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by Jennifer Crusie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

2002 Best Women's Fiction Nominee

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Former con Davy Dempsey is royally pissed. He's just discovered that his ex-financial advisor Ronald "Rabbit" Abbott has ripped off $3,000,000 and given it to Davy's former girlfriend and actress Clea Lewis. To get his money back, Davy breaks into the house where Clea is currently staying so he can get access to her bank account numbers.

Meanwhile, newbie art collector Clea refuses to return a painting she bought from the Goodnight Gallery, former art forger Tilda Goodnight knows she must steal it back. Her niece unknowingly sold a "Scarlet" painting and as all of the Scarlet's are forgeries, selling one could bring down the Goodnight Gallery and send Tilda to jail. Davy and Tilda's mid-burglary close encounter in Clea's closet leads to an uneasy, if intriguing alliance. Outwitting her is turning out to be a challenge as two botched burglaries will prove.

This laugh-out-loud romp is one to treasure! Nobody combines wit, irony and sexy sizzling plots better than New York Times bestseller Jennifer Crusie. An automatic buy! (Aug., 312 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: August 2002

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Faking It

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 9, 2011 - 10:31pm.

Davy Dempsey wants to break into ex-girlfriend Clea Lewis' home to find the money she stole from him.  Mathilda Goodnight needs to break into Clea's house to retrieve a forged painting.  They meet while hiding in a closet and join forces to combat Clea.  While working together they must deal with Mathilda's sister, Eve, who has two identities, Davy's conman father, suspicious art collectors, and a hitman. 

This was a very amusing, if somewhat confusing, romantic comedy.  There are tons of characters, many of which you don't know where they fit into the story.  Everything ties up nicely in the end.  My ratig:  4 Stars.