The new Manoso parents are very happy and little Bean is the new master of the house. That’s alright because he happens to be very cute. Stephanie is adjusting to being a new Mommy well. Can you see the difference in the feelings about marriage and having children in this Stephanie? Why do you think she seems content? What’s the difference in her and JE’s Stephanie? Do you see signs of her growing up?
In this chapter Stephanie is showing some signs of bravery now that she is a mother. She wants to deal with her past and try to let it go and allow herself some happiness.
There is a big issue waiting to be dealt with and they really know that no news in this case is not necessarily good news. They will have to call Frank and find out how he’s dealing with the issue of Helen and Valerie’s secrets and Val will have to face Ranger over attacking Stephanie the day Bean was born. What is your opinion of Frank and his attitude? Is he a victim or an accomplice to Helen?
I mentioned at the beginning of the chapter that in writing this story further that Val’s revelation will maybe be used for good later. I know it is a sick mess. Many of you mentioned the point I was making in this Helen mess. The point is that you can’t bury mistakes like this. They never go away and they can even multiply. We all know that Helen is wrong and there are many victims now. What about Frank? He is still a victim or accomplice at this point in his reticence?
Poor Cal, what a good guy he his. I paid a little ode to him from the JE book when Val went into labor. Remember? I know you do.
Ranger missed the birth and little Bean just slid right into the world.
Do you think Frank is capable of getting control of his family and really helping them? Or, do you see Ranger stepping in like a General and taking control?
Love to hear your thoughts!
In this chapter the guys have a romping and creative baby shower. They really took the ideas and made their shower into guy fun. The ‘Baby Huey’ game was my idea. Below is a link for one of the cute games:
Stephanie and Ranger get to see the baby room that Ella thought would be perfect for them. See the bedroom by clicking the link:
Stephanie has a kind of epiphany after the shower. She mentions that she’s had some important inner revelations. She’s found some strength and peace within herself. Maybe she’s growing up. Maybe she’ll shed that self-denial attitude she carries and stop running and realize that her old adage of ‘It’s not my fault’, is usually not the case. For everything that happens to her, she maybe has a small hand in it.
Val arrives uninvited and a little crazy. We all knew that she wouldn’t take the truth about her parents well. Why is she blaming Stephanie and angry at her Dad? Do you think Helen has done a small amount of brain washing on her daughter over the years? Who is really to blame and who’s in denial, really?
Comments welcome! Love hearing from you.
We see Stephanie changing a little again as her pregnancy moves along. She doesn’t seem to be as bothered with the guys and their antics since she’s just dealing with one or two at a time. She’s not much concerned with modesty or embarrassment any longer. Do you think the new environment made a difference? Not living in that high-octane fishbowl at Rangeman?
What do you think about Valerie and her attitude. Do you think that we’re seeing her real personality or her mother’s influence? Did you detect a hint of jealousy in her?
Would Stephanie really be happier if her life were more ‘Burg proper and less crazy? I don’t think so. What’s your opinion?
Stephanie is thinking about a new job in this chapter. Do you think that she would be happy with just any job? I think she may not be able to do skip tracing, but she won’t be happy with ordinary. Any ideas for jobs or occupations after the baby is born. I haven’t decided yet which direction I will take her.
What did you think of the house? I can’t see their house having as much red in it as the real one was decorated. I see it more neutral with the splashes of floral and brights.
Love hearing from you!
In Chapter 18, Ranger and Stephanie move into their new home found by Ella and Luis. The home that they moved into is real. I found it while looking for inspiration and modeled it almost exactly. It would have been the perfect find for them. You can find it here:
It’s beautiful and comfortable and I think more than perfect for them. Let me know what you think about the new home. Can you picture them in these rooms? I definitely could.
Let’s talk about the different point of views of the Rangemen. They all have a different opinion of the prank and Stephanie and Ranger and the business. Even women in the work place in general. I replied to a couple of reviewer gals and after reading comments regarding Tank, thought that a discussion about the men would be fun. We rarely hear from Manny and we should hear from Hector and I thought a little heard from Luis could speak for him and Ella.
First, let’s address Tank. He was portrayed as a dolt by JE. He let the old skip kick him in the nuts and he was attracted to Lula. Not out of the ordinary. One of my own BFF’s is a black woman and her man loves her curves and the booty. That’s not the issue, it’s the fact that Lula comes off dingy as well. I love her and love writing her, but still I can’t take Tank seriously in the JE books. He just didn’t talk and wasn’t given much in the way of intelligence. However, I know and we all probably know that he would not be Ranger’s second in command if he wasn’t sharp. In his Pov, he talks a little and it hints he’s a bit war-torn and maybe is suffering from a small amount of PTSD. What do you think? He is concerned about his future and livelihood. He invested everything he had earned and even in blood. He doesn’t dislike Stephanie, just sees her as kind of crazy and a wedge between him and his long time partner.
I started writing about Steph’s thought on a new career after the baby is born. I wrote that she knows realistically with Bean that she can’t skip trace and Ranger wouldn’t let her without working at his company and with a strong partner. I think maybe something of her own that she can do PT or FT. One reader , MIBbabe mentioned that a job where she interacted with the Rangeman company and they were impressed would be good for her. I thought maybe something in sales with a new technology company that has the latest security stuff or something. The government even uses them and she meets Ranger’s General. Thought it would be good to ask ideas from you guys for jobs for her. Talk to me.
More Big Surprises
The differences between men and women is a hot topic and emotions have inspired the creation of many books.
There have been many comments on Chapters 14 &15. I wrote at the beginning of Chapter 14 this note. She and her new husband are experiencing what new married couples do in the first two years compounded by her pregnancy.
And, at the beginning of Chapter 15 this note. Keep in mind that this saga began with the younger street Ranger and the younger and more naïve Stephanie. Neither had as much baggage and he is not so embroiled with the special ops in my story. They are kind of growing together in this.
In the story, Stephanie and Ranger are newly wed and they are expecting. They are both going through the pains together. He gave up much for her and marriage and made compromises with his men in choosing marriage and business over the military life. Does it make this Ranger softer and weaker? What should he do to resolve this? How would you think that his life would affect a married life? How would his married status effect Rangeman as a business? Do you think that you would feel the same during a pregnancy even if you liked the business and the men? Is Stephanie being mostly immature? Let’s talk…