Book 1
Novels of Rhynan

February 1, 2013





by Rachel Rossano   


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.


"Review from Victoria Lane"  By The Romance Reviews 2 years ago

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DUTY by Rachel Rossano is an action-packed romantic drama that promises a little something to tempt every reader. I give it two stars because while the plot was stirring and interesting, there was too much going on for one stand-alone novel. I think I would have enjoyed it more as two novels that allowed more time for detail and fleshing out the political and social plotlines.

In the novel, war has come to the medieval Rhynan. The king is dead and apparently, so are all the men from the village of Lady Brielle Solarius. She and all the women from her village have been given to a conquering army as a part of a cease-fire agreement. As a noblewoman, Lady Brielle is given to Lord Irvaine, a newly-titled earl.

Lord Irvaine has been given the daunting task of ruling Rhynan, which is complicated enough politically without the stress of inadequate provisions and the more personal pressure of getting to know his new wife. The current provisions won't last through the winter, and the perceived success or failure of Irvaine's marriage will have significant political ramifications. And this is only one part of the drama.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel, but it took me significant determination to get through it. In the beginning, there were a lot of names used without enough description of who or what they were in relation to everything else. Getting past that issue to understand the story was challenging. At a certain point I had to make up my own explanations so I could continue reading, and in the end, there seemed to be a lot of sub-plot lines that fizzled out instead of coming to fruition.

The romance was nicely done, making the novel okay for teens, and when declarations of love are made, they are fairly credible considering the circumstances.

This novel really needs another revision with an eye to clarify and simplify the plotlines. I would recommend a revised version to all readers who love medieval dramas.