The Articles of Release, by B.A. Tortuga (The Release Series, Book 2)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 4, 2015)
Page Count: 220 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5
* I received a copy of this novel from Pride Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review. *
I really love hurt/comfort stories, especially ones where the hurt is emotional instead of physical. But lucky for me, this novel had both of those things, and more than enough comfort to make me happy!
Eric is fresh out of the Army, with a bad leg and a bad case of PTSD. Troy is a double amputee after an accident as a teenager, but his happy exterior and daredevil attitude cover emotional problems of his own.
I like how Eric’s calmness balances out Troy’s almost manic drive. Troy is an adrenaline junkie, usually at the expense of his own body. He’s reckless, and it seems like everyone around him has given up on trying to stop him from doing something stupid. And Troy’s cheerful outlook helps pull Eric out of his depression, and helps him get his body working again.
Also, the two of them together have a great sense of humor, teasing their friends and each other. Things start out rough between them, when Eric’s emotions get out of control and he lashes out at Troy, but they soon become friends.
Now, I understand from her bio that BA Tortuga is from Texas. I am also from Texas. And I understand that we Southerners sometimes talk funny. (Well, that’s the stereotype at least…) But the accents and phrases here were waaaaay over-the-top, and it drove me crazy. For example, in an attempt to make sure you don’t forget that Eric’s from southern Louisiana, he uses the word cher more than 50 times in just the second half of the book. The metaphors and phrases are so stereotypical “Texan” that they actually make the characters seem fake.
In the end, the language kept me from being able to really enjoy a fantastic plot. The writing itself wasn’t bad, just the word choices. The accents and the phrases were too much. I also thought some of the writing sounded more “teenage girl” than “grown men”, which was weird (a lot of “buttheads” and things like that).
But this was an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to going back to read Sage and Adam’s story!
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