Sunday, November 30, 2014

Novel Review: Faking It (Dempseys, #2) by Jennifer Crusie

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2002
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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, 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.

The Cover:

This cover is all right. It's simple and not embarrassing, which is nice. But it also looks... I don't know, old fashioned or something. Though maybe that's supposed to represent the art, and if so then it works.


I will say that, since I splurge read several of Crusie’s books in a row, they do start to blend together a little. But I can still confidently say that I enjoyed this book.
There’s art forgery, a family art gallery in debt, breaking and entering, a “frail” dog, two family lines of forgery and deception. Lots of messy goings on. And along the way, there are several couples falling in love, and such smooth witty banter, that this book goes by very fast.
This was a fun book, just like Crusie’s other books have been. She’s such a fun writer, the banter so realistic and easy to read. The ending was nice for everyone, and I especially liked how everyone grew and finally did what they needed to. Some of the very minor characters got a little messy in my head, but that’s all right.
Overall, another good book, and I’m looking forward to reading more.

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