tasting ‘catch me if you can’*

*or “Geezus, this comes around damned quickly.”

The Blurb:

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?

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, neener, neener*

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ More of a warning~ To all the smutty readers out there, please note that any sex between the main characters doesn’t actually happen from page one. *gasp* I know. Shocking especially considering the author in question. When it does happen though… Bam! Seriously hawt. Also, I think the pace of the story is such that most people won’t even notice the sex scenes happen mainly in the second half of the book. Time will fly.

Like~ I’m a fan of a fast paced plot. This is even more the case when it’s a mystery and there’s some sort of deadline involved. Tension, action and conflict make Kris a happy reader. *g* Catch Me If You Can had all of these elements, including more red herrings than you can poke a stick at. Some people may feel that there were actually too many, but I loved it. I’m one of those annoying as hell people who quickly work out ‘whodunnit’ so anything that’s going to keep me guessing for as long as possible I will seriously fall in like with.

Dislike~ More of a niggle~ It wasn’t until I came to write this mini-review that I realised I would have liked to have found out more about the main characters, especially Dan. Having said that, the story is told in the first person from the point of view of Caesar therefore the focus is necessarily on him. In addition, it is the first book in/introduction to a series and I’m certain readers will come to learn more about the protags as it progresses. So, in the scheme of things, this is not really a big issue imho.

Like~ Catch Me If you Can has an appealling not to mention completely wacky cast of characters. The least of which is Caesar himself, who was completely adorable if somewhat clueless at times. It is written with this author’s trade mark wit and humour, and will have you giggle-snorting. I mean, really, a Justin Timberlake sculpture using swatch watches?? I’m pretty sure that LB is one of the few who could come up with quirky stuff like this and make it work.

So, what I think: A great read. A must for all fans of this author and for those interested in some unapologetic, mystery-type fun. I’m looking forward to reading more about Caesar and Dan. *g*


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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57 Responses to tasting ‘catch me if you can’*

  1. Chris says:

    I finished reading this on February 9. Did you finish before that? 🙂

    Definitely a recommended read here, too!

  2. Cecile says:

    Hummm…. **Off to investigate this more thoroughly**

    Nice review… Guess I will be trying to Catch this book!

  3. I'm on page 20 and I've laughed no less than 5 times and am sure have ridiculous smirk on my face while reading Catch Me if You Can.

  4. lisabea says:


    You guys. You should keep that under your HATs. You bunch of WINNERS.

    Anywho–more Dan to come. Uh. More Dan to be revealed–and possibly a German Soap Star makes his SHINING debut in Trust Me If You Dare. Plus Poppy makes a lot of cake. CAEK.

    I'm sticking my head in the sand now. I don't want to look. I'm having palpitations as it is.

    Enjoy–and thanks for taking the time to review my book, Kris.


  5. Poop. Am I the only one not to read this? LOL.

    Sounds like another good one from out LB 🙂

  6. Tam says:

    KB and I have been shunned. *sob* Okay, okay, soon, I'll read it soon, like after I buy it. LOL Sounds like another great read.

  7. Tam, you and I should drown our sorrows by looking at hot men pictures.

  8. Cecile says:

    Hey wait you guys! I am coming with you!! I have not read this either… unless I can not tag along **sniff sniff** **serious pouting with more sniff sniff**

  9. Chris says:

    O teh dramaz! 😉

    I hope that all of you entered the contest over at DIK so you have a chance to win this book…

  10. Lily says:

    Sounds good, I'm looking forward to reading this.

  11. Tam says:

    Sure you can join us Cecile, you have to bring the tequila. 🙂

  12. Cecile says:

    **Yayayaya** I can join!!! Tequila ~ Consider it done… A case good enough for you…??

  13. *holds up bottle of Gray Goose* ladies, our men are in the other room to give us massages and feed us chocolate covered strawberries.

    Follow me…

  14. Cecile says:

    ***following Katie with Tequila***

  15. Tam says:

    Oh I am soooo there KB. What a way to end the week.

  16. Dang, I'm so looking forward to this book! But have to wait too 😦
    In Dutch we have a name for people who show of with things others don't have – it's not pretty! 😉

  17. Tracy says:

    Fabulous tasting Kris. And yes, I think you're right – LB's about the only one I can think of who would make a JT bust out of swatch watches and pull it off.

  18. Jenre says:

    Where's my copy, huh? *pouts*

    Usually I'm the one who gets to show off about an advanced copy :).

    I'm very much looking forward to this one and this review has only heightened my anticipation. Great 'taster' Kris.

  19. Chris says:

    I picture a rush on the Samhain website Tuesday. 😉

  20. Mandi says:

    oh YAY!!!

    I can't wait to read this one!!!

  21. Kris says:

    So, I'm guessing that Tam, Cecile and Katiebabs chook are completely and utterly wasted by now. Not too mention out of singles from stuffing g-trings.

    Chris: What?! You read it before me?? LB, what is the meaning of this?! I'd like an explanation RIGHT NOW!

    Cecile: *poke poke* You think you're gonna recover by Tuesday when it's released?

    KC: The hell?! You have it too?? It is hilarious and you've still got the first smoking sex scene to look forward to. *g*

  22. Chris says:

    I survived a yahoogroups author event. Give me a break.

  23. Kris says:

    LB: Oops. Sorry. *Not really.* It's your fault for giving such a great read that I needed to brag for my February taste. Yeah. That's it.

    “… possibly a German Soap Star makes his SHINING debut in Trust Me If You Dare.”

    O_O O. M. G. *squeeeeeeee*

    Katiebabs chook: Gray Goose? Wow, KBC, you're hard core. LB keeps on getting betterer and betterer, I reckon. 🙂

    Tam: It is. BTW, you know that white spirits just make you even more maudlin, right. You'll still be sobbing on Tuesday. Granted it will be tears of laughter, but still…

  24. Kris says:

    Lily: Get it when it comes out. You won't regret it. 🙂

    Janna: “In Dutch we have a name for people who show of with things others don't have – it's not pretty! ;)”

    Hmmm. I'm pretty sure that Ingrid has said something similar to me once. I have no idea why.

    Tracy, thanks mate.

    “And yes, I think you're right – LB's about the only one I can think of who would make a JT bust out of swatch watches and pull it off.”

    Yep. Only she could make up that kinda shit. 😉

  25. Cecile says:

    I am here… **straighten shirt and fixes hair**
    I am ready for anything!
    And I will be just FINE come Tuesday…

  26. Kris says:

    Jen: Don't take it personally. LB just likes us better. 😉

    I'll look forward to reading what you think of it, Jen. 🙂

    Chris: “I picture a rush on the Samhain website Tuesday. ;)”

    I'm getting that impression too. LOL.

    Mandi: I know LB's a fave of yours. I think this is her best yet. Chock-a-block full of her great sense of humour. *g*

    Chris (again): “I survived a yahoogroups author event. Give me a break”

    See. You need to be more anti-social like me so as to avoid such things.

  27. *stumbles out with empty bottle from behind massage room with a big smile on her face*

  28. Chris says:

    But I got the book out of the experience, so… 🙂

  29. Kris says:

    Cecile: “I am here… **straighten shirt and fixes hair**
    I am ready for anything!
    And I will be just FINE come Tuesday…”

    O_o Can you even remember what's happening on Tuesday??

    KBC: “*stumbles out with empty bottle from behind massage room with a big smile on her face*”

    *facepalm* For fucks sake, Kate. Put your clothes back on.

  30. Kris says:

    Chris: “But I got the book out of the experience, so… :)”

    True… maybe I need to reconsider this personality trait of mine.

  31. sorry, don't want to blind people with my pale blubbery body. *skips away*

  32. Kris says:

    *sigh* Well, I guess you proved once and for all that you're a true redhead…

  33. Tam says:

    Going to see strippers in Canada is expensive business. We only have one and two dollar coins. Smallest bill is a $5. You have to be damn good to merit a fiver unless they ave a change pocket on there somewhere. LOL

  34. Kris says:

    Tam: “You have to be damn good to merit a fiver unless they ave a change pocket on there somewhere. LOL”

    It's the same here. They need to start putting wading pools or something up on stage for $1 and $2 coins. Seriously, who want to go home at the end of the night with a pocket full of change anyways? 😉

  35. Cecile says:

    @Kris said…
    Hell yeah I can remember what is Tuesday!!
    **whispers to the others… psssstttt what's going on Tuesday?? More massage parlors**

    Hiccup… Hiccup… **bottles of Tequila empty** Damn this places sure do know how to give a happy ending!!

    But oh this was so worth it!!!

    And I yes Chris, I think **hiccup** I entered at DIK…

    And no I am not seeing two of you… but boy were there two of them… hee hee!

  36. Chris says:

    “Kris 'n' Good Books: Wilder than DIK right now”

  37. Kris says:

    Cecile: You better hope that's the tequila talking or else Mr Smutty Hussy is gonna kick your arse.

    Chris: You know that'll only encourage them, right.

  38. Cecile says:

    **Hiccup hiccup** The tequila talking… Tequila talks.. Wow… Oh crap, now I have the giggles!

    Mr Smutty Hussy… well.. hee hee! Beam me up Smutty!!!

  39. We need more boys and booze. I finished off all of them 😉

  40. Chris says:

    I see what you mean, Kris.

  41. Kris says:

    Dear God.

    @Chris: I told you so.

    *shoos last of the strippers out the door and races off to hide the remaining booze… what little is left of it*

  42. Cecile says:

    Last time I looked… **hiccup** there was none let… but there are a couple of guys in the closet!! Haaa haaa haaa!! OR at lesst that is where they think they are!!!!!

    Thanks for letting me entertain you, lmbo!!

  43. Kris says:

    *wonders why drunks always think they're funny*

    Yeah, sure, hun.

    Kate, NO! Put the karaoke machine back where you found it…

    *hears the opening to Dancing Queen*


  44. Cecile says:

    OH what… Katie has a mic!!!! Oh…. Dancing Queen!!!!!! OH WHAT!!!! I will be back up!

    I is not drunk and I iz alwasy funny!!!


  45. *pokes head out from massage room* Sorry ladies, still busy in here.

  46. Tam says:

    Jesus KB has stamina. I'm never going to get my turn. And damn Cecile drank all the tequila. Fine. I'll wait. Sigh.

  47. Chris says:

    Kris, you're losing ground fast here…

  48. Cecile says:

    Hot Damn… I forgot about the Southern Comfort in the “safe”!!!!! Yayayay *hiccup* Hey Tam, you want some…. *hiccup*

    **Bangs on door.. KB, we want a turn!**

    Okay… Grabs Tam's hand, there is more than one way to peel an apple! I know there was more of them somewhere… Damnit, I just have to remember where I saw them! OH, **light bulb** My ROOM!!!

    Okay, Tam… I will go in first… Just in case they are not properly dressed, snickers, lol**

    Losing ground… The ground is not moving… *hiccup*

  49. Kris says:

    *watches Cecile start singing Waterloo*

    *hears screams from massage room*

    *looks at Tam pouting*

    *closes eyes in defeat*


    If you can't beat them…

    *goes to kitchen to get tequila stash*

    Who's up for body shots…

  50. Cecile says:

    Woohoooooo body shots!!!!! *hiccup*

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