Diversion by Eden Winters

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Diversion
Author: Eden Winters
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Rocky Ridge Books
Price: US $5.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
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.

My review:
Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter has served two years in prison for drug trafficking. He is given an opportunity to complete his remaining eight-year sentence using his criminally acquired skills to help strengthen weaknesses and find security gaps in the pharmaceutical industry supply chains. Lucky has just a month or so left of his sentence and is assigned to train his replacement.

Bo Schollenberger is a former marine who later becomes a pharmacist. He is struggling with his addiction to prescription drugs and risks losing his license. In order to get his suspension revoked, he is hired as Lucky’s partner and eventual replacement. Bo’s job is to work as a pharmacist in a pain management clinic in order to gather enough evidence to make a raid.

This story was fun and suspenseful. The plot was riveting and energetic. The villains were realistic, and I loved the rich, authentic details of pharmaceutical crime, investigation, and law enforcement.

I also loved the growing relationship between Bo and Lucky and couldn’t help comparing them to Hart and Cohle, since I happen to be watching True Detective. I love the dark, brooding qualities of the show and the relationship between the two detectives.

Lucky hides his emotional wounds under sniping banter and general assholery. Normally, such a character would irritate me. What saves him for me is the glimpses into his past told through flashbacks. They revealed a lot about why he has trouble getting close to and trusting others. Despite Lucky’s desire to not complicate matters between him and his partner, the men acknowledge their attraction to each other. Their sex was electric, but I liked that it never overwhelmed the story.

Bo is an interesting character with issues of his own. Though he was too easygoing and straitlaced at times, he showed his strength and vulnerability sufficiently enough to make him a well-rounded character. I just wanted him to be more of an antagonistic hardass, like Cohle. I wanted more professional tension, angry outbursts and destructive drama. Just like Lucky and Bo did, I wanted Cohle to fuck Hart and ease that brewing tension.

Season 1 is finished and Cohle and Hart’s story is done. For Lucky and Bo, I’m happy to say their story continues.