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Caesar Romano’s catering career is doing better than he’d ever dreamed. And so is his love life—even if his boyfriend’s house in Staten Island is way too far from civilization for his liking. But then in short order, Caesar is duped into helping his cousin propose, is tricked by his best friend and business partner into appearing on live television, and is harassed by a thug-like personal trainer and his far too beautiful wife. In fact, Caesar is almost too busy to notice that something is troubling his PI boyfriend, Dan Albright.
Laid-back, open, charming—that’s the impression hunky former NYPD Detective Dan Albright gives everyone. Caesar can add sexually adventurous and a bit of an exhibitionist. But he also knows that Dan is hiding something—something dark and a little dangerous—and when Dan’s silence over his mysterious past threatens to harm them both, it’s Caesar’s turn to save the day.
But then again, a break-in, a gallery party, an heirloom ring, a new suit, and a stalker with bad BO are all just a typical week for Caesar Romano.
What I love about LB Gregg’s writing is that it never takes itself too seriously. There’s sometimes dry humor. There’s sometimes subtle humor. And in the case of the Romano & Albright series, there’s ZANY humor that has me both holding my gut and shaking my head with the laughs.
If you haven’t read the first books in this series…GET. ON. IT! Set in NY, Caesar and Dan are an unlikely couple that are impossible not to love. Ce is this amateur sleuth who is a trouble-magnet, but between his charm, his smarts, and his wiliness, he always catches the bad guy and gets his man. His man is Dan, a former NY policeman, now private investigator, with a slight air of mystery, and full of surprises. Throw in a a crazy Italian family, a spunky best friend, and some kind of intriguing mystery, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a great series!
Book 3, With This Bling, is a welcome surprise. I wasn’t sure if there’d be another book, and I was thrilled to find out we were getting more of Ce & Dan! There’s still a freshness to the series…their relationship is fairly new and just getting serious. I love that they’re committed to one another, still get their rocks off on each other, but there are revelations yet to be made known about the other.
Caesar is at his best in this book. He finds himself in THE most outrageous situations: approached by mysterious & stinky cable men, getting a black eye on a morning tv show, finding himself knocked out and locked in a walk-in refrigerator, accidentally proposing to the love of his life…but when reading it, it feels commonplace rather than ridiculous. And that has everything to do with they way the author writes Ce…have I mentioned he’s kinda impossible not to love?
What makes book 3 extra special is that we get a little bit of a back story on Dan. And that back story becomes part of the main storyline…and it’s fun watching Ce trying to reconcile this with the man he’s in love with. What we get is a bit of jealousy, a bit of heroism, and a whole lotta lovin’.
I’d love to see more of Caesar and Dan in future books. This series doesn’t feel quite over for me…so LB Gregg…*nudge*…