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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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
Paperback, 354 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Leah Good
I'll start by saying that this is probably the most romance heavy story I have ever read, and there is a little more kissing and reference to a couple's marriage bed than I am 100% comfortable with. That said, there is nothing explicit or inappropriate. The main character, Brielle, is a likable character, and I quickly came to respect the honor shown by her husband. I enjoyed the way the stakes were steadily raised throughout the story. I was also happy to find that this self-published book is p ...more
Age Appropriate For: 16 and up (for marital themes)

Best for ages: 18 and up

I was so excited when Rachel asked me to review this book. Although I have followed her blog and Facebook page, I had yet to read one of her books. After reading Duty, I can't wait to read another book by her.

This book kept me turning pages. From the opening line, I was hooked. It was fast paced but not dazzlingly so. I also instantly connected with Tomas and Brielle and loved getting to know them.

This story, though set i
3.5 stars.

I first read Rachel Rossano's writing when I won her short story Exchange on goodreads and reviewed it. Since then I've followed her blog and read snippets of her subsequent releases.
By the time Duty came out I was familiar with her style of writing and world building.
In an alternate medieval world, in the land of Rhynan, a war has come to end and a new king is sitting on the throne. He rewards his men with title and land, and one of them, now the new Earl of Irvaine, he gives the t
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
3.5 Stars

A good medieval fantasy type novel with a clean romance and a bit of bloody scenes. Duty is about Brielle Solarius who's struggling village is suddenly taken over by a stranger under the orders of the new kings, and now all the women at the village are being married off to the soldier's of the army. With provisions running low, there is no way that the village is going to be able to support her people, let alone the newcomers.

Brielle herself is suddenly thrown into a bit of surprise whe

I liked this one; I thought it was a fun medieval story (set in a fictional land) with likable characters. It has a great start that sucks you in and you want to keep reading to see what will happen next. I liked our leads Tomas and Brielle; I thought they had good chemistry together. I would have liked a little more build up between them though; they fell for each other a little too quickly. I guess I enjoy the tension of arranged marriages, especially in this case where they were originally
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Duty is a story that consumed me from the get go. I liked a story when two people have to marry and don't necessarily like each other. Brielle and Tomas have great chemistry and both seem to be levelheaded. I found that Brielle is a strong leading lady and has her wits about her. Tomas is a soldier who has many battle wounds yet is tender and caring with Brielle. I felt like Tomas and Brielle were equally matched and had to learn to trust one another. I felt Ms. Rossano did a impressive job with ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*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
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a 5-star moosh factor. I was swooning and grinning like an idiot almost the entire time.

And I loved that ship wasn't full of misunderstandings and lack of honest communication. How refreshing!

But I’m actually rating it a 4.5 because it wasn’t completely perfect in other areas. I’m not in the mood for spoilers, so I won’t go into detail. But I felt like our MC could have been a little more rockstar at the end, and I didn’t love the way the treason issue was resolved.

Overall, I love
C.J. Anaya
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 instanc
Kendra Ardnek
While I don't usually care much for the romance genre, I do find romances involving arranged marriages intriguing, so when the author, a fellow homeschooler, asked for reviewers for her newest release, I volunteered.

The story begins with Brielle’s discovery that her cousin has given her in marriage to the new lord of Irvaine. She isn’t too pleased with this, since she and her cousin have never gotten along. However, since the king is the one who gave the orders, she has no choice.

Tomas, her new
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature readers
This was my 2nd book By Rachel Rossano and I really enjoyed it. Other reviews have said that love came too quickly for the characters, but I disagree and tend to think that if God were to bring about such a marriage between two people of such admirable qualities, then He could give those people an instant attraction followed shortly by love for one another (knowing that you're gonna hafta spend the rest of your life with them anyway kinda makes it easier in my mind).

The characters and setting we
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Meet Brielle Solarius, a noblewoman in a light medievalish fantasy setting whose loathsome cousin has just arranged her marriage to the new king's right-hand man. Tomas Dyrease is kind enough to give Brielle a chance to refuse him, but Brielle's duty to her embattled people forces her to agree. In the aftermath of a civil war, with plots and intrigues piling up around them and their lives and people at risk, will Brielle and Tomas learn to pull together before danger pulls them apart?

This was ge
Heather Langston
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
I used to read a LOT of historical fiction (ones set in the medieval times were my favorites) but became hard to find one that didn't have the sexual content so I started reading less and less. Duty, however, fondly reminded me of some of my old loves! It's not historical in the traditional sense (i.e. set in our history). I would probably call it more medieval fantasy perhaps. I loved the character interaction between all of the characters. Especially Dentin and Rathenridge! They would always m ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Duty can be described as a rich medieval-type tale. I really enjoyed reading it. The thing I liked best about this book was the hero’s sense of chivalry and utter respect, loyalty, love, and dedication to his wife despite the unusual circumstance of their marriage. I really enjoyed this story and felt like it didn’t follow a conventional romance (there weren’t many obstacles to the couple liking each other), but had an interesting story of political intrigue. The reason I gave it 4 stars is I wa ...more
Roseanne Wilkins
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-romance
Duty reads like a historical novel, but it’s set in a land called Rhynan. After a brutal civil war, Tomas is ordered to marry Brielle to strengthen the allegiances in the region. Brielle does her duty and accepts the arranged marriage, but Tomas has to earn her love and respect. Their journey to a satisfactory end is interrupted by deceit and violence. Duty was everything I expected from Rachel. I love her characters. I love the action. I love the kissing. I love the romance. The only thing I ha ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like marriage of convenience stories, and I really liked the lead characters in this one: Tomas and Brielle. I loved how they were both strong and they were both weak, and I felt like they complemented each other really well.

At times I found myself a little confused at all that was going on and all the different characters, but I loved how action-packed this story was. I loved all the characters and what they all brought to the story; I just wasn't always able to keep them all straight (probab
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The main character Brielle is a strong, relatable, and intriguing character. From the first chapter I was hooked. I found the idea of falling in love after an arranged marriage captivating. I appreciated that although the love story is very passionate it is also clean and could be recommended to a teen. This novel cannot be called a love story alone. The plot constantly took me to unexpected places. It was action packed and the development of side characters keeps you ...more
Tori (Book Chick)
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It's nice to read about a brave heroine, like Brielle, who stands up for herself and for her subjects. Tomas was awesome. Often in arranged marriages everyone feels bad for the woman, but Tomas didn't choose this marriage either and he was amazing. He was loyal to his vows and such a good man. I would have enjoyed a little more conflict from an arranged marriage, but sometimes it just works. It was good that they had each other with so much conflict surrounding t ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Duty’s main characters are genuine and admirable. Their struggles and emotional turmoil are poignant, drawing the reader into their lives.

Full review in April 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Margaret Watkins
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A powerful Medieval drama that keeps one breathless from beginning to end, this novel had me intrigued and spellbound. I love the main characters, their determination and strength, and the fact that they do not waiver from their values in the face of betrayal. Faced with being over-run by the enemy is something that every community dreads, where the winner takes all and the lives of the people are in the hands of soldiers. Most times it goes really badly for them, but in this instance, Tomas Dyr ...more
Abigail Harris
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've wanted to read this series for a good while now. And I came across them again, the author had said she'd be willing to send me an ecopy of her books, making my day since I was on a long drive and I had lots of time to read. Reading while wrapped in a cozy blanket, my brother and sister closest in age to me each asleep on my shoulders, and sucked into the story of Duty.
Having one of my favorite tropes (unwilling/grudged/and marriages of convenience) in it, I was thrilled as I followed along
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the first page. I read it in a day, I just couldn’t put it down. Lady Brielle Solarius isn’t like the usual lady, she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, she helps in the fields and has trained as a warrior. As her land is taken by a new force , she is married to Lord Tomas Irvaine. Tomas is the new earl but he is an honourable man. This is a good paced story with plenty of action and a tender romance that grows between Brielle and Tomas. There are many dangerous event ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can’t believe I forgot to review this book years ago when I read it! Now all I remember is that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kimberly A.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy a good fantasy and one set in a medieval-esque setting is one of the best ways to pique my interest. Of course, the premise is one that can handled very badly or very skillfully. I was pleased to find it was definitely the latter.

Plot – Grade A

The premise of the book rests on the arranged marriage of Brielle and Tomas. But, there’s more at work than “Will they or won’t they fall in love?” Loyalty and duty, most especially the struggle to balance duty to home and to King, are also
Karen Bainbridge
DUTY an Action Packed Medieval Romance

I thought that DUTY: A Novel of Rhynan by Rachel Rossano was extremely well done, I was really caught up in the story of Brielle Solarius and Tomas Tyrease they were such strong characters both of whom knew the meaning of duty to their King, family and those who they look after.
The book starts with Brielle is dressed and working in the fields along with the villagers of Wisevale, a poor holding to be sure that there is food for the next few weeks before star
Beyond the Squee
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gift-from-author
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
Angie Thompson
Whew! This one was certainly a complex and interesting adventure. Just about the time I thought I had grasped the main conflict, another one came and slapped me upside the head--over and over!

I really liked the fact that with all Brielle's strength and resourcefulness, she's not invincible. She still gets tired and sore, needs food and sleep, and isn't a match for a trained man in a swordfight. (Just that in itself was a welcome change--seriously!!! :D) And I began to love Tomas very quickly, wh
Kathie (katmom)
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contest-entries
This starts off with Brielle, the Lady Solarius, being pulled from a pack of women, all that remain in their village as the men have all been killed in a battle. The Earl of Irvaine has wed her, by proxy, at the King's command. Tomas tells her to watch, leaves her with his aide, and strides off. The women are shocked that they are being asked to marry, or buy their way out of marriage. They are the spoils of war. Brielle is angry, but something in her is slightly touched when the women are allow ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I would like this book because while it's billed as a medieval historical romance, it also has elements of fantasy in it, and well, the fantasy genre isn't really my thing. But man, this story sucked me in from the first page, and there's not that much fantasy in it at all, beyond a religious belief system and different names for people and places. (Which I chalked up to the medieval time period, actually.) I really enjoyed this book and read it every chance I got.

We are first i
Arlena Dean
By: Rachel Rossano
Published By Createspace
Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Series: Novels of Rhynan #1

"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 conn
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Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

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"It is a personality issue," Rathenridge muttered.
Dentin looked at him. No emotion, no reaction, simply bland observation. "Yours?”
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