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.
“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.”
“Would you mind if I invited him over to dinner a few nights a week until he gets settled?”
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.