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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg

Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (120 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

The fear of getting caught is half the fun.

Romano and Albright, Book 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 like a promising addition to his pending new life—until Caesar’s ex shows up and suddenly the opening disintegrates into a half-naked dance melee. When the glitter settles, a missing sculpture of Justin Timberlake has Caesar up to his eyebrows in extortion, intrigue and a wild sexual adventure underneath, inside, and on top of a variety of furnishings.

As the cast of suspects piles up, so do the questions. Like who’s really blackmailing whom? And what does a stolen paint-by-numbers clown matter when Dan is so outrageously capable of blowing Caesar’s resistance to smithereens?

An orange ex-boyfriend, hermaphroditic caterer, stolen pop star statue, and a hot new private dick all combine to give Caesar a life changing experience. When Caesar puts on a gallery showing for the hot new artist, he never imagined that the end would be so wild. He wakes up the next day to find his drunken ex-boyfriend naked with a watch around his penis, a used condom in his boss’ office, a missing statue, and a sexy private investigator trying to solve a blackmail case in which Caesar is a suspect.

The story is over the top and often incredibly funny as the antics just won’t stop. The crazy and wacky cast are all suspects and the culprit isn’t revealed until the very end. The plot isn’t very complicated but it does throw a lot of red herrings into the mix. There is no real way to guess the real answer since the clues are purposefully confusing and misleading. This keeps the action flowing fast and furious, one upping itself in each scene. The plot feels somewhat manipulated as the characters and action move in obviously prescribed motions but it doesn’t decrease the enjoyment factor. You just have to suspend disbelief some and go with the story, ignoring any slight qualms or problems.

The cast is pretty large and due to the high action, mostly under characterized. Told in first person point of view from Caesar, he’s the best known character of the group. He’s funny, witty, and very charming with his occasionally flamboyant touches and spastic behavior. He’s over the top but never in an annoying, ridiculous way. He’s kept enjoyable and humorous with a very likable personality. Unfortunately none of the other characters, including Caesar’s eventual boyfriend Dan, are given much depth due to the non-stop action. This isn’t bad since this is only book one of a new series, but their connection feels based on instant sexual chemistry only and as if they just started dating rather than any happy ever after so no doubt we’ll see their relationship develop in the series.

As a beginner book, this has all the hallmarks of a fun, witty, and humorous new series. There is a lot of room to grow and explore the characters and new adventures with some steaming hot sex between them. While this may not be perfect it has a very deft touch to the writing that keeps you interested and never exasperated by the various shenanigans. Get in on this series now, you won’t want to miss this ride.

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