Ten (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Ten (Love by Numbers #1)
Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 15th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 218
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


A Love by Numbers Story

Can two broken men build one life?

Ten years.

That’s what Makai lost for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s been exonerated, but the abuse he suffered in prison isn’t so easy to leave behind. He heads to the one place he remembers being happy: Acker, Wisconsin, where he spent summers with his grandpa. Unfortunately, not everyone wants Makai there.

Ten days.

That’s how long Emil, now twenty-one, was held prisoner as a teenager. The mental and physical injuries he suffered at the hands of a drug trafficking ring still haunt him.

Nightmares, anxiety, and PTSD challenge the connection forming between Makai and Emil, though together, they might find a way to move beyond their pain and into a future—and a relationship—that both had thought impossible.

Now they just have to convince Emil’s father, the town sheriff. It won’t be easy with danger closer than they know….

This was so good. It was hurt/comfort at its finest. Oh, man, I just can’t.

Makai was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, due to a racist, dirty cop. After 10 years and DNA evidence, he’s released and ends up in a small town in Wisconsin. Being a small town, everyone knows who he is, what he’s been accused of, and why he’s there.

The town sheriff has his own bias towards Makai and is quick to judge his friendship with his own son, Emil. Because of his job, Emil has suffered his own ordeal and is still very broken.

I loved that both Makai and Emil had gone through harrowing experiences and didn’t give up, and the ‘talk’ that they had together was such a great scene. I loved how they each took turns when the other couldn’t speak.

This book was so much about growth and truth and trust and I just loved the emotional support the town gave both of them. It was so inspiring to see how quickly they took to Makai, even with his past.

I just really enjoyed reading this so much. I loved the surrounding stories with the kittens and Joie and the other couples in town. It was an all encompassing book with a lot of lessons that all tied in to the theme of Love Conquers. Read it.

By the Numbers Series

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Galley copy of Ten provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


  • I have to say I used to avoid books like that, although I do love angst, ‘cos RL is shitty as it is and I’m the kind of reader that is very empathetic with the characters so reading about abuse is just not on my list of things I want weighing me, about I think I reached a point that those kind of stories provide more healing to the reader than anything else, so I’ll be sure to read this one since the blurb drew me right in.

    Also I have Tia Fielding in my TBR list for quite some time and really I need to start reading her stories!!


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