Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Ranger Station Haven
Author: S.A. Stovall
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Carter & Owen
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 42 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Federal park ranger Carter Williams dislikes kids almost as much as he dislikes Christmas. He chose his career to escape human contact, not embrace it. And no matter how much his husband Owen tries to sway his opinion, Carter is a grump who would rather ignore the holiday. Owen’s efforts are put on hold, however, when they get a call about six missing foster kids lost in the park.
Christmas Eve takes a turn for the worse when Owen injures himself rescuing the children. Stranded in a snowstorm until dawn, Carter has to keep Owen awake and healthy while simultaneously watching six runaways. What he thinks is a nightmare come to life is actually a beautiful gift in disguise—the kids transform the ranger station into a Christmas wonderland. And before it’s all said and done, they might transform Carter’s heart as well—if he can keep his bah humbug attitude in check.
When a few kids get lost in the park when a blizzard is about to hit, Owen and Carter must go out and find them as park rangers. Unfortunately, when Owen gets injured rescuing the kids, Carter is tasked with taking care of them, which is a little difficult for someone who hates kids. But as the hours go on and the kids starts to change Carter’s way of thinking, he realizes maybe the kids aren’t as bad as he thought and might just be one of the best Christmases he’s had.
I really, really loved this story! It starts off a little slow but quickly picks up. I loved that Carter and Owen seemed like complete opposites. Carter is more blunt and prickly while Owen is more sweet and friendly. I really enjoyed the fact that they had different ways of handling the kids and had such a great relationship that they could live and work together. My only issue was the ending was very sudden and a little predictable.
In the end, definitely a great story! I loved these characters and their story. I loved seeing Carter slowly warm to the kids and having to take care of Owen while he was injured. I hope the author considers writing more about these two because I would love to get back to them!!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*