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Legal Briefs by Blaine D. Arden
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it was amazing

As a former law student, I loved the idea of a book of erotica centered around legal issues, and the fact that this ebook benefits nonprofit group Lambda Legal is an added bonus. These stories are longer than the usual erotica short story, which lets the authors fully develop their tales and give us insight into these very different but interesting characters. In fact, while these are erotic stories, there's much more to them than the sexual component. There are legal issues (both related to actual courtrooms and extralegal justice), coming out of various kinds, and interpersonal drama.

There's variety in characters and legal issues; there are plenty of lawyers here, but also defendants, assistants, and an about-to-be-hanged-for-the-crime-of-gay-sex man. The last story, "Against the Law" by Gryvon, a historical, started off most conventionally--a man being set up by his wealthy mother, who's concerned about him being single. When he's seduced by another man, his passion merges with his confusion over the newness of the feelings and sensations, in one of the book's most powerful love scenes. "He was molten under Abel's deft hands, unmade in minutes, ready to be shaped into something new and different," writes Gryvon. The story takes a dark turn, but the queer characters prove their ingenuity.

That same sense of ingenuity, mixed with social justice along with the general concept of justice, is at play here. In "Double-Crossed" by Salome Wilde, in which foxy Candy LeBon asks narrator Cal to help absolve her of a crime, he agrees, but soon finds himself mired in red herrings, dead ends and danger. The sex appeal is there from the start of the story, but it morphs as the nuances are revealed. This was one of my favorite stories. In opening story "Honest Lawyers," Luna gets what she longs for: "She liked to fantasize about being bold with men because in reality, it felt impossible. She'd been raised as a boy—hopelessly dainty, sitting knock-kneed on the school bench as the boys clobbered each other on the soccer field." My only quibble is that this could have been better copyedited. I recommend this to legals fans, queer readers and those looking for erotic stories truly give readers something to think about.
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