Two Man Station (LenaRibka’s Review)

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Title: Two Man Station (Emergency Services #1)
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 22nd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Gio Valeri is a big city police officer who’s been transferred to the small outback town of Richmond with his professional reputation in tatters. His transfer is a punishment, and Gio just wants to keep his head down and survive the next two years. No more mistakes. No more complications.

Except Gio isn’t counting on Jason Quinn.

Jason Quinn, officer in charge of Richmond Station, is a single dad struggling with balancing the demands of shift work with the challenges of raising his son. The last thing he needs is a new senior constable with a history of destroying other people’s careers. But like it or not, Jason has to work with Gio.

In a remote two man station hours away from the next town, Gio and Jason have to learn to trust and rely on each another. Close quarters and a growing attraction mean that the lines between professional and personal are blurring. And even in Richmond, being a copper can be dangerous enough without risking their hearts as well.

The choice of this book was not accidental. It was my book number 130 – my goal for 2017 reading challenge- and I wanted to complete it with something special. And we know only too well that Lisa Henry definitely is able to offer it. Two Man Station is a good story that can make happy many MM romance readers, but it didn’t make a highlight of the year for me.

The plot:

Gio Valeri, a big city cop from the Gold Coast, has to take a job in a small town Richmond, seventeen hundred kilometers from the life The transfer that he has to accept as a new start is actually nothing else than a banishment and he knows it too well. The events that preceded this radical change in the course of his life cost him not only his serene life and a secure career but deprived him also of his lover and his friends.

His new boss in a two man police station of Richmond, Sergeant Jason Quinn, is a widow in his mid-thirties, and a single dad of a ten year old boy named Taylor(a cutie!!!). He understands pretty well that Richmond is not a career jump for Gio, but a punishment. Only all he is informed about is that his new officer acted disloyally to his copper workmates. Can he trust his new Senior Constable to cover his back? And what happened really on the Gold Coast?

If you read and enjoy MM romance books, it is easy to guess what direction the story will take and how it ends. Yes, it has a HEA, and yes, it won’t be without obstacles. And if you’re a sucker for the love stories that take place somewhere far from the civilization, deep in the country or in the wildness, like I, it could be an extra bonus for you.

The final thoughts:

I liked the beginning (it was very promising) and the ending, but I found the middle part -that is not THAT short – very dragging and to a great extent boring. The first actual sex scene encounter appeared not before 50% (not THAT early), but still it came unexpected and not very convincing for me. The reason for it is very simple: I couldn’t really connect with the main characters (except Taylor maybe). The two police officers from their first meeting behaved very reserved, distanced and unacquainted, it was like they didn’t really interest in each other. No wonder, that after 3 weeks (!) working together and living next door to each other, Gio still had no idea that his boss were a widow. I can understand that he was busy with his own problems, but it is one of the examples why their attraction came from nowhere for me. It was just not enough tension between them and the way the story has evolved, there were not enough possibilities to prove the opposite. At the end of the book, I was still not sure I believe in their future together.. To make it short: they are good guys, but I didn’t really care too much about them.

My other problem was that nothing really happened through the most part of the book. The two police officers could be with equal success accouters or nurses working shift and being neighbors in some little town. Well the final twists got things going and brought some action in the plot, and their skills as cops skills would be required but it was already too late for me to turn it to a 4/5 stars read for me.

All in all, Two Man Station is a typical MM romance novel that follows all rules of the genre. It has some nice moments, and there is Taylor (it is impossible not to take him into your heart). But it also has nothing special or provoking (like we used to have from the author) or something memorable.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.