The Devil's Due by Jenna Black

(Morgan Kingsley, #3)
  Urban Fantasy

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.…

The Morgan Kingsley series brings in mixed impressions, appeal and reviews as readers react with varied responses about the dark sexual humor, Morgan’s rather uptight personality, and the adventures written within. Since I’m part of the fan boat, I dipped into the third with eagerness, delightfully finding that the series continues strongly upstream in a positive direction of good times, steady pacing, and continued mysteries surrounding her complicated life.

While the mystery itself doesn’t stand out, it’s more than decent and the biggest draw of the book anyway is riding in the head of Morgan, our likeable albeit stubborn heroine, while she struggles to come to a compromise with housing the charming Lugh. Together a deal simply must be made for both to survive the sanity of it all, and it’s interesting to read about those tricky buildups and fallouts. As Morgan discovers the truth for the client who hired her, she’s also slapped with chilling revelations about stuff that happened to her as a child. Eerie stuff.

Adam and Morgan have never been friends but there are different layers which rise to the page in their relationship. Lugh – can the demon get more intriguing? – still delivers as his character should. I just wish Black would give him more page time!

Again the author paints a fascinating Urban Fantasy landscape where characters, completely different from each other, must branch together. Their hang-ups are rattled by fellow group members. Some are friends, others enemies. There’s romantic entanglements, bitter family ties, and leadership struggles. Some hate each other so much they would rather have the death of the character occur, but they must hang in there for the duration.

The Devil’s Due may not close with as strong of a bang as the second did, but the ending still dishes out a nice wallop. It’s almost like a UF comedy/drama. Delightful. Thus far no book in the series has been a disappointment.

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