Faking It

Faking It

by Jennifer Crusie
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Overview

Faking It by Jennifer Crusie

Meet the Goodnights, a respectable family who have run a respectable art gallery for generations. There's Gwen, the matriarch who sedates herself with double-crostics and double vodkas, Eve the oldest daughter who has a slight identity problem (she has two), and Nadine, the granddaughter who's ready to follow in the family footsteps as soon as she can find a set that isn't leading off a cliff. Holding everyone together is Matilda, the youngest daughter, who's inherited the secret locked down in the basement of the Goodnight Gallery, the secret that she's willing to do almost anything to keep, including break into a house in the dead of night to steal back her past.

Meet the Dempseys, or at least meet Davy, a reformed con man who's just
been ripped off for a cool three million by his financial manager, who then gallantly turned it over to Clea Lewis, the most beautiful sociopath Davy ever slept with. Davy wants the money back, but more than that he'll do anything to keep Clea from winning, including break into her house in the dead of night to steal back his future.

One collision in a closet later, Tilda and Davy reluctantly join forces to combat Clea, suspicious art collectors, a disgruntled heir, and an exasperated hitman, all the while coping with a mutant dachshund, a juke box stuck in the sixties, questionable sex, a painting of three evil fisherman closing in on a dyspeptic tuna, multiple personalities, miscellaneous Goodnights and Dempseys, and the growing realization that they can't turn their backs on the people they were meant to be...or the people they were born to love.

Faking It: What has reality ever done for you?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429903332
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 57,463
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Crusie is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of Maybe This Time, Welcome to Temptation, Tell Me Lies, Crazy for You, Fast Women and Bet Me. She has also collaborated with Bob Mayer to write Wild Ride, Agnes and the Hitman and Don't Look Down. Crusie earned her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University, a master's from Wright State University, and a master of fine arts from Ohio State University. Before devoting herself to writing full-time, Crusie worked as a preschool teacher, an elementary and junior high art teacher, and a high school English teacher. She lives on the banks of the Ohio River.


Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.

Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a two-time Rita award winner.

Hometown:

Ohio

Date of Birth:

1949

Place of Birth:

Ohio

Education:

B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1973; M.A., Wright State University; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1986

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Faking It 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are wacky and flawed. I want to rent a room down the hall and join in the fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, they were hilarious and well developed- not the "too perfect" characters that are found in some romance novels. The plot was good too.
risuena More than 1 year ago
I think this book is more humorous than it is romantic. I enjoyed reading about all the characters. There's no sexual tension that built up like other romance stories; it was a nice change to see the first time Tilda and Davey got together didn't end in fireworks. The mystery was fun to figure out. It was a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I was so happy when I recognized the character Davy from Crusie's book "Welcome to Temptation." I recommend reading the Temptation book first. Both are fantastic. Couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Goodnights have a tradition of dealing forged art. The Dempseys have a tradition of forging bad deals. Put them together, and you get a string of misadventures both families would be proud to claim. Enter Tilda Goodnight, a muralist who brings classic art to Ohio bathrooms. Tilda has a secret, and she'll do what she must to keep it, even if that means breaking into someone's home. When she literally runs into Davy Dempsey during her amateur B & E, she finds an unexpected ally, and more. Together, they search for remnants of Tilda's checkered past and money someone owes Davy. Not much stands in their way just a former lover, a crooked accountant, the FBI, and a hit man. All in a day's con. Criminal activities aside, 'Faking It' is a fun romp with a dysfunctionally loving family and the friends that get pulled into it. The writing features Crusie's trademark wittiness throughout. The characters showed promise, but ultimately, Tilda was a bit of a letdown. Other characters stole scenes that should have belonged to her, as the female lead. Tilda had a martyr complex that created reader sympathy at the beginning, but it wore old by the middle. Fortunately, she pulled out of it for a satisfying end. Davy remained a fun character, even if his motives weren't always in keeping with his goals. Although this wasn't one of Crusie's best efforts, the quality and fun nature of 'Faking It' are reflective of her talent and wit. If you enjoy an offbeat cast with some light-hearted crime and romance, you'll enjoy 'Faking It.' -C.W.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I love a Jennifer Crusie book! So do my friends, as evidenced by the books disappearances from my bookshelves. Once again I've resorted to getting a book on audio so I'll have it available when I want a fun and interesting read. The Goodnight family has a long and interesting involvement with art, and Tilda is the latest gifted one, and her family is just as convoluted. Resorting to burglary is a first, but she runs into a con artist who sometimes consults for the FBI who is resorting to burglary for personal reasons. And so the fun begins! I'll leave the plot clues to the publisher's blurb and skip the spoilers, but this is a great stress reducing read! Aasne Vigesaa is really great for this narration with her ability to portray the characters and situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are vivid. They stand right up from the story and grab you from page one. I enjoyed reading the Goodnights and co. Battle through the quirky plotlines. Uproarously funny and unexpetedly honest i would recommnd this to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books that i have read many times. I would love to see this as a movie, I can picture the actors I would choose to play the parts. But maybe not, books are always better.
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This was the first book of hers that I read and I just loved it. It is so funny you almost forget about the romance, almost. Because of this book is whyI began reading Janet Evanovich, the characters are awesome and the plot is also well thought out. Love it!! Super funny!!!!
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If you havent read this one you are in for a treat - so long as you love marvelous characters, witty dialogue, some of rhe best erotic scenes written and,well, true love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughed so much totally love this crazy family.
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Not my favorite by her. Still trying to read it but not enjoying it. Just seems jumbled and like it was written too quickly. Bummer! On page 92 now. Maybe it will get better?
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It took me a bit to actually get into this book as it was kind of confusing, but after the first chapter or so I was hooked. I love Jennifer Crusie's humor and her style of writing. Defiantely look forward to reading more from her! Highly recommend!
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Not as much fun as BET ME.
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