Review of: Four by Tia Fielding

AUTHOR: Tia Fielding
SERIES: Love by Numbers, Book 2
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2019


A Love by Numbers Story
When unlikely attraction blossoms between a twentysomething genderqueer tattoo artist and an older, small-town veterinarian, both are forced to face their pasts for a chance at a loving future.
Four years ago Padraig Donovan lost his husband, the only man he’d ever been with. Now his life consists of the work he loves, a big empty house, and the possibility of a lonely future.
Kaos’s experiments with makeup landed him in the hospital at the hands of his disapproving ex. With nowhere else to turn, he flees to Acker, Wisconsin… and runs into a sexy widower and the kindest man he’s ever met.
Padraig and Kaos know there’s something worth exploring between them, and as they raise a puppy and deal with the ups and downs of their respective jobs, they fit into each other’s lives in ways they never expected. Being with Kaos—who is so different than the guys he’s always been attracted to—opens up an exciting new world for Padraig. But can he convince Kaos to trust another man with his body… let alone his heart?

our is the second book in the Love by Numbers series by Tia Fielding. I haven’t read the first book in the series, Ten. The stories seem to take place in the same town, and each book is about a different couple. I love series that are like this cause I get to see cameos from the characters from the previous books. So I missed out on knowing what had happened between Makai and Emil and so the parts where Emil gets triggered by something that Kaos accidentally does just makes me want to go back and read there book so that I can appease my curiosity. They were great secondary customers in this book and great friends to Kaos. This is the second book that I have read and reviewed of Tia Fielding’s. I loved Four just as much as I loved Like Breathing. I like the author’s style of writing and attention to details, but I also liked that I felt like I was in the book and living each of her characters’ lives with them, sharing their happiness, joy, hurts, sorrow, loneliness and at times jealousy.

I loved Padraig “Doc” Donovan. He had lost his husband of twenty-five years four years ago and is still mourning his loss. He and his husband had grown up during the AIDS epidemic, met in college, knew they were meant to be, and got married. So Padraig has never been with anybody else but his husband. He fills his days with his small-town veterinarian practice. As is typical of small-town life, everybody knows when somebody new comes to town. But when Padraig sees the new guy, Kaos, with Makai and Emil, he doesn’t expect to be so fascinated and attracted to him. I was really moved by how much he missed his husband and also his heartache when he had to put down the bunny for a client. Nothing like bawling your eyes out when you’ve only made it to 9 percent of the book, luckily I only cried off and on until about the 30 percent mark. But loss is one of my personal triggers, so unless it is one of yours, it probably won’t make you cry as much. I always love it when a book makes me cry. It lets me know how invested I am in the characters.

I also loved Kaos. He is a twentysomething, genderqueer tattoo artist. He’s just gotten out of an abusive relationship with his best friend’s brother. His ex couldn’t handle that he is nonbinary and that he would have days when he dressed more femme and would wear makeup. He is also a convicted felon and did four years in prison for dealing drugs when he was nineteen. In prison is where he meets his “brother,” Makai. So when he needs to move because of his abusive ex, Makai and Emil tell him to come and live with them until he can get back on his feet and so he does. But the place where Makai and Emil live is barely big enough for them, and their two cats and so Kaos feels awkward living there especially when he notices that Emil has some pretty big issues that Makai said it wasn’t his story to tell him. This is where it would have been helpful if I had read the first book. I would have known what had happened to Emil.

After accidentally triggering Emil, Kaos runs to the only other person he feels comfortable with, and that happens to be Padraig. Padraig who happens to live in a giant three bedroom, two bathroom house. Padraig invites Kaos to live with him, and then they end up adopting a puppy together. And from there their relationship and friendship blossoms. But it isn’t all sunshine and roses, especially when one of Padraig’s friends comes for a visit. They had been estranged ever since his husband’s death but had recently reconnected over the phone. I found Francis to be fascinating, and I hope that his book is going to be next.

Overall, a lovely story about two men that are trying to find their way in the world and manage to find each other.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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