by Jennifer Crusie

August 2003
ISBN: 0-312-98382-4
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Matilda Goodnight, artist, turned fraud is now expected to turn to thievery also. It seems her niece mistakenly sold a painting that could expose the family art gallery in some illegal practices. Now, the family has asked and expects Matilda to steal the painting back from the buyer.

Davy Dempsey, former con man, is ticked. He stole some money from an ex-paramour and tripled it only to have her sneak around and steal the money back and itís profits. Now he is hiding in her closet, awaiting access to her laptop so he can proceed to steal ďhisĒ money back. Imagine his surprise when he encounters a warm female that is not his ex inside the closet. This is how Matilda and Davy meet.

With a beginning like this, it can only get more comical. There is a friendship formed between the two main characters as they both attempt to steal from the same woman what each feels rightfully belongs to them. Filled with hilarious moments, such as bad sex-when do the two main characters in a romance have bad sex- but itís definitely bad and itís definitely sex-and wonderful secondary characters that you may or may not understand better by the end of the book. This book is a good summer read.

Understanding that not all heroís and heroineís of romance novels are perfect, Crusie has written certainly flawed characters with such humor that you canít help but like them as the story moves along. Some surprises await the reader at the end but alas, most of the surprises are predictable. But donít let this turn you off a comical look at romance, written flaws and all.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Katy.

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