First StepsRating: 3.75 stars
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Length: Novel

Abandoned by his partner in the wilds of Alaska, single dad Peter Boone is at the end of his rope. With twin infants to care for and isolated in the Alaskan wilderness, Peter doesn’t remember the last time he had adult companionship. Now with winter just around the corner, Peter needs to get his run-down cabin ready for those long winter nights.

Park Ranger Chad Bristow loves the isolation of Alaska, yet when he stops in to check on Peter about an encroaching forest fire, he isn’t expecting to find himself reevaluating his self-imposed isolation. With winter approaching and Peter’s cabin in danger of collapsing under the heavy snows, Chad offers to take Peter and the twins into his home for the winter.

Though Chad tries to convince himself he’s just being a Good Samaritan, he realizes that the attraction he has for Peter goes above and beyond just doing his job. Now, he just needs to convince Peter that he’s more than someone to keep warm with in the winter months.

This is a love-at-first-sight book. Peter’s ex took off before the arrival of the twins. After using his inheritance to pay for a surrogate, he doesn’t have a whole lot of extra money to invest in the rundown one-and-only home for sale in this part of Alaska. Though he has the means to move elsewhere, Peter insists that he wants his children to be able to enjoy nature.

Chad grew up in foster care and dreamed of being a park ranger. Living in isolation in the Alaskan wilderness, he didn’t realize that he missed companionship until he met Peter and his twins. Inviting Peter and the twins to dinner, he never expected to find himself offering them a place to stay until spring…and if he gets his way, they may never leave.

For me, this story didn’t completely work for a couple of reasons. The first is that I don’t get the whole jumping into bed and being in love storylines. The second is there was a complete lack of angst that made it border on being sickly sweet and boring. Add the two together and you have the makings of something that is a fairytale without a villain. I know, I know, there are many of you out there that appreciate just a sweet story – and this probably will be the book for you. You’ve got cute babies, a angst-less romance story, and two hot men in the wilds of Alaska!

A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.

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