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Faking It Hardcover – August 17, 2002
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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"?
Faking It is a hilarious, warm novel with a cast of quirky and wonderful characters that endear while they charm. Readers who met the Dempsey siblings in Crusie's Welcome To Temptation will be delighted to revisit the family and discover what happens to Davy Dempsey when he meets his romantic nemesis, Tilda Goodnight. --Lois Faye Dyer
From Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 17, 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312284683
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312284688
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.96 x 1.27 x 10.14 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I had mixed feelings about the book. While the story is, over all, a good one, the details involved in getting from beginning to end almost annoyed me. My God, the sheer number of characters. And the characters had characters, in that Eva was sometimes Louise, and Matilda was Scarlet, and it goes on. Even the danged dog had a person-name (Steve). So that was overwhelming.
Also, the descriptions of every little painting and every piece of furniture and everything anybody ever wore...almost too much. I say almost because if anybody can pull it off, Crusie can, and does. Also, the story was about things not being real, and about sleight of hand and trickery, so the detail, even up to the setting (an old, beat-up art gallery with apartments above it) provided a fully congruous experience. So, the story was fun, funny, clever, and worth reading. Even though you might need a character list at first.
Tilda's niece Nadine sells a painting. This shouldn't be a problem because the family owns an art gallery, that's what your supposed to do. Unfortunately, this painting should have never seen the light of day. The family goes into instant panic mode (except for Nadine because nobody will explain the problem to her) and they arrange a way for Tilda to steal the painting back. Tilda is not good at breaking and entering, in fact it gives her an asthma attack. While searching Clea's room Tilda runs into Davey (in Clea's closet). Davey realizes that Tilda's bumbling is going to get them caught, so he tells her to meet him at a diner and he'll steal the painting for her. When the meet later on he hands over the still wrapped painting - which later turns out to be the wrong painting. Davey and Tilda scramble to steal the right painting (and his money back) while the Goodnight family's secrets start to crumble around them.
Part of the fun of the story is the reveal of all of the secrets. Half the time things are explained in a timely manner, other times a bit too slow for me. However I was willing to overlook that for the creative plot, the colorful characters, the humor, and the fact that I just loved Tilda and Davey. Clea, one of the "bad guys", was even funny though I felt a bit bad for her. There were times when I wanted to strangle Tilda's family for putting so much pressure on her. But they were all dealing with their own painful secrets and guilt and everyone (even Tilda) tried to keep the status quo going because it seemed best.
It's easy to say that Crusie's books are formulaic - murder, song or movie quotes, a dog, a cool son or daughter (of varying ages), wisecracking side characters, and HEAs all around. Sometimes that's just fun.
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