Duty (First Novel of Rhynan)

Duty (First Novel of Rhynan)

by Rachel Rossano

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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.

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?

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044292949
Publisher: Rachel Rossano
Publication date: 02/02/2013
Series: Novels of Rhynan
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 868,807
File size: 357 KB

About the Author

I have loved the written word from the moment my mother first sat down to read me a story. A well woven story is a joy to read and leaves the reader with a sense of completion, yet wanting more. That is what I am striving for in my work.

I am a wife with young children who need constant attention. Currently I spend my days happily chasing little ones, changing diapers, and filling tummies. Writing and editing fit in the spaces but are never far from my thoughts.

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Duty (First Novel of Rhynan) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cjanaya More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for historical romance, and I especially love the medieval period. Something I truly appreciate from authors is their ability to present their characters with an obstacle right from the onset of the story, whether it be danger to a person, a possible spat with a spouse or some other situation that is contrary to the wishes of the protagonist, it always pulls me in and gives me a reason to continue forward, hoping for an eventual solution to our protagonist's problem. In this instance the book started out with a bang. Having a large group of soldiers gather you and your village up to inform you that a new king reigns and he has mandated that all women of marriageable age must either marry one of the soldiers present or pay a tax (one they probably can't afford) is quite the conundrum, indeed. Brielle is the sole protector and provider for her village as the only Lady there. She's done her best to keep the villagers fed even though her cousin comes to collect most of the food they harvest every year. When Lord Irvaine shows up and tells her that her cousin has given her to him in marriage she has an important choice to make. I found it incredible that she held to her duty and to the promise her cousin made by agreeing to remain in a marriage previously performed by proxy. My feminine sensibilities were screaming "Fight, woman, fight!", but submitting herself to Lord Irvaine ensures the protection and well-being of her village. She is kind, noble, brave and honorable. It demonstrates the appalling lake of choices for women in that era, but these types of cultures and customs are so fascinating to learn about. Fortunately, the new Lord is good at heart and eager to turn this marriage of convenience into a love match. Getting to know Lord Irvaine's character was like eating a delicious piece of chocolate cake over and over again. Swoon much? *insert happy sigh here* The chemistry between him and Brielle was lovely, and the intimate aspects were clean and tasteful. This is the kind of romance I talk about when wanting a romantic connection that delivers just as much if not more than a graphic sex scene might. PG-13 clean, and I loved it. There is literally tension on every page. The main characters go from one serious situation to another, and I found myself wondering when the couple when have a chance to breathe. I know I didn't. Basically, I couldn't put this lovely bit of fiction down, and I am sad that it ended. Rachel Rossano has established herself as a talented author of historical medieval romance, delivering the promise of danger, intrigue, romance, chivalry and adventure with characters you'll find difficult to say farewell to. I highly recommend this to lovers of historical romance.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Rachel Rossano Published By Createspace Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Series: Novels of Rhynan #1 Review: "Duty" by Rachel Rossano was a very good romantic story that was so enjoyable that is a historical, but not real time or place. You will find the characters are likable, well developed, captivating and so very believable giving the reader awesome read that you will find hard to put down until the end. This was rather a fast paced read where you will connect quickly with Brielle and Tomas. I liked this medieval fantasy world of Lady Brielle Solarius who is sold into a arranged marriage to Lord Tomas by her weird and evil cousin Lord Orwin Westin. At this time many widows were forced into marriages to strangers so because Brielle village will starve with Tomas help...so it was a done deal...however even with the marriage and all her village will be attacked. Will she be able to get some help? This novel really moves because there is something that is happening all the time...battles, sieges, conspiracies and even romance. Be ready as you will see from the read that this author brings in 'new words...'Kurios.' Now I will let you look that one up! I also liked how this author brought Brielle and Tomas together because it wasn't love at first site but in the end it was a sweet romance .....and this is where I say you must pick up "Duty" to see how this author will bring it all to the reader. "Duty" is well written and so full of twist and turns that you will have to keep up or you can get somewhat confused due to the fact that this novel moves fast. Please know that this isn't a violence free script...for they will be much violence in and around this story and so be ready to see where their is a lots of unfairness and wrongness going on. With all of that being said..."Duty" is a interesting adventure with all the swords, battles, romance, very clean and well written novel by this self published author that I would I recommend as a good read.
dun1 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Wow! Wow!I was captivated, I was enthralled and captured from the first to the last page. Brielle and Tomas were wonderful characters and I loved how Rachel Rossano developed their relationship, it was truly amazing. This is one of my top 10 favorite romance novels and I'm truly glad that I discover this author. I can't wait to the sequel. I was give a free copy of this book courtesy of the author for my honest review.