Title: Thirty-One Days and Legos (Ranger Station Haven #2)
Author: S.A. Stovall
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary, Christmas
Page Count: 57
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Ranger Station Haven Christmas Novella
Park rangers Carter and Owen Williams have decided to expand their family and adopt two brothers—boys they rescued a year before when they tried to escape the foster system and flee to Canada. After completing their parenting classes, Carter, a reserved man who enjoys the simple life, swears he’ll be the best father possible. His patience is tested, however, when one brother adopts a cat out of the snowy Voyageurs National Park and the other brother refuses to talk about what’s bothering him.
Owen wants to make sure their first Christmas together is a special one, and he decides all of December should be a celebration. He has an activity planned for each of the thirty-one days, but none of them seem to go off without a hitch. The cat has fleas, the boys need to attend a court hearing, and Carter is more than a little overwhelmed.
But Carter is 100 percent determined to make his new family work. He just has no idea how….
I loved Ranger Station Haven last year so I was very excited to find out there would be a sequel about grumpy ranger Carter and his sweet husband Owen. And of course the two kids they were planning to adopt, Luke and Tiny Tim (or Edmund as he’s really called).
I was happy to find out that the author decided to stay true to the real problems of adopting kids. No magical solution and an immediate adoption, but parenting classes and lots of waiting for all the paperwork to come through.
But now it’s December again and Owen and Carter are finally ready for Luke and Edmund. But of course these kids went through a lot so not everything is rainbows and unicorns. Carter doesn’t quite know how to deal with them and is struggling more than he wants to admit. And on top of that they now own an evil cat named Legos..
This was very sweet. I loved seeing Carter, Owen, Luke and Edmund again. I didn’t love it as much as the first book, but I think that’s because this felt a bit heavier. The first book was quite light, but this handles a couple of serious subjects so the tone was a bit different. Not bad different though.
Overall this was a very enjoyable read. I really love reading about established couples. Throw in the holiday season, a couple of kids, a crazy cat, and I’m a happy girl.