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Two Man Station

(Emergency Services #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  963 ratings  ·  209 reviews
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 St
ebook, 273 pages
Published January 22nd 2018 by Riptide Publishing (first published January 20th 2018)
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Emma Sea
Guess who got to beta read this?? AND IT'S INCREDIBLE. Holy cow, I love this book.
Lisa Henry
Sep 24, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I had a lot of fun working on this one. I also had a lot of weird moments where the day job met the writing job.

If you want to know anything about Two Man Station, feel free to ask!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Two Man Station is a good story from Lisa Henry, but it felt like an intro to a romance rather than the romance itself.

I adore everything Lisa Henry, especially her lighter stuff, and so I was honestly expecting to 5-star this one. I mean, two cops... all alone... horny and lonely... out in the country... I was hearing *bow china wow wow* in my head while reading the blurb! However, that wasn't quite what I got.

I liked the set up for the story and the hurt/comfort elements. I enjoy police stor
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Two Man Station is the first book I read from author, Lisa Henry, and it certainly will not be my last.

Jason Quinn has been in charge of the small police station in a remote town in Australia. He is struggling with being a single Dad as well as the needs of his town. He certainly wasn’t looking forward to working with the new officer in town, Gio Valeri. Rumors have been flying about the backstabbing police officer, and Jason was worried if Gio would have his back, if needed. But Gio is definite
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, romance-drama
***3.5 Stars***

Thinking about how to rate this book was a little bit like...

I had to sleep over it because I couldn't decide if I should round the damned half star up or down... 

First things first: the writing was great! Okay, I could have done without roughly twenty thousand acronyms and sometimes wished for a glossary because Non-Aussie here, but I love it when an author makes me feel like I would be part of the story, not just reading about it and that was definitely the case here.

And yet
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Solid 4 star read!

I really enjoyed this one. Ele's review described the setting as being like a third character, and I couldn't agree more. The two man station and Richmond were just as much a part of the book as the main characters Gio and Jason.

This was a quiet read, very slow paced but I was never bored. I was always engaged and I appreciated the slow build between Gio and Jason. It felt authentic.

I was kind of bummed their relationship/feelings hadn't progressed a bit more by the end but I
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"This is a two-man station. If things turn to shit, it’s just us."

I had missed a gritty story by Lisa Henry! I know she is a very versatile author but I have a soft spot for her gritty writes.

Pay atttention to the blurb. It's doing a great job describing the plot which I'm not going to rehash.

The setting is almost like a third character in the story. Lisa Henry does an incredible job describing life in the town of Richmond with its remote two man station and its people. These people and thei
**4.5 stars**

YES, YES, YES and YES : Dear Lisa Henry, I wish I had read this book before meeting you in Amsterdam last June so I could have profusely thanked you face to face for this story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Gio has always wanted to be a police officer. But even a dream job can have some drawback. Despite the bullshit he’s facing, he grinds his teeth and accepts his transfer to a small town in the middle of nowhere, namely Richmond in Queensland, Australia. There, he meets his new Sarg
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked it. Beautiful landscape descriptions, sympathetic characters.
Lots of Aussie slang.
A few annoying shortcuts that I just skipped over because they were irrelevant.
And a lot of cockatoos too ;)

Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp, gift
City life didn't prepare Gio for this.

Gio's professional life has thrown 180 and he's been offloaded to the hinterland. He's trying to make the best of it, but his past won't stay past, and soon the present seems very different.

This is an armchair romance with a slow burn and easy meander because country life ain't city life. Henry does a bang up job painting the isolation, quiet, and stark beauty of the Australian outback. The politics of small town policing has a learning curve as Gio finds o
4.5 stars!

Last year, one of my favorite reads of the year was Jane Harper's The Dry. I was mesmerized with the strong sense of Australian's small town in that book, just as much as I loved the story. Ever since then, I am dying to get the same feeling in the romance genre. When I saw this cover and the author's name, I didn't hesitate. With that cover, I was hoping that Henry would deliver.

And boy, was I right! Two Man Station is pretty much EVERYTHING I am looking for in a romance set in Aust
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
(At My Dining Room Table in a Small Wisconsin Town: October 2017)

Me: I have nothing good to read.
*scrolls through approximately 354 unread books*

Me: I wonder if Lisa Henry has anything new out.
*types LISA HENRY in Goodreads search bar*

Me: Oh my god, this. This is what I want to read RIGHT NOW.
*checks the publication date*

Me: The fuck? Seriously? 2018?
*shakes hands in frustration*

Kid you not, this is the exact same thing that happened when I first noticed Adulting 101. I had to wait months f
*** 3.5 Stars ***

When the book begins, our main character Gio's in a bit of tough spot. While he's ostensibly been promoted within the Queensland Police Service, the reality is that his personal life is in the shitter, he's endured months of harassment from his "brothers" in blue, and his superiors have now all but banished him from his city policing post to the rural nothingness of a two man station in Richmond. And, when he gets to the middle of nowhere, it's to discover that his (unearned) re
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ohh Lisa Henry how I have missed thee. Let me count the ways.


I read it in mere hours. I mean ok. I slept. I did. But I opened my eyes this morning and dove back in at 3:30 am with no regrets. I mean whats a little sleep when all you want is to find out how it ends for Gio and Jason.

And honestly Im so in love with Taylor that he made my heart hurt. '

That is all.

I love Lisa Henry. And Im so glad she wrote another book that I got to devour.


♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
~ Rural Aussie coppers at your slow build service ~

Lisa's usual quality writing...

Q: He set off at a slow jog to warm up. The soles of his shoes scuffed against the gritty bitumen at the shoulder of the road. There was no traffic to worry about. He heard the descending symphony of a semi’s compression brakes in the distance. The dawn was just starting to paint the sky pink when he reached the riverbank. A magpie was warbling in one of the ghost-pale eucalypts. A pair of sulphur-crested cockatoos
This book was so fucking AUTHENTIC, it almost hurt!

I lived in Australia for a while (never in the outback though), and this book captured so much of the essense of Australia (seen from the perspective of a short-term resident), it's not even funny.
I know that Lisa Henry is Australian, but it is rare (I think) for an author to capture the spirit, the feel and the humanity of a specific area and people, that realistically.
And this book with it's 'chill-ness', it's description of places and it's
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, age-gap
There is a lot I really liked about this book...

... the age gap (Jason is a bit over a decade older than Gio)
... the VERY VERY slow burn
... the beautiful, brilliantly detailed descriptions of the Australian outback (and yes, Katerina, I did take note of all those cockatoos! XD)
... the tension filled plot

but I missed ...
... more on page interaction between Jason and Gio. They don't really talk to each for almost half of the book. Just courtesies etc. And then 'bang' - that kiss at about 59% came
BWT (Belen)
I love the way Lisa Henry is able to pull a reader into the worlds she creates and provides a descriptive landscape to immerse yourself in, without becoming too lost in it.

With Two Man Station we get to meet and learn about two men who've lost almost everything starting over again.

There's big city copper Gio Valeri from the Gold Coast, who is under a cloud due to somewhat mysterious circumstances and ends up getting a promotion but shipped off to a two man station in the country. His new boss,
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 planne
At 43% I'm embracing the DNF -- embracing it with the fervor of a drowning man clutching a life preserver. Get me out of here!

So, yeah, this book wasn't for me. Despite its charms -- and it did have them -- well, did have one, at any rate -- no amount of pigheaded persistence on my part could make me like it.

The biggest problem was that it was all about child-rearing. Jason is a single dad with a 10-year kid, and at least 25% of the story was about him either taking care of the kid or angsting
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: showed-promise
Feels wrong low-starring a Henry but this didn't work for me, I barely connected and I'm already struggling to remember their names.

The chapters are short and we never pause long enough to connect. There's some backstory but not enough of the little daily communications that show the characters bonding and make them real. They got up, went on shift, got back - that's about it. Shift rotation meant they'd not spend that much time together and I didn't feel I got to know them either. Their getting
A great story by Lisa Henry! I admit, a lot of her stories scare me away, because they can get darker and heavier on the BDSM themes than I like, but I love her more easy going stories. Not that this was all fluffy bunnies and kittens (although there was a nice stray cat!), but it was just the right levels of angst and conflict for me.

I admit, Jason's judgy attitude bugged me at the start, but I guess I could see where he was coming from, as he only had the part of the story he got through the l
Kaje Harper
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a slow-building story about two men, even more than about a relationship. Gio left behind a fast-paced police unit in the big city, after a messy break-up which ended up with him reporting his partner, and becoming a pariah with the rest of the cops for that disloyalty. He's never lived in a place so small that back-up is two hours away, snakes might crawl into your bathroom, and everyone knows your business. He's determined to do a good job as half of the local two-man police force, whi ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I really liked this - it was steady, even and very well written for Australian audiences. The unforgiving landscape, the wildlife and the attitude, be it supportive or outrageous! Gio had been treated like shit and was basically exiled after standing up for himself against a bully. Unfortunately the treatment from others was disgraceful and Gio became a social outcast. Gio moves to the outback and meets his Sarge Jason - uneasy at first, a friendship forms and respect is built. For me Jason’s So ...more
The choice of this book was not accidental. It was my book number 130 - my goal for 2017 reading challenge- and I wanted to complete it with something special. And we know only too well that Lisa Henry definitely is able to offer it. Two Man Station is a good story that can make happy many MM romance readers, but it didn't make a highlight of the year for me.

The plot:

Gio Valeri, a big city cop from the Gold Coast, has to take a job in a small town Richmond, seventeen hundred kilometers from t
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was a thoroughly enjoyable story! Beautifully paced, event unfold gradually but it's never slow. The characters are interesting and worked well together, with a supporting cast of characters ranging from frightening to charming. It was a great plot and seeing how it's the first in the series I'm hoping this is the continuing story of Gio and Jason - though if Lisa Henry decides to explore other characters in the Australian wilderness I won't exactly complain ;)

Gio's story was a heart-b
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it

He thought about how every step had been something of a misstep, a stumble, a mistake—not because they’d taken those steps, but because they hadn’t figured out how to move without tripping one another up.

An m/m contemporary romance that's not that romantic. And yet somehow that sort of worked? The ending could've DEFINITELY been better paced. That said, Two Man Station is a solid, well-written read. The remote small town Australian setting seemed really well done, too.
** 3.8 stars **

Now off to have some Vegemite toast
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
I love Lisa Henry, but I've come to realize that I prefer her NA books.

This wasn't bad but it wasn't great. I didn't really felt the romance in the story, I felt like the relationship development wasn't really that good and by the end of the book I was expecting more I guess.
Lisa Henry has sealed the deal for me. Police procedurals are officially my favorite trope now.

Two Man Station is a lovely, meandering romance. A gentle view into two people's lives which have suffered in the past, yet are finding a way forward. A few missteps and a near tragedy later, they finally find the peace and comfort they both deserve.

Loved both characters, Jason and Gio. Ten year old Taylor was a bonus.

This is a 2018 release I definitely recommend.

Review ARC graciously provided by Ripti
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