Excellent read, however, there were parts in the book that seemed to drag.(It could've been to fill space.) Other sections seemed repetitive and simply reworded what was already stated in previous chapters. Nevertheless, my applause to the author! My only regret is that I read "Deception" first, and I'll have to read the first book in the trilogy second. I'm anticipating the third/final work.
I'm an avid reader, and I actively support African American writers, but the popular genre among many Black authors these days seems to be "blacksploitation"- books which I strictly avoid. "Deception" is a well-written, mature read. I even had to look up a word or two in the dictionary (lol). The typical stereotypes about African Americans (drug dealers, pimps, nymphomaniacs, money-hungry, hoochies, thugs, rap superstars, professional athletes with baby scandals) aren't in this one, and I commend the author for it.
I'm a career woman, and I enjoy reading about educated Black men and women, who are cultured and intelligent. Montgomery's art is well-versed. I became so engrossed in "Deception", it slipped my mind that the main characters were Black, as it should with any novel. Selena Montgomery really comes through! It was money well spent.