Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: By The Numbers: Adding It Up
SERIES: By The Numbers
AUTHOR: Chris Owen, Tory Temple
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 110 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2017 (second edition)
Sequel to By the Numbers
Dogs, a young daughter, and shift work make for an unpredictable and never boring life for new couple Deuce and Trey. Trey is keeping his ex-wife out of their hair, but Deuce is determined to forge a truce between them all. Trey is vehemently opposed to a friendship between Deuce and Holly—she’s the last person Trey wants more interaction with. Deuce persists, however, and tensions between them could spell the end of their relationship.
They’ll have to find a way to make it all add up again—or lose everything.
First Edition of Adding it Up–By the Numbers II published by Torquere Press, 2013.
By The Numbers: Adding It Up is celebrating its re-release after four long years. I don’t remember why I never read it when it first came out but I was really happy to see it pop up and I knew I had to give it a go and catch up with these two guys and their four-legged friends. This book is the sequel of By the Numbers, where we saw how Trey and Deuce met and got together. I read the first book a long long time ago and I would say this story is enjoyable even if you haven’t read the first part. I would have liked to read more about our MCs sexual power dynamics but there are enough hints that you will feel their chemistry all the same.
I love reading about what happens when most stories end. What happens after the happily ever after, when real life comes crashing down on our wonderful MCs. Adding It Up shows us what happens to Trey and Deuce after they finally settle down together. How much pressure Trey’s job and family obligations put on their relationship and how they can deal with it together.Being a firefighter, working shifts isn’t easy on any partner. Especially one that works full time as well which makes living together a real scheduling magician-act. Add a lovely seven year old and a bitter ex-wife and you see these guys are up for a great challenge.
Life is not easy and no matter how amazing a couple is together there are always issues mostly from outside of the relationship that can and will make life difficult. The writing is great, the problems realistic and very well built and written. Trey and Deuce still have some explosive chemistry but don’t expect too much sex. What we have is perfectly enough and very sensual.
Chance and Tucker (from Cheek to Cheek by Tory Temple) have some guest appearances and it was great to see them again.
This is a good, entertaining read about an established couple with family obligations and some obstacles to work through. Have fun.