There’s no cover image today for the simple reason that I posted images of both the UK and US covers on Saturday. Scroll down a little bit and leave a comment if you haven’t already! There’s also no review for ‘Speak of the Devil’ because... I got up to page sixteen and couldn’t force myself to read any further. The weekend isn’t for work and this felt far too much like work to me...
Here’s the blurb,
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.
I should have guessed, from the blurb, what I’d be getting into but I gave it a go anyway... :o)
I’ll usually give a book a bit more of a chance (than sixteen pages) before putting it down in favour of something else; ‘Speak of the Devil’ didn’t deserve that chance though. I didn’t mind the introductory piece where we find out about Morgan’s court case but meeting the men in Morgan’s life (amongst others) came across, to me, like a whole load of sexual encounters were being set up to play out over the course of the book. ‘Feisty yet vulnerable heroine dabbles in otherworldly sex’... Excuse me for being cynical but I really feel like I’ve heard that once too many times. From what I read, ‘Speak of the Devil’ wasn’t badly written but it wasn’t exactly imaginative (not for me anyway). On to something else then!
Should I have given it more of a chance? Are you a Jenna Black fan who is thinking that I should keep going in order to truly ‘get’ it? Leave a comment and if your argument is particularly persuasive then I’ll give it another shot...