Title: By The Numbers
Author: Nicole Dennis
Publisher: Totally Bound
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Can a scruffy carpenter and a neurotic accountant find middle ground?
With permission to begin construction and repairs on the Southern Charm, Sullivan ‘Sully’ Tarleton can’t wait to start bringing the old hotel back to new life. He and his crew jump on the tear-down until he overhears his friends talking about picking up the accountant at the airport. Volunteering since he needs to head that way, he doesn’t know the changes this accountant will bring to his life.
Suffering from severe OCD and additional issues after growing up with a hoarder parent, Chandler Braddock prefers to keep his surroundings neat, perfect, organised, and minimal. A reason he enjoys working with numbers. They always balance out, match up to others, and are able to be tracked. Often refusing to leave his New York office, he gives in when his best friend, Samuel, requests his presence in Florida. But what will happen when he’s met by a sexy, but very messy carpenter? And will he be able to give up his orderly life for such a man?
By The Numbers is the second book in Nicole Dennis’ Southern Charm series, centering around the men of the Charm and Delights B&B & restaurant in the Florida panhandle. In book one, Rules of the Chef, we saw New Yorker and heir the a hoteling empire, Samuel, fall in love with Florida beach-bum and Delights Chef/Charm co-owner, Dakota. In this installment, we see Sully, the contractor and friend to Dakota, and Chandler, a neurotic accountant and Samuel’s best friend, explore their attraction.
Chandler is special, in so many ways. He has numerous, well-earned idiosyncrasies, thanks to a less than ideal childhood, among them severe OCD. Sully is the dirty construction foreman hired to revamp the charm and bring it back to her former glory. How can these two be compatible. You may question the pairing on the outside, but Dennis makes you believe it. Sully is patient and kind to Chandler, something he has never known. There are moments you wonder if they should be together, but you can not help pulling for them through everything. When they are, inevitably, driven apart your heart hurts for both of them.
The resolution is a little fast, and I often lost whose point of view I was reading. Additionally, there are a few times I found the flow of the story interrupted by the intricacies and minutia of the main characters’ respective trades. As the story progressed, I saw Chandler growing out of some of his neuroses, but I did not always feel the omissions of his quirks were due to Chandler overcoming his ingrained compulsions so much as just being dropped without explanation.
I was somewhat disappointed that there was no movement on the who poisoned Samuel mystery from Rules of the Chef. It was mentioned in passing at one point. I think, however, much that that will come to a head in the forthcoming book three. By the Numbers did, however, build on another running mystery in the series, namely the chief purpose for Chandler being at The Charm, Where is the Money?.
Overall, it was another enjoyable read from Ms. Dennis. I look forward to where these two mysteries will progress and how these two very different couples made of very opposite men will grow. I will be looking forward to book three and (hopefully book four, because poor Malcolm needs some love).
I would like to thank Nicole Dennis for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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