Faking ItPaperback - 2003
LOVE AND DECEPTION HAVE A LOT IN COMMON.
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 lastly, Matilda, the youngest daughter, has inherited the secret locked down in the basement of the Goodnight Gallery, the 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.
THE RISKS ARE INTOXICATING.
Meet the Dempseys, 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.
AND IF YOU'RE REALLY GOOD AT THEM, THEY BOTH PAY OFF.
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, 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.
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" Hey, I can give myself orgasms that blow me out of bed, thank you. My vibrator's electric. It plugs in. Sparky. Now can I get some sleep?"-Tilda Goodnight
He was not looking forward to breaking the law. He was straight now. He'd matured. Crime no longer excited him.
What?' Ronald said.
I didn't say anything.'
You're breathing heavy.”
“When Eve ate the apple her knowledge increased. But God liked dumb women so Paradise ceased. Gwen Goodnight. Her Work.” [On a sampler worked by Gwen]
“Dempseys are never in trouble. We just have stretches of life that are more interesting than others.” [Davey Dempsey]
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" Look, I'm beautiful, I'm charming, I'm expensive, and I give the best head in America." There's nothing like breaking and entering to get one all hot and bothered. Just ask Matilda "Tilda" Goodnight and Davy Dempsey(from "Welcome to Temptation"). The pair can't seem to keep their hands and lips off each other(well almost). Their favorite place to make out? Closets. Now, what could bring an art forger(Tilda) and a con man(Davy) out of retirement and teaming up? That gold digging bitch Clea Lewis(,formerly Clea Whipple,and also from "Welcome to Temptation") of course. Because every duo needs a villian,and Clea is it.
Tilda is trying to recover incriminating art work, and Davy is trying to recover the three million dollars that Clea stole from him by seducing his financial manager Ronald( a million of that sum he originally stole from Clea). While Clea,still up to her old dirty tricks(as evidenced by the opening quote) is looking to sink her teeth(Ouch!) into potential husband number three,Mason Phipps, who's a rich art collector.
"Faking It" takes place in Columbus,Ohio, three years after the events of Jennifer Crusie's " Welcome to Temptation", which first introduced the characters Clea Whipple(the washed up actress/porn star/black widow) and Davy Dempsey( the smooth talking con man and brother of Sophie and Amy Dempsey). In "Faking It",Crusie introduces a new cast of colorful characters in the Goodnight family. There's Gwen Goodnight(Tilda's mother),Eve(Tilda's sister),Nadine(Eve's daughter/Tilda's niece),Andrew(Eve's ex-husband),Jeff(Andrew's boyfriend),Louise(Eve's stage persona),Ethan(Nadine's best friend),Dorcas(Gwen's tenant), and Steve(the family dog). There is also cameo appearances by a few other characters from "Welcome to Temptation".
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