Title: Catch and Release (Release #3)
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 10, 2016
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5
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.
This is a third book in the series, but each focuses on different couple, so theoretically they could be read as a standalone. I picked this one based on blurb: I was aware of previous books, but not interested enough to pick them up. I barely started reading before I was ready to give up since I didn’t realize what kind of crime one of main characters, Dakota, had been convicted of. I did continue and was soon sucked in the story. Dakota went to prison when he had been fairly young. After his release, he struggles to find his way in the world which is unfamiliar and strange to him. His thoughts and reactions are realistic. The references to abuse, while not graphic, can be upsetting. On the first glance, Jayden seems to be his polar opposite. He used to be a prosecutor before quitting when he was passed over for promotion. It’s a stark contrast to Dakota who had his choices taken away from him. It was almost painful watching Dakota fall for Jayden since he is sure happiness can’t happen for him. Dakota tries to find pleasure in small things. This helps Jayden rediscover the joy of living. The two men fit together well. Dialogue is snappy and interspersed with humor. The couples from previous books make an appearance. There are no sex scenes so I’d list this into safe for work category. I can’t say I enjoyed the book, but for readers who like books with lot of angst, this is a good choice.