Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review: Two Man Station by Lisa Henry

Two Man Station (Emergency Services, #1)
Blurb:
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.



Jewel's rating:



Two Man Station is a story about new beginnings and second chances at love and life. Both MC's have loved and lost, though each in a different way. Both need to heal and learn how to move on. And neither have an easy time of it.

I loved the setting in a small town in the middle of nowhere, Australia. A place that looks pretty bleak on the surface, somewhere past the left edge of nowhere. Gio Valeri had no choice but to transfer, but he never expected to like it. This isn't the life he had planned for himself, at all. But Gio isn't a quitter, either, and being a cop is all he ever wanted, even if that means a 2 year transfer to Richmond.

Jason Quinn is Gio's new boss. A single parent and a widower, Jason struggles to do it all, and mostly he does ok, but it is not easy to juggle a job as a cop - even in a small town - and being a single parent. He's never felt quite ready to put himself out there again. At least not until he got to know Gio.


Trust does not come easily to either man, though, and with Gio's past, that could be trouble. Jason is professional, at first, having heard stories about Gio's last post, but learns soon enough that there must be more to the story than the rumors would suggest.

The romance is a super slow burn, and somewhat muted. Both Gio and Jason are cautious, for so many reasons and neither are prepared for a relationship. Well, boys, that's when they usually happen, so buckle up! We get to see them become friends, before they go further, and I was glad of that. They had some angst to work through and I enjoyed watching the story unfold.

I would have liked a bit more on the romance front, though, as well as a more solid ending. They're just figuring things out at the end, and though they are definitely giving a real relationship a shot, I would classify it more as an HFN, than an HEA. Still, I really enjoyed the story and the setting and would definitely recommend it.

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ARC of Two Man Station was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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