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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 new Earl’s bride. But she is surprised when Tomas gives her a choice to say no. In a leap of faith she says yes and in that moment her whole life changes.
The fantasy world of Rhynan is very similar to medieval England or Scotland and I do love that time period. The world is beautifully detailed and the characters are well-fleshed. From the moment this tale began the action kept me on my toes. Tomas and Brielle are barely married when things start going to hell in a hand basket. Problem after problem crops up and has to be dealt with all while they are trying to get to know each other and make their marriage work. I kept thinking, “This poor couple. Give them a break already!” lol The pacing did seem to drag a bit in a few places, but overall this is a wonderful, clean, historical-type romance. Lose yourself in Rhynan. You won’t regret it.