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Ten

(Love by Numbers #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Can two broken men build one life?

Ten years.

Thats what Makai lost for a crime he didnt commit. Hes been exonerated, but the abuse he suffered in prison isnt so easy to leave behind. He heads to the one place he remembers being happy: Acker, Wisconsin, where he spent summers with his grandpa. Unfortunately, not everyone wants Makai there.

Ten days.

Thats how long
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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published September 17th 2019 (first published January 15th 2019)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
In a word, boring. I admit I was anticipating angst and/or emotionality given the blurb. I was looking to be gutted, but that didn't come to pass. What did come to pass was an extensive amount of mundane daily activities and a whole lot of naps.

Makai is new to town having been recently exonerated of a crime he didn't commit. Ten years and an untold number of traumas survived, he's surprisingly well adjusted and not at all bitter. He meets Emil who was once kidnapped and tortured and is skittish
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Eli Easton
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love hurt/comfort stories so this one was right up my alley. Both MCs have traumatic pasts. One was wrongfully imprisoned for ten years and one was the victim of a kidnapping. The way they are careful and respectful of each other's issues, talk things out, and help each other heal is so well done. It's angsty a bit but also soft and gushy and I love that kind of slow burn romance. Recommended.
Sandra
This is a gorgeous hurt/comfort story, set in a small town in Wisconsin.

CW: physical and emotional abuse in the past, some of which is described in this book.

Makai, having been sentenced to twenty years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, has been recently exonerated after spending ten years behind bars. He has suffered brutal abuse while incarcerated and just wants to move on with his life, starting over in the one place that has felt like home to him.

Required to check in with the local
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Tia Fieldings latest release, Ten, is perhaps the best example of a hurt/comfort trope I have ever read. With a controlled slow burn romance coupled with both men recognizing they can actually move beyond a tortured past and consider the idea of falling in love, this story is remarkably beautiful in its simplicity. There is no great angst here, but neither is there an insta-love, which would have shattered the fragile recovery both men begin to experience. I loved
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, ebook, lbr

I am a sucker for damaged characters, and this one packs a double whammy. Makai, released from a ten-year prison sentence after being found innocent tries to pick up with his life that was basically on hold for a decade. He heads to a small town who all seem to know his story and not all the residents are happy about him being there. He just wants to keep his head down and make a comfortable life as he readjusts to life outside and getting past the horrors he experienced during his
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Lissa
I'm DNFing this at 50%.

I was expecting so much delicious angst from the summary of this book. I mean, honestly, how does an author use this kind of set up and NOT dive into a bottomless pit of angsty goodness? And yet, somehow, the author managed to do just that. I never felt an emotional connection to any of the characters in this book; I found it to be incredibly BORING. How can this premise even be boring? It doesn't make sense to me.

I'm not a fan of unusually precocious children in romance
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Serena Yates
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2020
Two wounded souls for whom 10 has a special significance, a ton of complications, and a love that seems impossible for more than one reason are at the center of this emotional drama that pulled me in on page one and didnt let me go until the final page. Both primary characters are interesting, complex, compelling young men who had my sympathy for what they have gone through as soon as I read the blurb. I loved how they gradually become friends despite all the obstacles they and everyone else ...more
Serena Yates
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2019
Two wounded souls for whom 10 has a special significance, a ton of complications, and a love that seems impossible for more than one reason are at the center of this emotional drama that pulled me in on page one and didnt let me go until the final page. Both primary characters are interesting, complex, compelling young men who had my sympathy for what they have gone through as soon as I read the blurb. I loved how they gradually become friends despite all the obstacles they and everyone else ...more
Kirstin
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so good. It was hurt/comfort at its finest. Oh, man, I just can't.

Makai was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, due to a racist, dirty cop. After 10 years and DNA evidence, he's released and ends up in a small town in Wisconsin. Being a small town, everyone knows who he is, what he's been accused of, and why he's there.

The town sheriff has his own bias towards Makai and is quick to judge his friendship with his own son, Emil. Because of his job, Emil has
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Nicole
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!

It was very interesting but things happened too fast for my liking. I feel like people with issues like them should have more time to get used to one another and get comfortable. And Makai's issues were a little bit overlooked... But that's just my opinion!

I will definitely be reading the rest! Can't wait to met Kaos and see what will happen with the vet and if he'll find his happy ending! :D
Nat ReadingAllNite
3.5 Stars

This was both heartbreaking and heartwarming hurt/comfort. Makai and Emil had both experienced major trauma, so their stories were very hard to read about. The author pulled no punches with some graphic details and resultant severe PTSD, mostly for Emil. Makais damage was less overt but still horrific. The story is more about recovery, interspersed with a couple of events that shakes things up. I did feel quite lost as the two went from two or three brief conversations to *boom*, lets
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Kim
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ive read this author before. This is a mm contemporary story set in the USA. Both main characters, Emil and Makai have horrible incidents in their past but together they learn to heal. This book may have triggers for readers about sexual abuse. The journey to love and acceptance for these two characters was slow but well worth the time. Ill read more from this author. ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Wow. I really enjoyed this story. Much more than I had anticipated after reading book two first. Both men were damaged: one from being wrongfully imprisoned and the other from having been kidnapped a few years before. This is a hurt/comfort, slow burn romance at its best. Both respected the other's boundaries and allowed their relationship the time they each needed to be able to accept each other's issues and allow themselves to love and be loved. I definitely recommend it.

Warning - mention of
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meep
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, bbj
Ten is the first book in a new series by Tia Fielding. Makai is sent to prison and stays there for ten years for a crime he never committed. Emil is kidnapped, held hostage and abused physically mentally and sexually for ten days all because of his fathers job. Both men think they are broken.

After being released Makai returns to Acker, Wisconsin, where his grandfather used to live and where he grew up. Once he arrives he realizes he is not wanted there and decides to lay low. Soon after he meets
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Mercedes
DNF, lost interest.
Love Bytes Reviews
Reviewed by Cindy

At first Makai and Emil seem like a couple of very broken men who are looking for something to anchor themselves with, but as the story went on, I realized that neither one was as broken as they could have been.

Makai returns to the only place thats ever felt like home when hes released from prison. Hes unsure of his welcome but hes gotta start somewhere and it turns out that Acker is the perfect place.

Emil has every reason to be afraid, but he keeps pushing through the fear to
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Diverse
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader

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Ten by Tia Fielding is the first book in her Love by Numbers series and it a great start to three really good books.

Welcome to the town of Acker, Wisconsin where Makai has come after being in prison for ten years for a crime he didnt commit. Makai has come here to find peace and a fresh start. Hes hoping that the pain and prejudice hes faced will be a thing of the past. The town of Acker is small, and everyone knows everyone so
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Coco.V
Feb 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (2/3/2020)! 🎁
Angie
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

Ugh....I so wanted to like this book. The blurb was amazing, the book, not so much. I was expecting angst and didn't really get it. I couldn't connect with either of the main characters. I knew this wouldn't be an instant love story but for the love of Pete it moved snail slow. I would have liked more angst and connection with the characters. Not sure if I'll read more books in the series. Wasn't my cup of tea but I'm sure others will
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ChaosMoondrawn
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would rate this 4 stars.

After ten years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Makai heads to Acker, Wisconsin to start his life over. There he meets Emil, still suffering his own PTSD from his ten day ordeal at the hands of drug traffickers. The hurt/comfort trope is high with this one as they stumble into a relationship while Emil's father Kalle, the Sheriff, tries to keep them apart. We get to see both sides of law enforcement here, from Makai's conviction for being brown, to an honest
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Tina
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten by author Tia Feilding is the first book in the Love by Numbers series. This is a very heavy start to a series. I loved it, but I also wanted some relief from how serious this book is. I could not finish this one in one sitting. It is a kind of read where you need hearts and rainbows after. It is emotion and heart-wrenching.
Makai did ten years for a crime he did not commit.
Emil was held prisoner for ten days.
Makai is going back to the only place he has known joy. He has been exonerated but
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Suze
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3/3.5*
Despite the dire backstories for both Makai and Emil, this was not a deep angsty book.
Makai moves up to Wisconsin after being released from false imprisonment.
Emil is still recovery from kidnap and torture 5 years prior.
They are broken souls and the story is about them fixing themselves and each other.
Whilst it was largely an easy enjoyable read, once the guys got together it got a little bit too lovely and nice at times! I was expecting more drama based on their histories - there is drama
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Mallory
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two broken souls....

Im not crying...youre crying!!

Seriously, I really enjoyed this emotional story about two broken men who help heal each other.

Note to other readers: read with a box of tissues and maybe not in public if you worry about strangers seeing you as a blubbering mess. (Speaking from experience here).
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Shima11
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and tender love story, realistically and sensitively paced, of two men in a very small town, who despite traumatic and damaging histories, both prove themselves capable of the honest communication and mutual patience to build a healthy relationship with one another as well as with other members of the community.
Jennifer
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
Ten

This was a good story. I enjoyed how their relationship built slowly. I love how Makai is a hero and how everyone realized it and chipped in to help. He is a hero twice over lol. Overall it was a good read.
Bridget
I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait for the next after the little tease there at the end. It wasn't nearly as angsty as I expected though, both characters had terrible things happen to them but they were remarkably well adjusted.
Dawn
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
I absolutely loved this book. Watching these broken men heal and find love was enchanting. This wasnt a quick fix. It was a gradual journey of finding their center and each other. I adored it. It felt real. I will be looking for more books by her for sure. ...more
GlamLawyer
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Around 3.5.
I liked the slow development of their relationship. I got invested in the storytelling and the characters. But it wasn't angsty w ough for my liking. Especially with the heavy issues the both MCs carry.
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Lovely MCs

I love the slow-burn romance between the two scarred men who have went through more than anyone should ever have to. Their patience with each other was touching.
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Tia Fielding is a Finnish author who loves witty people, words, peppermint, sarcasm, autumn, and the tiny beautiful things in life.

Tia identifies as genderqueer but isnt strict about pronouns. Why? Because luckily, in her native language there arent gender-specific pronouns.

These days, preferring to live in the middle of nowhere with her fur babies is as big of a part of her psyche as writing.
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