Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsly -1)

Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsly #1)

Morgan Kingsley series by Jenna Black

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Adult Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

Humans offer themselves up as hosts to Demons. Some demons, though, take possession of humans without their consent. This is against the law in the Morgan Kingsley series, and a sect of law enforcement officers who not only maintain the delicate interaction between demons and humans, but also exorcise those demons who possess a human against his or her will.~ ALL ABOUT ROMANCE

One of the best exorcists around is Morgan Kingsley. She is called upon to exorcise a demon in possession of a young girl. The demon is wreaking havoc on the girls' mind and body and creates an imminent danger to everyone around. The exorcism shakes Morgan up, who wonders why she was not possessed by the demon she drew out of the girl. Turns out she was protected by a demon within herself who calls himself Lugh. This should not come as a huge surprise to the reader, given the title of the book. Lugh is, of course, tall, dark, handsome, and intensely sensual. Being possessed by him makes for some intense, graphic, and emotional interactions. ~ ALL ABOUT ROMANCE

Lead's Species Edit

  • human exorcist

Primary Supe Edit

  • demons

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Demon possessed humans rather than corporeal demons—they possess willing hosts & exorcists who banish the rogue demons.

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative told by Morgan Kingsley.

Books in Series Edit

Morgan Kingsley series:

  1. The Devil Inside (2007)
  2. The Devil You Know (2008)
  3. The Devil's Due (2008)
  4. Speak of the Devil (2009)
  5. The Devil's Playground (2010)

Shorts, Anthologies and GuidesEdit

Other Series by Author onsite Edit

Nikki Glass series: (UF)

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Topeka, Kansas: Morgan had a mission here.
  • Seven Deadlies: a private club; the clientele is mostly demon.
  • The Healing Circle: a demon-run hospital
  • South Street:
  • Demon Realm:

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Exorcist, Demons

Glossary: Edit

  • Mortal Plain: term used by demons to name Earth
  • Demon Realm: where the demons reside

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Spirit Society: pro-demon—calls demons "Higher Powers",
  • God's Wrath: anti-demon hate group
  • Special Forces: Adam White is the Director

World Edit

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. ~ For What It's Worth

Demons have their own passions, their own sense of right or guilt, and their own political controversies, they act and interact with with people, just as any other group of slightly different aliens, humanoid or not. Although non-corporeal in nature, these demons do have personalities, and for most of the demons with whom Morgan is involved, rather engaging ones at that. ~ SFRevu

The demons in this book are not all that demonic. They don't even act especially supernatural. Demons make their host's body stronger and able to heal faster. Apparently humans and demons have gotten along fairly well for years. There are legal and illegal demons, yet how they are licensed the novel doesn't say. The pro-demon Spirit Society calls demons "Higher Powers", but there are also anti-demon hate groups, such as God's Wrath. Casting out a demon, through exorcism, often leaves the host catatonic, which seems worse than being possessed.~ Jenna Black: The Devil Inside - Fantastic Reviews book review

Protagonist Edit

Morgan Kingsley’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. ~ For What It's Worth

✥ The book's first-person protagonist, Morgan Kingsley, is a Philadelphia exorcist, although she only performs two exorcisms in this book. Morgan likes to dress daringly and she has a tattoo. Months earlier, bad guys drugged Morgan and got a demon inside her. Slowly she realizes that she is possessed, which is her worst nightmare. But her demon can't do anything initially, because Morgan is so strong. Morgan's "almost-perfect" boyfriend is Brian Tyndale. They waste no time getting to know each other, demonstrating their sexual chemistry not only in bed, but also over the phone and in his car. Midway through the book Morgan decides to stay away from Brian for his own safety.

Morgan has other demons to deal with besides her own. Her big brother, Andrew, willingly consented to host a demon, wanting to be a hero. Morgan cared for her brother, but she despises the demon now controlling him, and the dislike seems to be mutual. Policeman Adam White, head of Special Forces, who is a demon himself (his human host isn't even mentioned), hires Morgan to do an exorcism on fireman Dominic Costello. The law requires the exorcism of any demon involved in a violent crime, no matter the circumstances. Dominic is devastated by the loss of his demon, and Morgan feels guilty for doing her job. Adam and Dominic are also a gay couple, with a penchant for S&M. At first, the demon inside Morgan, Lugh, can communicate only by writing notes when Morgan's sleeping. Later Morgan talks with Lugh in a dream room inside her head. Naturally, he's absolutely gorgeous. Lugh is a VIP good demon, a demon reformer. Lugh was put into Morgan to punish him and keep him captive. ~ Jenna Black: The Devil Inside - Fantastic Reviews book review

Sidekick Edit

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Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Morgan Kingsley Philadelphia exorcist bad guys drugged Morgan and got a demon inside her
Lugh demon inside Morgan VIP good demon, a demon reformer. Lugh was put into Morgan to punish him and keep him captive; King of all Demons. Brother: Dougal;
Brian Tyndale boyfriend, lawyer "almost-perfect"; Morgan decides to stay away from Brian for his own safety
Andrew, "Andy" big brother willingly consented to host a demon, wanting to be a hero; Morgan despises the demon now controlling him, it's mutual;
Adam White Demon host; Policeman; head of Special Forces; hires Morgan to do an exorcism on fireman Dominic Costello; Adam and Dominic are a gay couple;
Dominic Costello fireman Adam White hires Morgan to do an exorcism on him; devastated by the loss of his demon; Adam and Dominic are a gay couple;
Valerie March Exorcist Morgan's best friend;
Raphael Demon in possession of Andy, Morgan's brother; Lugh's eldest brother and ally; second in line for the throne;
Dougal demon Lugh’s oldest brother and second in line for the throne; wants the throne, even if it will kills Lugh;
O’Reilly Detective Finn's partner;
Finn Detective O’Reilly's partner;
Saul demon the demon that possessed Dominic.
Shae demon, club owner owner of the Seven Deadlies, a demon hangout;
Lisa Walker girl believed to be possessed
Frederick Neely doctor in the hospital where Andy is
Der Jäger, aka The Hunter Demon demon equivalent of a sociopath;
Bradley Cooper family friend good friend of Morgan's parents
Tommy Brewster human host Claudia's son, a willing host
Sammy Cho exorcist
Barbara Paige reporter follows Morgan
Devon Brewster Tommy's father
Barbara Paige: reporter follows Morgan
Barbara Paget
David Keller
Jack Hillerman
Jessica Miles
Jordan Maguire

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Jenna Black

Jenna Black


Jenna Black

Bio: 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. ~ Goodreads | Jenna Black

Cover ArtistsEdit

1. The Devil Inside (2007)

2. The Devil You Know (2008)

3. The Devil's Due (2008)

4. Speak of the Devil (2009)

5. The Devil's Playground (2010)

Publishing InformationEdit

Publishers: Bantam Dell, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster

  1. The Devil Inside: Paperback, 307 pages, Pub: Nov 27th 2007—ISBN 0553590448
  2. The Devil You Know: Paperback, 336 pages, Pub: July 29th 2008—ISBN 0553590456
  3. The Devil's Due: Paperback, 336 pages, Pub: Nov 25th 2008—ISBN 0440244927
  4. Speak of the Devil: Paperback, 336 pages, Pub: July 28th 2009—ISBN 0440244935
  5. The Devil's Playground: Paperback, 384 pages, Pub: March 23rd 2010—ISBN 0440244943

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE BLURB—The Devil Inside (2007): 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 the demon that's gotten inside her.

Not just any demon. Six feet 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... ~ The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, book 1) by Jenna Black

BOOK TWO BLURB—The Devil Inside (2007): 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 a full-scale demon war igniting, Morgan is a key player in an unsettled world. Then a rogue sociopath 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 along the way. ~ Goodreads | The Devil You Know (Morgan Kingsley, #2) by Jenna Black

BOOK THREE BLURB—The Devil's Due (2008): 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.  ~ Goodreads | The Devil's Due (Morgan Kingsley, #3) by Jenna Black

BOOK FOUR BLURB—Speak of the Devil (2009): FOR A KICK-ASS EXORCIST, IT'S ALL ABOUT STAYING ALIVE.... Morgan Kingsley, America's most successful exorcist, is paying the price for an exorcism gone wrong. The victim's family is suing the daylights out of her, the Exorcism Board has suspended her, and now she's living on a diet of ramen noodles and bad coffee. But Morgan has a few good men at her side. One is her current boyfriend, nice-guy legal eagle Brian, who's suddenly starting to reveal his inner bad boy. The other is Philly cop Adam White, who's trying to help Morgan find out who sent her a little present—a severed human hand—and why someone seems determined to destroy her. As her stalker turns more violent, leaving dead bodies in his wake, Morgan turns to the dark side of her life: a group of demons steeped in secrets, sinful eroticism, and otherworldly family feuds, including one sexy beast who shares Morgan's body—and some X-rated fantasies. Soon Morgan must choose between her friends, her enemies, and her libido: to escape a mad demon determined to destroy her completely. ~ Goodreads | Speak of the Devil (Morgan Kingsley, #4) by Jenna Black

BOOK FOUR BLURB—The Devil's Playground (2010): 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. ~ Goodreads | The Devil's Playground (Morgan Kingsley, #5) by Jenna Black

First Sentences Edit

  1. The Devil Inside (2007) — Topeka, Kansas. Demon capital of the world. Not!
  2. The Devil You Know (2008) — There's no denying Dominic Castello is a treat to look at - the classic tall, dark, and handsome.
  3. The Devil's Due (2008) — It was my first time in the office in more than a week.
  4. Speak of the Devil (2009) — "I don't need a lawyer," I told Brian, once again.
  5. The Devil's Playground (2010) — No one would have called my life normal even before i became the human host of Lugh, the demon king, who was embroiled in a mostly covert war for the throne.

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Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

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External References Edit


Summaries, Series Reviews:

World, Characters, etc:


1—The Devil Inside

2—The Devil You Know

3—The Devil’s Due

4—Speak of the Devil

5—The Devil’s Playground




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