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.
I usually really like both these authors, individually and together. By the Numbers looks to be a spinoff of Tory Temple's Firefighters series, which I remember liking. By the Numbers didn't really wow me, though.
First the good: I like the new cover, and the dog is precious. Also, the story starts off with Deuce coming home to find his apartment building on fire. Luckily, a hot firefighter, named Trey Donovan, rescued his dog, who was pregnant and, also luckily, the dog and her unborn pups are completely unharmed. I liked that beginning - no real sadness, a heroic rescue… a win-win if you don't think about Deuce and his dog no longer having a place to live.
Nathaniel Stoller, or Deuce as most people call him, is in his 20's and is a software developer. He rides his bicycle back and forth from work every day to keep in shape and he has a dog, named Q, whom he adores.
Trey Donovan, 38, is the hunky hero of a firefighter who rescues Q from the burning building. Definitely a hero in my book! He's divorced and has a 7 year old daughter whom he shares custody with his ex-wife.
While the story was ok, I found the MC's rather bland. There is so much small talk, rather than actual conversation that feel like I didn't really get to know either MC, much less feel their attraction to one another. I would have liked some conflict that wasn't ex-wife melodrama, as well. I didn't like Holly (the ex-wife), who was still bitter two years after the divorce and Lacey, their 7 year old daughter, was way too well adjusted well behaved to have parents that pretty much hated each other. So I did not buy that at all.
I know these authors work well together, though, because I have really enjoyed some of their other collaborations. This one just didn't work well for me, though, unfortunately.
ARC of By the Numbers was generously provided, by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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