Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Catch and Release
SERIES: The Release Series #3
AUTHOR: B.A. Tortuga
NARRATOR: Lou Lambert
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 7 hours, 16 minutes
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
The Release Series: Book Three
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 was a feel good cowboy story with just enough uncertainty and angst to take the edge off the sweet. BA Tortuga often has a way with presenting characters so that the reader is instantly invested in their outcome. I really connected to Dakota even if it wasn’t a conscious thing. I liked him, sure but it wasn’t until lunch with Jayden’s mom that it really became clear that Dakota had snuck in and stole my heart bc I was crying for him. To be treated that way was terrible! I enjoyed seeing the struggles of re-entry into life and I was over the moon when Dakota found out his great news.
However, this was a very slow paced story that sometime left me wishing thing would move along faster. I found myself wondering why there was so much focus on mundane things and not as much focused on Jayden’s reopening of the case. That was what I wanted more of. Don’t get me wrong, I was so glad this one was slow and sweet because of Dakota’s past and his current predicament anything other than slow would have been an injustice to his reentry into life and his healing. But I felt like it just dragged and I was always waiting for more from the DNA testing. It felt too drawn out and I found myself past needing to know and into frustration as to why this story was still happening.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I loved the premise, the characters, and the outcome. I just wished it was a bit faster paced.
NARRATION REVIEW: Lou Lambert’s voice was very good for a cowboy story. It was easy to listen too and rich. Lou presented a good basic narration with some voices but little emphasis on emotion. I would listen to him again though I wish there was a bit more from his reading.