Published by Silhouette on June 1st 1991
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reader Challenge
All hard-driving executive Trenton St. James III had on his mind was business-making the final arrangements to buy a run-down old mansion on the coast of Maine. He wasn't expecting any complications. And he definitely wasn't expecting anything like Catherine "C. C." Calhoun.
This feisty, independent-minded young woman bristled at the very thought of her family's most highly prized possession ending up as part of some faceless hotel chain. And she seemed to bristle at the very sight of Trenton St. James, too. But all that was going to have to change, because Trent not only wanted her home, he wanted her, too. And he wasn't a man who took no for an answer.
Courting Catherine is an older Nora Roberts romance that I read years ago. I’ve never re-read this one, and thought I would reread it now to see how I feel about it. I really did enjoy Courting Catherine by Nora Roberts, even if it’s not my favorite in the series (that would be Suzanna’s Surrender) and it’s a tiny bit dated.
- I got such a kick out of Catherine. She’s the local mechanic in Bar Harbor, and she totally kicks butt at it. She’s not shy or reserved, but at the same time she’s unsure of her feelings for Trenton and I liked that. I like seeing characters being more than just one thing, because that is how people are.
- Catherine also has some great responses to Trenton, sometimes kind of snarky. They always made me chuckle. Here are two of my favorites:
Trenton: Do you know how I spent my morning?
C.C.: I couldn’t be less interested.
Trenton: Don’t put words in my mouth.
C.C.: How can I? There’s no room with your foot in there.
- Trenton was an interesting character, and I liked him. He definitely is somewhat of a stereotypical hero for the time (he’s a wealthy businessman that has no plans to marry or fall in love), but I liked him regardless. It was interesting to see him struggling with his feelings for C.C.
- C.C.’s Aunt Coco totally cracked me up, too! I loved how she was plotting to get one of her nieces (C.C., Lilah, Amanda, or Suzanna) with Trenton. She’s quite the match maker!
- I always love the element of a ghostly presence, in this case, the Calhoun’s great-great grandmother Bianca. I also did like the little bits of information about Bianca’s life when she met the artist.
- As I said, this book does at times feel slightly dated (it was originally published in 1991!). But it’s never over the top.
Overall I really enjoyed rereading Courting Catherine. There is something about Nora Roberts’ novels written in the early 90s. They feel a bit warmer and funnier than her more recent novels, and I really love that.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: