Mens Rea

Casus Fortuitus #1

by Brooke Edwards

Mens Rea - Brooke Edwards - Casus Fortuitus
Editions:Kindle - Second Edition: $ 0.99 USD
Pages: 50

James Carter is forty-five and has been a police officer most of his life. He married young, lost her young, and his life revolved around his work and his son. Young is a recurring theme in his life, he thinks, when he meets the considerably younger AUSA Derek Moore on a case and finds himself ruled by the whims of his heart.

The road to love between a hotshot lawyer and a veteran cop was never going to be smooth, not in the real world, but there are criminals, misunderstandings, and a lack of communication standing in their way too. Both are so stubborn and convinced their interest is one-sided that it takes a murder case, exhaustion, and an adjournment for them to get their act together. They move fast after that, but they both know there’s no guarantee for tomorrow.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package "Never Too Late."

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James's first impression of Derek Moore, even just in profile, is akin to a punch in the gut. The effects stretch lower than his gut, however, as he slips into the courtroom and heads for a seat in one of the back rows.
The assistant US attorney cuts a striking figure at the head of the prosecution party, long and lean, and James takes a little longer than necessary sitting down just to see the stretch of his suit pants around his thighs. The sight is far from disappointing, and James feels his own pants grow slightly tighter in response as he eases into the seat. He shifts position, heart beating a little fast as Derek heads toward the witness box and wonders whether the view from the front could possibly be as attractive as the one from the back. The voice he hears when the lawyer addresses the witness, “Mr. Roseworthy, in your own words, could you please take us through the events of September nineteenth?” is higher and smoother than he expects. James


s reaction to it, in turn, is also more visceral than he expects.
Aaron Roseworthy’s account of the events of September nineteenth is already burned into James’s brain, so tuning out the man’s voice is easy. He watches the jury instead, lets his heartbeat even out, and periodically glances back toward Derek. Derek’s attention is firmly focused on Mr. Roseworthy in the witness stand, and James finds his eyes lingering there, trailing over the set of Derek’s shoulders, more often than not.
The guilty verdict comes down, and it’s all over far sooner than James was expecting, considering his previous experiences in the courtroom, with the judge standing up and dismissing the two parties and their counsel. James blinks away the haze just in time to catch sight of Derek turning around. He sees dark brows and a strong nose, pale-colored eyes, and a jawline and cheeks that could cut marble. “Well, that’s not good,” he says to himself and pushes up off the seat. The woman sitting a space or so away gives him an odd look, and he slips back out the door before the rest of the courtroom begins to rise. The halls of the courthouse are fairly empty as James beats a hasty retreat. He makes it to the cover of his cruiser before people begin to trickle out into the parking lot.


Previously published by Dreamspinner Press in 2015 - republished upon rights reversion. 2nd edition has been substantially revised and contains 30% new content.

About the Author

Brooke Edwards is an Australian LGBTQ+ author and dreamer, slowly working her way through the stories that keep demanding (loudly) to be told. She's hopelessly obsessed with procedural law enforcement shows, flawed human beings and coffee - not necessarily in that order.

A hybrid author, Brooke's first books were released through Dreamspinner Press in 2015 and 2016, followed by self-published ventures from 2017. All of her books are available through Amazon.