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Faking It

Faking It by Jennifer Crusie 

Faking It (Dempseys #2)Description: 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.

Review: In addition to the books I read, about one a day, I also tend to listen to audiobooks in my car. It fills the time and keeps a monotonous commute from becoming dull. I usually listen to romance novels, although I try to intersperse historical non-fiction books too, just to say I’m using my history degree I spent 4 years and two theses to earn. For romance novels, I seem to be on a Jennifer Crusie kick. I listened to Bet Me,The Cinderella Deal, and Charlie All Night in the last few months. I had just finished up an audiobook, historical non-fiction, and was wandering around my library, looking for a new one. The only Jennifer Crusie audiobook they had on the shelf was Faking It, so I thought, why not?

It took me a while to warm up to Davy and Tilda, the main characters. Part of that is because the problem with audiobooks is I only listen to the story in small parts so it doesn’t flow as well. The other issue is they are both morally ambiguous. Davy was a con man, trying to go straight. Tilda was less morally ambiguous. She was an art forger who was painting murals, which she hates, to support her family. The subplot includes a whole host of fascinating secondary characters from a gold-digger, a hitman, and Tilda’s slightly bipolar sister. While it took me a bit to get into the story, I found myself captivated and amused. I liked the partly romantic subplot of Davy’s best friend, Simon the art thief, and Tilda’s sister, Eve/ Louise. Tilda’s niece, Nadine, who had horrible taste in boyfriends and clearly should have been dating her best guy friend, was delightful.

It also took a while for me to like Tilda and Davy as a couple. They were great when they were making out in closets but their relationship needed a bit of a kick-start. One of my favorite things about their relationship was it featured bad sex! Not bad sex like a rapey bodice ripper, but actual, Tilda just wanted Davy to roll off of her and go to sleep sex. Basically, just lousy, realistic sex. That almost never happens in romance novels. There are usually orgasms galore, even for the heroine’s first time. It was more authentic that their relationship built from that crappy first time and that their sex life did continue to get better. In the end, I especially liked how they accepted each other, questionable pasts, crazy families, flaws and all.

All the discussion of thieves and art made me want to reread Suzanne Enoch’s  Samantha Jellicoe series. It was random but I also learned this week that there’s a museum in Vienna called Museum of Fake Art. I think I’ll listen to the first book in the series, Welcome to Temptation, next.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With”. This was a hard list for me. I had to go through my Goodreads lists to see which books I gave lower ratings. And still only came up with 3.

  1. Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    Wuthering Heights
    I tried to read this book in high school and hated it the entire time. Cathy and Heathcliff are just terrible people. Not a fan.

  2. Johnny Jefferson from Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon

    Baby Be Mine (Johnny Be Good, #2)
    I randomly downloaded and read this book one night. It realized too late that it was a sequel and that you really need read the first book. I made a mistake by trying to stick it out through the book. Johnny was a stereotypical, horrible rock star and the heroine wasn’t much better.

  3. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen 

    Emma When I first read Emma a few years ago, I really wasn’t a fan of the heroine, which had surprised me because I really liked Jane Austen’s other works, especially Persuasion. I recently watched the YouTube adaptation of Emma, Emma Approved, and found the main character a lot more likable and relatable. Maybe I’ll reread the book and form new opinions about Emma.

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Audio-Books vs Books

Hi all.

I’ve been listening to audio-books on and off, for about five years.I started in high school, while driving my sister and me to school. We listened to Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells Series and Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone Series on our 20 minutes treks, to and from school. It was a nice way to bond over books and pass the time. But I never really thought about audio-books or whether they were better than regular books. I would just buy the physical copy of a book and take the audio out from the library.

Through out college, during the semesters I commuted, I would listen to romance novels on audio-books. The most notable were books from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars Series and Julia Quinn’s Just Like Heaven. During this time, I realized the impact of the narrator’s voice and diction on my enjoyment of the story. While I had really liked Just Like Heaven when I first read the book, the narrator’s voice was grating and piercing at times. As much as I liked the story, and to be honest, I’m a huge fan of Julia Quinn, I found myself wishing the audio-book would  end faster, just because I couldn’t stand the narrator’s voice.

Now that I’ve graduated college and moved on to my first adult job (scary, right? I’m still in denial. The real world is terrifying), I have a decent commute to work. I’m in the car for about 90 minutes each day. I’ve noticed that on average, audio-books are about 8 hours long. Unless you’re listening to War and Peace. I’m sure that’s easily 24 hours long. Never-mind, I just googled it. According to Amazon, an audio-book of War and Peace is 61 hours and 8 minutes long. Damn, that’s a long time. So far, most of the romance audio-books I’ve listened to are about 8 hours, which usually takes me about 5 days to finish. Look, see, I can do math. Nice to know my college degree and massive amounts of student loans are good for something.

Anyway, I find myself listening to audio-books pretty regularly. I started out listening to books I read already, albeit a long time ago. This is because I’m cheap (see aforementioned student loans) so I just take out audio-books from the library. (Resisting the urge to go on a tangent about how much I freaking love the library). I discovered audio-books are a nice way to revisit old characters and books that I knew I enjoyed but haven’t felt a burning desire to reread. The issue with audio-books is when I listen to new books. Then I find myself volunteering to drive places or forcing my passengers to listen to my audio-books with me. But really, how can they not appreciate having to listen to  Bet Me. It’s a gem! Seriously, who doesn’t laugh at Bet Me??

I have no self-control when it comes to romance novels and when I get caught up in a story, I binge-read. Binge-reading is hard to do for audio-books though. I’m partly afraid that one day I’m going to run out of gas because I sat in a parking lot listening to an audio-book….

My final verdict for audio-book vs books is I will always buy the physical book over the audio. While audio-books are great, especially for commutes, it’s probably better to not listen to new books on audio. Or at least new romance novels. I could probably listen to a new historical non-fiction book on audio and not want to waste my gas waiting to discover if Henry VIII executes Anne Boleyn or not. (Spoiler Alert: He does.)

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