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Polyamory on Trial

(County Durham Quad #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  18 reviews
DISCLAIMER: Adult content

A young Syrian needing treatment at Warbridge Hospital is seen by Phil Roberts, one quarter of a gay, polyamorous quad living in North East England. The men in the doctor's life are Mike Angells, Ross Whitmore and Raith Balan, who Phil grows closer to each day.

Phil is troubled. Is his patient in the UK legally? Who has caused his injuries? Is
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Rowanvale Books Ltd.
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Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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This is now my second Tresswell read so I'm now used to her delivery which is not the usual. This time round, we had lots of explanations from Mike, I love his turn of phrase and I liked his ponderings though they did dominate the book. But then what should I have expected from that title.

Her secondary plot, had her gentle treatment and points of shame, reflection and action. She shows what hiding, secrets lead to in both plots. Abuse hides very well in secret places.

An arc gently provided by
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
****4.5 stars!****

Let me start by saying that Jude Tresswell is a new-to-me author. I read the blurb for PoT and was immediately intrigued with the premise of the story. A crime/thriller set against the backdrop of a polyam relationship. Tell me more!

The subject of human trafficking, whilst not very palatable, is a real world - current - problem. In my opinion, the author handled this subject with the sensitivity and respect it deserves without sensationalising it. It made me think - what would
Joyfully Jay
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

This story is a continuation of Trusswell’s Badge of Loyalty. Unlike the first story, where nearly all the action focused almost exclusively on Mike’s former career as a law enforcement officer, Polyamory on Trial offers much more insight into each of the four men’s thoughts. In all honesty, it feels a bit overbalanced. The almost slice-of-life narrations each of the men provide gives a far better understanding of how they approach and handle their various
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Polyamory on Trial is the follow-up to Jude Tresswell’s Badge Of Loyalty. Mike, Ross, Phil and Raith are back and struggling somewhat with issues of equality and balance in their relationship. Although feeling more connected now that they are living together, they are still dealing with Mike’s sudden departure from the police force. On top of that, a Syrian refugee has gotten under Phil’s skin and he feels there is far more to the young man than he or his handler are letting on.

I really
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Book Review
Title: Polyamory on Trial
Author: Jude Tresswell
Genre: LGBT/Romance/Crime
Rating: *****
Review: So, after requesting this book I learnt that this was the second book following these characters, but the books can be read as stand-alone novels. Polyamory on Trial follows Mike, Ross, Raith and Phil in their relationship. So, the opening to Polyamory on Trial was great, we meet our 4 protagonists and we can instantly see that all 4 men are very different. It seems that there are two
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possible triggers: rape, smuggling ring, beating and using others to keep everyone in line.
Even though Mike isn't a cop anymore, he can't help but get involved when Phil brings to his attentions patient who was raped and not gay and Syrian. The woman who was with him made everything seems more fishy and the more they dug, they were finding out people are being smuggled in. Mike has contacts still he talks and everyone is trying to figure out what to do. They decide to break in to see if they can
Keith Chawgo
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Let me start out firstly by stating that I have not read the previous instalment of this series. I am not sure if this left me at a disadvantage but my review may hinge on this fact.

Tresswell’s Polyamory on Trial is an interesting book with characters that are apparently very open and honest. As this is reinforced multiple times throughout the text, it must be so though the four men involved in their alternative relationship lifestyle, they tend to carry their life as if they are in a self help
Karolina Cebula
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

A young Syrian is brought to Warbridge A&E. All indicates that he was brutally raped, which draws Phil's attention as he treats him. The man worries that the boy stays illegally in the country and is forced to have sex. The doctor shares his observations and fears with his lovers. Together they begin to investigate the matter that turns out to have a disastrous effect on the quad's relationship. As if that was not enough, Phil has
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really didn't know what to expect going into this book. It has been a while since I read the blurb, and I struggled through the first book. I enjoyed reading this story much more than the first; mainly because of the detailed character development, and the fact that all four members of the quad were involved in the plot. The storyline is a little disjointed, as with the first, because the author likes to put two stories, related, of course, into one book by dividing the writing between the ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Polyamory on Trial' was an interesting book, with two main plotlines and interwoven themes. I haven't read the book which precedes this one ('Badge of Loyalty'). I don't feel that takes anything away from the clarity of this story - though I am now very curious about what happened, because it's often alluded to, so I might need to find/read it now just to sate my curiosity! 'Polyamory on Trial' tells us a tale about a polyamorous quad of men and their efforts to save young Syrian refugees who ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Courtesy netgalley

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Polyamory as”the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved.” ‘Poly’ signifies many and ‘amor’ is the Latin for love. In “Polyamory on Trial”, Jude Tresswell examines this phenomenon in the lives of his four protagonists: Mike Angells, Ross Whitmore, Dr Phil Roberts. and Raith Balan. Whereas the OED definition tends to concentrate on the “sexual relationships” Tresswell imbues the
L. Layale
Netgalley ARC

I started reading this before I realized it was book 2 in a series. I had to go back and read the first book because it didn't make much sense to me. I'm also used to some stories with poly characters starting out that way. This is most definitely not the case.

Tresswell's writing is a very author specific writing style. She writes in a way where you can hear the local dialect and jargon of the characters because she actually makes them speak that way rather than tell you what kind
Natalie panda eyes
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received from Netgalley. The four lovers are back. Raith, Phil, Mike and Ross are dealing with the fallout of the events from the previous book, as well as issues with equal division, Phil’s patients, Raith’s insecurity and keeping Mike’s sanity. This one felt like Mike and Phil were the main characters, though the four together feel more together than the first one. Its sweet, a little sad and very real. I like the writing style and the little interview parts with just Mike this time. Does ...more
Aaron Bloom
(ARC) This is the same four men as in Badge of Loyalty but the focus is on all four of them. Last time it was mainly on Mike, the cop. It uses end-of-chapter 'interludes' again and for that reason, isn't quite as original and unusual. That's the only reason I didn't give it another 5 stars. The story is sometimes funny, sometimes very sad. It has social commentary, it's thought provoking, it asks questions. There's plenty of affection and sweet dialogue. I liked it.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, I love m/m/m/m. This is book 2, Phil's story. And I adored it, just like book 1. I like how this is about relationship between four men, who while they are all not in a sexual relationship with each other, and really don't even live together, they each bring to the group what the other needs. It's not easy, communication is a struggle, but it works! I am very much looking forward to book 3.
Fran Clarke
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: polyamory
Checked it after viewing author's blog. How does polyamory stand up to being tested? Interesting characters and sharp dialogue tho a sometimes upsetting plot. Seems very real though.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
very good story
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Andrew Peters
Jude Tresswell’s Polyamory on Trial presents an intriguing blend of modern themes. In a small town in Northern England, a committed foursome of gay men uncovers a human trafficking operation that preys on Syrian refugees. The men face questions of moral obligation while figuring out how to live together as a quad.

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