“Reinventing Cato” by Barbara Elsborg


Fate is not always written in the stars…

Being headhunted by NASA might be his ultimate dream, but Cato’s life still sucks. He’s tired of anonymous one-night stands. He’s tired of being lonely. And, frankly, he’s tired of himself. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, he realises the only thing to do if he wants to be happy is to reinvent himself.

Persuaded by his sister to spend New Year’s Eve in Scotland with his parents, Vigge is counting down the hours until he can escape the memory of why their family fractured, and his part in it. He hasn’t belonged anywhere since he left eighteen years ago. He’s channelled the guilt he feels into finding truth and justice for others, but his own life is empty and cold.

A chance encounter in a blizzard brings Vigge and Cato together. Vigge’s held himself back from looking for love for so long, traumatised by what happened when he came out—and now he’s pent up and falling hard for a guy he’s picked up in a snow storm. This has to stop now.

Have Vigge and Cato thrown away the chance of something lasting? Or is it written in the stars that this is just the beginning?

reviewThere’s a reason why I automatically jump up and down when Elsborg releases a new book. I can’t resist nor stop a bouncy little happy dance for her books. Add in my favorite cheeky Bloom and enthusiastic noises accompany said happy dance. Why? I’m caught, captivated, and completely at her mercy every single time. She pens with a fluid and compelling style while slowly peeling back the layers of her story. Trust me when I tell you there will be layers bonded together with profound emotions. I quickly discovered that I should not take anything at face value when it comes to her characters. Having met Cato before, I was excited to get to know him better and absolutely thunderstruck as we uncovered the mysterious past of Vigge.

If you’ve read the first part of this series and adore Jonty as I do, I’m certain you’ll fall under Cato’s spell. And if not, I beg of you, you must discover the ray of sunshine that is Jonty Bloom. Devan named them well when he dubbed them the ‘Terrible Twins’. They share the same sharp wit and sassy smiles, almost as if their family ties were by blood rather than fate. However, their similarities stop there. I don’t want you to think Cato is Jonty 2.0 because he’s far from it. Although…*dreamy smile* I can absolutely see a little mini-me Jonty running around Northumberland. Eek! I’ve lost my focus…sorry, Jonty does that to me. Anywho, back on track…

Cato is brilliant and gifted far above his peers. He believes his dreams are coming true when NASA starts sniffing around his CV. But so far, the one aspect of his life that he’s been unlucky in, is love. His last relationship grew from two to three and somewhere along the line, he lost his footing. Embracing his intellectual side, he’s decided he needs to start fresh. Makes sense, right? Reform his promiscuous ways. Redefine his priorities. Reinvent himself. Heartsore on New Year’s Eve seems like the perfect time to embark on his new path. The stars are aligning and he only has to follow. It must be destiny when the sexy stranger at the airport accepts his plea for a ride. He can’t miss his interview with NASA. Turns out being stranded at the airport was simply the catalyst of the tailspin trying to take him down.

Vigge tried to cross a bridge he thought was broken forever. Returning to his small hometown and visiting his estranged parents was never going to be easy but he vastly underestimated their divide. It didn’t take long and the silence and memories became suffocating. Desperate to get away, frantic to forget the nightmares that have plagued him for nearly twenty years, he foolishly drives through a snowstorm trying to put miles between him and his past. Clearly, out of sorts, he picks up a stranger at the airport. As a police officer, he doesn’t typically take such risks but there’s something about Cato that makes him want to break all his rules. And I mean, all of them.

Secrets are bared, heartbreaking losses are shared and in the midst of it all, hearts are stolen. I was on the edge of my seat, anxious and impatient as the tension escalated. True to form, Barb delivered a piercing yet heartwarming romance full of unexpected passion. And yes, I LOVED it. Whatcha wanna bet you will too??

bewareA saucy star boy in the crosshairs of…someone. Cold-blooded, a cold crime, and a cold shoulder…don’t fret, things heat up nicely. A little push and a little shove…with some twists and even more climaxes.


I suppose you don’t have to read the previous books in this series but I’ll take this opportunity to strongly encourage that you do so first…then come back to this stellar adventure. And! Get ready for book four, yep, there’s going to be more!!


TITLE: Reinventing Cato (Unfinished Business #3)
AUTHOR: Barbara Elsborg
PUBLISHER: self-pub
LENGTH: 249 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2021

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