Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

In all honesty, it took a little bit for me to get in to the world. Arnett is aggressive with her world-building and lore-dumps - however, she is skilled at leveraging the need to bring the reader up-to-speed with quick payoffs and action. For every moment I felt the story lagged over needed history or faith-based knowledge, she follows with a direct pivot into plot-advancing encounters.

While a little bumpy in regards to the "childhood love rekindled" side plot, I did feel it was handled well in the end. As a reader, you came to believe the skill and ability of our leads and were thus able to see them as partners with an emotional connection.

One aspect I adored was the lack of Damsels-In-Distress and Roguish Cads. Everyone gets their moment to shine and chance to make you roll your eyes, which fleshed out the characters in a satisfying manner.

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