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Drug dealers aren’t always on the streets; sometimes they sit in offices and board rooms, selling merchandise in official looking bottles instead of little cellophane bags.
When given a choice between eight more years in prison or using his “expertise” to assist the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau’s Department of Diversion Prevention and Control, convicted drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter takes the sentence with the illusion of freedom. Cynical and unwilling to admit he’s begun to care about his job, he counts the days until his debt is paid. His sole obstacle to getting his life back is the rookie he’s assigned to train before he leaves; a rookie who quotes pharmacy texts, hasn’t paid his dues, and has the obnoxious tendency of seeing the good in everyone – including the target of their investigation.
Former Marine Bo Schollenberger dreamed of becoming a pharmacist and watched the dream turn into a nightmare of PTSD-fueled prescription drug abuse. Battling his demons daily, he wakes up every morning, wondering, “Will this be the day I give in?” To keep his license, he must now put his skills to use for a diversion control task force, deal with a crude partner with too much attitude and no brain-to-mouth filter, and take down a drug lord who reminds him of his favorite cooking show hostess.
The bad guys don’t stand a chance — if Lucky and Bo don’t strangle each other first..
The first 5 chapters of this book HAD. ME. HOOKED. I was floored by what an exciting and smart story was being laid out before me!
Diversion…well, the best way to describe it w/o getting overly-detailed is to say it’s about an organization that takes down pharmaceutical crime. And the players involved are some really fascinating characters.
**semi-spoilers** …don’t read these paragraphs until AFTER you’ve read the first 5 chapters…
Lucky is a self-serving bad-guy-turned-good-guy who’s paying time for a crime by working for the Department of Diversion Prevention and Control. Think thief who gets caught and then shows the cops how to catch a thief. He makes zero attachments, does the job as penance, and does not give a shit about anyone.
Bo is the rookie hired to eventually take Lucky’s place once his dues are paid. Bo comes with his own history and baggage…and weaknesses.
Lucky and Bo are classing opposites-who-have-more-in-common-than-you’d-think-attract. And make for a very sexy and surprisingly sweet couple. The best parts are when Lucky himself is surprised at his feelings toward Bo. And their partnership comes complete with some snarky and combative bantering, some seriously sexy parts, and some forced, but tender domestic bliss.
I found Lucky as a character to be entertaining as hell. The author tends to get lost in his head a bit too much and it grated a bit how everything was formatted in italics whenever we got Lucky’s inner-dialogue. But, that’s minor details.
Bo…well Bo was fine. He bored me at times…playing the role of the straight man to the jokester can’t be easy. And he confused me at times…all hard edges, then suddenly very vulnerable and emotional, anti-Lucky, but then all needy for him. I wasn’t sure WHAT to make of Bo. But still…I liked him.
The book lulled a bit in the middle parts but then picked up again at the end. I have to say…I loved the ending. And I can’t wait to dive into the next book. I’m excited at discovering a series I can sink my teeth into. This one is highly recommended for those that like a little anti-hero and suspense action.
I was leaning towards 3.5 but just now remembered how much I really loved the beginning…and how excited I am to read book 2. So, I’m bumping it to 4 stars.