When Gabriel, the leader of the Baltimore Guardians, mysteriously disappears, Drake finds himself in charge of a small band of inexperienced fledgling vampires. But then a delegation of European Killers arrives in Baltimore hunting for Gabriel, and Drake must call on all the savagery of his sordid past to keep the Guardians in line—and to protect them from the delegation. Forced to confront a past he has tried so hard to outrun, Drake risks losing his humanity once and for all.
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Will Drake be saved by love, or will he lose everything and become a Killer without a conscience? Gabriel is a five-hundred-year-old vampire with the soul of a Killer. He has defeated his mother in a battle for the territory of Baltimore, and vowed to take vengeance upon his father, the Master of Philadelphia, for a centuries-old betrayal. Jezebel, Gabriel's new fledgling, is a soul as scarred as his own, yet Gabriel finds that the ice around his heart slowly melts when she is near.
But one of Gabriel's ancient enemies has targeted her--and if Gabriel wants to save her, he will have to abandon his plans for revenge and join forces with his father. The question is not whether or not Gabriel can redeem himself from his past, but whether he can ever forgive himself.
Morgan Kingsley Series by Jenna Black
Order from Books-a-Million Order from Borders. They hunt in every major city, hidden by the crowds, shielded by disbelief. They are Killers, and their prey is human. Not all vampires are Killers. The Guardians of the Night sacrifice the superior physical and psychic strength that comes with feeding on humans to protect them. But the Guardians walk a thin line, for even a single kill could leave them helplessly addicted to murder. Jules Gerard has vowed that he will never become a Killer.
But when he discovers that the man who turned him into a vampire is dead and kicking in Baltimore, the allure of extra power is tempting. Standing in his way is a human, spitfire Hannah Moore, who has followed him to Baltimore to help him confront his past. Jules is going to have to choose: Two years later, Gray reappears, bringing murder, mystery, and an unbelievable tale of Guardians, blood-thirsty Killers, and his own transformation with him.
And he's been accused of murder. Gray won't allow what he is now to taint her--but Carolyn vows never to let him go again. But will helping Gray mean becoming a creature of the night? This was my first book, in my earlier incarnation as Jennifer Barlow. It's not a romance, although the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine is pivotal to the plot.
According to Midwest Book Review, "No reader will want to miss this unusual and compelling novel. If Jenna black were to release more Morgan Kingsley books in the future, I would definitely read them. One person found this helpful. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Well, I have to say that this book was a disappointment.
I might give 2.
While I felt the last book was treading-water and not advancing the overall plot of dealing with Dugal's usurpation of the demon throne, this book advanced that plot in spades but without being compelling. I guess the cover was my first indication. Normally a publisher likes to have similar covers for all the books in a series so that the readers will say "Oh yeah.. That was the case for the first three books in this series, but this, the final book, goes in a completely different direction.
The same goes for some of the series elements. It feels as though Black finally got feedback from the first book and was told: In fact, tone down all the kinky stuff! This is done with finality early on in the book by killing off a certain ongoing character. About all that is left of that is Lugh's desire to live in a ghostly menage-a-trois with Morgan and Brian. So, after toning down the series atmospherics, how was the plot? Well, not good I'm afraid. It was as though Black wanted to close out this series and move on to something else, so she brought on a confrontation that seems very forced.
Furthermore, she made the unusual and very unsatisfying choice to have the whole climax of the series entirely pass Morgan by. This is the kind of thing that happens in real life -- events rarely unfold as planned, but in fiction, for it to be satisfying the hero really needs to be involved in the story. This was a wholly unsatisfying conclusion and was arrived at after a lot of unsatisfying prelude. The series is not really "action adventure", but up until that conclusion, this installment was a bit talk-fest with council-meeting after council-meeting, leading up to the clever plan of "well, hell, let's brawl it out!
And what did Morgan do in all of this? Well, she made a lot of coffee.
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In fact every other page she was making coffee. If she was feeling really emotional, she might drop the coffee grounds on the counter. She also came to the conclusion that her life had been a tragic mess until she was possessed by Lugh and taught meaningful life lessons. And you know something? I sure don't believe it about the kick-butt exorcist we were introduced to in book one. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
The Devil's Playground
I hate to butcher old Willy S. I've been reading this series since the first The Devil Inside Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 1 and have suffered the peaks and valleys along with Morgan and crew ever since.
Rarely had I read a more self-involved, hypocritical, judgmental, bigoted, unsympathetic 'heroine' in an urban fantasy series. Where a reader would expect some growth over the arc of a series, there just wasn't any of a measurable amount, though the glimmers were there at the end of the last book. She wasn't great, by any means, but she was better.
It made it much easier to read. Unfortunately, Morgan isn't the only problem in The Devil's Playground. I'm not quite sure what to make of Jenna Black as an author. Her narrative is smooth, the mechanics of her writing are excellent, and her imagination is impressive, but there are so many very perplexing things about this book in particular and the series in general.
To put it bluntly, this book just wasn't about her though the parts that were I found to be a bit unsettling. The published book description for The Devil's Playground is misleading. Yes, Lugh moans while Brian and Morgan are commencing an intimate moment - but not because he wants to share Morgan And in classic Lugh style, he's decided it's time Morgan tells Brian that.
Lugh's sort of like a twisted Dr. Not surprisingly, Brian is a little disturbed by the knowledge that Lugh wants him, and he can't immediately reconcile that when he's with Morgan, he's also with Lugh, and that will always be the case. Relationship drama ensues due to that. Also in the book description, it mentions that Shae, illegal demon and owner of the Seven Deadlies demon sex club, enlists Morgan's help heading off a crisis.
Actually, Shae, annoyed at being ordered around by some big bad demon, goes to Morgan to sell some information about an unusual influx of demons in her club. Demons in bodies that look a little too hard-ridden and used up. Like perhaps demons were taking over the bodies of the fringe of society - junkies, prostitutes, and homeless.
And if that's the case, Morgan knows Dougal has got to be somehow involved. The majority of the book from that point on is about Lugh's council trying to find out what's going on. There's a lot of talking. A LOT of talking.