Reasonable Doubt

Table of Contents
Synopsis

After a tumultuous career as a criminal defense attorney, Ellery Durand enjoys life without tales of drugs, death, and double-crossing. Until she wakes up one morning to find her bank accounts frozen, her face on the front page, and the peace she’s come to treasure shattered in the wake of an FBI investigation. Can she convince the agent in charge to trust her? Can she trust the feelings that grow between them?

After years investigating heinous crimes, FBI Behavioral Analyst Sarah Flores welcomes a transfer to white-collar crime and the chance to have a life of her own. Her relief is short-lived when her first case involves a terrorist plot, and all signs indicate the terrorists’ attorney constructed the framework of their evil conspiracy. Attracted to Ellery from the start, can she trust her instincts to lead her to the truth or will their attraction cast doubt on everything she holds dear?

What Reviewers Say About Carsen Taite’s Work

It Should be a Crime

“Taite also practices criminal law and she weaves her insider knowledge of the criminal justice system into the love story seamlessly and with excellent timing.”—
Curve Magazine

“This [
It Should be a Crime
] is just Taite’s second novel…, but it’s as if she has bookshelves full of bestsellers under her belt.”—
Gay List Daily

Do Not Disturb

“Taite’s tale of sexual tension is entertaining in itself, but a number of secondary characters…add substantial color to romantic inevitability”—Richard Labonte,
Book Marks

Nothing but the Truth

“Author Taite is really a Dallas defense attorney herself, and it’s obvious her viewpoint adds considerable realism to her story, making it especially riveting as a mystery. I give it four stars out of five.”—Bob Lind,
Echo Magazine

“As a criminal defense attorney in Dallas, Texas, Carsen Taite knows her way around the court house. …
Nothing But the Truth
is an enjoyable mystery with some hot romance thrown in.”—
Just About Write

“Taite has written an excellent courtroom drama with two interesting women leading the cast of characters. Taite herself is a practicing defense attorney, and her courtroom scenes are clearly based on real knowledge. This should be another winner for Taite.”—
Lambda Literary

The Best Defense

“Real Life defense attorney Carsen Taite polishes her fifth work of lesbian fiction,
The Best Defense
, with the realism she daily encounters in the office and in the courts. And that polish is something that makes
The Best Defense
shine as an excellent read.”—
Out & About Newspaper

Slingshot

“The mean streets of lesbian literature finally have the hard boiled bounty hunter they deserve. It’s a slingshot of a ride, bad guys and hot women rolled into one page turning package. I’m looking forward to Luca Bennett’s next adventure.”—J. M. Redmann, author of the Micky Knight mystery series

Battle Axe

“This second book is satisfying, substantial, and slick. Plus, it has heart and love coupled with Luca’s array of weapons and a bad-ass verbal repertoire…I cannot imagine anyone not having a great time riding shotgun through all of Luca’s escapades. I recommend hopping on Luca’s band wagon and having a blast.”—
Rainbow Book Reviews

“Taite breathes life into her characters with elemental finesse…A great read, told in the vein of a good old detective-type novel filled with criminal elements, thugs, and mobsters that will entertain and amuse.”—
Lambda Literary

Beyond Innocence

“Taite keeps you guessing with delicious delay until the very last minute…Taite’s time in the courtroom lends
Beyond Innocence
, a terrific verisimilitude someone not in the profession couldn’t impart. And damned if she doesn’t make practicing law interesting.”—
Out in Print

“As you would expect, sparks and legal writs fly. What I liked about this book were the shades of grey (no, not the smutty Shades of Grey)—both in the relationship as well as the cases.”—
C-spot Reviews

Rush

“A simply beautiful interplay of police procedural magic, murder, FBI presence, misguided protective cover-ups, and a superheated love affair…a Gold Star from me and major encouragement for all readers to dive right in and consume this story with gusto!”—
Rainbow Book Reviews

Switchblade

“I enjoyed the book and it was a fun read—mystery, action, humor, and a bit of romance. Who could ask for more? If you’ve read and enjoyed Taite’s legal novels, you’ll like this. If you’ve read and enjoyed the two other books in this series, this one will definitely satisfy your Luca fix and I highly recommend picking it up. Highly recommended.”—
C Spot Reviews

“Dallas’s intrepid female bounty hunter, Luca Bennett, is back in another adventure. Fantastic! Between her many friends and lovers, her interesting family, her fly by the seat of her pants lifestyle, and a whole host of detractors there is rarely a dull moment.”—
Rainbow Book Reviews

Courtship

“The political drama is just top-notch. The emotional and sexual tensions are intertwined with great timing and flair. I truly adored this book from beginning to end. Fantabulous!”—
Rainbow Book Reviews

“Carsen Taite throws the reader head on into the murky world of the political system where there are no rights or wrongs, just players attempting to broker the best deals regardless of who gets hurt in the process. The book is extremely well written and makes compelling reading. With twist and turns throughout, the reader doesn’t know how the story will end.”—
Lesbian Reading Room

Lay Down the Law

“Recognized for the pithy realism of her characters and settings drawn from a Texas legal milieu, Taite (
Courtship
) pays homage to the prime-time soap opera
Dallas
in pairing a cartel-busting U.S. attorney, Peyton Davis, with a charity-minded oil heiress, Lily Gantry.”—
Publishers Weekly

“Suspenseful, intriguingly tense, and with a great developing love story, this book is delightfully solid on all fronts. This gets my A-1 recommendation!”—
Rainbow Book Reviews

“This book is AMAZING!!! The setting, the scenery, the people, the plot, wow….”—
Prism Book Alliance

Reasonable Doubt

Brought to you by

eBooks from Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com

eBooks are not transferable. They cannot be sold, shared or given away as it is an infringement on the copyright of this work.

Please respect the rights of the author and do not file share.

Reasonable Doubt

© 2015 By Carsen Taite. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN 13: 978-1-62639-463-6

This Electronic Book is published by

Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

P.O. Box 249

Valley Falls, New York 12185

First Edition: September 2015

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

Credits

Editor: Cindy Cresap

Production Design: Susan Ramundo

Cover Design By Sheri ([email protected])

By the Author

Truelesbianlove.com

It Should be a Crime

Do Not Disturb

Nothing but the Truth

The Best Defense

Beyond Innocence

Rush

Courtship

Reasonable Doubt

The Luca Bennett Mystery Series:

Slingshot

Battle Axe

Switchblade

Lone Star Law Series:

Lay Down the Law

Acknowledgments

Many headline grabbing true stories inspired this work of fiction: young people lured into joining terrorist training camps in faraway lands; bombings, both here and abroad, killing dozens and forever changing the lives of those who survived. This book is not based on a real act of terrorism, but as I finished the first draft of this story, the Boston Marathon bomber’s case was in its final days and I, like many others, was moved to tears by the testimony of the victims and their families. Years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer mean that I always try to keep an open mind, to see both sides—the pain of the victim balanced against the intent of the accused, but blatant acts of terrorism can’t be balanced. No matter what the motivation, the result is the same—senseless harm suffered by innocents. Yet, our justice system works precisely because we give everyone a chance to make their case, even when it’s clear from the outset what the result will be. To everyone who sat in the courtroom and endured the ten weeks of trial, reliving the horror of that fateful Patriot’s Day, you have my utmost respect. You are true patriots.

Other books

Putting Alice Back Together by Carol Marinelli
Sword of Apollo by Noble Smith
Whitey's Payback by T. J. English
The Jade Figurine by Bill Pronzini
FLOWERS and CAGES by Mary J. Williams
Lost Identity by Leona Karr
Blood Relations by Barbara Parker


readsbookonline.com Copyright 2016 - 2022