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 avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother’s massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process. As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction.
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 adventures. (More examples of this type of story: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund)
3. THAT VILLAIN. He was epic. And freaky.
4. A lot of shipping went on here. A LOT.
5. This was an onion story.(yes, I just made that up on the spot. But it basically means that the story was multi-layered and beautiful enough to make someone cry.)
THE BAD(not technically bad, but others might think so):
1. There was mild romance(this is technically a romance novel). They kissed a few times.
2. The villain abuses the MC on several occasions. This book is probably 14+.
3. It ended. WARNING: this book ENDS. :)
Five stars to another well-written book! :)