Faking It - Jennifer Crusie Title: Faking It

Series: Dempsey's bk 2

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Genre: Contemporary

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 last, Matilda, the youngest daughter, who has inherited the secret locked down in the basement of the Goodnight Gallery, a 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 Dempsey’s, 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 hit man, all the while coping with a mutant dachshund, a jukebox 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.

I LOVE, LOVE Jennifer Crusie’s books! After a hectic day at work and corralling kids – her books are like a hot bath, back massage with the happy ending! This book will make you laugh out loud and stay up in the wee hours to find out what’s going to happen next.

I would recommend reading this book for just the side characters alone. There is an older sister who has two different personalities, her ex hubby is gay, their daughter is a teen wise beyond her years. The mother, Gwen was probably my favorite character of them all (you just have to read it to see why). There was also the hot English side kick, an older and mysterious hit man, and the cutest, weird dog running around.

Crusie’s characters are so flawed - and that’s why you just love them. Davy is a con man, and Matilda has so many secrets in her closest that it’s making her crazy. Even their first love scene has awkward moments and is flawed. There is so much going on in this book from start to finish that I guarantee you will devour it just like I did.

Grade: A

Review by: Janon

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