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Faking It [Kindle Edition]

Elisa Lorello
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Book Description

After breaking off her engagement, thirty-something writing professor Andi Cutrone abandons New England for her native Long Island to focus on her career and start over. When she meets Devin at a cocktail party, the sight of an honest-to-goodness male escort shocks her—and fascinates her more than a little. Months later, Andi impulsively calls Devin. Over cheesecake in Brooklyn, she offers him a proposition: he will teach her how to be a better lover, and in return, she will give him writing lessons. He agrees, and together they embark upon an intense partnership that proves to be as instructive as it is arousing. For in the midst of lessons in rhetorical theory and foreplay, Andi and Devin delve into deeper questions about truth, beauty, and self, gradually coming face-to-face with the issues at the core of their emotional limitations. Smart, witty, and introspective, Faking It is an engrossing novel about two people discovering their authentic selves.


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Elisa Lorello was born and raised on Long Island, the youngest of seven children. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and launched a career teaching rhetoric and composition. In addition to teaching, Elisa wrote the Kindle best-selling novels Faking It and Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood (co-authored with Sarah Girrell), and Adulation. After six years in North Carolina, she has recently returned to the northeast.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting once you get past the annoyances 27 Mar. 2011
By Colliesaluki VINE VOICE
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This is one of those novels that spends the first half of the book screaming 'America', which personally i find hugely irritating when it does not seem to be highly relevent to the storyline.
Also, there seems to be a degree of highbrow academic snobbery at the start,in that the Author seems to be intent upon letting the reader know she has a career in rhetoric and composition studies by making very frequent and unnecessary references to it but disguising it as being part of the plot,again far beyond what seems necessary.
If you can get past the annoyance of these factors and actually start to hear the story, it's quite interesting, parts of it will make complete sense to most women as we all have parts of ourselves we wish were better! it also balances out neatly by allowing the male lead character to reveal his insecurities despite his ultra confident facade.
it flows along at a gentle and natural speed and becomes quite a good read.
It comes to a fairly predicatable ending but felt a little like the last half (and by far the better half) of the book was rushed.
The Author does make a particularly good job of slowly revealing the idiosyncrasies and personalities of the characters as the story unfolds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent romance and a little bit more. 9 April 2011
By ImReallyAnElf VINE VOICE
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The product description of this book says:

"After breaking off her engagement, thirty-something writing professor Andi Cutrone abandons New England for her native Long Island to focus on her career and start over. When she meets Devin at a cocktail party, the sight of an honest-to-goodness male escort shocks her--and fascinates her more than a little. Months later, Andi impulsively calls Devin. Over cheesecake in Brooklyn, she offers him a proposition: he will teach her how to be a better lover, and in return, she will give him writing lessons. He agrees, and together they embark upon an intense partnership that proves to be as instructive as it is arousing. For in the midst of lessons in rhetorical theory and foreplay, Andi and Devin delve into deeper questions about truth, beauty, and self, gradually coming face-to-face with the issues at the core of their emotional limitations. Smart, witty, and introspective, Faking It is an engrossing novel about two people discovering their authentic selves."

What you get is exactly true to the description, but a whole lot more. The characters are very likeable, and there's no tedious ongoing angst, just enough background to Andi's repressions to round out her character to perfection. Devin's character doesn't fully evolve until a fair way to the end of the book, but it's a very interesting journey.

I also found it interesting that a book which very much involves a woman learning about her sexuality should manage to keep my interest where "erotica" would simply have had me skipping pages.

I found it an extremely well written and entertaining book, although not without its moments of pathos, and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 16 Dec. 2011
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
Not your usual chick lit - it actually became intellectual at times when interspersed with the outputs of Andi's literary classes. A slow reveal of the emotional hang-ups of the two key characters, Devlin and Andi helped bring them to life. I read this during my tube commute over 4 days and found my eyes blurring with tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Journey 17 May 2011
By The Kimi-Chan Experience VINE VOICE
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I found a couple things about this book to be unexpected. One was the main female character, Andi. She's bright, successful in her career, and yet also seems to have a self image of herself that leaves her wanting. When her boyfriend Andy (what's with THAT?! Andi and Andy?) basically says she isn't a whole person he can be attracted to because she hasn't had sex with him, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She moves away, changes job and comes to an arrangement with a male escort that is acquainted with some of her work colleagues. truth be told, she isn't in touch with her nature as a sexual being, and is determined to explore this side of herself. She will teach Devin the ins and outs of being a writer, and he will teach her about sexuality.

Now, this so easily could be the plot for a piece of erotica or even a work of ordinary chick lit type romance. In the second bit of unexpectedness, I found it certainly has elements of both, but is neither. In fact, Devin uses a "toy" to teach her, and it really is a learning experience. Andi makes discoveries about herself not only as a woman with physical needs but thanks to Devin, learns to see herself and her former boyfriends more clearly. It is a time of self discovery that could have been exciting, but the writing does drag on a bit. It's being marketed as a romance novel too, and while it does indeed deal with the topic, it fails in execution to quite fit into the expected tropes outcome wise of that genre. So while a worthwhile read about male/female relationship dynamics and self image, if looking for a titillating bit of romantic fluff, you'll be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks like chick-lit but is far more enjoyable 27 May 2011
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Like another reviewer here I think this book is more intelligent than its misleadingly chick-lit-ish cover and title suggest. Andi is a 34 year old writing professor at a New York university who appears confident but actually has all kinds of hang-ups about her body and sexuality. Through a rather contrived deal with a beautiful male escort, she learns to unleash her inner self - but can she find the kind of life and relationship which has always eluded her?

I hate so-called 'women's books' which either have ditzy, mistake-prone girls or 'feisty' ones who hate and have to fight everything. So Andi is a refreshing heroine who is successful professionally, clever and yet still a little damaged by previous men in her life. Her experiences to connect to her true inner self can be a little self-indulgent at times (remember that episode in Sex & the City where Miranda tries to discover her inner goddess? - this is a little similar) and yet also tackle real issues that women face every day with dysfunctional body image and the tyranny of size zero.

Devin, the male escort, is utterly delicious, but certainly not just a pretty face, and has a journey of his own. I didn't really buy completely into the ending which is why this dropped a star from me, but am interested in reading the sequel.

So this certainly isn't 'literature' or deep and meaningful - but it's an enjoyable read which tackles some important issues in a light-hearted way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 3 months ago by gill shire
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gave me some feel good factor however implausible!
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Published 9 months ago by Jayne Olerenshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good read and an easy flowing book. I feel you can relate to the characters as it is well written.
Published 10 months ago by David Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for your fun reading
Well written humorous love story if you liked the Rosie project you will enjoy this tale of sex in the city in an well educated environment.
Published 12 months ago by Uncle John
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Didn't know what to expect this book as never heard of author but liked the fact there was 3 books in the series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by L.cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Is a series and a good one.
Keeps the reader interested and actually women do have problems with sex sometimes, lol. This puts it out there and shows you how to get what you want.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. R. S. Tweedale
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused?
The book started well and then, as I expect I was meant to, I became confused. Then I stuck with it and really enjoyed the conclusion.
Published 13 months ago by oldieonline
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
Absolute dribble, what a pathetic load of rubbish! Relieved to have bought the e version and not the hard back. Couldn't even finish it!
Published 13 months ago by ZumbaRach
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