Title: Two Man Station (Emergency Services #1)
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 22nd 2018
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
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.
If you are a fan of books set in Australia, I think you’ll definitely enjoy Two Man Station. The pace of the story is a bit slow, but you really get the opportunity to sense the vastness of the country, its challenges and its mindset, which is an important aspect of the story told by Lisa Henry.
Gio is “promoted” from a cushy high-pressure / high-reward job on Australia’s Gold Coast to a small two-man station in the Outback. Basically, Gio and Jason are the only two law enforcement officers for a vast span of land, with any back-up (advanced medical, more law enforcement officers, fire services) hours away in the next largest town. They each have a small house, with a dirt yard, within view of the station. Everyone knows everyone else and while Richmond is a close community, there are the typical problem individuals, unspoken-of spousal abuse, petty criminals, ladies who tend to drink just a bit too much on Bingo Night, etc. Being the law in Richmond is a fine line between following the letter of the law and trying to live and work peaceably in the community.
Gio left his other post under questionable circumstances and his past continues to hound him in Richmond. It takes a while for Gio to get used to Richmond, and it takes just as long for Jason to learn to trust Gio and know 100% for certain that they each have the other’s back. And it takes even longer for the two men to figure out their sexual relationship, which starts out as friends-with-benefits and gradually moves into something much more. The ending is left very much HFN but I can easily see Gio and Jason in a long loving relationship. And Jason’s pretty wonderful, realistically portrayed kid Taylor is a real joy and I like thinking of how their family relationship will grow.
4 strong stars for Two Man Station. I recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series.