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

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,767 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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
ebook, 128 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published March 2010)
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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
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
Heather C
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

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
Boy is the android
(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
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.
*** 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
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
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
Sep 23, 2015 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog by: OJ
Shelves: humorous, m-m-romance
Thanks for the rec, OJ, this was lots of fun!
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
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Loved this.


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
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
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

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!
Mandi Schreiner

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

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
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
Christy Loves 2 Read
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
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
Emma Sea
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.
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!
I had so much fun reading this book!!! Funny and interesting!
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 12, 2012 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Now that I've finished Catch Me If You Can, I'm not entirely sure what I think about it. It definitely held my attention, mostly because I was trying to figure out what the heck was going on. The pace of the plot is frenetic and there are a bewildering number of characters for a 130-page novel. I often felt like I had missed something important, but I think that's just the way it's written.

Fortunately, Caesar Romano is a very entertaining viewpoint character. In spite of his twitchy, feisty, som
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
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
Jun 20, 2013 sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Where to start?? I just love Caesar sooooo much! he's adorable! he's funny and unstoppable! I can totally see why Dan is crazy about him :)
and Dan, he's sexy, charming, and adores Caesar so much! I bet this is the look he gives C to make him stutter:

I love to see their relationship grow, they're just perfect for each other!

Then there is the whole mystery plot, which I loved, the characters are all insane, in the most funny way possible, I really enjoyed the craziness that is Ce's friends, all i
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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. You can find more information about LB, The Men of Smithfield, and her fun series Romano and Albright at
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“Warning: This book contains graphic language, sex, lies, intrigue, clowns, kleptomania, anal sex, oral sex, mutual masturbation, bad driving, good cooking, and the missing head of a Justin Timberlake statue. Not for the sour of disposition.” 9 likes
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