Series: Dempseys

Review: Faking It by Jennifer Crusie

Posted May 8, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: Faking It by Jennifer CrusieReviewer: Holly
Faking It by Jennifer Crusie
Series: Dempseys #2
Also in this series: Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys, #1)
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: March 29th 2011
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 352
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Meet the Goodnights, a respectable family who have run a respectable art gallery for generations. There's Gwen, the matriarch who sedates herself with double-crostics and double vodkas, Eve the oldest daughter who has a slight identity problem (she has two), and 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. Holding everyone together is Matilda, the youngest daughter, who's inherited the secret locked down in the basement of the Goodnight Gallery, the secret that she's willing to do almost anything to keep, including 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 justbeen 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, a painting of three evil fisherman closing in on a dyspeptic tuna, multiple personalities, miscellaneous Goodnights and Dempseys, 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.
Faking It: What has reality ever done for you?

Faking It is the (not)sequel (see the explanation on Jennifer Crusie‘s site) to Welcome To Temptation, which Rowena reviewed here.

This is one of those novels I had to read more than once before I fell in love with it. The first time I read it, I was coming off the high of Welcome to Temptation and had high expectations for how this one would turn out. I was disappointed, no two ways about it.

But there’s a particular scene that stuck in my mind, so I decided to go back and do a re-read several months after reading it the first time. And you know what? I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Then, I re-read it again. And loved it even more. By my 5th re-read, my original opinion of this novel had drastically changed, and it has become one of my favorite Crusie novels.

One of the things I think Ms. Crusie excels at is writing characters with personality and depth. Davy and Tilda are both wonderful characters (from Tilda’s plug-in vibrator to Davy’s shady past) who compliment each other well. Both are quirky and fun, but have hidden depths.

The plot is an interesting and engaging one, if a bit on the ridiculous side. Though I do have to say, no one does ridiculous as well as Jenny Crusie does. As with all her novels, the secondary characters are a complete riot and fully enrich the story. I love Tilda’s crazy family and their interactions with each other.

Nadine sighed and opened a cupboard, taking down a loaf of whole wheat. “According to Grandma, there are two kinds of men in the world, doughnuts and muffins.”
“Is there anybody in your family who’s sane?”
“Define ‘sane’.” Nadine dropped two pieces of bread in Gwen’s yellow Fiesta toaster.
“Never mind,” Davy said. “Doughnuts and muffins.”
“Doughnuts are the guys that make you drool,” Nadine said, taking a jar of peanut butter from the cupboard. “They’re gorgeous and crispy and covered with chocolate icing and you see one and you have to have it, and if you don’t get it, you think about it all day and then you go back for it anyway, because it’s a doughnut.”
“Put some toast in for me when yours is done,” Davy said, suddenly ravenous.
Nadine pushed the bakery bag toward him. “There are pineapple-orange muffins in there.”
Davy fished one out. “You have a thing for pineapple-orange?”
“We have a thing for tangy,” Nadine said. “We like the twist.
“I picked that up,” Davy said. “So doughnuts make you drool.”
“Right, whereas muffins just sort of sit there all lumpy, looking alike, not chocolate icing at all.”
Davy looked at his muffin. It had a high golden crown, not lumpy at all. He shrugged and peeled the top off and took a bite. Tangy.
“And while muffins may be excellent,” Nadine went on, “especially the pineapple-orange ones, they’re no doughnuts.”
“So doughnuts are good,” Davy said, trying to keep up his end of the conversation.
“Well, yeah, for one night,” Nadine said, as her toast popped. She dropped in two more pieces for Davy and then dug into the peanut butter, slathering it on her bread like spackle. “But then the next morning, they’re not crisp anymore, and the icing is all stuck to the bag, and they have watery stuff all over them, and they’re icky and awful. You can’t keep a doughnut overnight.”
“Ah,” Davy said. “But a muffin -”
“Is actually better the next day,” Nadine finished. “Muffins are for the long haul and they always taste good. They don’t have that oh-my-God-I-have-to-have-that thing that the doughnuts have going for them, but you still want them the next morning. ” She bit into her toast with strong white teeth that were a testament to Dr. Mark.

Overall this might not seem like the best novel right off the bat, but if you stick with it and follow through, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a gem of a story this is.

4.0 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie.

Posted May 7, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie.Reviewer: Rowena
Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys, #1) by Jennifer Crusie
Series: Dempseys #1
Also in this series: Faking It
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 11th 2004
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 416
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Sophie Dempsey is content living a quiet life filming wedding videos until an assignment brings her to Temptation, Ohio. From the moment she drive into town, she gets a bad feeling; Sophie is from the wrong side of the tracks and everything in Temptation is a little too right. And when she has a run-in with the town's unnervingly sexy mayor, Phineas Tucker, making a little movie turns out to be more than a little dangerous.

Yield to oncoming desire...

All Sophie wants to do is film the video and head home. All Phin wants to do is play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. They both get more than they bargained for when Sophie's video causes an uproar and the proper citizens of Temptation set out to shut them down.

Welcome to temptation...

As events spiral out of control, Sophie and Phin find themselves caught in a web of gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, and really excellent sex. All hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble...and in love.

At the request of someone, I can’t remember who, I picked up this book and started a reading adventure that I have enjoyed immensely. Jennifer Crusie writes witty contemporaries that are full of steamy sex, lively characters and awesome storylines that drag you along for a wild, hilariously funny roller coaster ride that leaves you sighing with pleasure and groaning with disappoint at the end of each book.

This book is no different.

I have to start this book off with the mention of that water tower. LMAO. Seriously, that water tower is so deserving of a mention in this review that it just had to be done. What’s not to love about that water tower and what it looks like, oh goodness…that’s good stuff.

The whole story is about a girl, a boy, vanilla porn and a bunch of other stuff that makes for great romance reading. There wasn’t much about this story that I didn’t like. I loved the hero, the heroine, the story and that damn water tower, LOL. That crash at the beginning of the book sets the tone of the rest of the book. There was so much laughing going on and so much fanning going on that I will forever think of Phin and Sophie when I walk into my Church and see that pool table sitting in the rec room.

Because seriously, that pool table scene was the stuff Skinemax was made of. =)

Sophie as a heroine was a fantastic match for the hero, Phin. She was the ying to his yang and I enjoyed watching these two come together. Sophie was everything I like in a heroine. She was funny, pretty and most importantly, she was normal. She wasn’t this over the top simpering idiot of a heroine nor was she was this hot headed female witch, she was just normal. I love reading books with normal characters. Characters that aren’t so unbelievably perfect that I know that I will never run in the same circles with them.

Then there’s Phin. Sexy Mayor Phineas Tucker who is the sexiest man in this book. Like Sophie, I loved the way that JC wrote Phin’s character. He wasn’t this overly masculine man who was serious all the time and was building this big empire or plotting to rid the world of evil wrongdoers. He was just a simple man with a love for pool and a warm body in his bed who he was caring about more and more as the days wore on. He had a real guys friendship, where they talked about having sex, who they were having sex with, who they wanted to have sex with and they just totally reminded me of the men in my own life and the men that I can totally see myself loving in my real life that made Phin all the more sexier and lovable in my eyes.

This book was a funny, sexy book filled with lots of the good stuff so if you haven’t read this book yet, you seriously need to fix that because this book will jump start your love of all things Jennifer Crusie just like it did me.

So rush out now and read this book!

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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