Title: Two Man Station (Emergency Services #1)
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 22nd 2018
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
“This is a two-man station. If things turn to shit, it’s just us.”
I had missed a gritty story by Lisa Henry! I know she is a very versatile author but I have a soft spot for her gritty writes.
Pay atttention to the blurb. It’s doing a great job describing the plot which I’m not going to rehash.
The setting is almost like a third character in the story. Lisa Henry does an incredible job describing life in the town of Richmond with its remote two man station and its people. These people and their personal stories will be of great importance to the main plot as well.
This is a very slow paced story. The chemistry is there, but nothing really happens between the characters until the 50% mark. I liked that because it gave time and space for the characters to bond. Gio was totally a fish out of water so he needed time to adjust, and Jason needed time to start trusting a guy that didn’t exactly come with glowing references. There is a certain level of trust that needs to be buitl between two men who have only each other’s backs on the field.
After the MCs get together, the mystery surrounding Gio’s past clears away and we get some more romance and steam! In the last third, the plot really picks up and…I’ll let you find out for yourselves.
I absolutely LOVED Taylor, Jason’s kid. It’s not very often that I see kids act their own age in books, but this one was amazing. Being real is a quality that all characters in this book share. Good people, good intentions and much love, but a lot of imperfections and mistakes as well.
I suspect that the most traditional romance readers might not find the ending satisfying enough. We don’t get to hear the MCs say the “I love you’s”, they still live seperately with no plans to move together in the near future, (as far as I could tell) and Jason declares he’s still in love with his dead wife (which was an excellent and very heartfelt scene IMO). Personally, I would call the ending a very solid HFN, and I have no doubt that Gio and Jason are perfect for each other with a great future ahead of them. Gio found a home and a new family in Richmond, and Jason got his second chance.
My own personal little niggle is that I wanted to see these bastards, Gio’s former collegues, pay for what they did to him.
Overall, I was very glad to read another book by Lisa Henry. I’m thrilled that this is going to be a series! I’m definitely going to keep reading.