Title: Legal Briefs Anthology
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
All net proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be donated directly to Lambda Legal!
We at Storm Moon Press are aware of the legal struggles many within the QUILTBAG face, and we know the valuable service Lambda Legal provides. With that in mind, we collaborated with six of our favorite authors (actually, all of our authors are our favorite!) who graciously agreed to donate their time and creative ability to help us create this anthology of legal-themed short stories specifically to help benefit such an excellent organization.
In Honest Lawyers, court reporter Luna is flattered by law student Craig’s attentions, but the fear of rejection makes her nervous about opening up to him about her status as a trans woman. Evan defends himself in a barroom brawl and 24 Hours later has to defend himself again, this time to his drunken attacker’s lawyer, who fortunately has as little patience for his client as Evan did. Lawyer Melanie is starting to come to terms with her attraction to women, something her new Study Buddy April is happy to help with.
Master Illan is a powerhouse in the Surim court, but it’s newcomer Daru who proves to be His Best Defense against threats both without and within. The moment Candy LeBon walks into Detective Calvin Guy’s life, he suspects a Double-Cross, but even he’s unprepared for the extent of twisted path she’ll lead him down. In Henry’s country, his attraction to Abel is Against the Law, but his secret is kept safe by another who harbors same-sex attractions—Henry’s wife.
Honest Lawyers by Kelly Rand
Luna is a trans woman with boobs and a penis. She’s a diligent court reporter who notices a court clerk Craig looking at him. A talk in an elevator leads to an impromptu date night. It seems Craig is not fazed by Luna’s secret.
This is a wonderful beginning to this anthology. Legal matters are only skimmed, though. But it’s all right when you have such great warm characters to cuddle up with. This is a short tale about two people getting acquainted and perhaps finding something lasting.
24 Hours by Cari Z
Evan McKay saw a gay bashing outside a club and jumped into the fray to help. In the process he got injured. Unfortunately, the dick is rich and powerful, and he’s sicked his lawyer, Don Delour, on Evan. Surprises are in store when it seems Don is on Evan’s side. When Evan gets a chance to thank Don properly, something good seems to be in the making.
Life can change so quickly. When you do the right thing, sometimes the chips fall where they may, seemingly making matters worse. But Evan does the right thing anyway. That catches Don’s attention. The legal settlement isn’t long but enough to show what both men are made of. These two are good together. Evan is sweet and Don courageous. They make a nice pair, and this is a good story.
Study Buddy by Stella Harris
Melanie is a paralegal who has recently figured out she’s a lesbian. Being a virgin, she has devised a plan to learn more about girls. Phase one, strip joint. Phase two, a gay bar. Phase three… in the works. But in between best laid plans comes surprises.
This short story has zero law in it. This is Melanie’s sexual awakening. She’s an adult and as such thinks about her sexual journey a bit too much, getting rattled by lap dances and sitting alone in a gay bar. But a girlfriend can be found if she only opened her eyes. Thankfully she does. This is an okay story, a hot little number. Not much law in this, however, apart from the job which is only referred to.
His Best Defense by Blaine D. Arden
Daru is new to Surim Court, but he’s idolized the famous Defender Illan for years. Now he’s finally on his team. On his first day on the job, Daru thwarts an attempted assassination against Illan, and this bonds the two men together, even though Illan fights his growing feelings. There are actually a few law cases here, in this fantasy world of crystal technologies, and one of them is the attack on Illan that caused Daru his injury.
This is my absolutely favorite story of this bunch. Wonderfully detailed world and two hot guys who desire to be together despite their working relationship. This reads like a courtroom drama, a suspense thriller, and an erotic romance. For such a short tale, this manages to grab you from head to toes right from the beginning. Highly recommended!
Double-Cross by Salome Wilde
Cal is a detective who sets out to investigate the theft of some money from an Irish crime boss, Callaghan. The lead suspect is Candy LeBon (awesome name) who has a few surprises underneath her pretty dress. But there are other suspects too, and when one of them ends up dead, Cal has to suspect everyone.
I wouldn’t call this a legal story. More like a cop drama. This has the cheesiest lines I’ve read lately, and it’s oh so much fun. The old-fashioned detective stories’ lingo is definitely handled well here. The mystery’s entertaining, with a femme fatale who isn’t a femme at all. The clichés of the genre are used to their advantage here, to amuse, and the author does it well. Recommended.
Against the Law by Gryvon
This last story depicts a world where religious law is paramount: The Holy Roman Empire. Henry is part of the elite, but he’s gay, an offense punishable by hanging. One night at a party he meets Abel, a young man with similar inclinations. They begin an illicit torrent affair—until they’re caught in flagrante by Henry’s father. Abel manages to escape but Henry is destined for the jail cells and the hangman’s noose.
As a conclusion to this anthology, this story was intriguing. It shows a world where religious law means there’s no freedom and certainly no justice. When it’s punishable to love and to be who you are, that’s when society has taken the wrong turn. Abel is full of passion, and Henry can’t resist. The question is can Abel save Henry from the final judgment? This was a hot little story in a fascinating setting.
Reviewed By: Susan