RELEASE DATE: October 14th, 2015 (2nd edition)
BLURB: Abandoned by his partner in the wilds of Alaska, single gay dad Peter Boone is at the end of his rope. He has screaming twin babies to care for and far too much time without adult companionship. To make matters worse, Alaska’s harsh and gloomy winter is about to close in on him, his twins, and their small, rundown cabin.
Park Ranger Chad Bristow likes living alone in Alaska, but after visiting Peter to warn him about an encroaching forest fire, he starts to wonder what life would be like with someone like Peter. Winter’s severity worries Chad, and he believes Peter and his twins won’t make it, so he offers to take them into his home. Soon Chad realizes that the attraction he experienced for Peter on their first meeting has the potential to heat up beyond his being a good Samaritan. Now all he has to do is convince Peter that they can do more than just keep each other warm.
This is a sweet, heartwarming fantasy, coming alive on the pages of this book. I enjoy Sean Michael’s family stories very much. Being a parent is the most difficult, most complex and most beautiful role in our lives and I love stories about hot men with cute kids.
First Steps is a true fairy tale with some twists from the 21st century. We have two princes in the story. Peter has baby twin son and daughter (by surrogate mother) and moves to Alaska, leasing a small shabby house in the faraway land. He wants to raise his kids in peace and quiet, far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Chad is a ranger, the protector of faraway land and lives in a beautiful ‘palace’, his ranger house. Their attraction turns into love almost instantly (a bit too quickly for my liking), and after Chad rescues Peter and the twins during a big storm, they move in with him in his palace and begin their lives and their happily ever after. Life with twin babies and away from civilization is not easy and our princes have to learn their parenting roles and to live with each other, overcoming obstacles together (like storms, teething, and isolation).
The writing is excellent. I mean we are talking Sean Michael here… The story is enjoyable, with some real heartwarming and cute scenes. I had a bit of a problem with Peter and Chad’s chemistry at the beginning. They got together too quickly and I didn’t feel their connection, but later it got better. The kids are really cute and some moments just brought tears to my eyes. Nice and sweet story to take you away into fantasy land.