Courted by a Knight (In Hyacinth #6) by Bree Cariad 1

Deeka Williams is uncertain of her courting year. The list of single men in town who are looking for a wife does not give her a lot of hope. Until one of her father’s friends comes over for dinner. Intelligent, a gentleman, and sociable, Curtis Brenten catches her attention quickly, especially after he defends her against a bully. Unfortunately, he also seems to think that no woman would want a man in a wheelchair.Between trying to convince Curtis that he is not his infirmity and fighting against the bully who delights in teasing her ruthlessly, she’s busy enough. But when she breaks a rule too many times by lashing out, she may have lost everything she has been trying to achieve. Have they built enough of a foundation to weather this storm or will the man she considers her knight walk away?

Courted by a Knight was a delightful addition to the In Hyacinth series. I found the opening scene absolutely hilarious. I cannot imagine who was more mortified – Deeka or Cami. The situation became even funnier when Deeka confessed what happened to her father, who was laughing so hard he nearly lost his breath, only to find out that the phone call from Jerod was not about that and her confession earned her a punishment for trespassing. Not only was the entire situation comical (because I wasn’t the one being spanked), but it made for a nice introduction to Deeka as we learned that she obviously wasn’t a gossip (otherwise she wouldn’t have alerted Jerod and Cami to her presence), she was honest by owning up to her actions to her father and the Kinsleys, and she was a hard worker because not only did she assist Jerod with the task he assigned her as her way of making up for trespassing, but she continued to help him after her penance was paid.

It is because of this introduction that I was looking forward to the commencement of Deeka’s courting experience. Sadly, her prospects weren’t that great and her excitement for her courting year was beginning to wane. Fortunately for Deeka, one of her father’s friends was checking out the area as a potential place to move to and he proved to be a very entertaining and engaging dinner guest – despite his witnessing her mortifying interaction with Wally. Between the values her father instilled in her and her summer work experience, the fact that Curtis was in a wheelchair part of the time did not phase Deeka one bit. She was far more interested in Curtis’s writing and life experiences as he shared the steps he took to research some of his books. Her acceptance of Curtis’s condition just endeared Deeka to me that much more. As Curtis joined them for dinner regularly, Deeka began to develop feelings for him and surprisingly she shared that with her father – I think I was just as disheartened as Deeka at her father’s explanation that Curtis might not be an appropriate suitor because he wasn’t sure if Curtis was even aware of the Domestic Discipline lifestyle. It was because of this that I was not surprised at the conversation that Deeka walked up to between her father and Curtis. I completely understood where her father was coming from and applauded him for putting his daughter’s long-term happiness ahead of her short-term happiness and his friendship. I also liked how he called Curtis out for underestimating Deeka in regards to his disability. But what I really loved was that Deeka risked punishment (for eavesdropping) and made sure her feelings were heard – it was her future happiness on the line after all. Not surprisingly, Curtis does what he must so that he can court Deeka and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop, especially once they hit the punishment phase of courting.

While we did get to catch up with some of the couples from the previous books in the series, Ms. Cariad also introduced us to a slew of new characters, some of which I hope to see featured in their own book. We also got another extremely unlikeable character as well – Wally. As for Wally, I cannot even go there – think the male version of Marjorie and remove the threat of punishment because his behavior towards Deeka is beyond disrespectful, not only of her but also of the courting system, so it’s hard to believe that his father has taken him in hand as he should. Okay I guess I did go there, but once you read the book you’ll realize that I barely went there because that kid made me want to throttle him … repeatedly. I absolutely adored Courted by a Knight and I am already looking forward to the next book in the series – hopefully it will be one of Deeka’s friends so I’ll get to check in on Deeka and Curtis.


The rest of the day she spent with her nose in a Curtis Brenten novel. They were riveting. Each paragraph pushed  her onto the next, sometimes reading at twice the speed she normally did just because she had to know what was going to happen. Morts-Vivants went quickly, followed by Loup-Garou, Licorne, and she was deep into Farfadet  when she heard the front door shut.
 “Deeka!” her dad called.
“Hey, Dad!” she called back, not breaking her eyes from her eReader.
“What’s got you so hooked?” he asked, walking into her room.
Looking up, she grinned. “Curtis’s books. I’m reading Farfadet at the moment.”
“Ahh, Detective Avrahm verses the leprechaun. Obviously you’re enjoying them?”
“Page turners,” she said emphatically, making him chuckle.
“I’m not sure which one I like best! He does such an amazing job at weaving in mysticism and reality to where I’m almost believing the creatures exist…and yet like Avrahm, I’m sure there is a logical reason for what goes on.”
“Curt’s a great writer.” He paused, looking deep in thought.
“Would you mind if I invited him over to dinner a few nights a week until he gets settled?”
“Mind? Nope! Maybe I can pick his brain about some of the stuff in his books.” Pausing as he turned to leave her room, she said, “Dad?”
“Yeah?” He looked over his shoulder as he paused at her doorway.
“I like him.” As much as she tried to say it without emotion, she felt the tell-tale blush enter her cheeks.
One of those inscrutable expressions crossed his face, which made it impossible to tell what he was thinking. “Deek, I have a very high opinion of him, but the man isn’t from here and doesn’t understand our way of life.”
“I know. And after Mom, I can understand not wanting to get involved with an outsider. But…he’s fascinating, the kinds of things he’s done so far. I’d just like to get to know him better.” Knowing her father would want to be sure she meant it, she looked him straight in the eyes and waited while he gazed at her.
A small smile crossed his features and if she was any judge, it looked as though her father was pleased with her reaction. “Good to know. And it looks like he plans on staying. He says he really likes what he’s seen of Hyacinth so far. Now, finish Farfadet so that you can discuss the reality of leprechauns with him tonight.”
“He’s coming tonight?” she asked, half sitting up.
“Shall I make another dessert?” Placing her eReader down, she slid off the bed, already slipping her toes into a pair of sandals.
“That would be perfect, Deek. I’m going to throw together a meatloaf. And, so you know? He has a love for anything chocolate.” Winking at her, he left the room, leaving her with a high-grade blush and a huge grin on her face.
Bree enjoys good books with great characters. While she may
be an adult, her favorite memories are from her teenage years reading
inspirational romance with girls just like her and strong heroes. That’s one of
the reasons she’s written In Hyacinth, a series of Courting Romances.
Courting Romance – where contemporary romance meets traditional values.

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  • Bree Cariad

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Deeka’s story! I adored her and Curtis. And yes, you will be seeing more of Deeka and Curtis in the next book, which is DeLynn’s story.

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