Title: The Terms of Release
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family’s northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses.
Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win’s uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win’s counting on it.
No one’s denying Sage is an ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter. Regardless of the love he has for his father, he’s returned knowing things will likely go badly for him. Maybe a man can always come home, but he may not be able to stay.
The Terms of Release is a new book by author BA Tortuga. This is a fantastic read that fans of this author are sure to love. The book tells the story of two young men from the same small town. One, Sage, leaves town with his boyfriend and later ends up in prison. The other, Win, stays and becomes a deputy. While they really had no direct connection growing up, now they can’t seem to be drawn to one another, even though Win is a cop and Sage is an ex-con.
The story is a contemporary western that takes place in a small town where everybody knows everyone. The author does a good job bringing these people alive, as well as showing how small minded some people still are. The main characters really grab your interest and leave you pulling for them. While I realize that some ex-cons are treated roughly after they are released, I could not believe the way Sage was treated by those who knew him, especially once I realized that he was, for all intents and purposes, wrongly convicted. As for Win, this is a young man that has no problem standing up for what is right, regardless of the consequences.
The connection between these two men is strong and I love the way Sage brings out Win’s protective urges. To say that their relationship has a lot of issues is an understatement however. With people out to get Sage, at times it seems like these two may never find their happily ever after.
While I love the relationship between these two, it is the way Sage is unexpectedly supported by an unusual variety of people when he needs it the most. I also love the way the author wraps the story up, giving the two young men the perfect ending.
I have read many books by this author and have loved all of them. Fans of this genre should give her stories, especially The Terms of Release, a try.
Reviewed by: Lydia