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Catch Me If You Can (Romano and Albright #1)

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The fear of getting caught is half the fun.

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
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ebook, 128 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published March 2010)
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julio
Dec 12, 2015 julio rated it it was ok
snappy and fun, but irksome in the way all of gregg's books irk me.

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
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Susan
Jun 08, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it

3.5 stars...

Outrageous insanity!

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
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Josh
Jun 21, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without question this is LB Gregg's strongest book to date. Admittedly, this comedy is one of the trickiest things out there to write -- without fail it's going to leave some readers cold -- but for shrewd observations, clever characterizations, and great one liners Gregg can't be beat.

She's never glib or facile. The books have genuine heart.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This was really great romantic suspense from L.B. Gregg, who now cements her status as a solid 3.5-4 star author for me.

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
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Lena♥Ribka

3,3 stars.

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,
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Boy is the android
Jan 07, 2012 Boy is the android rated it did not like it
Shelves: comedy, mystery, ebook, queer, crime, m-m
(This review is 1) long, and 2) may contain spoilers, although I have done my best to avoid them.)

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
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Heather C
Mar 21, 2011 Heather C rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! I loved Caesar. I loved his voice and his attitude. The "badass" gay Italian (who currently lives with his Nana) gets himself stuck right in the middle of the chaos; always seconds away from a total freak out. Then enters Dan. At 1st I thought he was going to be a huge asshole, but turns out I was way off. He was funny and a little goofy and reckless for a PI. And he's totally sweet on Caesar. Those two were so HOT together!! The things they found themselves doing ...more
Catherine
*** 2.5 Stars ***

*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
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Lenore
This was lovely.

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.
Laura
Feb 28, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it

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
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Lauraadriana
Mar 24, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I triple loved this book...It was funny and charming. It's narrated in the POV of Ceasar Romano (GREAT FRIGGING NAME :)) an Italian boy from Brooklyn working at an art gallery in the city. He's doing his thing, making a living...romming with his Granny...

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
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Loved this.

Pros

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 f
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Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
Sep 23, 2015 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog by: OJ
Shelves: m-m-romance, humorous
Thanks for the rec, OJ, this was lots of fun!
Selah
Jul 27, 2013 Selah rated it did not like it
I started this book with a lot of enthusiasm. I loved the main character-- a feisty Italian gay man who works as an assistant at an art gallery who becomes the center of a mystery involving ridiculous stolen art-- a bust of Justin Timberlake, of all things-- and clown kleptomania and a closeted children's show actor who looks like an oompa loompa and a sexy gay private investigator with secrets of his own. It seemed like my kind of story! The writing was sharp and quick with a lot of humor, the ...more
Nila
When angst and Alphas rule these days, laugh-out-loud books are a rare treat.

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
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I bought this book the day it came out (which was, what? 6, 7 months ago?) At that time, though, I was totally ignoring long books and only reading short ones, which is partly the reason why it took me so long to read it. The other reason was because LB always makes me laugh so I was waiting for a time when I needed some cheering up. And, today became that day (plus, the sequel comes out in a little over a month and I'm definitely gonna read that fast :D)

I think the thing I love about LB and the
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Jenre
Mar 26, 2010 Jenre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
I have to admit that I was a little unsure as to whether I was going to like this book. I knew it had an element of comedy to it which always makes me nervous because one person's hilarity is another's tumble-weed moment. I also wasn't entirely sure I was going to like the main hero, Caesar Romero, although I'm not entirely sure what it was about him that I didn't think I'd like - possibly because the name conjured up a whole host of Italian clichés. In the end, I shouldn't have worried. This is ...more
Kris
Apr 10, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
The Super Mini: An appealling and wacky cast of characters, a fast paced mystery plot, red herrings that will keep you guessing and the author's trade mark wit and humour. I can't wait to read more about Caesar and Daniel, the main protags. Serious, unapologetic fun. Get it when it comes out. You won't regret it . :)

My Tasting:

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
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Christy Duke
Sep 02, 2013 Christy Duke rated it really liked it
I love off-beat and quirky humor so this story was right up my alley. Not to mention that Caesar is hilarious and he really knows how to get himself caught in a situation. The supporting characters are all very strong and written extremely well. The whole story sort of reminded me of Fawlty Towers, the British television show, in its characters, dialogue, and strange happenings.

Caesar Romano is a lowly art gallery assistant who gets paid peanuts while basically running the entire show for his bo
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Christina
Mar 06, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it


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!
Emma Sea
Jul 29, 2012 Emma Sea rated it liked it
Shelves: detective, mystery
I have mixed feelings about this. The mystery only made me irritated, as did almost all the characters. However I really liked Dan, and Dan and Ce together were great. Dan's forceful sex talk was hot. So it's like a 2 for the plot, and a 4 for the MCs.
Heller
Aug 01, 2012 Heller rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
This book is absolutely hilarious. I loved it. I adored Caesar and this story kept me laughing all the way through it. Caesar and Dan burn up the pages. Great story, I can't wait to get to #2!
Isabel
Sep 22, 2013 Isabel rated it it was amazing
I had so much fun reading this book!!! Funny and interesting!
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews
Nov 22, 2014 MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews rated it really liked it
3.5 takes me out of my slump stars
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 11, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it

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

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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 12, 2012 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it
Recommended to JustJen "Miss Conduct" by: Heather C
Shelves: mm, ebook
What a fun story. Easy 4.5 stars. There's a little bit of something for everyone here. There are a bunch of side characters, all of whom are suspicious of the others. Everyone seems to be having something stolen from them, to be blackmailed for odd amounts of money.

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
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Caesar and Dan are awesome! They are great together.

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
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DaisyGirl
2.5 Stars

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
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Chris
Jun 26, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
"Excellent m/m romantic suspense about a gallery manager, a bust of Justin Timberlake, an ugly painting of clowns, orange people, and a mysterious detective. Fun, hot, and not predictable, I already know I'll be rereading it soon at a slower pace to savor (versus the first breakneck reading so I could find out what was going to happen). Definitely recommended."
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I like the characters less when they eat Veal and these guys ate it daily, something i don't like reading about. Also Dan was a smoker something else i don't like about my heroes. If it would have been the bad guys eating veal and smoking, I would have understood, them being evil and all…

Other than that it was a pretty good story funny and enjoyable
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LB Gregg (Lisabea) writes fun, fast-paced contemporary male/male romances for a variety of publishers including Riptide, Samhain, and Carina Press. Her wildly successful Men of Smithfield books feature hot, hunky men looking for love in small town New England. Find more information about LB, The Men of Smithfield, and her fun series Romano and Albright at www.lbgregg.com.


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