Title: Two Man Station (Emergency Services #1)
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 22nd 2018
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
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.
I love the way Lisa Henry is able to pull a reader into the worlds she creates and provides a descriptive landscape to immerse yourself in, without becoming too lost in it.
With Two Man Station we get to meet and learn about two men who’ve lost almost everything starting over again.
There’s big city copper Gio Valeri from the Gold Coast, who is under a cloud due to somewhat mysterious circumstances and ends up getting a promotion but shipped off to a two man station in the country. His new boss, Sergeant Jason Quinn, is a widower with a young son trying to do right both by his kid and the people he’s in charge of protecting.
Two Man Station is told from a dual point of view so you get behind some of the motivations of both men. There’s an air of mystery in the beginning surrounding why Gio’s been banished to the country, there’s an element of fish out of water for Gio as he’s coming to a new place with a far different pace than he is used to, and there’s a thread of hurt/comfort for both Jason and Gio.
I missed having a more obvious romance. Lisa Henry usually hits it out of the ballpark for me, but the romance aspect of this didn’t really work for me. Perhaps it’s because there’s not a lot of traditional romance, it’s not overt – there’s no flirting or longing looks, and the physical relationship in the beginning is more of an arrangement between two people that are attracted to each other, and it’s more about convenience and scratching an itch rather than a true melding of hearts and lives.
The first third starts off strongly, and is really engaging, with the mysterious shroud of why Gio is in town to begin with because the reader through both Gio and Jason gets only a little insight and really only is told about the aftermath but not what triggered it all. The second third includes the blossoming relationship between Jason and Gio, the revelation of Gio’s past, and a lot of the day to day life of a small town and living out in the country where it’s hours before major backup can come. The final third offers quite a bit of excitement and includes a HEA, but glosses over some details that I would have liked to have delved into more and didn’t really deliver on the romance aspect I was craving.
In the end it is an engaging read with some humor and heat, but I wanted more romance.