Friday, 26 March 2010

Review: You win some – You lose some

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?

My Thoughts
I was one of those reader so eager to get my grubby little mitts on LB Greg’s next production – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, because after reading her first three books how could I miss this book – they were the bomb.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN starts with one of the main protag Caesar Romano in the midst of an art gallery promotion party and while there the author takes us through an introduction of all the people in attendance. From the little bits and pieces I learned in those first set of pages I knew they were all going to play a part in the drama in some way shape or form and she didn’t disappoint me.
The first thing that didn’t work for me was Caesar himself, he is such a drama queen, prone to over reaction as well as running off into uncharted territory at the drop of a hat. At this promotion party a whole slew of things goes wrong, from Caesar’s ex turning up to one of the main artist dancing on one of the table shirtless, but the best was still yet to come because by morning one of the headline pieces – A Justin Timberlake bust no less, goes missing.
Did I forget to mention Caesar meets Dan Green who just happen to be investigating Caesar himself for extortion no less..
From there the storyline gets crowded with a host of people doing all matter of god knows what. Not only did I have to keep track of the comings and goings but Dan and Caesar had no chemistry. Yeah I know alot of people love them but I really did not get them – Dan talked down to Caesar alot, got amorous at the most inconvenient time and  I really question his work ethics in how he deals with a suspect under investigation.

I really had to slog my way through this one, which was  a surprise for me but I just didn’t get that feel that any of these people were invested in what was going on, it was like a three ring circus eventually with all the far fetch circumstances being brought into play. It was the art world after all so I maybe did not understand the mindset.
While this book did not work for me – There were a few people who made a little space for themselves in there somehow and that’s Caesar’s Nana and his family and I would not want to meet any of those two set of people on the wrong side of midnight. Not only were they hoodlums but they were the only honest set of people in this book, everyone else was ploting, scheming or just up to some dastardly deed.

I really hope I get more of the "family"  in the next book in this series, and not so much drama.  

Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annual winter solstice celebration. But Luke is hiding his own secret, and he'll need a little bit of magic to earn Camry's trust...and a whole lot of mistletoe to seduce his way into her heart

My Thoughts
This would be the seventh book in Janet Chapman Highlander series – it is a short story and I rushed to read this one after reading THE WARRIOR which I enjoyed alot.
Camry’s story could have been missed or incorporated into another for me. Camry is the product of a mother who is a rocket scientist no less and a father whose word is feared by those near and far.

She herself is a rocket scientist, however when lack of focus and stress  leads to her losing her job she hides the whole thing from her parent and family. Part of her problem comes in the shape of another scientist Luke Pascal and another part comes from the fact that her family is not a normal family, they are shrouded in magic and that for Camry is the problem, as a scientist her natural instinct is to see it to believe it – let just say she has not yet seen that magic..
With a series of events Ms. Chapmen places Luke and Camry together in a little house with a houseful of dogs and a sizzling attraction.
What I didn’t get with this book was firstly Camry's parent – Her mother a scientist has not been active in the scientific community for twenty years – yet she was watching people watching her creation all without any of the litany of geeky super spy toys out there detecting her, also the fact that as a scientist why dip her fingers into a world that she had walked away from for love and is comfortable sitting on the sidelines seeing all the break through in the field happening when she could have been a part of it.
Camry’s dad is all about security and is home is set up like Fort Knox – yet Luke was able to be just within a few miles of this “highly guarded house of many secrets” and no one knew he was there.
Don’t even let me get onto Luke himself he was just too wanting to please – I knew he cared for Camry but in a strong willed family like hers he will have to carve his own space into that mess.
All Chapman books has some magical scenes in there – of all the books I have read by her, this is the first one where it feels like that scene was just dropped into the plot – when I got to it, I had to back up, flip back to check to see if I was reading the same book – for me the meeting of the generations did not flow well at all.
Lovers of Ms. Chapman work her usual fun style is still there, and it was fun seeing the girls together at any time. I was really disappointed in Camry story but I hope to see a little more of their union in future books to see how they fair out.  

22 Speak To Me:

Lea on 26 March 2010 at 12:05 said...

Thanks for the honest reviews EH. So appreciated. I have LB's book on my e-reader, not sure when I will get to it, but will have to compare notes.

Thank you again!

Blodeuedd on 26 March 2010 at 12:08 said...

2 in one, nice.
Have a great weekend EH!

Mandi on 26 March 2010 at 13:04 said...

I found Catch Me slow at first, but I really got into it a quarter of the way in. I hope the next one works better for you :)

Tam on 26 March 2010 at 13:22 said...

I did enjoy Catch Me but I know there are many books out there that people adore that I didn't get the appeal of. Luckily there is something for all of us. Great job of explaining why it didn't work for you this time.

Have a great weekend.

Lily on 26 March 2010 at 14:12 said...

EH, not everyone has the same reaction to a book. What I really like you may not and vice versa which is ok cause we're all different. Great job of saying what didn't work for you.

I have the first 4 or 5 books in Ms Chapman's series although I've never read them. They were sitting on my TBR when I discovered M/M and the poor things are sitting there. Maybe one day I'll get back into M/F and actually read them. :)

Chris on 26 March 2010 at 14:33 said...

EH: If we all agreed on all books, things would be pretty boring! I liked the madcap, farcical nature of Catch Me If You Can, but I can see how that wouldn't necessarily work for everyone - especially if you're not in the mood for that sort of read.

Sophia (FV) on 26 March 2010 at 17:00 said...

Oh, I don't know...I do enjoy a good drama queen now and then. :) I have this on my Kindle and I'm eager to get to it. Nice honest review as always EH.

Smokinhotbooks on 26 March 2010 at 21:29 said...

sometimes we all can't like the same book *sobs* s'okay ::blows into hankie:: I'll get over this.

I think I connect more with characters that are witty, dramatic and like to use hand gestures a lot (I'm a air quoter).

Great reviews!!

Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 21:59 said...


You are welcome my sear - Please do lets chat when you catch up on it..


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:00 said...


Have a great weekend as well my dear -hopefully the weather stays nice..


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:01 said...


Funnily I could live with the begining - but it just went down hill from there for me...

Glad it worked for you - Lets see how I get on with the next book..


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:03 said...


It took me so long to find the words to make my point come across - because this is one of them books were it's either love it or hate it..

Have a great weekend as well my dear..


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:06 said...


What I really like you may not and vice versa which is ok cause we're all different

This is one of the things I love about blogging - sharng our ideas and our thoughts...

Same but different...

Despite my little hiccup with Camry's story - Chapman still remains an auto buy for me...

Hope you get back to it someday..


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:07 said...


I liked the madcap, farcical nature of Catch Me If You Can,

I am quite tolerate of that story line - but not sure why I couldn't connect with these people.. they were just so way off base for me..


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:10 said...

I do enjoy a good drama queen now and then

They can have their uses - and a fun time to read about as well..

You will like Caesar alot then...


Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2010 at 22:12 said...


I think I connect more with characters that are witty, dramatic and like to use hand gestures a lot (I'm a air quoter).

Why am I not surprised by this...

I know you loved this book - hopefully the second in the series will work for me..


Shawn Lane on 27 March 2010 at 01:33 said...

I still haven't read any of Gregg's books. I've been meaning to try. I love drama queens, too.

But do I need to ready them is some sort of order? Hmm?

Janna on 29 March 2010 at 22:59 said...

Okay, I can understand what you didn't like about Catch Me If You Can, because you did a good job explaining. I'm one of those readers that liked this book. The drama queen act worked for me, I snickered, chuckled and smiled a lot! Great post!

Tracy on 29 March 2010 at 23:29 said...

Ah well, not all of us can love the same books - it would be a boring world. ;)

I loved LB Gregg's book. I loved Caesar's drama - it just cracked me up. It was like he had a crusty outer shell but a soft gooey center. lol

Erotic Horizon on 6 April 2010 at 09:35 said...


I Love the first set of LB books - her h/h's are so much fun and there is always some sort of comic relieve...

If you get a chance please do give them a try..


Erotic Horizon on 6 April 2010 at 09:37 said...


I am getting the feeling - the drama queen thing works for alot of people...

I am glad this one works for you - I am awaiting the next in the series..


Erotic Horizon on 6 April 2010 at 09:40 said...


It was like he had a crusty outer shell but a soft gooey center

You said that so well - but Caesar just drove me up the wall...

At least I have three other books to keep me re-reading until the next book gets here..