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.
Comment: After seeing some positive reviews on this book, I got interested enough to want to try it. Finally, I was able to start the book and it turned out to be very addictive...
This was a very addictive story to read because the writing made it so, but more importantly because the story line captivated me and I wanted to know what had Gio done to force him to be sent away and I wanted to see the (I hoped) slow burn journey from simple acquaintance to being in love between the two protagonists.
The idea of this novel is not very original but I liked how it seemed so very likely, perhaps because I have this idea the majority of people in Australia might be more understanding and receptive to the idea of bisexuality and homosexuality, which made me believe that if two cops in a small town would have a romantic relationship, most people there would not mind it. I don't know Australian culture that well to say this, I only know what is conveyed in some TV shows (which always try to show how acceptance is made look like it's no big deal), but somehow the mix between the romance and the location where the novel is set made me imagine everything a certain way.
The setting was very interesting, besides the ideas I've thought of because of my limited notion about the Australian way of life, it was also very nice to imagine the situations they faced in regards to the descriptions... I also checked the map of the area, it felt as if Richmond would be even more isolated but I suppose that's the point, by comparing to big city areas.
Gio and Jason felt like well fleshed characters, I could imagine in my head how their personalities were and how they might have behaved and moved just by how they were described. I think the author did a good job regarding them as individuals. Jason seems like a good guy, he is raising his son since the death of his wife, and his worries feel very mundane in a way, such as how to get a babysitter he can trust, without finally exhausting the goodwill of Sandra, the receptionist at the police station. Of course this is exploited more in depth as the story moves along and I liked how things were made to seem serious and important to Jason, and not just an excuse for his son's presence.
Gio is, obviously, more fascinating because he is a bit more mysterious as well and I wanted to keep reading to learn why he felt he was being punished. The author gives us clues/information very slowly to make it feel as if this is dramatic- which it is - but not so overwhelming that Gio would be a walking despaired guy. I liked this, for it made it even better when Gio slowly started to trust Jason and and we finally have his side of things on why he is in this situation, it's hard not to think he was clearly prejudiced and not given the chance to explain his actions.
The romance is quiet, even when they give in to the attraction, everything is slow, one step at a time, a lot of respect between them and even though both make assumptions and have one or two scenes where they go over the top in their reactions without thinking before they speak. This added drama and I imagined it would create the possibility of some kind of "make up" intimacy but they were, once more, respectful. The way the story ends is not a detailed and amazing HEA but it's more a HFN with a lot of hints and even an epilogue that their relationship might be even more solid with time.
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