THREE 4, 3.5 and 3 Stars for First Steps by Sean Michael #MM #Romance @dreamspinners


Title: First Steps
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 14, 2015 – 104 pgs


Abandoned by his partner in the wilds of Alaska, Peter is pretty much at the end of his rope. He has a cabin falling down around his ears, two young babies to care for, and too much alone time to think about his situation. It’s enough to make a man rethink wanting to be a dad.

Park Ranger Chad thinks Peter could use some help, especially when fire and weather warnings make him wonder if Peter’s little cabin is going to make it through the year. When he takes Peter and the babies in, he finds out that the attraction the two of them felt on their first meeting has the potential to be a lot more. Can he convince Peter that they can do more than keep each other warm?

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Though the description of “First Steps” is a tiny bit misleading, I liked this short and simple story about Peter, a writer who decided to stop his clubbing ways and get a surrogate to have his own family. When the unexpected twins are born, he goes to Alaska to get away from the city with his small family, totally unprepared. Then he meets Chad, the ranger, and all is well.
This was really a sweet, sweet, story. Sean Michael has two sides, one where the writing is all about sex, and the other is when it’s extra sweet with a family theme. This is one of them. Even though the description says that Peter is abandoned in Alaska by his ex-lover, the truth is, that was like 1 1/2 years before he went to Alaska. So, technically, he went to Alaska without a partner, so he wasn’t just abandoned there. It was his choice to go. His partner had no plans to go there with him.
Anyway, Chad, the ranger, was really freakin’ awesome. He was so patient and gentle with Peter. The twins were adorable. Made me wish I had babies lol. I took a star off because everything seemed TOO perfect. There was a little tension at the end, but that was quickly glossed over for a Happily Ever After. I didn’t mind this time though cause the mellow, relaxed feeling I had while reading the story. Or it could have been the rainy day outside. Haha
I wish there’s a part two to this couple, cause I really wanna see Peter, Chad and older twins interact. Oh, and I really like the cover for this book. The adult shoes with the baby shoes are cute. The hot male models aren’t bad either. 😉

This book was a very sweet, sappy story. It was instant love between Chad and Peter and the twins.  I guess I thought it would be more about Peter being abandoned in Alaska (like the description said).  But it turned out to be a sweet romance story.

The characters seemed to be a good couple and both enjoyed the twins very much which was a nice way to take the story. All the shopping for the holidays and we never read about the holiday itself.  It was a real quick sweet story to read.

 So sometimes with a book for me it can be too sweet and the two MC’s can connect so fast that it leaves my head spinning. Unfortunately with this book that it what I felt like after reading this.
So Peter is a brand new father of twins by a surrogate who decides to move to Alaska to get away. So he feels lost because the man who said he loved him ran away and left him with two babies to raise on his own. Well as soon as he meets Chad who is a park ranger they have a instant attraction and move in together with the babies.
Now I did like where the author was going with this book and these characters. For me though it was just so sweet it was a little to much and I had a hard time reading this book because it really did not grab me at first so it took me awhile to finish this book. So I am sad to say this book was just not for me….
FourStarsThis was a feel good story with almost instant love. Peter has always wanted a family; him and his boyfriend were having twins via a surrogate and then all of the sudden he is a single gay father of twins. Sick of the city and all it entails, Peter takes the twins and starts a new life in a peaceful part of Alaska. Chad is a park ranger and when he meets Peter and the twins he is smitten. Daniel and Ellen are just as much a part of this beautiful story even though they are the babies. I just loved the easy way Peter and Chad fell into a routine and how they worked so well together and how the twins were so much a part of the story, most people keep kids in the background of romance books and I found this refreshing. And as always in Sean Michael’s books there was hot loving!
FourStarsThis was a sweet story by Sean Michael. I enjoy these types of stories, especially when written by one of my favorite authors that don’t tend to write sweet stories and I love stories with children. I completely enjoyed both Peter and Chad and fell in love with the twins. Mr. Michael’s writes in a way that is very easy to read. I was completely able to concentrate on the story. There was love not just between Peter and Chad but the twins also. It was clear that the twins completely loved and trusted both men. This was a nice break from his usual type of books. Great job Mr. Michael.


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Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and persuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.


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