Title: The Articles of Release (The Release Series #2)
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Publishing
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He’s a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.
When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it’s like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won’t cause more pain than pleasure.
Firstly, this book is the polar opposite of the first book Terms of Release. The Articles of Release is warm and sunny and fluffy and sweet and funny and delightful. If you’ve read my review of Terms of Release, that one is dark and sad and filled with gay-bashing fools. There wasn’t any of that here.
Eric Tremaine is fresh from the military, discharged because of an injury that has mangled his leg. His family has disowned him because he is gay and he seeks out friend and fellow ex-military Adam “Win” Winchester for a place to stay and re-group. Win is currently living in Texas with his partner, Sage Redding, far from the town that beat the two men down in book one. Win is more than happy to help out an old friend and invites Eric to live with him on their spacious ranch.
In book one we learned that Sage had been knee-capped during his time in prison and needed to have both knees replaced. His first replacement happens in book one and by book two he has two new knees. He is going to physical therapy sessions to strengthen his legs and his physical therapist is double leg amputee named Troy Daniels.
Troy has never let the fact that he doesn’t have legs slow him down. He uses prosthetics with ease and grace and is full of life and laughter. Eric starts physical therapy with Troy and Troy’s joy of life starts giving Eric hope that he can heal and be whole once again. The two eventually start a sexual relationship that quickly turns to love. *dreamy sigh*
The sex here was very different from I am used to. Their first time together, which should probably been awkward given their mutual disabilities, was light and fun and hot. Troy is delightful in his frankness that his lack of legs does not define him. Incredibly refreshing!
This one is gonna give you a big ‘ol tooth ache folks! I was just tickled pink to see Win and Sage happy, healthy, settled and more in love than ever. After the darkness in book one, they deserve every bit of joy. And the angst with Eric was so minimal that I don’t think I’d even call it angst. Troy gets banged up a few times because of daredevil behavior, but he bounces back very quickly.
If you are in the mood for a happy, light-hearted tale of two men who won’t let their disabilities slow them down or define them, then this is the book for you! And if you have already read Terms of Release, you will love catching up with Win and Sage again.