Book Reviews

Catch and Release (The Release 3) by BA Tortuga at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-February-2017

Book Blurb

Dakota Landry just got out of prison after twelve years. If anyone can understand how that feels, it’s his new friend, Sage, who is determined to help him get used to life on the outside—and believes Dakota didn’t commit the crime he was in for.

Jayden Wilson is a former prosecutor who agrees to look into the case at the request of Sage’s lover, Adam. He sets out to prove Dakota is just another “innocent” ex-con, but once they meet, Jayden is more and more convinced Dakota just didn’t do what everyone thinks he did.

Trouble follows Dakota, and nothing is easy as he struggles to figure out how to live, now that he has choices. And Jayden isn’t sure how Dakota, or any lover for that matter, fits into his life. Their path from friendship to romance is a slow one, but Dakota begins to believe he deserves a chance at life, and Jayden falls a little more for Dakota every day. Now they just need to tell each other how they feel.

 

Book Review

I had almost forgotten about this amazing series that revolves around real people struggling with real life, and making a go of it through everything life keeps throwing at them. No matter the s**t, these are men, stronger than they realize, and struggling with things I can't begin to understand. I had not, however, forgotten the wonderful writing of BA Tortuga, and how well she knows her Texas, from its language to its men.

“Sage scowled. “No. No, you did your time. Someone paid for the crime. That’s all they get.”
He looked over at Sage and tried to smile, but he couldn’t. “But we both know that’s not how it works. They want blood, and no one will say boo when they get it.”
And then it would be like he never existed at all."

My heart broke for Dakota. I hurt for the pain that Sage suffered but at least he had loving parents who were there for him. Dakota's parents are high society in Houston and they came to see him when he was arrested. The instant he said he didn't do it and that he was gay, that was it for them. They walked away, left him to hang with a public defender, and told everyone their son died in a car accident. So, not only did Dakota serve someone else's time, he lived through a nightmare I couldn't comprehend, and as a sheltered, wealthy, overweight nerd, neither could he, but he also had no one. His family dropped him and the family of the girl who was raped wants him dead. Yes, my heart broke and bled for this man.

Jayden may come from money but deep down he can be as rednecky as the next Texas guy. He got out of criminal law because too many threats against his life combined with being passed over for the assistant DA job, and he went into the very lucrative, but boring, life of real estate law. He's fascinated by Dakota the moment they meet and just as sure that this isn't a man who could have raped and cut a young girl like he was convicted of. Jayden has good instincts about people and, not only is he intrigued by Dakota and wanting to prove his innocence, but the people that Adam has introduced him to, i.e. Sage, Eric, and Troy, have turned out to be some of the closest friends he's had in years. Jayden is a good man and I fell for him easily.

'Catch and Release' is probably one of the more realistic romances that I have read. The writing is gritty, the people are real, and the story just reverberated within me. Everything about it was perfect and, in my opinion, worked beautifully.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 230 pages/72690
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-December-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/catch-and-release-by-ba-tortuga-7903-b