Thursday, January 9, 2014

Collusion by Eden Winters

Title: Collusion
Author: Eden Winters
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Diversion #2
Main Characters: Lucky and Bo
Release Date: February 2013
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Diversion…

Dead men can’t love.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter “died” in the line of duty while working off a ten-year sentence in service to the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau, only to be reborn as Simon “Lucky” Harrison. The newbie he trained, former Marine Bo Schollenberger, is now his partner on (and maybe off) the job. It’s hard to tell when Lucky doesn’t understand relationships or have a clue what any sane human is doing in his bed. Bo’s nice to have around, sure, but there’s none of that picking-out-china-together crap for Lucky.

While fighting PTSD, memories of a horrid childhood, and a prescription drug addiction, Bo is paying for his mistakes. Using his pharmacy license for the good guys provides the sort of education he never got in school. Undercover with his hard-headed partner, Bo learns that not everything is as it seems in the world of pharmaceuticals.

When a prescription drug shortage jeopardizes the patients at Rosario Children’s Cancer Center, it not only pits Bo and Lucky against predatory opportunists, but also each other. How can they tell who the villains are? The bad guys don’t wear black hats, but they might wear white coats.

My Review:
Whew, at times this was a really difficult book to read. Lucky is floundering. He's never had a real relationship and the idea of being in one petrifies him. For the most part, Bo has always been pretty patient with that fact and understanding with Lucky. But as time moves on and things should be progressing within their relationship, he's becoming less patient and understanding. He wants a future, but that isn't a possibility with a guy who won't even consider them to be in a partnership. 

To complicate things even further is their case. They are working in a childrens' cancer hospital which is having to go to extremes to get their patients the medicines they need to keep them alive. Both guys have their moments of difficulty over are dying. Bo is the more sensitive of the two and he definitely takes ALL of it much harder. Those feelings of helplessness are definitely causing more cracks in their relationship too.

This is such a good series. Lucky's not an easy guy, but the books are told entirely from his POV, so you have insight into what he's thinking that's invaluable to understanding and loving his character. But even though you don't have that same insight into Bo, he's a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. He loves Lucky so much.

This is romantic suspense and as such, there is a lot of action and I loved that. Regardless of what else is going on in Lucky's life, he's grown so much from his criminal days. His priority is the mission and catching the bad guys, even at the risk of his job. This is a high emotion case and even though it doesn't seem like it a lot of the time, he's a guy who becomes deeply committed to something once he does let his emotions get involved. It just can take a bit more for him to commit those emotions. This case touches him. 

The books are high-octane and I will warn you right now, once you begin reading, I hope you have a chunk of time to commit, because you aren't going to want to put it down again until the final page. Great romantic suspense and the added m/m relationship is an added bonus that makes me LOVE this series!

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