Review: Chris Owen and Tory Temple – By the Numbers

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Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Summary: Contemporary

2nd Edition
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.

Review:

Deuce is a software developer who comes home one day to find his apartment building on fire and his biggest concern is his dog Q, a very pregnant dog, that is stuck inside. Enter Trey, who is a firefighter and goes back in and is successful in rescuing the dog! As a thank you, Deuce tracks down Trey at his firehouse, and also offers him the pick of the litter for being the hero, and so begins a tentative friendship between the two men.

The story is told from Deuce and Trey’s alternating point of view.

This is definitely a feel good read, there is not a whole lot of drama or angst, although the potential is there with an ex wife for Trey who is still angry two years after the divorce. It had a pretty good pace, even when introducing Lacey, the little girl that is the result of the marriage between Trey and Holly. Fortunately, both parents wish to be civil in their dealings with their daughter, although Deuce does wonder from some of the comments Holly makes.

I would have liked to see a bit more development on Deuce’s character, while he has no shortage of dialogue, there was not always a lot of description of his expressions or body language the way there was with Trey. In that way, I felt you got a much more well-rounded view of Trey and his journey through the story. Other than that, I thought the story had a good pace and meaningful supporting characters and subplots that helped with the overall plot of the story.

If you like stories about nerds and firefighters, or firefighters in general, with some hot scenes and a happy ending, you will probably enjoy this story!

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