The Devil's Playground by Jenna Black

(Morgan Kingsley, #5)
  Urban Fantasy

Morgan Kingsley, a kick-ass exorcist, can deal with Lugh, the supersexy demon living inside her, but does he have to moan softly during her intimate moments with her mortal lover? Understandably, Brian is reluctant to share the pleasures of Morgan’s flesh with a gorgeous rogue from the Demon Realm.

But personal matters will have to wait when the opportunistic owner of the Seven Deadlies demon club in Philadelphia enlists Morgan’s help in heading off a crisis: It seems that demons have started showing up at the hot spot in alarming numbers and in the unwilling bodies of rough trade club-goers. Morgan is sure that Dougal, Lugh’s sworn enemy, is behind this, but why? To find out, Morgan must summon every ounce of power at her command—or risk becoming just another casualty in an all-out demon war.

It’s difficult to be completely fair and non-biased when reviewing a series sequel when you love the world created and the characters so much. You may miss tiny nuances or weakened plot points because you’re so thrilled to finally see everyone again.

This is the fifth book, the last book, the wrap-up of all ties novel. It was a good one too, even though I felt more needed to be said about certain situations and I wish more had been explored with Lugh.

The whole Lugh reveal to Morgan about Brian, and Brian’s reaction to that, is suitably hilarious. Lugh is yummy as always but again, so much unexplored potential. Adam was the major problem for me as he’s been one of my favorites from the start, but he feels off this edition. Just not the same. Almost like a former shadow of himself, he was in the background a lot, it’s difficult to put my finger on.

Morgan has grown as much as she’s going to and it’s come to an acceptable enough conclusion. I do think the repetitiveness with trusting Raphael grew old and obnoxious. Some of the bigger changes erupt from some of the badder characters, such as Raphael.

It took a bit of time for the action to really kick in but once it did, pacing remained pretty consistent. At times there seemed to be too much talking and not enough action, but the ending was a grand finale battle and left me wanting more books and further adventures with the group, although sadly that won’t be coming since the series is complete.

I think Black focused on tying everything up as well as she possibly could to say goodbye to the series and its characters, but in doing so some of the sparks and spunk was lost.

Even if I enjoy this less than the others, it’s still an enjoyable book and I wish there could be more of them.

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