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(Rhynan #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him.

Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up for romance

Since I really enjoyed Duty, I jumped at the chance to review Honor. After all, I love how Rachel writes her romances. Yes, maybe there is a little more pre-marital kissing than I would choose to have in my life, but they are clean and sweet stories with characters that you can really cheer for.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, as Elsa and Dentin deal with foes that come in many forms. I really
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a sequel to 'Duty,' I had high hopes for this story.

Following Lord Dentin, Securer of the Realm, this story takes you on an intriguing ride filled with unexpected turns and heart-thumping suspense. Charged with taking the son of his best friend to fulfill the wishes of the king, Lord Dentin happens upon the first woman he has ever met who isn't afraid to speak her mind, despite his rank and power. However, when this woman is faced with an arranged marriage that threatens her health and
Alicia Willis
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
13+ for mild to moderate violence.
15+ for pre-marital kissing and some adult themes.

When Rachel Rossano asked me to beta read her newest title, Honor, I was very pleased to do so. I had heard some great things about her books before and was very happy to peruse one of them myself.

Honor is a fantasy title centered around an authentic-feeling medieval country. While the story is not historical, many aspects of it closely follow true medieval traditions and modes of life. Since my usual genre is
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I loved this book! Rossano takes her time setting the stage and introducing each character. I especially loved the details and the characters! It was nice to really get to know who Dentin was in this book, to shed some light on the guarded exterior and look into what made the man. My absolute favorite character was Elsa. She was strong, brave, honest and forthright. If you love historical books then you will love Rossano's work. She writes books with substance and depth. I am hopeful for a third ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Ms. Rossano does an impeccable job submersing the reader in her world, introducing full-bodied characters, a fantastical plot, and three-dimensional scenery.

Read full review in the 2015 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Kimberly A.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that after reading the first book in this series, Duty, I was on pins and needles waiting for Honor and it did not disappoint.

Plot – Grade A

The premise of this book rests on Dentin’s attempt to balance his personal honor with the orders of the king as well as hunting for murderers and traitors in his position of Securer of the Realm. Dentin is a self-professed man of honor but he is challenged not only by the difficulty of his latest task but also by Lady Elsa Reeve. Elsa has been
Kendra Ardnek
After reading and reviewing Duty, the first novel of Rhynan, I was eager to learn what happened next, and was thrilled when the author offered me a review copy. It did take me a while to actually get to read the story, but that was not for lack of eagerness. I just had a VERY busy last two weeks.

Once I opened up the book and immersed myself, I couldn't put it down ... except that I had to go to bed. First thing the next morning, I was reading again, and was finished by noon. The plot twisted
Alicia Ruggieri
This was such a delightful novel in so many ways!

In Honor, Rossano creates a Medieval-style culture set in the author-created country of Rhynan. Rhynan seems like a place that could truly exist, with its own history and sister-countries, political intrigues that have gone on before and will continue after this story, and more. The feeling invoked is that of historical fiction but without the "pressure" or heaviness that hard-core historical fiction sometimes produces - the overwhelming of the
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Honor, Elsa is the daughter of a noble who is deeply in debt because of her brother’s foolish bets. She refuses to play into her brother’s plans by helping him out of his debt, but his debt might take her family down regardless. Dentin, however, is the second in command to the king. But this king has asked him to do things that are against Dentin’s moral standards and that make many people hate him. Will Elsa and Dentin find a way to marry? And will Dentin and Elsa choose to honor the king or ...more
Brandy Mulder
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is rated YA and really sticks to it. Yes, there is passion and the attraction between the hero and heroine is very much there, but the adult details are left to the imagination which is very refreshing. To me it was like oh my, he’s going to kiss her! Darn it they closed the curtain! I found that it did not detract from the story at all and actually left more room for the plot to hold me captivated. There are many layers to Elsa and Simon’s story and I find ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honor by Rachel Russano When I read Duty, I enjoyed Denton who was one of the secondary characters so much that I asked the author if he would get would get his own story. I was thrilled to hear that this year he does and it was just as good as the first book; Honor. It is an endearing love story and fully develops throughout the book; not a love at first site. Denton worked for the king although he struggled with some of the king’s decisions. Elsa was a daughter whose family was trying to ...more
Katie W
I haven't read Duty, the first book, which is fine, except for one thing. Honor starts out with a characters list and with a kindle, it was a pain to access frequently. I felt like the characters were dumped into my lap and it took awhile to figure out and remember who they all were. I read through the list, but there were so many names and places and none of it meant anything to me.

Once I got my bearings, I found that I did enjoy the story. It shifts back and forth between characters, but I
Lucy (That Book Gal)
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-soon
I first read Rachel Rossano's work last year, when I discovered Duty. I jumped at a chance to read Honor. I was not disappointed! :)
1. I loved the complexity of the relationship between Elsa and Dentin. It was raw and real. They had their squabbles, but they overcame it all and dared to love
2. Honor, like Duty, was not just a simple love story. There was murder and intrigue and treason. It showed a different dimension to the realm of the love story, one that it is dangerous and promises
C.J. Anaya
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in this series entitled, Duty. This second book, which can be read as a stand alone, was also delightful. Rachel Rossano has a beautiful way with words, descriptions and the fundamental laws of romantic connections. Historical romance is mixed with a hint of fantasy due to the fictitious world the author creates.

Lord Dentin is a misunderstood nobleman as a result of his less than desirable position as the king's right arm man. In charge of securing the safety of
Laurie Penner
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Earl of Dentin is the “securer of the realm”—a feared and despised position. The king sends him on a mission that will surely increase his notoriety, and could cost him his best friend, but his sense of honor drives him to obey. While attempting to find the best time to accomplish his task, which involves a child, the young woman who watches the children captures his eye. The sister-in-law of Dentin’s nemesis, Sir Rathenridge, Elsa Reeve does not act like any woman Dentin has ever met ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is very much a medieval romance, but set in a fictional land.
Lord Dentin is Securer of the Realm. That means he works to find wrong doers, and enforce the law. Even if that means going around the wishes of a devious King. He is in the middle of one task when a Baron is murdered. Dentin must find the killer and protect those in danger.
Lady Elsa is attending her sister's wedding. Her mother is playing matchmaker, and her brother is trying to use Elsa to get himself out of debt.
With so many
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
While this is a book two, it can be read without confusion if you haven't read the first one (Duty) yet. That being said, I would recommend reading the first one first because 1- It's an awesome read. Delightfully unexpected and 2- I think you get to know Dentin better if you read about him in the first one. He isn't a major character, but the author gives you enough to let you know his skills and a little of his background.

I didn't know anything about this series coming into it, and after I
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was another wonderful chapter in the imaginary medieval world that Rossano is meticulously weaving. Though to be honest, I'd recommend reading or re-reading the first book again before starting this one, as I felt like I had forgotten some details that took a while to remember about the characters and world. The plot is intricate, but eventually all falls into place and tells a wonderful tale of love and intrigue. Some good surprises and twists kept me reading all night. The characters were ...more
I loved this book just as I have every one of Ms Rossano's books. Dentin/Simon was everything I would wish for in the perfect hero (although certainly not a perfect man) and I loved that Elsa had strength of chapter and spirit without being hardened in any way. The story kept me enthralled from start to finish and I am anxious to discover what happens next for the Kingdom of Rhynan. (I also loved catching up on Tomas and Brielle and their family from book one.) It is nearly impossible to find ...more
Arlene Mullen
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elsa is being forced to marry someone who would pay off her brothers debt. Lord Dentin has been tasked by the king to take a charge away to be used for the kings will.
Dentin is not very pleased by the task he is given. Then he meets Elsa who calls his honor into question. Lies, deception and murder make for an interesting time.
I loved Elsa. She is a breath of fresh air in a book full of stodgy people. She wants to help but does not want to be forced into anything. Then you have Dentin who has
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel delivers on the promise hinted at in the first novel of this series 'Duty'. Rossano continues to create a realisable, medieval-type society, finding its feet, post civil-war, with all the machinations and intrigue that accompany it. Narrating from the alternating points of view of Dent and Elsa, the lead male and female, provides a bit more depth to the series. The style of prose is more fluid, and less reliant on dialogue. It reads easily, and the reader is left knowing the there is ...more
Judy Bullard
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Exciting and well written.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like the sorbet between courses. wonderful book
Angie Thompson
I'll say this for Rachel Rossano--she really knows how to keep me guessing! With every new twist and turn of the plot, my mind's always trying to jump to might possibly happen next, and there's always a new twist (or several...dozen) that mixes things up yet again. :)

I really liked the characters in this one. Dentin was one of my favorite side characters in Duty, and getting to see more of what made him tick was excellent! I can't imagine being in his position... *shudders* Elsa was really good,
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice continuation of the story set in Rhynan, albeit following Dentin's story rather than Irvaine's. This installment in the series held my attention all the way through. I look forward to a possible book 3???

This was a clean story--squeaky clean.

There were times "I" should have been "me"and there were a few typos.
Carol Pennington
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in this series. The two main characters from the first book take back stage as the focus shifts to the Protector of the Realm and Elsa, a new character. As in the previous book, this one is free of foul language and sex scenes. There is a fair amount of violence and there is lots of intrigue and adventure. Can’t wait to read the third book!
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-romance

A masterful weaving of romance, danger, suspicion and honor. Each story gives new depth to all the characters as the country again edges towards the brink of chaos. Who can be trusted? Who will defend the righteous? I can't wait for the next book!
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the storyline very much, and the characters were well thought out and carried the book well. Dentin was a very likable character and I could enjoy the romance and journey with Elsa.

There were, however, times when Rossano's poor writing really got to me. Times when she could have woven a much better scene, but instead just got out the information. Worse than that, there were times when her choice of words ruined what she wanted to achieve. For example, at one point Elsa has been beaten up
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book a 4. And I would have if the interactions between the two main characters were different. It seemed like any time Dentin started to show affection towards Elsa either he changes his mind, Elsa shies away, or somehow ruins the moment, or someone interrupts them. It would have been fine once or twice, especially in the beginning. But when it continued like that until nearly the end of the book I just didn't feel like their connection was genuine.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rossano has a way with words that transports her readers to another era and surrounds them with the grit & intrigue of the medieval world. I loved the detail, the setting, and the characters. The plot moved well and the romance was satisfying & sweet. I look forward to Book 3 as well as her other works I've yet to enjoy!
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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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