Book Reviews

Benediction (Diversion 9) by Eden Winters

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Officer of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 15-January-2021

Book Blurb

"Are you afraid yet? You should be."

Undercover narcotics agent and former drug trafficker Lucky Harrison paid his debt to society and now lives a law-abiding life, complete with a home, a man he loves, and their son.

An old enemy lurks in the shadows, threatening all he holds dear. A dead witness. A kidnapping attempt. Arson. All send the message: "I’m coming for you." Hiding in Atlanta’s underbelly, always one step ahead of Lucky, the killer will stop at nothing to exact revenge on the man who thwarted his plans.

But if anyone thinks they’re going to take away the perfect world Lucky’s created, they’d better think again.



This volume also includes bonus novella Domestication, Diversion 9.1.


Book Review

Benediction (Diversion 9.0)

“Every moment brings us some benediction. Even the rough hand of trial holds in its clasp for us some treasure of love.” ~ J.R. Miller

Even though Lucky keeps proclaiming: “I’m too old for this sh*t”, whether taking care of their son, Andro, looking forward to the child his sister is now carrying for Lucky and Bo, or dealing with work challenges, he keeps chugging along.


Since Walter recommended Bo to take over his job when he retires, Bo has been working in earnest to learn what he needs to keep their department running smoothly. Lucky is slowly adjusting to the fact that Bo will be his boss at work instead of his partner. Things are going well until Walter learns that the higher-ups have decided that Bo doesn’t have enough experience and want to put another man, O’Donoghue, in the position instead. Although disappointing, when Lucky learns who has been recommended, he goes ballistic.


Jameson O’Donoghue is a man whom Lucky does not trust. Even though he has worked with O’Donoghue, Lucky has a long memory and a healthy sense of deception. Also, he has never forgiven O’Donoghue for trying to take Walter’s job when he was in the hospital, much less how he also tried to take Bo away!


As if work weren’t complicated enough, he gets a call from Chastain, a victim and a witness in a former case. Lucky’s reaction to Chastain’s perceived threat ends up being too slow. When Lucky arrives at Chastain’s house, he finds that he has been murdered. Besides the shock and guilt of Chastain’s death, Lucky finds something that alarms him even more – a note threatening him and his family. Lucky goes into protective overdrive. Regardless of what he has to do, he will keep his family safe.


This story, along with the entire series for that matter, has been a wonderfully complex tale of crime and mayhem along with a healthy dose of character growth, particularly for Lucky. Bo has had his own demons to do battle with as well, but together, they have taken life as it has come to them, weaving their strengths and weaknesses into an amazingly bonded company. Together, they have grown into the kind of men who love and deserve each other; with the help of family and friends, they now have the family they have always wanted and needed. What better “benediction” could there be than that? Eden, thank you for allowing me to follow these wonderful characters on their sometimes painful, but always rewarding journey. I will miss them dearly!



Domestication (Diversion 9.1)


It’s been a long time coming but, finally, Lucky and Bo are engaged. As so often happens when planning a wedding, the choices that should be made by the couple have been hijacked by Lucky’s sister Charlotte and his friend, Loretta.


While they are busy making arrangements, Lucky is getting more nervous all the time, not about getting married, but from the feeling that control over the event has been taken away from him. He doesn’t want to hurt Charlotte’s or Loretta’s feelings by telling them that he doesn’t like what they are doing, so he doesn’t say anything. Bo senses his distress and questions him about it. When Lucky won’t stand up for himself Bo takes matters into his own hands. When the time comes, their wedding takes place in a way that Bo knows Lucky will be comfortable with. Holding their children, they recite their vows in front of family and friends. It’s much more meaningful for everyone.


I have been pondering how to review the epilogue and have decided that trying to do so would give too much away. I will tell you that it was written by one of Lucky’s children twenty-five years in the future. It was so endearing and touching that it made me cry. Y’all are gonna love it. Thanks, Eden, for the incredible ride.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 329 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-January-2021
Price $5.99 ebook, $14.50 paperback
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