4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Bullying Christmas Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Fade to black/No Steam Finding Family Gay Heat Index Holiday Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series

Thirty One Days and Legos by SA Stovall

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Dreamspinner Presents


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….


The author tells us that reading the first book in this series is not necessary, but I think it might be.  (Book one was from last year’s advent  :

On the one hand, I totally understood where these guys were coming from as the author did a great job of giving enough background information without retelling their “falling in love” story, but… I had such a hard time understanding what Owen sees in Carter. He was soooo grumpy and while it’s sort of explained I still didn’t feel like I connected with him – as far as his romance with Owen.

I loved the children part. Ugh! Totally crying! It was so sweet! Carter’s relationship with Luke and Legos is adorable and for that alone this was worth reading.

Overall I think you should read book 1 then read this because it was really sweet and if I’d liked Carter more I think I’d have liked this story more.

4 of 5 stars


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