Title: Lights and Sirens (Emergency Services #2)
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 13th 2018
Page Count: 231 pages
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Paramedic Hayden Kinsella is single and the life of the party. He likes driving fast and saving lives, and he doesn’t do relationships—he does hookups. Except he wouldn’t hook up with copper Matt Deakin if he were the last guy on the planet. Hayden thinks the feeling is mutual . . . until clearing the air leads to a drunken one-night stand, which leads to something neither of them was expecting: a genuine connection.
Police officer Matt Deakin moved to Townsville to take care of his elderly grandfather. In between keeping an eye on Grandad, renovating his house, and the demands of his job, he somehow finds himself in a tentative relationship with Hayden and very slowly gets to know the damaged guy beneath the happy-go-lucky persona.
But the stressors of shift work, fatigue, and constant exposure to trauma threaten to tear Hayden and Matt apart before they’ve even found their footing together. In the high-pressure lives of emergency services workers, it turns out it’s not the getting together part that’s hard, it’s the staying together.
The second book in The Emergency Services Series by Lisa Henry continues to explore the challenges of people in uniforms who are working in emergency services, and without whose support and help it is no longer possible to imagine our lives. The second book in the series, Lights and Sirens, is set in Townsville, Australia, and tells the story of police officer Matt Deakin and paramedic Hayden Kinsella.
Constable Matt Deakin is new in Townsville. One of the reasons for his move to Townsville is his career: the small station in his hometown Ingham doesn’t offer the same career advancement as the big city. But not only. Is is also because of his Granddad. He is at the age when he can’t live alone any more and the house needs renovating.
Paramedic Hayden Kinsella has never been in permanent relationship. he shares his apartment with Monique, an uni student, but they hardly see each other: Hayden does shift work and the nights he doesn’t work, he hits the city clubs and spends his days with sleeping off after. He is good at his job, and he enjoys to be an ambo. He is also popular among other coppers in the city because he is friendly, witty and not the last very professional in what he is doing.
Their first encounter doesn’t go well: in the middle of the night with no traffic on the road Hayden isn’t prepared to run across a patrol car when he drives a bit faster as it is allowed. And even less to face a new cop who seems doesn’t understand any sense of humor, ignors any flirts and to the speeding ticket adds a lecture about dangers of speeding.
Humourless fucking prick. Hot, humourless fucking prick who’d cost Hayden $168 and a demerit point off his licence.
I think this part is my favourite in the book. Hayden’s and Matt’s professional paths cross constantly. Many emergency cases of the police demand the presence of the ambulance and vice a versa, their shifts are very often overlap each other, but even if they feel physically attracted to each other, their first unfortunate encounter keeps them at a distance.
I loved the first part of the book, the dynamic between the characters, the settings, to watch Matt as a responsible for his Granddad caretaker, the lightness of the story and its gentle humour, despite some very graphical scenes with dead bodies, but it is life and it is what people who are working in the emergency services have to face daily. Though when the both characters came closer and started their first (for each other) relationship the pace of the plot-line has substantially slowed down and not to its benefits, IMO.
We learn some new facts from the life of Hayden that turned also the initial easy-going-plot in a totally new direction. It was not totally unexpected, if you read the blurb up to the end, you know what to expect, but maybe I wasn’t prepared for this slow and perhaps too long difficult depressing phase in the book. It is one of those moments when I feel bad to talk about getting bored when one of the characters experiences a serious break down. But unfortunately it is what happened: I adored the first part of the book, and struggled a bit with the second one.
But the ending didn’t disappoint, I couldn’t imagine the different outcome, a very satisfying one.
All in all, I found the second book in the series better than the first one, and I’m looking already forward to reading already the next book in the series.