A Question of Counsel


AQoC COVERLife 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 Book #1 in The Republic series.

Content notes & trigger warnings: A Question of Council contains some explicit content.



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Praise for A Question of Counsel

“Simply put, this book left me speechless. End of the story. It’s that great. It’s beyond great at this point for me. (book hangover? Yup.) The writing definitely had a historical aura for me (I don’t know about other people) and it’s beautiful. The love. The struggles. The room for growth. I’m in love with this book. It’s not just about the romance…. It’s also about friendships, trust, and relationship with people. It’s not bad to live up to a legacy but make sure to stay true to who you are. To put it bluntly, I think everyone should read this.” — Ren @ nerdychampagne (Read full review)

This was a well-written and creatively original novella set in a world that may be different but one that can be easily understood by readers. The fact that the lead characters are two strong women makes this even more of a worthwhile read, neither of them needing to be saved or seeking validation from one another. There’s also a bit of mystery that goes on and though I did figure out who was behind the attacks in Kattal, I was surprised by what happened after the reveal. I’ll admit that, just like Aeley, there was a moment of doubt and the author getting me to question the motives of a character I like deserves bonus points. I liked the humor mixed in with the drama because it allowed the story to not be as heavy as you would expect with a subject matter as serious as the one here. As for the supporting cast of characters, Mayr was my absolute favorite, with my initial impression of him being this overly serious Head Guard being blown out of the water when his wicked but understated sense of humor and protective and brotherly nature toward Aeley coming to light. If you’re looking for a fairly quick but substantial read, I recommend you check out A Question of Counsel. It gets 4.5 stars, rounded off to five stars! ♥” — Jen /Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous

A very enjoyable well written book. Exciting situations, strong female leads and believable plots and sub plots. Blood family relations at their worst, friend family relations at their most powerful and inspirational. A novel that has both leading women with commendable traits and beliefs while still possessing human failings. In a time when sexuality between couples depended on breeding, valour, bravery, honour and in this case love rather on gender. Both women have very different personalities and upbringing, however, both have their own strengths and each compliments the others mettle as well as combatting and protecting each others weaknesses. A novel that shows strength of family does not necessarily come those we are related too but a novel which emphasis the potency and ultimately the effectiveness of true love. Anyone wanting a rich love story combined with devious subterfuge, a little light comedy, and ultimately a richly deserved happy ending should enjoy this book.— Christine Close / Inked Reads

“This is an interesting fantasy novella featuring two complicated, interesting, and strong female leads. Both have their own thoughts and opinions and are not afraid to express them. My only complaint would be that it ended too soon. I want to know more about these two and their unique world.” — Sheryl



3 comments on “A Question of Counsel

  1. […] (2) Romances. So another ICYMI: I write HEA love stories as Archer Kay Leah, which are mostly LGBTQA works right now since that’s the niche of my awesome publisher, Less Than Three Press. In the spring, I was working hard on a dystopian-science fiction fantasy romance (yeah, that’s a mouthful), which was picked up. Then there was a sudden project for a submission call, resulting in a fantasy romance with a little visual cortex science. Now I’m slaving over the sequel to A Question of Counsel. […]


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