Reviewed by Ami
Title: Thirty-One Days and Legos
Author: S.A. Stovall
Series: Ranger Station Haven #2
Genre: MM Holiday
Length: 57 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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….
Review: S.A. Stovall’s Ranger Station Haven is one of my favorites from last year’s DSP Advent series, so I was highly ecstatic when I saw a sequel was available on DSP’s Coming Soon page. I wouldn’t mind reading about Carter and Owen again, especially since the blurb promised them adopting a couple of brothers this time.
Thirty-One Days and Legos is written from Carter’s perspective as he is dealing with the newest changes in his life, a.k.a. two kids in the process of being adopted (and a cat!). With his family background, Carter is not the warmest of the couple (that’s Owen’s job) so I can see how he struggles a bit.
I enjoyed reading about Carter’s interactions with the kids. While I wish Carter was more affectionate, I also liked that Carter stays as grumpy as he is from the previous book. It means that his character is quite consistent. 🙂 I still believe Carter is trying and the book still offers a hopeful Christmas spirit. I think Carter is going to be just fine, and he’ll be a good father for the two boys. Probably the strict father in comparison to Owen *laugh*.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*