Duty to King
Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king and the recent civil war. When his benefactor demands Tomas marry the cousin of a noble, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn't a typical noblewoman.
Duty to Others
Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation under the new Lord Wisten, her cousin. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon. When she learns her cousin sold her into marriage to save his life, she isn't surprised. However, she is taken aback by Lord Irvaine's unpolished ways. Was this man a noble or a foot soldier?
Duty to Each Other
Bound by the words of their vows, they face a rough future. They must forge a marriage while battling betrayal, accusations of treason, and villains from the past. Survival depends on their precarious trust in each other. Failure could mean death.
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I was very surprised at how much I was drawn into this story. Brielle and Tomas are required by the king to marry. I realize this storyline has been done several times but somehow this author was able to make it fresh and exciting. Tomas was a warrior and a nobleman. He was rough and gentle. I loved the scene with her frozen hands and when he kissed her before leaving for battle. He was so sweet. Brielle and Tomas are very well matched from the first scene of the book to the end. I really enjoyed the friendships throughout the book; the relationship between Brielle and her best friend Loren, and Tomas and his friend Dentin. I am hoping Dentin gets his own book… I will be emailing the author to encourage that. :)You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Enjoy this captivating historical tale, set during a time whenKings and Queens were conquering kingdoms and Royalty sought greater power through possession.This is a time when women had little say in whom they married and were sacrificed as human possessions, without rights or feelings.. Knights and most men, however, were chivalrous, respecting women - especially those of means - and had a strong sense of honor and "Duty"! Breaking a person's oath required giving up his/her life. From the very first page, Rachel "hooks' and maintains the reader's interest throughout the entire book. There is plenty of action, suspense, drama, violence, with a adequate amount of romance fas well. Recommended for all YA and adult audiences...plus, it's "clean"! My review offers a Four and a Half Stars rating for this book. *This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.
4.5 *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Tomas Dyrease, the new Earl of Irvaine shows up in Wisenvale to claim his new bride and the widowed women for his men. After the battle that ended the war and put him on the throne, King Mendel has rewarded his most faithful followers with land, titles and brides. Luckily for the women of Wisenvale, Tomas is a fair man who tolerates no abuse. Lady Brielle Solarius, daughter of the former Lord of Wisenvale, is to be the new Earl’s bride. But she is surprised when Tomas gives her a choice to say no. In a leap of faith she says yes and in that moment her whole life changes. The fantasy world of Rhynan is very similar to medieval England or Scotland and I do love that time period. The world is beautifully detailed and the characters are well-fleshed. From the moment this tale began the action kept me on my toes. Tomas and Brielle are barely married when things start going to hell in a hand basket. Problem after problem crops up and has to be dealt with all while they are trying to get to know each other and make their marriage work. I kept thinking, “This poor couple. Give them a break already!” lol The pacing did seem to drag a bit in a few places, but overall this is a wonderful, clean, historical-type romance. Lose yourself in Rhynan. You won’t regret it.
Set in a medieval fantasy world, Duty: A Novel of Rhynan, by Rachel Rossano, tells the tale of Lady Brielle Solarius. With the crowning of a new king, Brielle is essentially sold into an arranged marriage to the new Lord Tomas by her evil cousin Orwin. But because of her duty to her people, the poor widows also forced into marriage to strangers, Brielle determines to willingly marry this man Tomas. Besides, because of her cousin’s work, her village will starve through the winter if she doesn’t have Tomas’s help. Yet, as they leave to acquire food for the winter, Brielle’s little village is attacked! I really liked this book! When I found it, I thought it would just be a sweet little romance, but conspiracies, battles, and sieges abound as well! There is never a dull moment in the novel, what with the romance and the action. And truly, just as I thought all was well and couldn’t imagine how the author would make the rest of the novel interesting, the worst happens and drives Brielle and Tomas into another adventure! To me, Duty seemed to be written well. There were a few tiny spots that confused me, but they were few and not extremely pertinent to the tale. Aside from that, I have no complaints. Things you should know: There was definitely violence in this novel, as much of the plot revolved around soldiers and battles. In one instance, a pregnant woman is threatened with death (with a sword to her throat). However, the descriptions of the battles were not graphic. The author wrote that the characters cursed, yet didn’t include what the curse word was. Women are indeed forced into marriage, but the overall attitude toward it, at least by the leading characters, is that it is unfair and wrong. The leading characters kiss and hold each other, but sex is only implied, not described. I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.