Loosely inspired by the legend of Camelot, Dark Sexy Knight tells the story of dinner theater knight Colt Lane, who meets down-on-her-luck Verity Gwynn on the worst day of her life. Evicted from their home, Verity and her special-needs brother, Ryan, must find jobs or risk being separated. Colt, who is the furthest-possible thing from a white knight in real life, comes to their unlikely rescue, quickly cementing his place in Verity’s heart.
Colt has dark, deeply buried secrets that keep his smile hidden and his eyes down, which has kept people away . . . until he meets Verity, who seems immune to his gruff manners and taciturn ways. The more time Colt spends with her, the more he longs for her sweetness in his life and yearns to be the knight in shining armor she so desperately needs. Certain he will lose her if she learns the truth about his past, he must decide if he can trust her with his yesterday in order to build a beautiful tomorrow.
4.5 stars for this sweet, romantic story.
“Dark Sexy Knight” follows the story of Verity and Colton. Verity is the sole provider and caretaker of her brother Ryan, who is a mentally disabled adult. They are struggling to live as their only source of income has been destroyed due to circumstances beyond their control. When they are attending a job fair, they come across Colton, the dark, sexy knight. He is able to procure a job for both of them, which sets them on their path towards a relationship.
Verity is the younger sister to Ryan but is the sole provider and caretaker of her brother. She is struggling to make ends meet and to hold down a job for various reasons, and she generally considers herself to be unlucky and often unwanted. Due to these circumstances, she leans on the help that Colton is willing to provide at the beginning of the book. Verity is a very sweet character, and she is trying her best. The only time she is unkind is when she is provoked by Artie or her brother is being mistreated. She is truly a gentle character who deserves a happy ending. Colton, on the other hand, is gruff and generally apathetic towards most people, but he is drawn to Verity and her brother, feeling compelled to help them. Through his help and the similarities between their siblings, their relationship begins to bloom. Even though he is willing to assist them, there is a underlying danger to him that is portrayed with his inner-dialogue versus being actually dangerous. While his darkness is violent, I just didn’t care about it. Whenever his anger surfaces, it is in defense of someone he loves. Because of this, I didn’t buy into the fact that he is really as dark and sinister as he seems to think that he is. Don’t get me wrong, his episodes are violent and scary, but provoked, so I felt like his behavior is justified. There is also another scene where he has a physical sexual reaction to someone other Verity, which could upset some readers, but he is disgusted with himself because of the reaction. His reaction to his attraction to someone else makes me okay with the scene. At the end of the day, he is another damaged hero who is honorable, so, even though he has made mistakes, I want him to have his happy ending with Verity.
What I loved most about the two of them is that their romance is sweet and mirrors a more realistic relationship. They recognize the need to be responsible before jumping into their relationship as a bad break-up could be disastrous for not only them but also their siblings. Additionally, they are open with each other, and, even when they keep details of their lives from each other, it is a logical reason, and they share the news as soon as possible. There also are no crazy reactions by either character when the unknown information is revealed. These people form a family together, one of love, loyalty, and support. There is one instance of stupid thinking in the heat of the moment, but I was able to overlook it as they, at this point in the story, have fully committed to each other, and the result of the poor choice plays out in the resolution of the plot.
The other two characters that I liked are Mel and Ryan. These characters are sweet, and the abuse they receive fully conveys the discrimination that mentally disabled people still endure, even today. I also enjoyed that they received their happy ending as well, although I was thrown by the siblings of siblings connection. I generally don’t like this in stories, so I didn’t love this aspect of the story. Overall, these characters were fantastic additions to the story, and they are really the impetus to specific plot developments that need to occur.
“Dark Sexy Knight” is another great addition to the “A Modern Fairytale” series. Her writing is sophisticated and sheds light on real-world problems. I truly enjoyed reading this story and can’t wait for the next installment.