Reviewed by Susan
TITLE: With This Bling
SERIES: Romano And Albright #3
AUTHOR: L.B. Gregg
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 264 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2015
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.
I will start this review by stating plainly that not only is this one of my favourite series. Caesar is one of my favourite characters.
This story takes off where the last one left off, with Caesar recovering from injuries suffered in the pursuit of justice….and Dan. He is anticipating some down time to get things back to normal. Um, yeah. Not going to happen with these two.
This time it is Dan’s past that comes roaring up to bite them on the butt. Caesar is determined to give Dan the space he needs but also frustrated by Dan’s lack of disclosure about the events leading to his leaving of the NYPD. As usual, whenever Caesar and bad guys mix, mayhem ensues. Even when trying, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. It comes looking for him. A stalker, an ex-lover and a shady client all add up to trouble for Caesar and Dan.
I really enjoy Caesar’s voice in this book. His inner monologue is as entertaining as the funny situations he finds himself in. And if there is a person who can have situations go from as planed to totally outrageous – it is Caesar.
As usual the surrounding cast is stellar. Caesar’s best friend and business partner Poppy can get him into as much trouble as the bad guys do. Add in his cousin desperately trying to propose and his shady uncles and there is fun to be had all around.
This addition to the series moves a couple of the storylines along significantly and we leave Caesar and Dan in a good place. I can only hope that we do not have to wait too long for the next book.