Title: By The Numbers (By the Numbers #1)
Authors: Chris Owen and Tory Temple
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 143
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
When Nathaniel, aka Deuce, arrives home to an apartment building on fire, he can only think of one thing: his pregnant dog. Luckily firefighter Trey Donovan rescues her, and Nathaniel is exceedingly grateful. In fact, he tracks down Trey’s station so he can show his gratitude properly—and explore the connection he senses between them. Trey’s interested, but a less-than-friendly ex-wife and the seven-year-old daughter he’s raising make things… complicated. Between everything on Trey’s plate and the newborn puppies Deuce must care for—while homeless—finding common ground won’t be easy. But the spark of attraction between them is too enticing to be allowed to fizzle.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.
Well, well. Let me start off by saying well done.
There are so many things I enjoyed about this story. First there are puppies and all their cuteness. Not to mention the awesomeness of their names: Six and Pi.
These hyperactive balls of fur belong to Deuce, a graphic designer that recently lost his apartment along with most of his worldly belongings in a fire. Thanks however to an amazing firefighter, his most prized possession being his pregnant dog Q, is saved. Thus enters Trey. He is so many wonderful things. A great dad to a little girl, a firefighter and an ex-husband that takes all the blame from a woman who just can’t let go.
What really got to me however, was how real this book felt in regards to everyday life. Things between Trey and his ex-wife Holly are really rocky. However, for the most part they try to not let their seven-year old daughter Lacey, see how things have gotten so bad between the two of them so not to affect her. Especially since they share custody of her. Then there’s Trey’s work environment and how things are still biased. Not to mention, the interaction between Deuce, Holly and Lacey.
I really enjoyed the playful banter between the two MC’s. I love Deuce’s sarcasm and forwardness, which I think helps Trey relax and feel safe and comfortable with himself. To see how things slowly develop between them. Then as you get towards the end, you see what always was meant to be.
With that said, there is another book in the series. To be honest, if you were to stop now I would say the ending reads as a HFN. I for one want to know what exactly the future holds for these two amazing men. I want the HEA darn it!