Saturday, March 24, 2018

Two Man Station by Lisa Henry

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is one of those books that really resonated with me. It’s a gritty, emotional story of a relationship between two men who don’t really let themselves do emotions or relationships. As the only law enforcement officers in an enormous and inhospitable rural area, the intimacy between Gio and Jason is initially forced and uncomfortable. Gio is running from his past in the city and Jason is still grieving his wife.

The relationship between Jason and Gio develops slowly. They slowly start to trust each other on the job. When Jason struggles to care for his son while working too many hours, he is slowly forced to trust Gio with his son. But while the relationship is slow, Gio’s new life in the outback is surprisingly entertaining and often exciting. His adventures wrangling poisonous snakes, naked pensioners, and abusive partners are told with both sensitivity and humour.

I don’t think this book fits neatly within the romance genre, but I personally like it better because it doesn’t. It’s a book about two lives that are forced together in difficult circumstances. It’s a book about reevaluating life choices and ambitions when our best laid plans fall apart. And it is a book about love and relationships – but not necessarily about romance in the way we’ve come to expect it. I loved this story and I’m looking forward to more in the series.

This story is sublime. I love the authenticity of the characters, the location, the language. (Thank you, Ms. Henry, for writing Aussies that actually sound like Aussies.) I loved watching Gio adjust from life as a city cop to life in the outback while dealing with the trouble he left behind on the Gold Coast. Jason juggling work as a cop with life as a single parent pulled at my heart strings. And I loved Taylor, Jason’s son – 10 years old, inquisitive, and fun. And most of all, I loved the way the relationship between Jason and Gio grew and developed and didn’t go according to plan and that their feelings are portrayed so simply.

Two Man Station hit the spot for me. I know next time I’m driving through a small country town in the bush and I pass the cop shop that I’ll be thinking of Jason and Gio.

This is the third book I’ve read by this author and each of them is vastly different and each of them was a five-star read. I’m going to have to find the time to check out more of her work. She is an author not to be missed.

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn't know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she's too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Two Man Station (Emergency Services #1) by Lisa Henry to read and review.

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