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Another sweet romance in this excellent series. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with the characters introduced in earlier books. This story is about Caterina and Kade and their romance. Caterina flees from her home to escape marriage to a local thug and ends up in Pendleton. As expected her romance is shadowed by fear that she will be traced and followed to the area but with a number of twists and turns all is well at the end. I did not like Caterina as much as I liked Aundy for example but I still really enjoyed the book and love the series.
Considering that it deals with a turn-of-the-century Italian family from New York and their run-ins with Luigi, the Mafia head-man with an obsession with their only daughter & sister of 5 VERY protective big brothers. They devise a plan to get her out of town, and that's where the plans go awry. Instead of a ship sailing to a family member in England. Catarina finds herself on a train headed west. West, as in Portland, Oregon. Naturally one of Luigi's henchmen is on the same train and she evades him with the help of a porter and an arrival in Pembroke, Oregon ... she makes quick friends and eventually opens an Italian restaurant, but the henchman returns -- more than once. Catarina has a deep distrust of lawmen as so many were on Luigi's payroll but she soon begins to question that ALL cops are bad cops when she meets the local deputy and close friend of her new friends, Kade. There are heart wrenching moments, sweet kisses (and some pretty steamy ones too!) Not to mention some near slapstick humor before Luigi, his henchmen and a few of his crooked cops get carted off to jail by Deputy Kade and a few of HIS best buddies. Between Catarina's fiery Italian temper and Kade's deep-seated belief that the wife of a lawman is NOT in the best interest of the love of his life; their romance doesn't run smoothly, but, as they say, good things come to those who wait (and pray!) the ending is well worth the wait. This is the 2nd book of this series and can be read as a stand-alone story as they do quick recaps of Book 1 , Aundy, but if you have the chance, I'd recommend reading in order and preparing yourself for the next book dealing with one of Catarina's brothers as he moves west to join his baby sister.
I just reviewed book 1 "Aundy", and now on to "Caterina". I read these two books back to back because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. This is the best series that I have read in a long time. "Caterina" is a sweet read. Love her personality and love that she is different from Aundy and that they help each other. This has a new twist than other books have as she is from New York and her family is dealing with the mafia. Adventure and true love await. All you need to do is read it to find it. I will say that this book is a clean read, but is not real "churchy". Book One "Aundy" has more references to church and a message preached than this one. Caterina is a stand alone and can be read without reading book one which and that is only one reason why it is a great series however, you will truly enjoy the experience much better if you read book one before reading "Caterina".
I enjoyed this book especially being a series it continued on where the first book left off. i was surprised to read the negatives in several of the reviews about the two lead characters. This is early 1900s remember and Caterina had left her family and world she knew to escape a violent man. She was also spoiled rotten being the only girl in an Italian household of brothers. She had allot of growing up to do when she left her family. I think by the end of the story it shows that Shanna's stories always have well developed characters that gives the reader time to really know them and how they think-well done again and she always comes up with good plots I enjoyed the book