Title: Redemption (Diversion #5)
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Release Date: August 8, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Living is the easy part.
Agent Lucky Lucklighter and his partner escaped Mexico alive, only to plunge into bureaucratic fallout from their mission. Hell, maybe Lucky should have stayed south of the border. Especially when the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau places Bo into rehab, and Lucky’s facing both therapy and an inquiry into a fatal shooting. Watching over his shoulder for a vengeful drug lord or a cartel don calling in favors leaves him scarcely able to imagine a future for them as agents, or as a couple.
Bo Schollenberger once had a vision for their life together, but he’s bowed beneath the weight of his undercover work. Lucky’s hanging on by his deeply chewed fingernails, clinging to hope by making Bo’s dreams of a home into reality. The last thing he needs is a phone call from a dangerous man who knows too much, summoning him back to Mexico for “an early Christmas present.”
Not when the SNB brass asks tough questions, like “How well do you know your partner?”
Redemption picks up right where we left off in Manipulation. And as a reader, I felt as lost as Bo and Lucky. Mexico had left them swimming upstream with no help. Neither were the same men they had been before they left. And their relationship was in danger because of it. How can you help both yourself and your lover when you’re both falling apart at the seams?
So where did that leave me? My flight instinct kept kicking in! There was a time or four when I wanted to put my Kindle in the freezer to stay away from what was going on with Bo, with Lucky, and with Bo AND Lucky. But that would ruin the lifeline that is my eReader, so I settled for powering down in the middle of more than one argument between my boys because my heart couldn’t take it.
Lucky isn’t dealing well with possibly/probably killing someone in Mexico (even an evil bad guy who would’ve killed Bo). And he isn’t dealing well with the personality transplant that Bo has had since Mexico too. And as for Bo – well Bo was undercover as Cyrus Cooper for a year. And now he’s not. On top of that, Stephan is on the run. The man who forced Bo into taking controlled substances again after being clean. To say Bo isn’t dealing well would be an understatement. Bo really did have quite the personality transplant for a while. And my heart broke for Lucky in the process. Bo completely shuts off. From life. From Lucky.
Look, I’ll admit I should be grateful for all you’re doing for me, but right now I’m too pissed off to appreciate it.
Well then. Fuck you too, you ungrateful prick. Bo vacillated between depressed lump on a bed to red-faced asshole. More than once, I wanted to shout at him to find his balls and man the fuck up! But I never stopped loving him. I never forgot the Bo from the past 4 books.
Lucky needed this part of their story though. He has been such a commitment-phobe in the past when Bo wanted to be out and proud with him. And, yes, he’s been coming around, but this was the kick in the pants he needed to be able to really see what’s in front of him.
Bo and Lucky’s relationship fell into two distinct categories: Before Mexico and After Mexico. It took nearly losing both their lives to see how good he’d had it before.
So while Ms. Winters spends much of the first part of the book shredding my heart while the boys find their way back to themselves, the op in Mexico needs resolution. And we definitely get it. She’s sneaky that way. The other little niggle that she’s been teasing us with since book 1? Is Victor alive or not? Well…..we finally get our answer in book 5. Or do we? I choose to believe we do.
Those of you who are a fan of this series will close this book with a happy sigh and look forward to the next chapter. I was overall very happy with the story. My only complaint was that since Lucky and Bo were struggling so much both internally and with each other, the smexy times were few. There was one very nice scene where a certain pair of chaps and a thong were resurrected, but that particular aspect of their relationship still needs some work. You’ll understand what I mean when you read the story.