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“Crusie’s talent [is] for writing wacky romantic plots that shine with generous amounts of humor and enormous good cheer.”—Library Journal, on Faking It
“With humor, irony and a whole lot of wit, Jennifer Crusie straps in her readers and takes them on a memorable ride. . . . She is a masterful storyteller.”—Romantic Times, on Fast Women
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I was so intrigued that I made sure I knew the title and author, and promptly bought the Kindle and Audible versions, because I enjoyed the lady reading the story too! She happens to be Susan Boyce and she is excellent!
Interesting enough, the thought just occurred to me, that this book could have been the basis for a screenplay of a movie from the forties or fifties! I have watched a lot of those movies in my considerably young life, and the plot fit as something that could have worked back then, all except for the real life lovemaking.
Linc wants a job at another university, but the Dean wants him to be married, so he can have one more wife to ogle and try to put his hands on, a game he plays, that he thinks his wife is too stupid to know about. Linc doesn't have a wife, not even a girlfriend, so he lies, tells the faculty he's engaged. One Dean knows he's lying, but doesn't care, because he wants to hire him, wife or no wife.
Daisy is the girl downstairs. She's an artist and a storyteller, and her apartment is full of color and old, used furniture, an old cat, and lots of chaos. She's the exact opposite of Linc, whose apartment is immaculate, with brand new leather and glass furnishings.
He goes back home, knowing he's screwed, unless he can get the girl who lives downstairs to pretend to be his finance. Luckily, she is in a bind, and needs a thousand dollars, so they make a deal for a weekend, which turns into much longer.
There's lots of fun and tears to be had when you read this book, so I don't want to be the one to tell you any more about it. Just get the book if you like romantic comedies, and like feeling a little sentimental too. You'll love it!
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Jennifer Crusie. She always creates wonderful characters and she does such a good job of developing their subtle, fun and beautiful character arcs through day-to-day interaction. I totally enjoyed this story.
Daisy is an artist; she paints pictures. She also tells stories at local libraries and book stores. She buys clothes and furniture at thrift shops. Her home is full of color. She adopts damaged dogs and cats. She's desperately in need of a thousand dollars for back rent and other necessities.
Linc is Daisy's neighbor. He drives a black Porsche which Daisy calls the nazimobile. His home is decorated in black and white. He is an English professor at the city college. He wants a teaching job at Prescott College which would give him time to finish writing a book. During the job interview Dr. Crawford (dean of humanities at Prescott College) makes it clear that Linc be married. Therefore, Linc tells Crawford he is engaged. Crawford insists on meeting Linc's fiancé. Linc hires Daisy to pose as his fiancé for 24 hours to meet Crawford. She agrees for $1,000.
After Linc gets the job and starts working, he informs Crawford that he and Daisy broke up. This is unacceptable to Crawford who insists Linc get her back.
I had one problem which is a pet peeve of mine. Soon into their relationship Linc was falling for Daisy and desired her sexually. But he refused to act on it or to show her that he cared. And Daisy did the same thing. She never let Linc know that she desired him. I saw no reason for them to "deny that they wanted each other" other than as a plot device. This went on for four months. If you don't mind that, it's a fun story.
I noticed another reviewer was unhappy with Daisy being self-absorbed. An example given was Daisy moving Linc's furniture out to make room for hers. But after Linc discussed this with Daisy, she worked hard to recover and repaint her own furniture to make it more appealing to Linc. He also ended up liking where she put his furniture - a good place for his home office. They communicated over their differences, so I wasn't as troubled over this part of Daisy.
Story length: 278 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 5. Setting: current day unspecified city and Prescott, Ohio. Copyright: 1996. Genre: contemporary romance.
I reviewed the following Jennifer Crusie books.
5 stars: Bet Me, Anyone But You, Welcome To Temptation
4 stars: Charlie All Night
3 ½ stars: The Cinderella Deal
3 stars: Crazy For You, Getting Rid Of Bradley
2 stars: Faking It, Fast Women, What The Lady Wants
1 star: Tell Me Lies
Just beautiful, and absolutely the type of read I needed right now.