Book Reviews

Decision (Diversion 8) by Eden Winters at Rocky Ridge Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 02-March-2020

Book Blurb

Follow the law, or follow their hearts?

By-the-book Bo Schollenberger’s training to be the new boss at the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. He’s always been the moral compass for his partner Lucky Lucklighter, or Simon Harrison, or whatever-the-hell his name is this week. 

Lucky might have read the book, or parts of it, but toes the line between legal and… not so legal. A little moral elasticity lets him out-maneuver the bad guys. It’s not broke, why fix it? 

They butt heads at work, but they’re rock solid at home, where their biggest concern is when, or if, they’ll become parents.

Their latest case puts them in a tailspin when drugs flood a local high school and someone hands Lucky’s nephew a vial of pills like they were candy. Unravelling the drug ring leads them straight into a nest of human trafficking, way outside the jurisdiction of the SNB, but no way could Bo and Lucky let the perpetrators leave Atlanta scot-free. No one gets away with harming innocents, especially family. 

The letter of the law says to trust the legal system, but doing the right thing might lead them outside the lines. 

Especially when the youngest trafficking victim lands squarely in Bo’s lap.


Book Review

“Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone but very remarkably, all my own. And never forget, for a single minute, that you weren't born under my heart, but in it.” ~ An Adoption Poem, author unknown

 

Lucky is not a fan of birthdays. Although he is happier than he ever believed he would be, Lucky doesn’t like to reflect upon the fact that getting older means he is slowing down. In his words: getting too old for this s*#t, meaning what he has to deal with every day in his job as a drug enforcement agent and now, due to his vast expertise, as a trainer of new recruits. With Walter retiring and Bo taking over his position, Lucky knows that things are going to change drastically, both workwise and homewise; he is not sure he is prepared to deal with it.

 

One of the main issues between Bo and Lucky is Lucky’s reticence to trust anyone else but himself. Bo understands where he is coming from. After all, Lucky’s past has reinforced that attitude, but if he and Bo are going to have the relationship they want and deserve, Lucky has to learn to share his thoughts and feelings with Bo instead of burying them. It is especially important now that Lucky’s sister, Charlotte, has agreed to be a surrogate mom for them. Having a child is going to require a whole new level of needed cooperation and honesty. It is essential that he and Bo are on the same page.

 

Things get interesting when Rett comes to Lucky with what she believes is suspicious activity at an abandoned building near where she lives. Since it is not advisable to investigate alone, Rett enlists Lucky’s help. Even if there is something illegal going on, the crimes are not within their jurisdiction, but that is not going to stop them from checking it out. Lucky hates to lie to Bo, but he is so “by the book” that he is afraid Bo would, at best, not approve and, at worst, forbid them to continue. What seems to start out as is a human trafficking crime continues to snowball into a full-fledged and far-reaching drug trafficking scheme as well; the crimes being perpetrated have a scope that far exceeds their suspicions. And, because of who is involved, Lucky is placed in serious jeopardy.

 

I don’t think I will ever get tired of reading about Lucky and Bo. Just when I wonder where else Eden could take them, she creates new, exciting, frustrating, and emotional heights, some of which I would have never believed that the Lucky I’ve come to know and love would be capable of. He and Bo have been put through the wringer, both emotionally and physically, always managing to come out together, stronger and closer than before. Thanks, Eden, for another wild ride; with Bo and Lucky involved what other type of journey could it be?

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 241 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-March-2020
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Decision-Diversion-Book-Eden-Winters-ebook/dp/B084T1DGBH