and con-artist pull off separate heists on the same
house, the threat of discovery by its owners leading the two thieves into having a
encounter in a walk-in closet. The artist, a guilt-ridden forger by
the name of Mathilda Goodnight, realizes her partner in kissing would make
an equally excellent partner in crime, and uses whatever feminine wiles
she has at her disposal to convince him to help her recover the fake
painting she's after.
Nearly-gone-straight con man Dave
Dempsey has one last job to pull before retiring: he has to retrieve some money
he's lost, $3 million dollars which his lovelorn former financial advisor
bestowed upon Dave's ex, a certain black widow beauty queen.
Dave's street smarts tell him to forget the pleas laid on him by the vamp shut up in the closet with him, but in the end it's not his brain
he listens to and he agrees to help her out.
What seemed to be a one-time
done-deal quickly goes awry when 'Tilda discovers that her attractive new
friend has nicked the wrong painting! Fortunately for her, he didn't get
what he wanted either and has decided it's to his advantage to maintain
their partnership. Holed up in her kooky family's apartment building
where they are surrounded by an eclectic assortment of tenants (an aging
Bohemian with repressed rage and a keen sense of wordplay, a
teacher-in-training whose smutty alter ego has a wardrobe to rival
Madonna, plus her gay cross-dressing ex-husband and their
wise-beyond-her-years teen daughter, a hit man, and a shaggy wiener dog
who looks like his namesake Steven Buscemi)
Dave and 'Tilda try to regroup and figure out how to reclaim the money and
all six forgeries before it's too late.
Will Dave ever bring back the
right painting? Will 'Tilda ever be able to make-out with him
anywhere but in a dark closet? And when all is said and done, will the two of them be able to admit that they belong
together like butter on a muffin?
What worked for me:
One of Ms. Crusie's greatest strengths is writing excellent dialogue; "Faking It"
is overflowing with witty one-liners and snappy
comebacks. And readers can always count on her to provide a colorful cast of characters!
(In my mind it's a shame she hasn't been drafted by one
of the major networks to breathe new life into their faltering sit-coms.
She's got a real knack for screwball comedy!)
I'm a true fan of romance, and while
some folks might find it too pat an ending that so many of the characters
find true love, it suited me just fine.
'Tilda sounded as though she were on the round side of average and seemed
to be relatively comfy in her own skin. (She was, however, somewhat
frigid due to emotional issues related to her stint as a forger.)
work for me:
I prefer that the romance come before the physical
relationship in a story. This book blurred the line a bit there, having the
characters fall in love at first "sight" and then falling into bed shortly
If a reader isn't up on her knowledge
of pop culture or the art world some of the references and jokes may go
over her head. And the character descriptions are dependent upon being familiar with a slew of celebrities and movie
Should the reader not recognize a name that's been dropped, she
consequently has very little framework upon which to rest her image of that
person. (For this reason, the large cast of characters
with their many names can become confusing to some. I'll be the first to
stand up and admit I have no idea who "Vilma" was, so I had no
strong mental image to call up whenever her name appeared.)
quirky, light-hearted romantic comedy was an enjoyable read that stands
alone just fine, but I do wish
I'd stop backing into series this way. I'm off to the bookstore to
pick up a copy of the prior novel "Welcome to Temptation" to fill in some
of the blanks.
"Faking It" had an interesting
plot; one intriguing enough that I think it would appeal to fans of
mysteries if they don't mind the sensual passages.
There are some spicy love scenes and some coarse language in this story.
If you liked "Faking
It", you might also enjoy
"Love at Large", "Welcome
"Bet Me", "Fast Women", The
"Stephanie Plum" mystery series,
"Dating Dead Men",
Girl", "Blushing Pink", "Princess Charming",
"It Had to be You",
"This Heart of Mine", or
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