Review: With This Bling

cover-with this blingTitle: With This Bling
Author: L.B. Gregg
Series: Romano and Albright #3
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Available: Dec 7th

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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.

Almost.

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.


Source: ARC from Riptide Publishing via NetGalley

First, let me confess how much I love this series. It’s been a long wait for more Romano and Albright (three years), but I’m so glad they’re back! Caesar might not be to everybody’s taste – he’s uptight, foul-mouthed, a teeny bit hysterical at times, but always, always funny – while Dan brings the mystery and occasional sexcapades, which again won’t be to everyone’s taste, but they work for me and I’ve missed them.

If you’re new to this series, I would really recommend starting at the beginning (Catch Me If You Can) to get the full fun effect. If you’re not, then this book takes place just a few weeks after Trust Me If You Dare left off, with Caesar’s ribs still a little sore. In true Caesar style the action is fast and furious and runs over a few frantic days, but don’t worry, plenty of fun and farcical moments occur between the usual crime and danger and injuries.

Caesar is wonderful, I love him. Yes, he can be prissy, yes, he is uptight at times, but I love how his relationship with Dan is progressing – especially as they rarely get to spend any time alone in these books. He’s as bad at lying as ever, still can’t say no to Poppy – when he really, really should – and keeps on jumping through hoops for his crazy family. Everything between Caesar’s cousin Joey and Poppy in this book just adds to the (at times infuriating for poor Caesar) fun, especially the cursed rings.

A few of Dan’s mysteries come unravelled too as a tiny piece of his past is revealed. Not to mention a few old friends make appearances. The crime plot is as convoluted as ever, with Caesar somehow ending up in the middle of everything without really trying, but it works for me and keeps everyone on their toes. As if Caesar needs anything else going on with work and his family, but at least it gives him a chance to see Dan.

Yes, okay, so a part of me would love to read a nice slice of downtime between Dan and Caesar without all the crazy going on around them. But you can bet if they took a nice beach holiday somewhere there would soon be exploding boats, a drug cartel, Caesar getting stranded out at sea surrounded by swirling sharks and Dan coming to the rescue riding a giant squid he’d wrestled into submission – followed by a sexcapade against a palm tree. And I’d definitely read it! But the point that got lost somewhere amidst all that is, as fun as these books always are, I always end them wanting more time between Caesar and Dan. Ah, scrap that, I’d read anything with these two just as long as I have more of them both.

So if you need something light and fun and a little bit silly to cheer you up, with added sexiness and crime comedy capers, Caesar can definitely help. I loved being back with this crazy bunch again, and although it wasn’t my favourite of the series so far (a bit too frantic and the crime plot was a little thin, with certain revelations coming out of nowhere right at the end), I still enjoyed it a lot. More please! And although I would wait another three years for it, I’m really hoping I won’t have to.


With This Bling is out December 7th!
Visit L.B. Gregg for more details.

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