Book: By the Numbers 2nd edition
Series: By the Numbers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: January 16, 2017
Length: 143 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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.
Any book about a fireman rescuing a pregnant dog from certain death, which then leads into a connection and then love ... well I'm hooked at from the word dog. Such is the premise for By the Numbers by Chris Owen and Tory Temple. This is a re-release from 2011 and I can understand why so many people loved this book the first time around, but six years later (and it seems as though there haven't been much if any changes to the story) it feels a bit dated and definitely overdone.
Nathaniel, aka Deuce, is a bit down on his luck after his apartment burns down. His best friend Pete offers him a spare room, for which he's extremely grateful, but the space is small and crowded considering it's not just him, but his dog and her six puppies as well. That's a lot of puppies and barking and pee and poop for one guy to deal with. Once things calm down a bit in the aftermath of the fire, Deuce sets out to find the fireman who saved his dog so that he can thank him properly. A surprise visit to the station later and Trey and Deuce begin a tentative friendship. Which of course leads to more, no matter Trey's difficult ex-wife or his seven year old daughter.
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