Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Rocky Ridge
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Lucky Lucklighter has a new life. His old life wants him back.
He traded trafficking for taking down criminals with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau, and a drug-lord lover for a man on the right side of the law. Bo Schollenberger found the way past the thorny defenses of Lucky’s heart, and made Mr. I-Get-Along-Fine-Alone think about his and his closets, stevia in the sugar bowl, and a picket fence—with a good lock on the gate.
Now Bo is missing, and a voice long silenced asks, “Did you miss me?” Lucky must deal with a devil from his past to get Bo back.
And if Bo isn’t willing to come? A drug ring needs its back broken before flooding the US with a designer high, seductive and undetectable. But there’s a fine line between good and evil, and a truckload of temptation urging Lucky to cross.
If you have read my previous reviews of this series, you know that I think these books are well written examples of how to mesh plot, character development, and relationship growth together. Manipulation is the fourth book in this series and it continues this trend.
Unlike the previous books, this one has less of a hotness factor but the suspense is by far the most intense. While this one had some amazing character growth and bit of relationship development, the plot stole the show for me. From the beginning, I remained off kilter, not knowing what would happen next. Every time I thought I had a handle on things and knew the outcome, the author would throw me a curveball and I had to re-evaluate what I thought I knew so far and where I thought things were going. Then there were the risks Bo and Lucky were forced to take and the occasions I just didn’t know how they would survive. My emotions ran wild in this one and I could not put it down! I had to know what happened. I had to know Lucky and Bo were OK. I had to know motivation. I had to know everything! This was a very thrilling story for me and the ending only left me wanting more!
As for Bo and Lucky’s relationship, I am still so in love. This book, just like the rest, helped move their relationship just a bit closer to their HEA. I do have to say, I am so happy with the ending in terms of their relationship. These men are finally at a point where they are no longer hiding their love and I really think this opened the door for more intense relationship development than what has been happening so far. I am looking forward to seeing how things change now that they can be themselves.
Finally, I really love the character growth in this story. There was so much about Lucky’s past that has been hinted at in the previous books. This one revealed more details about what Lucky endured and then twisted his opinion and view of those encounters. This story really pushed Lucky in terms of self discovery and self awareness. It really challenged him to take a hard look at his past and what that meant for his future. He was forced to re-evaluate not only himself, but the way he looks at and trusts those around him. I loved seeing his evolution.
I also love that while Lucky really was the star of the development show, Bo made some great strides as well. His experiences in this story also forced him to take a hard look at himself and what it means to be Bo/Cyrus and what that could mean for him and Lucky’s future. We get to see a side of him that has always been hinted at, but never expressly shown.
I really love Bo and Lucky and am so glad their story is not complete. I cannot wait for the next book because I NEED to see them get their HEA. This is one of my all time favorite relationships because it is not perfect and it is just getting started. I want to see their future!
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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