon.”
“I understand,” he assured me. “And I love you even when you’re being bitchy.”
I couldn’t help laughing. “Good thing, that.”
His lips brushed the top of my head. “Yup.” I laughed again, slapping his chest and taking a step back. “Jerk! You didn’t have to agree with me.”

Raphael visibly bristled. “I thought I’d just passed your test of loyalty. Apparently, I was mistaken.”
“I believe in your loyalty,” Lugh said with a sardonic smile. “Your honesty, however, is still very much in question.”

About Jenna Black

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she’s an “experience junkie.” She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She writes paranormal romance for Tor and urban fantasy for Bantam Dell.

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I’m Melanie, and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

I started listening to audiobooks when a new book in a series was coming out and I wanted to get a refresher, but didn’t have time to read all the books (I think it was Anita Blake). I fell in love. I stayed with strictly re-reading books that I’d already read for a long time. I eventually tried an audiobook for something that I hadn’t read first and was hooked there too. Now, I listen to audio for both re-reads and first time. I have some series that I’ve given up reading and only listen. I try to get any many books/audiobooks from the library to help save on my budget. Books on CD and the newer digital downloads from the library really allow me to listen more. I then purchase my favorites (because who can wait in line for your favorite book??) and less mainstream books from Audible or some other online retailer.

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Posted September 19, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 22 Comments


22 responses to “The Devil’s Due by Jenna Black

  1. Laura Lovejoy- Brunk

    Loved this series ! I was crushed when it ended !!! I’ve loved every series Jenna has written so far

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