[ Read Best ] TrialAuthor Etienne . – Albawater.co

A Buckhead Tale Appearances Trilogy Book OneAttorney Charles Barnett thought it was all over for him and his heart In the three years since his partner died, he hasn t felt so much as a spark of attraction to another man That suddenly changes when Charles is assigned a new case and meets his new client Recent widower Philip d Autremont has been traveling in all the same circles as Charles, but somehow they ve never managed to meet Now that they have, both men find themselves falling hard and fastBut there s than one hurdle to Charles and Philip beginning a love affair, much less maintaining it Philip is on trial for murder, a politically ambitious and homophobic district attorney is determined to convict him, and Charles is responsible for Philip s defense


10 thoughts on “Trial

  1. Ingrid Ingrid says:

    I was on about page 115 when I stopped reading and thought what am I reading Wasn t there a murder and a trial coming up Where is the action, conflict, tension something Till that moment there was insta love, eating out I feel like I could start a dining review site on Atlanta , lots of sex most of page and oh yeah they run and swim a lot From that point I skimmed the pages and notices that the last 35 pages or so dealt with the trial There were a few white rabits in high hats in there I was on about page 115 when I stopped reading and thought what am I reading Wasn t there a murder and a trial coming up Where is the action, conflict, tension something Till that moment there was insta love, eating out I feel like I could start a dining review site on Atlanta , lots of sex most of page and oh yeah they run and swim a lot From that point I skimmed the pages and notices that the last 35 pages or so dealt with the trial There were a few white rabits in high hats in there Maybe I started this one out with the wrong expectations but didn t the blurb say murder, suspect and trial That equals to me in some sort of Grisham book but nothing like that This story meandered on like a brook in summer time Beyond boring and it is not often that I think a book is boring So no the book was not for me And no I won t pick up the two sequels


  2. Simsala Simsala says:

    1,5 starsNot sure what to call that mystery,love story,romance a little from everything,I guess.This halfhearted,emotionless,dispassionate attempt of a story was literally written to death with info dump galore,overblown language in dialogue and inner musings who talks or thinks like that,is this a lawyer thing ,unusual wording I had to look up at least that was good for some laughs in an uninteresting,boring story.No connection to the characters,no connection between the characters who 1,5 starsNot sure what to call that mystery,love story,romance a little from everything,I guess.This halfhearted,emotionless,dispassionate attempt of a story was literally written to death with info dump galore,overblown language in dialogue and inner musings who talks or thinks like that,is this a lawyer thing ,unusual wording I had to look up at least that was good for some laughs in an uninteresting,boring story.No connection to the characters,no connection between the characters who fell instantly in love and didn t get out of the sheets from then on.Sex was off page and then we did it againand again ,lots of eating out,jogging and driving around.There was a murder somewhere and a trialdon t ask me I had serious problems to keep attention.After reading 30 % I started skipping in earnest and perhaps I missed the parts that made it a great story but I won t find out


  3. SueM SueM says:

    This novel is the start of a trilogy outlining the genesis of Phillip and Charle s relationship, two recurring characters from Etienne s Avondale series Like the Avondale series, the reader remains very much distanced from the the two main characters as we are told about their problems, lives and relationships, with the sex content being mostly if not entirely of the behind closed doors type But like the Avondale series, it s also a bit addicting in a soap opera kind of way One thing about th This novel is the start of a trilogy outlining the genesis of Phillip and Charle s relationship, two recurring characters from Etienne s Avondale series Like the Avondale series, the reader remains very much distanced from the the two main characters as we are told about their problems, lives and relationships, with the sex content being mostly if not entirely of the behind closed doors type But like the Avondale series, it s also a bit addicting in a soap opera kind of way One thing about this novel in particular though The author has a habit of speeding through several months of time with in a few paragraphs by highlighting events in their every day lives, such as weekends away, that seem to be entirely irrelevant to the main plot of the story Well, this novel seemed to haveof these than usual While I understand the desire to explain away the movement of time between key plot events, I feel the stories would benefit by simple editing these unnecessary and mostly boring paragraphs out of the book


  4. D D says:

    So incredibly boring Why do I never remember that Etienne s books are just not for me Plot is pretty much non existent I am not reading a step by step manual on how to change a phone number to a new address I do not give a shit about the details of the morning, afternoon, or evening routine of the characters I don t care what they eat at every meal I don t care that they are so good looking and so well groomed and that they are so rich that they have servants How about some substance I c So incredibly boring Why do I never remember that Etienne s books are just not for me Plot is pretty much non existent I am not reading a step by step manual on how to change a phone number to a new address I do not give a shit about the details of the morning, afternoon, or evening routine of the characters I don t care what they eat at every meal I don t care that they are so good looking and so well groomed and that they are so rich that they have servants How about some substance I can t see any couple or any friends having these monotonous conversations about such trivial crap Where is the trial part of Trial No mystery No excitement Hell, not even anything to make me slightly curious And why are butch dykes assumed to be mean killers Shouldn t a m m author not be negatively stereotyping another group of people


  5. Sasha Conte Sasha Conte says:

    This is a strange story, style wise it s slow and heavy at points, kind of like thick honey if you know what I mean It s not very explicit, but although it took me a while to get into the author s syle of writing, I think the emotions come across rather well Not my style per se, but compelling nonetheless.


  6. ManOhMan ManOhMan says:

    Reviewed by Stacey Jo I had to take a moment to digest this one before reviewing it I m just going to say right up front that I did not like this book at all Had I not been obligated to review it, I would have been hard pressed not to fling my precious Kindle at the 30% mark and run in the other direction This is supposed to be, or I thought it was supposed to be, a book about an attorney who is heartbroken but finds love in the man he is trying to defend a man on trial for murder Yah, kin Reviewed by Stacey Jo I had to take a moment to digest this one before reviewing it I m just going to say right up front that I did not like this book at all Had I not been obligated to review it, I would have been hard pressed not to fling my precious Kindle at the 30% mark and run in the other direction This is supposed to be, or I thought it was supposed to be, a book about an attorney who is heartbroken but finds love in the man he is trying to defend a man on trial for murder Yah, kinda maybe something like that There were so many things about this book that I didn t like, all of which I ll address below No sex Well, actually, Charles and Philip go at it like rabbits, so to speak They are constantly having sex Do we ever get a sex scene Not once I know there are people out there that say they like the sex off scene but I m not one of them I just don t get the concept of a romance novel that doesn t have one sex scene The bigger issue with this here though is the Insta Love situation Charles and Phillip are in love with each other from the moment they lay eyes on each other and at their second meeting, they are going at it And it was very felt clinical to me, like a, Hey, I like you, I want to have sex with you kinda deal Now I prefer tons of angst building up to a passionate tumble, but I totally get love at first sight and the instant connection that characters can have The thing is, if you just tell me they are in love, and just tell me they have sex, I feel nothing There s not angst building up to it to get emotions flowing, there s no passionate scene for me to picture to work with I think the off scene thing is a cheap shot by authors I m not the author, you are It s not up to me to insert scenes here If I wanted to write picture my own scenes, I d have my name on my own books I found this increasingly frustrating considering that it felt like practically every time I clicked to turn the page they were going at it Redundancy Oh My Gosh Going to a restaurant, grooming, napping, sex, running, sex, swimming, shopping Going to a restaurant, sex, grooming, vacation, napping, sex, running, swimming, shopping Going to a restaurant, sex, grooming, sex, napping, sex, running, vacation, swimming, shopping This redundancy continued for the entire first 75% of the novel Seriously, this is ALL they did When they were in a restaurant, you got a rundown of what was on their plate at every meal Every part of their daily life is described It was as mundane and boring as a book can be It got to the point that when they mentioned that they were going to eat, I would actually start laughing, throw my hands up and say, We re eating again I have never seen two characters eat as much as these two It got comical This is about a trial Supposedly there are things going on in the background by others regarding the preparation of the trial Why couldn t there be a bitfocus on the information gathering for the trial and less about what they were eating or their 20th nap of the novel And if Charles is going to defend Philip, he does almost nothing leading up to the trial to show he s even prepared for the trial A bitPerry Mason action would have stirred up some interest rather than drag us to another restaurant or lap around a pool, or jog, or nap, or sex scene that wasn t really there There is absolutely not one bit of suspense, excitement, apprehension, etc in this story I could have cared less if Philip got hauled off to jail At one point, Charles goes through a trial of a pretty graphic and tasteless nature and it has nothing to do with The Trial that the book is based on What the heck I kept wondering if it would be tied in somehow with the main story No Overall, there was no character development How could there be when all they did was eat, sleep, jog or have sex behind closed doors There were no heartfelt discussions or anything that allowed you to feel anything for the characters or even care for them It was all very one dimensional I found Charles to be quite a bit pompous and often felt like he was talking down to those around him I also thought the way he treated his supposed best friend, Richard, was disgusting He knew Richard was in love with him but seemed very flippant about it I was eventicked off when Charles basically told Richard he should sleep with someone someone Richard didn t seem to want to be around at the time to get information to get Charles s boyfriend acquitted I found that appalling Frankly, if the author had lopped off the first 74% of the book and started at the actual trial, which is mildly entertaining and the only redeeming factor of the book as far as I m concerned, it would have been an okay book My suggestion to those of you who have a Kindle is to read the first couple of pages in order to read the murder and then go to 75% and start there You really won t be missing anything at all that has anything to do with The Trial It seems from looking the book up that there are a number of fans of this author and other books by this author as well as this book in particular I say to each his own This book was definitely not for me I wish the author well in future books, they just have a style not to my likingD


  7. Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews says:

    4 1 2 HeartsFirst published at MM Good Book Reviewshttp mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.coEtienne has done it again Giving us a sweet story that shows us themundane, as well as the exciting, but always weaving a tale that gives us joy to read.Charles is plodding through his life but not taking the time to really enjoy it since the death of his partner When his mentor asks him to take a case his life is suddenly filled with color again in the shape of Philip, his new client Philip needs 4 1 2 HeartsFirst published at MM Good Book Reviewshttp mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.coEtienne has done it again Giving us a sweet story that shows us themundane, as well as the exciting, but always weaving a tale that gives us joy to read.Charles is plodding through his life but not taking the time to really enjoy it since the death of his partner When his mentor asks him to take a case his life is suddenly filled with color again in the shape of Philip, his new client Philip needs Charles to help him to clear his name without having to divulge his alibi Philip needs all the help he can get with a district attorney who is out for his blood, but will falling for his counsel make things harder As always with Etienne s stories there are wonderful descriptions of the surrounding areas full details about the legal aspects of being a gay couple and a true love story of deep and abiding love Charles and Philip have an instant attraction which they explore to the fullest As their relationship rapidly progresses, the case is proving difficult as the police are blocking their moves and they have to investigate it for themselves With the help of friends and colleagues will they finally get to the truth or will the truth be harder to believe.A well written story that brings us the characters that we have been intrigued by for many a book Charles and Philip for many books Etienne has teased us with glimpses of these men and given us hints about their past and now finally they are here telling us their story and what a story Charles has stayed away from men ever since his partner Robert died That is, until he met Philip and it was love at first sight and the feeling is mutual.The progression of this book is the same as always So if you are a fan of Etienne, then you know the formula he runs to and Etienne doesn t disappoint These guys make love but we don t get great detail, it isimplied and it works well Etienne s stories always give usin the day to day relationship than anything else Yes, there s the investigation but it isn t the be all and end all this author shows us the day to day running of their relationship and it s good.So I have to recommend this to those who like long term getting established couples, mystery and investigations, gentle love and finding outabout the characters that have intrigued us in the past P.S I can t wait for the next two books


  8. G G G G says:

    This is a marvelous story The author describes Atlanta in loving detail, although some names have been changed because the places in question are no longer there long time Atlanta residents will recognize some popular places in Atlanta from a few years ago.As originally written the story once appeared on line,but has since been removed , the story contained a great deal of sex In the book, we do not follow Charles and Philip into the bedroom and, for that matter, we don t need to do so, becau This is a marvelous story The author describes Atlanta in loving detail, although some names have been changed because the places in question are no longer there long time Atlanta residents will recognize some popular places in Atlanta from a few years ago.As originally written the story once appeared on line,but has since been removed , the story contained a great deal of sex In the book, we do not follow Charles and Philip into the bedroom and, for that matter, we don t need to do so, because the quality of the writing rises above that.This is a love story, pure and simple, rather a story about love at first sight The tension comes from the need to get Philip acquitted so that he and Charles can ride off into the sunset together.It is told in the first person, which is as it should be, because there s nointimate way to tell a story.I for one, am looking forward to books two and three of this trilogy


  9. Popcorn Popcorn says:

    I m not sure what I felt about this one LOL I didn t feel much of any kind of emotion between any of the characters I was not really drawn in to the story but I kinna enjoyed the telling of it anyway I know it makes no sense but to be fair I never claimed to be sensible If I were reading it again for the first time I think I would take the advice of another reviwer and just read the first few chapters and then skip to 75% because 60% is just boring day to day stuff mostly they ate a lot T I m not sure what I felt about this one LOL I didn t feel much of any kind of emotion between any of the characters I was not really drawn in to the story but I kinna enjoyed the telling of it anyway I know it makes no sense but to be fair I never claimed to be sensible If I were reading it again for the first time I think I would take the advice of another reviwer and just read the first few chapters and then skip to 75% because 60% is just boring day to day stuff mostly they ate a lot There was a lot of sex in this book but ummm no sex scenes at all, like none LOLOk yes I know it looks like I didn t enjoy it but I did, its a bit addictive, as another reviewer said In a soap opera kind of way


  10. Kerry sullivan Kerry sullivan says:

    I have liked this authors work for some time and this is classic Etienne, in the fact that no words are wasted There is no fluff and and no flowery descriptions just straight and to the point story telling The perspective changes form one to the other of our protagonist and we are told at the start of the chapter who the story is being told by The title my lead you to think this is about a trail but really that is just what brings these two men together, the story is about these two men falli I have liked this authors work for some time and this is classic Etienne, in the fact that no words are wasted There is no fluff and and no flowery descriptions just straight and to the point story telling The perspective changes form one to the other of our protagonist and we are told at the start of the chapter who the story is being told by The title my lead you to think this is about a trail but really that is just what brings these two men together, the story is about these two men falling in love and how they deal with what life throws at them As the start of a series this brings us a cast of characters that are interesting and I hope we will getfrom them not just Charles and Philip, having said that I will be keeping my eye out for book 2 no matter who the protagonist is