Diversion is a very good M/M romance with 2 flawed characters, who despite seeming to be exact opposites , actually have more in common than they originally think. Lucky, when a young man, trying to escape his childhood poverty, ended becoming involved with a criminal who specialized in drug crimes. In return for a reduced jail sentence for his part in those crimes, Lucky is seconded to the Narcotic's Bureau where his experience was instead used to catch criminals. Just as the end of his forced employment is in sight, a newbie is assigned as his partner to be trained as his replacement. The new recruit, Bo, is a former marine, who after a stint in Afghanistan, returned home and went to pharmacy college.
Lucky is a bit of an @$$hole with a smart mouth, a caffeine addiction, and cares little for his fellow man. Bo, on the other hand, is a clean cut, clean living, fitness fanatic who does not tolerate Lucky's cynical comments, and is more than capable in holding his own against Lucky, both verbally and physically. Paired off for an assignment, the antagonism flares between them, but that same antagonism starts to break down the barriers between them, and they slowly realize that perhaps they are more alike than either ever dreamed.
I liked this story. Lucky is a unique character, whose brashness hides a number of personal insecurities. He's not particularly like-able in the beginning, but as you learn more about his past and how it lead to the present, he becomes someone worthy of respect, for not only surviving, but for turning his life around. His character is well fleshed out and realistic, mostly, in his reactions. Bo, while also having a number of personal demons, seems a little shallower in his characterization... Not too shallow, but suffers a little in contrast to Lucky. Overall, the plot was intriguing, well written and well paced. It's definitely worth a look.