The Devil You Know

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The Devil You Know

Book 2

We met Morgan Kingsley in THE DEVIL INSIDE, she's an exorcist that get pays by the government to well, exorcist unwanted demons. What makes things even more complicated - and deadly - is that somehow Morgan ended up possessed by a demon herself. And just as a ironic twist of fate - it's the Demon King, the most powerful demon there is. But no matter how powerful Lugh is, Morgan's mental barriers are pretty good and the only way he can control her is when she's sleeping or when she's um, otherwise busy, which is why he keeps trying to seduce her. That and he's hot for her which makes for some really sexy scenes. In The Devil You Know, Morgan and Lugh keep trying to hide from the demons who don't want him to be king, including his evil brother. There's a demon war brewing between the ones that want Lugh to rule, and those who don't and Morgan is right in the middle of it.

Will Morgan be discovered as the one housing Lugh? And will Lugh be able to finally take control of Morgan's?

I really liked The Devil Inside, the first book of the Morgan Kingsley Exorcist series, and so I started reading The Devil You Know with high expectations. The beginning was good, we see Morgan learning to deal with living with a demon inside her, and other problems as well. Since this series is in first person, it's practically impossible to know more about Lugh without bias and I feel this story would have been a lot better if I could read more about what goes on in his head. The secondary characters', Adam and Dominic, interactions with Morgan are great to read, there's a bit of unwanted sexual tension and it makes things really interesting.

I liked the writing, it flowed well and it wasn't too fast or too slow for me. The only problem that I had is that there was a lot of conflict in the book and I felt like at the end, anything was barely resolved. I know this is a series but for all the conflict and enemies trying to kill Morgan, etc I felt that Black should have at least solve more, because when I finished the book, I was left with "was that it?" feeling and that's something that really put me off. It was a total cliffhanger, with barely any slight conclusion. Something else that made me wondered is that this series is labeled as being Urban Fantasy yet at times it seems very erotic and that just makes me wondered if in future books, Black will lean more towards Erotic stories than actual Urban Fantasy, we'll just have to see.

Overall I did like THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, it was enjoyable, the concept of Demons being able to possess humans with them being okay with that, even wanting to be possessed is very interesting and I liked it very much. And Morgan is definitely against that and has no qualms about letting others know, makes sense considering her job is exorcising them. Even though I liked the book, all the conflict throwing in like an alphabet soup makes me wary of future books, and if Black will just do the same thing again, only to solve very little at the end.

Book Blurb for The Devil You Know

The beautiful. The bad. The Possessed.

Some people worship them. Some people fear them. And some people—like Morgan Kingsley—go up against them toe-to-toe, flesh-to-flesh, and power against power. An exorcist by trade, Morgan is one of the few humans with an aura stronger than her possessor, even though her demon can tease her body senseless. She's also a woman who has just discovered a shocking truth: everything she once believed about her past, her identity, may have been a lie…

With a family secret exploding around her and with a full-scale demon war igniting, Morgan is a key player in an unsettled world. Then a rogue, sociopathic demon enters her life with a bang. His name is The Hunter. And since she is the prey, Morgan has only one choice: to hunt The Hunter down—no matter what heartbreaking truths she uncovers on the way…

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2008 3.50