I’m an unabashed fan of Bree Cariad’s In Hyacinth series. I count myself extremely lucky to have gotten the chance to read these books as a beta reader. I fell in love quickly and pretty much devoured the books as quickly as she could send them to me. I read all sorts of spanking romances, from sweet romances to erotica, but the sort of pure DD genre that the In Hyacinth books fall into is truly my favorite. As far as this particular book goes, I love a character with a past, and I love the romantic ideal that the right person in the right relationship can help heal any number of old wounds. Stephie’s story hits that particular button all over the place.
First, a little about the In Hyacinth series itself.
About the series “In Hyacinth” by Bree Cariad:
Hyacinth, Washington is all about old-fashioned values. In Hyacinth words like trust, honor, and kindness aren’t just buzzwords. Hyacinth is a community built on tradition and trust, where men are the head of the home and women are encouraged to follow their lead.
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.
Courted by Trouble
In Hyacinth, Book Three
Stephanie Knight’s life wasn’t easy. Even brought up in Hyacinth, discipline had not been a part of her family growing up. After her mother’s death, she made many mistakes and after the worst, ended up almost homeless. Thanks to her best friend’s father, she had a safe place to live while she tried to get her life together. Fear of people’s reactions kept her away from Hyacinth, but when her best friends found her again, she could no longer deny her desire to truly live.
Christopher Triton moved to town and turned her life upside down. With the support of her friends, Steph slowly got her self-esteem back. When Christopher declared his intention to court her, she couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful. But things were never smooth sailing for Stephanie. Thankfully, with a strong man at her side, she was able to weather the tough spots. His discipline allowed her to let go of all past guilt and grasp onto her positive future. His love helped her feel as though she could do anything. Which meant the world when her strange past came to call.
Looking over to see how Cami was doing, she grinned when she saw her standing there with a large pink teddy bear in her arms. She was gesticulating as she talked and it took a second for Stephanie to realize that her friend was talking to the man with green eyes.
“Oh.” She smoothed down her dress and suddenly wondered at it. Would green eyes think she was insane for wearing it?
Dora followed her gaze. “He’s cute. Who is he?”
“Christopher something. I kind of met him a few weeks ago.” In Hyacinth ‘kind of’ meant they hadn’t been officially introduced.
“Well, then, let’s let Cami introduce you.” Dora grasped her arm and marched her over to their friend. As they approached, Christopher turned in their direction and his eyes smiled at Dora before turning to her.
“Dora, Stephie, this is Jerod’s nephew Christopher Triton. He recently moved to Hyacinth. Chris, these are two of my best friends, Dora Lexington and Stephanie Knight.”
Reaching out his hand, Christopher shook Dora’s hand. “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m afraid I’ve caused several faux pas by talking to women without being introduced. Hopefully that won’t be held against me.”
Dora laughed as he turned to Stephanie. “Oh, it happens all the time. Don’t worry about it.”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you officially, Stephanie Knight,” he said, taking her hand. “And now I know your name.” His green eyes twinkled and Stephanie found herself grinning at him.
“You still don’t know anything else about me.”
“Is that an invitation?” he teased back.
“Chris,” Jerod said calmly. “Over bounds.”
Christopher winced. “Sorry,” he said, releasing her hand. “I’m learning.”
She missed the feel of his warm, slightly calloused hand holding hers.
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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