Publication date: May 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.
When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.
Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…
Something different. That was what this book was to me. Something different than what I usually read. Now, don't get me wrong. That does not mean I did not like it. In fact, quite the opposite. Though I usually review for the LGBT side of things, more often than not, I find myself reading M/M so when I was handed this book to read and review, I thought, 'Okay, I will give it a try' and I liked it.
There was enough of the the story to build up the excitement and that was what kept me captivated. Though I like sexy and steamy, there has to be a plot to go with all of that, you know? Archer Kay Leah delivers that in 'A Question of Counsel' along with characters that you find yourself liking. Lira is a woman after my own heart. Lots of spunk with not much of a filter, or rather she speaks before she thinks what is coming out of her mouth. That adds so much to her charm. That quality is what draws the main character, Aeley to her. Along with Aeley's best friend, Mayr... there is the perfect amount of bantering between them all to make you not only laugh at their comments but also their inner dialog. The characters in the book, all of them, add to book in their own ways and if you find yourself not liking someone or thinking they are not trustworthy... go with it. You will probably be finding yourself thinking "I knew it!" just like I did when the plot really thickens. (It's not that what is going on is predictable, I just have that uncanny ability to know where the plot is going more often than not!)
This was my first read of Archer Kay Leah, and I can honestly say, I would enjoy reading more of her books. If you want to try something new, and have not picked up one her titles before, I urge you to give this one a try.