Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Amber Allure
Characters: Lucky Lucklighter and Bo Schollenberger
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Sequel
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.
Collusion is a recent release by author Eden Winters. It is the follow up to her previous story, Diversion; and while the stories themselves can be thought of as stand alones, it is the characters with their complex personal histories, that make it necessary to read the stories in the order written.
Collusion picks up almost a year after the end of the first book. Lucky is still adjusting to his “death” and what that means for his life. He is also trying to figure out just what he is doing with co-worker, Bo. Lucky is the type of character that readers will either love or hate. I for one love him. He has no filter between his brain and his mouth, so some of the things that come out will either make you laugh or cringe. He’s also a bit of a tough, and I love the way he does not let anyone or any situation intimidate him. Lucky also has no idea what it is like to be loved or to love someone else, so his reactions to Bo come across believably.
Bo is Lucky’s co-worker and sometimes partner. In some ways Bo is still a newbie and the men’s newest case really highlights that point. While not as street smart as Lucky, Bo is still on the tough side, but it is the gentle soul that this former Marine has that stands out. He is the perfect counterpart to Lucky but at times I wondered if he was going to end up hurt by the other man. There is chemistry between the two men and the sex between them is intense, however, this is not the only part of the story.
The author brings the readers another great mystery with this newest case that could have been taken from the headlines. The case has a few twists and turns, keeping the reader entertained. It brings to light some hidden parts of our heroes that help flesh out their characters. As the author wraps up this story, I was surprised by how everything comes about, but, not by the way Lucky ends up taking things into his own hands.
This was a great follow up, and I love the way the author has these two declare their feelings for each other. Fans of the Diversion need to make sure that they pick up Collusion, while those who have not yet read anything by Ms. Winters should give her stories a try.
Reviewed By: Lydia