In Honor Bound by DeAnna Julie Dodson.
Set in a fictional medieval kingdom, In Honor Bound is the story of one king, four sons, and the raging war that threatens to destroy them all. Prince Philip never wanted to be king. As the second son, he hoped to escape the drudgery and responsibility of his legacy: a kingdom at war with no peace in sight. In love with a commoner, Philip hoped for nothing more than a quiet, simple life. But alas, none of that was to be. Within a year, his mother, his older brother, his youngest brother, and lover (whom he had secretly married) all die. Accidents. Murder. War. Betrayal and treason. Philip knows exactly who to blame: his father, Robert.
Will this future king learn to forgive and put away his bitterness? Or will he be haunted by these losses the rest of his days? Philip has vowed to never love again. To never trust again. Can Rosalynde, his new wife whom he was forced to marry, melt his heart of ice? Can her prayers melt his bitter resolve?
In Honor Bound is an exciting, fast-paced novel that I could not put down. Even with heavy eyes, I wanted to read just one more chapter. The characters. The plot. Everything was done so well. I can't wait to read the rest of the novels in this trilogy.
Interview with DeAnna Julie Dodson