Title: By the Numbers
Author: Chris Owen and Troy Temple
Series: By the Numbers Book 1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 01-16-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 158
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Who can resist firemen and puppies? This was a sweet fairly light hearted story where two people meet under terrible circumstances. Deuce returns home from work to find his apartment building in flames. His utmost concern is his pregnant dog alone in his appartment. Trey is an instant hero when he comes out of the burning building with Deuce’s dog Q in his arms bringing us this beautiful romance. There are many obstacles that complicate this romance. As Deuce and Trey get to know one another and their feelings grow they work hard to make this relationship work. I really did enjoy this story. Besides the puppies, Trey’s little girl will melt your heart. The chemistry is quick and the relationship builds fast. This is a pretty short story and it moves very quickly. It is a very easy read. This story does have a happy ever after. Where this story is lacking is in the character development. We get to know Trey, but Deuce does not seem to have much substance to him. He is likable enough, but I think there could have been more to his character. If you are looking for pure romance with a little angst and a happy ever after this should be your next read.