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Catch and Release

(The Release #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 D
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Published December 19th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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3 Stars

It seems I have a soft spot in my heart for this series that I can’t explain at all. It must stem from the fact that The Terms of Release (go Sage and Adam!) was one of the first few M/M’s I’d read, and thus I have a certain attachment to the original characters.

Dakota, wrongly imprisoned, is finally released after 12 years of complete hell. Though he’s paid his time for a crime he didn’t commit, he just wants to live his life without drawing any attention to himself. That gets harder to
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 happy stars rounded up to 5 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and dammit, Dakota deserves it.

More of the same but not...

I'm starting to find myself at a loss for words when it comes to this series. I loved the first two books 'Terms of Release' and 'Articles of Release' and I have to admit I wasn't sure how it could possibly get better but for me this book is just a tiny bit better than the first two. I'm not totally sure why or how but I just felt like I connected with it just a bit m
3.5 less is more stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and the story may have been 4.5 stars but the audio just wasn't happening for me.

Sometimes less really is more...

I really should have stopped at reading the e-book on this one.

I loved 'Catch and Release'. It's the third book in B. A. Tortuga's series 'The Release'. I loved it so much I gave it 5 stars...ok, it was 4.5 stars but I rounded up over on GR. Here's the link to my review of the warned it's a long o
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
When I bought this I didn't realize that this was book 3 in a series, but that didn't matter as I didn't feel as if something was missing.
Overall I have to say, it was one of my 3 star books - stuff I liked, stuff I didn't like and it didn't gave me the feeling that I now have to read the other books in the series.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc, on-my-kindle
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. T
Morgan  Skye
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2016
This is book three in a series and it’s a heartbreaking group of men BA Tortuga has given us.

We met Sage and Adam in book one – and the hard, hard life Sage led, inspires him to help others, in this case, Dakota.

Dakota is a character that thoroughly smashed my heart to pieces. GAH! I cannot imagine living his life and yet he’s still persevering and trying to live his life when I think many others would have given up. He’s an amazing character.

Jayden is a bit more difficult to pin down. He’s a la
Serena Yates
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2017
In a series of heartbreaking stories about ex-cons who get out of prison only to face a formidable challenge when trying to reintegrate into society, I think that ‘Catch and Release’ is the most heart-wrenching and touching one so far. Dakota was accused of a crime he did not commit, dropped by his high-society parents when they found out he was gay, abused in prison, and now that he’s out after twelve grueling years, the victim’s family wants him dead. When Dakota befriends Sage (from books one ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
After being released from prison Dakota Landry has a lot of issues to work out. He needs to build his self-confidence. After the abuse of prison, he doesn’t feel he’s fit for any type of physical connection. His family denied his existence, he has no friends or anyone to help him, and he even believes God hates him. The one thing he does have is an English degree he hopes to put to good use someday. It’s not easy for Dakota; all he wants is to keep a low profile and just make it from day to day, ...more
Nat ReadingAllNite
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dreamspinner, m-m
The Terms of Release was the first B.A. Tortuga I ever read and I loved it. This one is a very close second in being just as awesome. It didn't get first only because it had no sex at all and I'm shallow like that. It certainly didn't need it and that also fit the character of Dakota and his circumstances. He had a much harder time than Sage did, since he served 12 years for a crime he didn't commit, starting at 19. The story opens just as he's been released, as Sage picks him up. Rebuilding his ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cowboys, abused
This book is like a twin sister of The Terms of Release, and it's a good thing, it's great. Because I love The Terms of Release, and Catch and Release is practically as good. And there is Sage, not just in the background but important in the story and actively doing things. Sage is probably one of my most favorite m/m characters ever, and after this book I just managed to fall in love with him a bit more.
The new characters, Dakota and Jayden, were great. My heart was breaking for Dakota, his sto
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Catch and Release was totally unsatisfying light romance between Dakota, innocent ex-con, and Jayden Wilson is a former prosecutor. For me I couldn't really connect with Dakota and Jeyden's romance, because what happened to Dakota was to horrible. I wish that someone would pay for what was done to Dakota. I'm really unhappy with how this story ended. Sure Dakota and Jayden became a couple, but still, It wasn't enough.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it

This book had an extremely unsatisfying ending. I do not recommend it. There were many unanswered questions to Dakota's wrongful imprisonment. But the greatest fault was that the relationship between Dakota and Jayden was not fully developed. The author really drew me into this story, especially into Dakota's character, and left me hanging.

Dakota was wrongfully imprisoned for 12 years for rape. He was a 19 year old gay college student at the time. He was a virgin when he went into prison and su
Mollien Fote Osterman
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Catch and Release
Author: BA Tortuga
Series: The Release Book 3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Genre(s): Male/Male Romance
Page Count: 251 pages
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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 c
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars
Avid Reader
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Catch and Release (The Release #3) by B.A. Tortuga
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I want to start by saying that I love BA Tortuga stories, normally. However, this one, just didn't really do it for me.

Dakota is released from prison, but still having a difficult time adjusting. The police never really did a great job on his case, he paid the price and his family abandoned him.

Then you have Jayden. He likes puzzles and finds Dakota's case interesting
Kristy Maitz
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
That story plot was very pulling, but that is all that is. The romance between Dakota & Jayden is something that is not appreciated in that kind of story plot. Why? Because it's more important to be part of Dakotas past and how the wrongdoing is being shown and how bad guys pays for it. But, NOO we get a silly romance and a stupid epilogue where all we actually wanted to know too, is just fastly told.

I hope Author "B.A. Tortuga" stops writing such a sill story plots because he/she is making
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cmc18
The final book in The Release series. The author got me in all three books. Very strong characters with very real issues. The writing is excellent. I am glad I embarked on this journey. Another must read.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
One of the characters was in prison, so a reader should be prepared for prison rape in the backstory.
This one felt a little unfinished or suddenly ended to me. I would have like more resolution around the family situation.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

I really enjoyed this third instalment in the Release Series. The author still needs to tighten up her writing, specially since it seems to jump around a lot without aim a lot of the time, but overall, it was a good plot and very likeable characters
I've enjoyed reading this series!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Catch and Release is the third book in The Release series by author BA Tortuga. I have not read the previous books. I was not lost the main story is about the two love interest. There are some back stories though I felt lost about. So I suggest reading the books in order. This will allow you the full experience in reading this series.
Dakota he is just released from prison when we meet him. He was convicted of a brutal crime he did not commit. He was sentenced and is now paroled after 12 years.
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The Release series was my introduction to B.A. Tortuga’s writing, with The Terms of Release being the first of her books I read. There was something gritty and honest about Sage and Adam’s journey in that book that hooked me. Considering the size of the author’s backlist, I count my blessings each time one of her previously released titles gets new life breathed into via a new publisher. However, when I see that a new book i
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: gaybook-reviews
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 r ...more
Dmitri Parker
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another prime addition to what this series appears to be about. The author is very good at blending social issues with a romance story. I mostly care about the romance but very much enjoy and appreciate a good reminder of what else there is in the real world out there. And the novels of this series deliver a perfectly balanced dose of both.
Every bad stuff representing the harshness of real life comes in small amounts, as a mention that isn't detailed to brutal accuracy, which I liked be
Cathy Brockman
Dakota has served 12 years in prison for a rape he knows he didn't do. He is gay and no way he raped a girl and cut her up. He is out of prison now, a broken man that hasn't had any adult life since he went in at age 19. He has no money no clothes except what he has on and nowhere to live since his parents deserted him when this happened, and he came out as gay.
Sage(from Ters of Release) an ex-con himself that has written him a few times pulls up. Offers him a ride and tells him he has a friend
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok, I'm done with this series. It started out good, but now I'm just disappointed. Although Dakota and Jayden have better chemistry there is absolutely no sex. Just some kisses. A shame. Also I'm kind shocked how easily both Dakota and Sage seem to get over their prison time. They got raped on a daily basis. And it is like ignoring it is the way to go. And not once a STD-test is mentioned. I believe prison is STD-central, so how Dakota and Sage got out without getting HIV is beyond me. Because o ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue review

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

For the full review,visit on 12/19

From that review: "The Release series from BA Tortuga has followed individuals, in this case a young man, released from prison and their adjustment to freedom. The second story, The Articles of Release (The Release #2), varied slightly from this format, in that the person was adjusting to civilian life who came into the circle of friends containing the original couple
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I love the whole series, I love how every book gives us a different flavour of H/C and unique, beautifully developed characters. It was great to see the previous MCs and see that beautiful support net they've developed among the group. I only wish that this one was longer, so that we could (view spoiler) because that part felt a little rushed to me.

PS. I loved how important food was for those guys - food!porn and joy deri
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!! Seriously each release in this series is more heartwarming then the next. I loved Jaylen and Dakota together. Loved catching up with all the other couples. This book is such a good read, you root for them the entire time. I hope this is not the last one in the series...
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Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and cof ...more

Other books in the series

The Release (3 books)
  • The Terms of Release (The Release #1)
  • The Articles of Release (The Release #2)