Book Review: 'Reinventing Cato' by Barbara Elsborg

Written on 03/29/2021
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Title: Reinventing Cato
Series: Unfinished Business #3
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Published: March 24, 2021
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: B4Jay
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance; Mystery/Thriller
Length: 324 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Bisexual; Angst; College; Coming-Out; Family Drama; Geek/Nerd; Holiday: New Year’s Eve; Humor; Hurt/Comfort; Law Enforcement; Opposites Attract; HEA; Standalone; CW: Abduction, Assault, Violence, Off-Page Murder

About Reinventing Cato

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 can’t escape the memory of why their family fractured eighteen years ago, and his part in it. 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 at a snowbound airport has Vigge and Cato colliding in more ways than one. Someone seems to have it in for Cato, and as Vigge gets drawn into the mess of Cato’s life, he finds himself falling for the sexy scientist. If only Vigge can make peace with his past and step away from the darkness, they just might have a chance at a future as bright as Cato’s beloved stars.

Book 3 in the Unfinished Business series – but a stand-alone.


Barbara Elsborg has created another unforgettable tale with Reinventing Cato. The third novel in her Unfinished Business series (not counting bonus stories in the collection), this is a heartfelt hurt/comfort story, with an exciting and fast paced mystery, and plenty of sass and sex. While technically a standalone series, because of the overlap of characters I’d recommend starting with The Making of Jonty Bloom and reading them in order.

If you’ve read any of the novels in Barbara Elsborg’s Unfinished Business series, then I don’t need to reiterate how spectacular these stories are. They’re completely addictive and I’ve been gobbling them up as fast as Ms. Elsborg can write them. Filled with unique and fascinating characters, and an incredible variety of plots, each of these novels has a different flavor. But the one thing they all have in common is that they’re impossible to put down!

This is a heartfelt hurt/comfort story, with an exciting and fast paced mystery, and plenty of sass and sex.

We met Cato in Jonty’s Christmas, at the Smith family holiday celebration. Between his astrophysicist brain and virtuoso-level violin playing, Cato is a compelling character. I give him high marks for matching wits with Jonty in the Christmas visit, and I enjoyed the way he kept Devan on his toes with his brotherly ribbing. I’m so happy to get his story.

In a unique and creative meet-cute, Cato ends up begging a ride from a striking (but stoic) stranger. It doesn’t take clever Cato long to pull the dark and brooding Vigge from his shell, plus the sexual tension between them is irresistible. It’s not a very good start for Cato’s New Year’s resolution to reinvent himself… but what’s a man to do?

Their meeting must be fate, because these two end up embroiled in a spine-tingling thriller. Fans of Barbara Elsborg know she can write a doozie, and Reinventing Cato kept me at the edge of my seat. Plus, the frequent pop-ins from Cato’s extensive family satisfied my ongoing craving for Devan and Jonty.

Fans of Barbara Elsborg know she can write a doozie, and ‘Reinventing Cato’ kept me at the edge of my seat. 

If you haven’t dipped your toes into the Unfinished Business series, you’re missing out on something truly exceptional. Each story is beautifully written, with colorful descriptions of the surroundings, exciting drama, and sensuous romance. And topping it all off are the unique folks who make up this world.

Barbara Elsborg writes in the afterword of Reinventing Cato that there will be a fourth book. I truly hope it will be Devan’s youngest brother, Griff’s story. With all of Griff’s issues, it would be a heartbreaker, but if anyone can do his character justice it’s Barbara Elsborg!

A copy of Reinventing Cato was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Barbara Elsborg, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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