24 August 2014

Diversion by Eden Winters

 There are good guys, bad guys, and then there’s Lucky.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter flaunts his past like a badge of honor. He speaks his mind, doesn’t play nice, and flirts with disaster while working off his sentence with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. If he can keep out of trouble a while longer he’ll be a free man–after he trains his replacement.

Textbook-quoting, by the book Bo Schollenberger is everything Lucky isn’t. Lucky slurps coffee, Bo lives caffeine free. Lucky worships bacon, Bo eats tofu. Lucky trusts no one, Bo calls suspects by first name. Yet when the chips are down on their shared case of breaking up a drug diversion ring, they may have more in common than they believe.

Two men. Close quarters. Friction results in heat. But Lucky scoffs at partnerships, no matter how thrilling the roller-coaster. Bo has two months to break down Lucky’s defenses… and seconds are ticking by.

I so love me some smarta$$ and Lucky has just eclipsed all others for me, so much so that at ths moment I can't recall any that I've fallen for before. Seriously, not a one. He is rude. He is arrogant. He is condescending. He is reckless. But to those who are important to him, he is loyal, loving (in his way), and he will protect what is his without regret and without apology. Lucky is the kind of person you want to call friend (and you certainly don’t want as an enemy).

Diversion delivers a nice blend of contemporary m/m romance with romantic suspense. The relationship that develops between Lucky and Bo as they work together to bring down a prescription drug ring is both sexy and heart-warming. Both men work for Walter because they made major mistakes in their lives, so they understand one another better than their colleagues do. This is a novel situation for Lucky as he’s always been the odd-man out at the agency. That Bo doesn’t back down from Lucky’s less than approachable personality and offers him a level of acceptance he’s unused to made the book that much more enjoyable, especially as Lucky has lacked that level of acceptance for almost a decade.

Ms. Winters has created one of the most enjoyable and realistic characters I have read in quite some time. Diversion is a great beginning for the series and a book that I know I will read again. I have added the next book in the series to my wishlist and hope that I get to read it sooner rather than later because Bo isn’t the only one that needs to get Lucky. 


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