Book Reviews of Faking It

Faking It
Faking It
Author: Jennifer Crusie
ISBN-13: 9780333907375
ISBN-10: 033390737X
Publication Date: 3/21/2003
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
I'm sure there were plot holes a mile wide, but I just can't seem to care when it comes to Crusie. This wasn't my absolute favorite of hers, but it ranks up there. Here's to suspension of disbelief, a glass of wine, and a good book.
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Helpful Score: 4
A really fun read,it took a great imagination to come up with these characters. The story is sexy, funny, and keeps you guessing. My favorite Crusie so far.
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Helpful Score: 3
I very rarely give a book a 5 star rating, but this story is downright hilarious and deserves the highest. What a cute movie this book would make. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 3
I love Jennifer Cruise's books and this one was no exception. From the first page it had me. I read it in less than a day and enjoyed every moment of it. The characters were so diverse, so lovably whacky, that you couldn't help but liking them and wanting to know how their lives turned out.
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Helpful Score: 3
Absolutely LOVED this book! It's the first read of mine for this author and the day after I finished it I was at the book store looking for her other titles. It's sexy, smart and just quirky enough to make you laugh out loud. At times it reminded me of The Maltese Falcon, no one is who you think they are and everyone is bumbling around trying to cover up a crime that isn't what you think it is.
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Helpful Score: 2
Davy Dempsey wants to break into ex-girlfriend Clea Lewis' home to find the money she stole from him. Mathilda Goodnight needs to break into Clea's house to retrieve a forged painting. They meet while hiding in a closet and join forces to combat Clea. While working together they must deal with Mathilda's sister, Eve, who has two identities, Davy's conman father, suspicious art collectors, and a hitman.

This was a very amusing, if somewhat confusing, romantic comedy. There are tons of characters, many of which you don't know where they fit into the story. Everything ties up nicely in the end. My ratig: 4 Stars.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. It took me a few pages to get into it but once I started reading it I couldn't stop.
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Helpful Score: 1
New York Times best selling author. So far this is my favorite Jennifer Crusie book. A reformed conman meets a sweet respectable art dealer and all hell breaks loose. Fantastic colorful characters, with nice plot twists. Excellent. About 400 pages.
P.S. Read Welcome to Temptation first! This story is a continuation.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very clever! This one has been sort of slow going...read it, put it down, pick it up again ... then it starts getting very intriguing, then brilliantly confusing, then it is all cleared up very wittily. By the end of the book, I was laughing out loud and cheering for ALL of the characters, good and bad. A very enjoyable read!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a spin off of Welcome to Temptation and features Davy Dempsey as the main character. He finally gets his Happily Ever After with a heroine and her family just perfect for someone bent like Davy! Phin and Sophie from Temptation make cameo appearances. Loved it!
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderfully funny. 2nd in the Dempsey novels. All about Davy
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. These days I am into light, fun beach reads and this one had it all. Kept me laughing until the end. Ms. Crusie has an unusual style of writing which takes a little getting used to but I definitely recommend staying with it, you won't be disappointed. I have enjoyed all her books and was very happy with this one as well.
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Genuinely funny. Quick witted and engaging. Fast paced and sexy.
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This was an OK read, good for the beach.
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Bestseller Crusie (Fast Women, etc.) takes readers on another smooth ride in her latest romantic caper. At the wheel this time is fab art forger Matilda Goodnight, whose chance encounter in a closet with cute con man/thief Davy Dempsey leads to madcap mayhem and breathless romance. He's trying to steal back the money he filched from Clea Lewis, ex-girlfriend (and possible husband killer), who had taken it right back. Tilda just wants her last "Scarlet" painting, which Clea has bought to impress Mason Phipps, her rich art-obsessed beau. It's the last of six forgeries Tilda did for Tony, her now deceased gallery-owner dad, and Tilda is determined to preserve her newly squeaky-clean reputation. Confused yet? It gets wackier, because the whole Goodnight clan and supporting cast are as enormously engaging as the loopy plot. There's Tilda's mother, Gwen; her sister, Eve/Louise, a split-personality teacher/diva; her gay ex-brother-in-law, Andrew; and her precocious teenage niece, Nadine. Add a host of shady characters and would-be hitmen, and the breezy plot thickens and puffs up like the light airy doughnuts all Goodnight women are attracted to but eventually forsake for muffins: "Muffins are for the long haul and they always taste good. They don't have that oh-my-God-I-have-to-have-that thing that the doughnuts have going for them, but you still want them the next morning." Finally, defying all odds, Crusie answers the burning questions she poses can liars and thieves fall in love, live happily ever after and stay out of jail? while confirming the dangers of dating doughnuts.
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A funny, light mystery-romance heavy on comedy and froth. An easy and entertaining read.
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I really liked this book. It's just a fun book.
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Yikes. Not the greatest book. Some parts of the story are cute, but lots of other parts are just silly.
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Fun story with twists.
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Crusie is the most fun to read...very witty,very clever,laugh out loud.
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Another great one by Crusie. Quick read, good story.
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Funny and sexy story about an art forger and a con man.
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I enjoyed this book. It was light and funny. A fast read.
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Makes you laugh a lot. Very good book.
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Funny book although I don't think it is her best. Good, fast read.
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Fun and easy read.
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So full of laughs and a wonderful ending. Enjoy
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Quirky characters...most from a dysfunctional family. This book is humorous, light, a great summer read. Several times I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face.
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A bit on the hard-to-follow side, but I love Jennifer Crusie, so it was a fun romp.
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Clever book. A fun read
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Cute story, quick read.
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This is volume two of the Dempsey series and is one of my favorite Crusie books. She is a master of the romantic comedy and this story is compelling, funny, and compulsively readable. Highly recommended.
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really good, sexy, funny, romantic.. this is my first jennifer crusie book, i can't wait to read her other stories..
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What a fun read! But then, anything by Jennifer Crusie is bound to be full of imagination. You can't go wrong.
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By far my favorite book by Jennifer Crusie! The colorful and quirky Goodnight family really cracked me up. Faking It was such a fun read, particularly if you enjoy flawed characters and art.
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I love this author! She writes humorous stories- laugh out loud!
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Fun Read.
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This is the funnest book I've read in a long time.
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A cute, lighthearted read. I enjoyed "Bet Me" a lot better, but the ending of this one was laugh out loud funny.
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This is Crusie at her best!
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What can I say? Love Jennifer Crusie
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Very Good!!
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I really liked all the twists and turns of this classy novel
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Good, fast read.
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Light fluffy entertainment with a little mystery thrown in,good book for a relaxing read
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Fabulous ! Love it!
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A funny modern romance about a charming con man in search of the couple who conned him out of three million dollars, the artist he falls in love with (who has her own secret locked in the basement), her eccentric family and their boarder who may or may not be a hitman.
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Love and deception have a lot in common. The risk are intoxicating. And if you are really good at them , they both pay off
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Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator, his best friend, the reformed cat burglar, a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit, a hit man, some lousy sex, and a jukebox. Touble ensues....
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I got this book on the bargain shelf at my local book store. I idnt know if I would like it but I really did. So now I'm a Jennifer Cruise fan. The charectors were well developed and it really kept you guessing, very neat book.
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Lots of fun characters! I really enjoyed the book!
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A fun, flirty book. Great for a light hearted read.
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Anything by Cruisie is awesome.
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Standard chick lit - but entertaining nonetheless.
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My favorite Jennifer Crusie book!! I was reluctant at first...it didn't catch me right away but after the first chapter or so, I began to get into it and then I just loved it! Laughed out loud while reading.
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This is a happy story that had me motivated to paint... It is intriguing and full of surprises... Definitely a feel good book. :)
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What an entertaining read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. The characters are great & it leaves you wanting more.
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Started out really slow, but I LOVED how it ended!!
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Very funny book. Dialouge is great and the characters are well developed.
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As usual...a great read from Crusie!
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SO much fun!
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REALLY ENJOYED IT. It was nice to have a book that I could read a few pages a night still be involved, and STILL be excited to come back to it. I thought it was hilarious, and so did my mom!!!
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I love Jenny, but this book was just a tad longer and more drawn out then her other novels. But still worth the read.
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Excellent!!!
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a fun read for the gals out there
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This is a funny, light read. It will make you laugh.
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Mural artist Tilda Goodnight is struggling to pay off the mortgage on the family business and keep the Goodnight secrets safely hidden. Juggling her life gets even more complicated when she hides in Clea Lewis's closet and collides with sexy Davy Dempsey. Tilda is in Clea's bedroom to steal back a forged painting; Davy's there to steal Clea's account codes and retrieve the $3 million the larcenous blonde stole from him. Somehow, Tilda finds herself exchanging a mind-blowing kiss with her fellow burglar, and when Davy follows her home and rents a room from her mother, she's forced to deal with the charming con man. Everyone in Tilda's world is pretending to be someone else, including her daydreaming mother, her split-personality sister, and her cross-dressing ex-brother-in-law. All of them, including Tilda and Davy, are Faking It. What will happen when all the secrets are out and everyone knows the truth about everyone else? Will Davy recover his 3 million? Will Tilda recover all the forged paintings and find her true artistic calling? Will Tilda's mother run off to Aruba with a hit man named Ford? And exactly what is the difference between a man labeled a "doughnut" and one who deserves the title "muffin"?
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Another wonderful book by Jennifer Crusie. Delightful.
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Love and deception have a lot in common. The risks are intoxicating. And if you're really good at them, they both pay off. (back cover)

"Art, orgasms, identities, affection. If it can be faked, the characters in Crusie's snappy new novel will do it. Cruisie has a gift for concocting nutty scenarios and with one-linesrs...genuine laughts." -- People
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Wacky, funny, sexy, and full of outrageous characters. The heroine's family is in trouble, and to save their gallery, she needs to steal back some paintings they sold. But she needs help; to her rescue comes a con man who has his own agenda. Throw in an estranged father, a gold-digger, a hit man, and an FBI agent- lots of twists and turns that will keep you entertained.
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Greastest comparison about men- they are either like muffins or donuts...you will have to read it to find out why...
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great read
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A fun read about the Goodnights, a respectable family who run a respectable art gallery - and have for generations. Davey Dempsey comes into their lives -- a reformed con man who is determined to get back $3 million that has been stolen from him. They join forces to get back at an assortment of oddball characters.
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"Faking It" is my favorite Crusie book to date! It was my first and the first chapter didn't immediately grab me but then, later on, I was literally laughing out loud as I read. Five Stars!
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A good quick read. Jennifer Cruise is always fun.
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I haven't read this one and I don't think I'm going to have time.
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All of Jennifer Crusie's books have a little intrigue and romance. They are a fun, quick read.
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I actually didn't read all of this book it just wasn't the type of book I'm interested in reading, however I'm sure plenty would.
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I happen to really like the way Crusie writes,this is one of her best.
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Fun fluffy reading.
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This book is the best book I've read lately. The dialogue and characters are witty, offbeat and funny. I'm looking for more of this author's work!
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Did not finish this book -- too many characters to keep track of. Not my cup of tea.
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A light romance full of quirky characters and silly fun!

From back cover:
LOVE AND DECEPTION HAVE A LOT IN COMMON.
Meet the Goodnights, a respectable family who run a respectable art gallery-and have for generations. There's Gwen, the matriarch who likes to escape reality, Eve the oldest daughter who has a slight identity problem (she has two), 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. And lastly, Matilda, the youngest daughter, has inherited the secret locked down in the basement of the Goodnight Gallery, the secret she's willing to do almost anything to keep, even break into a house in the dead of night to steal back her past.
THE RISKS ARE INTOXICATING.
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.
AND IF YOU'RE REALLY GOOD AT THEM, THEY BOTH PAY OFF.
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, 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.
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Enjoyed the humor. The switch of character names were a bit confusing at times, but eventually it became clear. The bad guy was not easy to identify until the end, but who cares.
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From Library Journal
First introduced in Welcome to Temptation, the brother of wacky filmmaker sisters Sophie and Amy Dempsey gets his own story with hilarious and entertaining results. Davy Dempsey is a man on a mission: to recover some money owed him. In a hilarious botched burglary, he ends up stuck in a closet with Matilda Goodnight. She\'s at the same house attempting to steal back a painting that was not only never paid for but already has a shady past. Later, Davy rents a room from Matilda\'s mother, and soon he and Matilda are working together to recover their property and trying mighty hard to resist their growing attraction to each other. It doesn\'t take much for readers to figure out that Davy and Matilda are fated to live happily ever after. What makes the novel work is Crusie\'s talent for writing wacky romantic plots that shine with generous amounts of humor and enormous good cheer. Her usual assortment of secondary characters is here, along with a couple of loose ends that might give fans a chance to revisit this clan of entertaining souls once again.
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Mathilde has too many worries to add another one to her life, even if it is a good looking man. Davy is after the woman who stole his money, and learns that Mathilde is acquainted with her. They strike a deal. Mathilde will help Davy in his search, and Davy will help Mathilde with her problems. Cute story, with several ironies.
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Tilda Goodnight has a past she's trying ot forget. Davy Dempsey has a knack for scamming he's trying to resist. But one fateful night their good intentionas go bad and what they get up to is downright illegal, immoral, and irresistable ....
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Fun & quick read with really interesting characters.
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Great book
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Gotta love Jennifer Crusie! Read almost all her books and this was an enjoyable read! If you have never read any of her books yet I hope you try this one...I think you will like it!
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Meet the Goodnights, a respectable family who run a respectable art gallery - and have for generations. There's Gwen, the matriarch who likes to escape realit; Eve, the oldest who has a slight identity problem (she has two); Nadine, the granddaughter who's ready to follow in the family's footsteps as soon as she can find a set that isnt leading off a cliff. Lastly, there's Matilda, the youngest daughter who's inherited the secret locked in the basement of the Goodnight's Gallery, the secret she's willing to almost anything to keep.
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wow, can't put this book down. Its too funny, Cruise really did it again.
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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?
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From Library Journal
First introduced in Welcome to Temptation, the brother of wacky filmmaker sisters Sophie and Amy Dempsey gets his own story with hilarious and entertaining results. Davy Dempsey is a man on a mission: to recover some money owed him. In a hilarious botched burglary, he ends up stuck in a closet with Matilda Goodnight. She\'s at the same house attempting to steal back a painting that was not only never paid for but already has a shady past. Later, Davy rents a room from Matilda\'s mother, and soon he and Matilda are working together to recover their property and trying mighty hard to resist their growing attraction to each other. It doesn\'t take much for readers to figure out that Davy and Matilda are fated to live happily ever after. What makes the novel work is Crusie\'s talent for writing wacky romantic plots that shine with generous amounts of humor and enormous good cheer. Her usual assortment of secondary characters is here, along with a couple of loose ends that might give fans a chance to revisit this clan of entertaining souls once again.
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An abridged reading of the book. Although the book is wonderful, I don't care for abridged versions so I am not too sold on this one - bur for abridged it is very good.