Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DUTY by Rachel Rossano


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.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Brielle and Tomas won me over immediately as they learn to know each other while facing some immensely difficult challenges.  Soon after leaving her village with her new husband in search of a solution to the looming winter they face with inadequate supplies, the village is taken over by a robber baron and Brielle's treacherous cousin.  She is left behind at Tomas's other holding while Tomas goes back to rescue the village not realizing that Brielle will soon face betrayal and be forced to flee.  Amidst all this commotion, Brielle struggles with her feelings for Tomas and wonders if she can trust the man. But when her loyalty to the crown is questioned she finds she has no choice but to trust him.  I think what I enjoyed the most about the story was how the relationship between Tomas and Brielle developed.  I enjoyed reading about their interactions.  I also prefer my herioines to be willing to stand up for themselves rather than always depending on rescue.  While Brielle ends up needing a great deal of help, she also does a great deal to help Tomas and herself.  I found the book compelling and hard to put down and I thoroughly recommend it. The book is clean of bad language and immorality, though there is one intimate scene that fades to black after a kiss, so nothing offensive here, which I always find refreshing and since the characters are married I was more than okay with it.

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