24 March 2010

Review: Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg



BACK COVER BLURB:

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 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?


Lynette's Two Cents:

When Catch Me If You Can came up for review on another site that I review books for, I eagerly snatched it up. Although I've never read anything by Ms. Gregg before, I'd heard her name mentioned by several people whose opinions I value and they've all lauded her work. So, I read it and . . . it was a nice read.


The dialogue was witty and fun. And I felt sorry for Caesar who seemed to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. I appreciated the way he never bitched and moaned about all these problems that were heaped up on him. He didn't sit down and have a pity party like so many characters often do. He just jumped in and tried to find solutions, in his unique and odd way which added to the charm of Catch Me If You Can.

The mystery inside Catch Me If You Can seemed to be more of a comedy of errors instead of anything serious or focused. To give a good comparison, I felt like I was watching Ethel and Lucy from I Love Lucy. I don't know if this is because of what I do in my day-to-day job, but I was seriously annoyed that no one called the police or anything. Their reasoning behind not doing so was flimsy and didn't ring true. I freely admit that this may be a bias on my part since I interact with the police on a daily basis.

The relationship between Caesar and Dan was nice. The respect they had for each other had the makings to develop into something more powerful as time goes on, but I would've liked to see a little more depth between the two of them. There were so many secondary characters that Caesar and Dan's developing relationship didn't appear to be the focal point of Catch Me If You Can. I missed that, I wanted to see Dan and Caesar develop and struggle through their trust issues to see if they'd make a go at it. This was barely glanced at.

Overall Catch Me If You Can is a fun and breezy read. You'll laugh out loud several times at some of the dialogue. While I love lite books, I felt that the comedy aspect overwhelmed the development of Caesar and Dan's relationship, which in my humble opinion should've been the focal point.

Where Purchased:
Copy courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Grade:
C+

6 people posted their 2 cents:

Smokinhotbooks said...

*sobs* You didn't like it as much as me. I think for m/m I like to think of these books more as HBO miniseries and less full length novel.


PS Did you think the closet scene was hot?

PPS I have many many more suggestions (m/m) where the story focuses more on the relationship ;)

SusiSunshine said...

I read one of Ms. Gregg's books and I totally adored it.
I think I will give this one a try. I like a light read from time to time. And the story sounds like fun.

And when KC says something about a hot closet scene I have to get it. LOL

Lynette said...

Sometimes I feel like I'm old school. When I read a romance novel, I expect the h/h to be the focus of book. While I enjoyed all banter, even laughed out loud several times, I want to feel the emotional connection between the hero/heroine. LOL. Or in this case hero/hero.

I liked to closet scene but you won't be surprised to see that while I loved the lust, I wish it showed a little more emotion.

And KC, yes I would love recommendations on m/m that you'd think I'd like!

Smokinhotbooks said...

I love Josh Lanyon but similar to LB Gregg, he has a noir type of writing style that I really like. Tere Michaels I really enjoyed her first one, about two straight men. One looses his wife & they end up falling in love Faith and Fidelity, 2nd book Love & Loyalty, 3rd Duty & Devotion. JL Langley I'm a super fan girl of, she writes the most amazing stories heavy on the steam though. I like her contemp such as Tin Star, Broken H etc. Sean Kennedy Tigers & Devils a little on the lighter side but I liked it.

PS You know I could go on and on, let me know if you want more ;) I also just reviewed the most amazing coming of age m/m Enlightened by JP Barnaby

ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Yeah, all the books KC (smokinhotbooks) recommended are fab. If you didn't like Catch Me that much (I'm still sobbing about that) you probably won't like Josh Lanyon that much either because his books focus more on the mystery than on the romance too.
KC didn't mention one of my favorite M/M reads: The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeleine Urban.
I liked your review btw! :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Heehee, the sculpture of Justin Timberlake makes me smile!! Great review, sounds like a fun, light read. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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