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. Courted by a Knight
, book 6 of the In Hyacinth series will be out on April 23rd - tomorrow!.Curtis is a mystery/suspense writer. As he's over for dinner again with her and her father, and since Deeka has now read all of his books, their conversation turns to...
Deeka’s eyes went back and forth between them. In some ways it felt like watching a tennis match. It was obvious the two knew one another well and as she didn’t know what to say, it was easier to watch than to participate.
Shrugging, Curtis turned back to her. “So, the leprechaun. You didn’t tell me who you wanted to win?”
Relieved, as this was a safe subject, she cocked her head, thinking about it. “Of course I want Avrahm to win as this is his case, but…I rather like the leprechaun. He’s kind of like a twisted Robin Hood.”
Grunting a laugh, Barrett poured himself a glass of water. “I told you she’d have a unique view of it.”
Curtis nodded, encouraging her to explain.
“It’s gruesome. I mean, he kills all over the city, but those small hints you’ve left about how each one of those deaths helped to save millions? Could he be so bad?”
“It’s the question of what is right and what is wrong,” he agreed. “I like giving my antagonists a soul.”
“And to let them get away,” she responded with a grin.
“Not completely. Avrahm always pulls the mask off at the last moment. So everyone knows who it is. They just aren’t always brought to justice. But, would you have wanted the Chava turned over to the law?”
Quickly, she shook her head. Chava, the unicorn from Licorne, had to be one of her favorite characters ever. She had wanted him to get away, had found herself torn between wanting justice to be served by Avrahm and wanting Chava to get away with everything he’d done. “No, but it’s a unique premise isn’t it? Letting your crooks get away with their crimes?”
A slow smile crossed his face. “The bad guy doesn’t always get caught, but you must admit, by the end of each book, you have a clearer idea of what that particular antagonist will or won’t do. And in some instances, you want them to win.”
A buzzer went off in the kitchen and she popped up. “Everyone hungry?” she asked.
“Famished,” Curtis said.
All through dinner, they discussed his books, characters, and the different people he had met who formed those personalities.
“That’s awful.” She giggled as she took her dishes into the kitchen. Curtis followed, his own dishes lying on his lap as her father brought up the rear.
“But doesn’t it fit?” he asked in amusement, putting his plate and glass up on the counter. “I mean, a vampire whose sole existence is in sucking the lifeblood from others being based on an exceptionally gifted attorney?”
“Does he know?” she asked as she turned on the faucet and filled the sink with soapy water.
“Nope. He keeps telling me he doesn’t have the time to read my books.” He winked at her. “I’m sure I’ll hear from him when he does.”
Laughing, she nodded and took the dishes from her father as well as the ones already sitting on the counter, putting them all under the water. To her surprise, the two stayed and helped her clean up rather than go into the living room to talk. She washed, Curtis dried, and her father put the dishes away.
It felt comfortable and she couldn’t help but hope they had many more such dinners in her future.
Courted by a Knight
Book Six of In Hyacinth
Update: Now available
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 disability 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?
About the series In Hyacinth:
Hyacinth, Washington is all about traditional values. In Hyacinth; its residents live their lives by discipline; there is a strong male head of house; and words like trust, honor, and kindness aren't just buzzwords. Each story in the series is of a young woman (18-20) and her struggle to figure out who she is in this little town while at the same time going through Hyacinth's old-fashioned courting system. On their way to meet, get to know, and finally marry their princes, these heroines grow in ways they and their town never expected.
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