A Question of Counsel (The Republic 1)
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...
* "A Question of Counsel" is an F/F romance set in a high fantasy world, and both main characters identify as lesbian. For adult readers only. This is the first book in The Republic, an LGBTQA+ series.
** Content notes, trigger warnings, and disclaimers: "A Question of Counsel" contains some explicit content, all of which is meant for adult readers.
This story touches on several serious matters, including mental health issues, domestic abuse and violence, and depictions of emotional and physical situations that could bother some readers. This includes references to the recent loss of a parent due to terminal illness, grief, depictions of PTSS/PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome/disorder), anxiety attacks, and the use of alcohol as a coping mechanism resulting in mild alcoholism. The references to domestic abuse and violence include psychological, emotional, physical, and verbal abuse, as well as references to exploitation.
This story also contains violent situations, a kidnapping, references to human trafficking and the trafficking of children, non-consensual touching and sexual harassment, and references to the deaths of family members. Finally, this story includes references to homophobia, bigotry, and depictions of misogyny.
Please note the story uses gender-neutral pronouns for certain characters (vem, vir, ne, they, them, their, hir, and hirself). These are not mistakes: they are the chosen pronouns of those characters.