Please extend a warm welcome to BA Tortuga and her new book,
The Articles Of Release
Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He’s a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.
When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it’s like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won't cause more pain than pleasure.
“Want to join me?”
“Thanks, but I’ll stand. Sitting’s a pain in the ass.”
Eric blinked. That was a new one. “Uh, did I piss you off? I didn’t mean to.”
“Huh? No. No, you’re totally good. Completely. How’s your falafel?”
He hadn’t even tasted it. What was it about this guy that got under his skin? “It’s fine. What, the trainer doesn’t want to be seen with the cripple or something?”
“Pardon me?” The asshole actually looked around, like he didn’t know what Eric was talking about.
“Well, it’s not like I wear a T-shirt, but the heavy limp is kind of a giveaway.” He could do sarcasm too.
“What the hell are you going on about, man?”
“I want to know why you would rather stand and hold your food than sit with me!” That came out loud enough to draw few stares, and Eric kinda felt as if he was having an out-of-body experience.
Troy’s cheeks went a dark red, and the man moved over and set his food down. “Sorry, man.”
Sage and Win were heading over, and Troy sat at the end of the table, sitting awkwardly at the edge, legs barely tucked under.
Eric tried to breathe, to calm the fuck down, but his fury hit him about the time Sage stumbled into the table and Troy damn near went ass over teakettle onto the grass. That was it. Seriously? Seriously, this motherfucker was going to treat him like a goddamn leper because he limped? Gonna fall onto the ground rather than sit with the crip like a decent human being? Fuck, the bastard was probably one of those liberal hippie types that thought every soldier was a fucking murderer and deserved what he got.
He’d just been doing his job, goddamn it!
“Jesus, just go, would you? Some trainer you are, being ashamed of a guy with a bad leg!”
“Don’t you fucking pretend that you don’t know what I’m talking about!”
“What the hell?” That was Sage, who always managed to look vaguely confused, which pissed him off too. What? Did falling in love give you the magical ability to live in fucking lala land? Huh? “What happened?”
“Just fuck off.” He wasn’t sure who he was aiming the snarl at.
“What the fuck is wrong with you?” Troy was looking at him like he had two heads and neither one of them were speaking English.
“What’s wrong with me? I’m sick of people humoring me and pretending that it doesn’t matter that half my leg is missing when they’re grossed out by it.” Eric kinda lost his shit, right there, slamming his hands on the table.
“It’s not missing.” The words from Troy were flat, dead still somehow, and didn’t really make sense.
Troy got up, stood like he was setting himself, then carefully pulled up the legs of his jeans, exposing metal rods that disappeared into the motorcycle boots. “This is what missing looks like, just sayin’.”
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3.75, rounded up.
The Articles Of Release is the 2nd book in this series. By no means as angsty as The Terms Of Release, it still has its moments.
Eric Tremaine has just been released from the Army due to injuries received while deployed, and is struggling with the new civilian life. Seeking shelter with his Army buddy Win (Adam Winchester) and Win's partner/lover Sage in Texas, this Louisiana transplant has some difficult stuff to deal with. He's miserable and somewhat reclusive, awkward in social situations, and generally pissed off that life has dealt him such a blow.
Enter Troy, a physical therapist, who's been working with Sage (after that emergency knee surgery). Eric says some stupid shit, and Troy shows off his missing legs.
A couple of "I'm so sorry" lunches later, Troy and Eric start hanging out/dating/being friends. Their bedroom exploits are pretty hot, and fun, and also pretty realistic, as they figure out how to maneuver around with one of them missing his lower legs and the other's legs being not as strong as they used to be. Lots of frottage and BJs, and it was nice to see that disabilities aren't a prevention to sexy times. I really liked that the author gave both MCs a disability with which they had to live and make peace.
Except that Troy has an issue with needing to prove to the world that he's no lesser man, and that missing two legs doesn't stop anyone from being a daredevil. Naturally, he bites off more than he can chew, not once but twice, and Eric ends up taking care of Troy both times, something that makes him question whether Troy is ready and willing to actually invest himself fully into their romance, or if Eric's just another conquest.
While love creeps in, and their friends with benefits turns into a romance, Troy can't pull his head out of his ass enough to see that his devil may care ways are hurting Eric, and their relationship suffers.
The climax comes when Eric puts his foot down after Troy has another episode of "let me put my life in danger" and balks at anything more, walking away to leave Troy to do the stupid thing he plans to do.
That and a tragic event that follows were the wake-up call Troy needed, though.
I liked this quite a bit, though I would have liked to smack Troy over the head more than a few times. Still, all's well that ends well, and their romance blossoms and they ride off into a HFN.
The author's writing is straight-forward, without any purple prose, and these are men who act like men (albeit the stupid kind on occasion), and the plot flows nicely without any major time jumps.
A nice, fun, and sexy romance, but also one that explores the mindsets of two men who are dealt a shitty hand and need to figure out how to move forward together.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **
We also got to ask the author a question:
Hi BA, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hey y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck. I’m madly in love with my wife, Julia, I’m a romance writer, and I’m an unrepentant believer in happy endings. I’ve been publishing for more than fifteen years and I write cowboys of every kind.
The Articles of Release is the story of Eric Tremaine, a soldier that was wounded overseas and is in the midst of a medical discharge. He’s depressed, worried and alone, and when he calls his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, he’s grateful that Sage and Win have a guestroom to offer him. When he meets personal trainer, Eric, who has challenges of his own, he discovers that maybe he’s not done living his life.
You’re having a dinner party with ten authors in your genre. Who do you invite and what do you serve them?
Oh, this is a hard one because I love so many m/m writers, but here goes:
Julia Talbot, because hello, wife!
Sean Michael (best friend and Sean would POUT to be forgotten)
Kiernan Kelly, my good twin
Andrew Grey, who I adore beyond all reason
TC Blue, who I miss like a sore thumb
Laura Harner, because she’s possibly the most fun person to discuss politics with in history
Poppy Dennison, because she’d have to use her indoor voice
KC Wells, because KC Freaking Wells
Kris Norris, the loudest Canadian on earth
KJ Charles, because we haven’t had supper together yet
I’d serve green chile chicken stew, tortillas and tamales along with gluten free biscochitos, because when in New Mexico do as the locals do.
About the author:
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 wife (still amazing to say that), Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
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