“Two Man Station” by Lisa Henry is a delightful breath of fresh air, allowing one to both armchair travel and get attached to three delightful males. Yes, one of those males is still fond of dinosaurs on his underwear, but he’s already a charismatic and engaging person. I enjoyed getting to know the backstory that has shaped each adult male, and the transformation from wary tolerance to exploration of a deeper relationship was gradual and believable.
The parallel between Officer Giovanni (Gio) Valeri and the stray cat that Sergeant Jason Quinn’s son is determined to adopt is a lovely technique and provides a nice counterpoint to the heartwrenching revelations of the pain experienced by each man. There are inspiring and vivid descriptions of the town and way of life in the outback, complete with a somewhat comedic example of how important it is to tailor the punishment to the environment and the crime, and sobering revelations about the reality of policing in a rural area that is replete with the vices found in metropolitan areas. The reminder that abuse can be found anywhere, and the description of the complications of fighting free from such oppression is thought-provoking, and the chilling culmination of one such struggle shows a bit of the danger that first-line responders deal with. I will definitely be looking for more stories by this talented author and hope to see what happens with these gentlemen, since the story ends nicely, but with a few things unresolved.
This adult m/m contemporary romance follows Gio Valeri as he flees the dark cloud his personal and professional lives have become and learns whether he is still able to pursue his vocation in law enforcement. The small town of Richmond where he is making his new home has a sexy sergeant, a precocious kid, and lots of potential landmines…now he has to decide whether it’s worth it to fight to belong.
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.?