Catch Me If You Can (Romano and Albright #1)
Lowly art gallery assistant Caesar Romano is freely out of the closet. Now he’d just like to get out of his Nana’s guest room. Everything—his reputation and his financial freedom—is riding on the success of tonight’s gallery opening. If only he could shake free of the past so easily.
A mysterious gatecrasher, Dan Green, looks lik ...more
romano's prissiness and hysteria make for a fun voice, but not, you know, all the time.
albright's a cipher. aside from being hot and bossy, i see no reason to care.
the mystery is slight but pleasant; when you're reading a caper, you hardly want to do any heavy lifting to keep track of things, so i appreciated that.
mostly what kept this from being a total success for me were the characters, who seemed, nearly all of them—i'm serio ...more
And, I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)
After a semi-annoying start (Why do people in books NOT call the cops when something bad happens…??? It’s my pet peeve…), this book really picked up for me. It’s funny…asinine, really…and just so over-the-top that I couldn’t help but be entertained.
Caesar is a hoot…and I love that he’s just a good, good guy (despite all the lunatics in his life). And I’m obsessed with his maybe-they’re-in-the-mob Italian family! But, for me, the re ...more
I enjoyed this one way more than I thought I would. It was funny, sexy and a bit mysterious. It was also quite silly, but that was just what I needed right now.
Ceasar is an Italian gay man, who works at an art gallery an is living with his granny. He needs a new job that will pay more, so he can afford a place on his own. He works his ass off to impress the right people....maybe he worked a bit too hard to impress, because things turn to shit pretty fast.
Dan is a PI. I really liked the guy. H ...more
She's never glib or facile. The books have genuine heart.
First of all, I loved the heat level of this book. For some reason, in the two other L.B. Gregg books that I read, the sex was just not that hot for me. However, in this book, the chemistry between Caesar and Dan was electric and I was so into them as a couple. I could have used even more sex but I'm pervy like that.
Another thing I loved was the humor. God, I love when an aut ...more
I initially liked this book. I did. I liked it a lot; it's tremendously funny, and the characters are extremely well drawn. But it also gnawed at me, and I spent most of the book trying to justify what struck me as borderline transphobic content -- until I reached the climax of the mystery, and it went from borderline to blatantly transphobic.
I have no problem with portraying anyone, transgender (he ...more
My last books were good, but challenging, and it is why I looked for something totally different.
I was ready for something light, fast-paced, hilarious. I was ready for fun and sexy.
And who can deliver it IMMEDIATELY, without having to spend much time on searching for it? L.B. Gregg!
If you haven't yet read anything by this author, you should !
I enjoyed her Men of Smithfield series and I became a fan of her writing.
The first book of Romano and Albright series was a good thing too, ...more
*shakes head, sputters a little incomprehensibly, makes a face that says "I'm thinking entirely too hard and yet, probably not enough."*
I'm not even entirely sure what I just read. It was like a... rom com mystery novel? Sort of. I don't know. It was zany. And bizarre. But kinda in a good way?! I mean, it had a million characters, a convoluted plot and a messy, somewhat comical resolution. It sorta felt like I was reading the script for an episode of I Love Lucy (if Lucy and Et ...more
It's my second book by LB Gregg—the other one being How I Met Your Father—and it's safe to say I'm becoming a fan of her writing.
Catch Me If You Can is a fun, fast paced ride that had me smiling, laughing, and running to keep up. Running to catch up with Caesar Romano.
Caesar is a hilarious, quick witted, feisty ball of energy! A man that can probably get in trouble just rolling out of bed. Haha…He had me in stitches. Slipping, flailing, and falling into secrets, mystery, and trouble! But my favorite part of this story was how Ms. Gregg seemed to infuse the whole story—every single page with Caesar’s energy. Do you talk wi ...more
Ce's voice is humourous and witty, he drops fantastic one liners and keeps you laughing or at least grinning. The mistery was something, a bit loopy but intereting nonetheless. His friends are great and his family. Joey, Vito, Tino, Paulie, Rocc ...more
The book is VERY funny. For example:
"'We're just discussing it now. Mr. Potters' Lullaby [the new television show the actor stars in]—'
'About that name…' Nana shuddered and said in all innocence, ‘…I hate to be a prude, but it does sound unseemly.'
I nodded. ‘Yeah, Like story hour for pedophiles.'"
Plot, pacing, verbiage, etc. All the standard elements are there and well done. The characterization was very well done. I could picture each person and they were all different. I fel ...more
Ceasar works at a gallery plagued by thefts and his friends are being blackmailed. For an underpaid gallery assistant who is living with his nana, without much of a professional or romantic future, Ceasar is instinctively a good person: he commits himself to do what he can to retrieve stolen paintings, money, videos and art works that are bedeviling the gallery, his friends, his past lover and himself.
Early on, sliding ...more
Why I bought it:
I would tell you how I got this, but then I'd have to kill you. Instead, I shall just revel in the fact that I've read it before all of you. *neener, neene ...more
Caesar Romano is a lowly art gallery assistant who gets paid peanuts while basically running the entire show for his bo ...more
I think the thing I love about LB and the ...more
3.5 Stars rounded up……
because of how crazy and lovable Caesar is,
because he made me laugh,
because of the completely outrageous situations Caesar got himself into (he blinks and he's in trouble),
because of Caesar’s sweet tooth,
because of Caesar’s Nana,
because of Poppy,
because of the clowns,
because of Caesar's Italian family (even though it was stereotypical), and lastly
because of HOT Detective Dan.
This was fun!
Caesar Romano is an assistant in an art gallery. He is broke and lives with his nana – this causes him some shame but he comes from a very close knit Italian family. The book opens during a show for the artist, Jean Pappineau. He creates busts of famous people out of odds and ends. As the drinks start flowing, the crowd becomes drunker and more rowdy. Caesar hopes this means more sales, but it also means more work for him. To complicate matters, his ex-boyfriend, Shep McNamara shows up and since...more
Caesar's job in an art gallery seems to require a feisty attitude that Caesar has, but he can also be so serious. I loved how responsible he was, but at the same time how his rationality took a vacation now and then and he let his instincts decide. I am Italian so I could totally relate to the overbearing, affectionate family, which welcomed Caesar's friends as family too and would do anything to help a family member. It was so funny. I liked ...more
Ceasar is super cute, sexy, funny, feisty little Italian dude who finds himself in the middle of a tornado of mystery and crime. Nothing seems to be going right for him. Dan is super sexy and funny PI hired by one of the characters t ...more
This book was smartly written but, unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. Maybe it was my mood; maybe my expectations were off; maybe my stars were misaligned. I dunno but for whatever reason, I didn't really connect with these characters. Caesar is sorta funny but he irked me. I liked his extended family but the mystery he was enveloped in didn't get my goat. I couldn't understand why he was so stressed to figure it all out. It wasn't his gallery, his art, or his money. So what's the be ...more
Other than that it was a pretty good story funny and enjoyable
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