Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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.
After book 1, I wanted more of Bo and Lucky and Ms. Winters delivered with Collusion. I enjoyed seeing more of these men and reading about their interactions as they grew out of their own molds and into a couple.
I love that Ms. Winters seems to have effortlessly blended plot, character development, and relationship into one strong story. All three elements were necessary to make this what it was. The plot was interesting and unusual and held me captivated from start to finish. I needed to know who the bad guy was and I needed to see something positive happen in the end. But why did I need these things? Because of the character’s investment in the plot.
Bo and Lucky are likable men. Each has faults but I connected with them both. And because of that connection, I felt for them and invested in the outcome of the plot even more than I did just because the plot was good. I wanted the men to be happy, and the plot resolution would help get to that goal. I also connected to the men as a couple. Each man brought something to the table that would help the other be a better person. For all their arguing and insistence on things being done a certain way, each man changed the other for the better. Bo slowly wiggled his way into Lucky’s heart and Lucky started need and crave a life with Bo in it on a more permanent basis. Lucky was forced to fess up to his feelings and that scared the hell out him. Lucky showed Bo to put aside emotion and see all side of the story. As these men grew and changed, their relationship also evolved into something I wanted more of. I wanted the plot to resolve quickly and happily so that these men could be together and start to define their relationship and be happy together. And I loved the ending. I was a perfect representation of who the men are as individuals as well as who they are together.
I guess what I am trying to say with all that rambling is that Ms. Winters has put together a well rounded and cohesive story that is a wonderful read. It is tense, mysterious, funny, tender, and sometimes sad. It is solid and is a reminder of why I read. Oh and the cover is fabulous! I love that the men were not the focus and honestly, I did not notice them at first.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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