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Charade (The Games) [Kindle Edition]

Nyrae Dawn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom's dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it's what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

Book Two in The Games series, FACADE is available now!

Mature content: language, drug references and sexual situations.

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About the Author

From a young age, Nyrae Dawn dreamed of growing up and writing stories. For years she put her dream on hold. Nyrae worked in a hospital emergency room, fell in love and married one of her best friends from high school. In 2004 Nyrae, her husband and their new baby girl made a move from Oregon to Southern California and that's when everything changed. As a stay-at-home mom for the first time, her passion for writing flared to life again. She hasn't stopped writing since. With two incredible daughters, an awesome husband and her days spent writing what she loves, Nyrae considers herself the luckiest girl in the world. She still resides in sunny Southern California, where she loves spending time with her family and sneaking away to the bookstore with her laptop. Nyrae Dawn also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

Product Details

  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480213985
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009V5VG3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book from Nyrae Dawn November 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's hard for me to critique this book really because I'm just a huge Nyrae Dawn fan...so I knew I'd love it before I even got 3 paragraphs in. And sure enough I was hooked from the get go and things in my life had to fall by the wayside so I could finish this stinkin book! ;)

Cheyenne and Colt's relationship may start off a bit rough.... (maybe cold's a better word?) but it's not long before you're clinging to every word, sucked in by the vortex that is their crazy relationship. One that makes you laugh....swoon....and root for them to open up and make it work. This book is about so much more than their love story too. These are real characters. With issues. And a plot line that brought tears to my eyes. If you liked What A Boy Wants & What A Boy Needs then you will LOVE this book. This is sorta like the college version of their stories. And I could not get enough Chey and Colt. I want more!!

The thing I love so much about Dawn is her talent with writing from the guy's perspective. I L.O.V.E.D. reading Colt's POV. If you hate "F" bombs then you may not love him as I do because it is his favorite word ;) but I'll take that over the "p" word any day. I just feel like Dawn nailed it... nailed his thoughts and speech....made me believe he's a real person....and made me want to get to know MORE about these two!! Dawn is definitely talented, to say the least.

If this is your 1st Nyrae Dawn book, I'm sure it won't be your last. When I see she or Liz Reinhardt or Steph Cambell or Tamara Webber have a new book out I'm like a kid on Christmas morning who was just told they're going to Disney world. Time stops and reading commences. I mean I was already in the midst of another book (that was good) that I was just reading when I had free time, but when I saw Charade was out I dropped that other book and ignored my poor family so I could read this. =) Yep, I'm a geek.

Would I recommend this? Of Course!
And I'll read it again for sure!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Charade by Nyrae Dawn has not only made me an insta-fan of Nyrae but it also broke my heart in all the best ways possible. Chey and Colt are two incredible main characters that you will dislike at times, want to protect at other times, and love all of the time. The story pulls at the heart-strings when dealing with family issues while also keeping a swoony feel through the romance. And the romance people....just wow!

First I would like to commend Nyrae for doing such an incredible job for having an alternating POV book! I love when my stories get me in the heads of two characters I can't seem to get enough of and that is most definitely the case for Charade. I loved seeing how each character was coping, growing, and evolving into something so different but still staying true to the people they were at the core of it all.

Cheyenne has the art of masking her true emotions down to a science. She likes to make people think that her life is nothing but perfect but as the story progresses and we learn more about Chey's struggles, we also learn that perfect is far from the truth. Leaning on the people she should have been able to trust the most in life has led her to nothing but disappointment. The constant let-downs have caused Chey to create a shell around herself, one she doesn't intend on letting anyone through. I get what Chey was going through. While my childhood was not quite as dramatic as the main character's, it was still filled with lots of disappointment. So I know what it feels like to go through that and I know how much easier it can seem to just block people off. However, I have also learned that it is not good to keep that all bottled up. When friends and family tried reaching out to Chey and attempted to connect with her, Chey continually pushed them away.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner October 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you have read Nyrae Dawn before you will love this book, and will not even bother reading the reviews. If you have not read her before, why not? Charade is just as good as her previous novels and will not disappoint.

Charade is told from the alternating pov of Chey and Colt. I love when this is doen well, and it is done well here. Colt has his own voice, and you always know whom is telling the story. The blurb sums up alot of the book. What it does not let you know is that it is an emotional read, about two people finding someone who fills that hole. It is a wonderful tale about opening up and needing someone. Colt is your typical 'baddish boy' who really has a heart of gold. Chey is the girl that nobody really knows. But together they allow each other in.

I really enjoyed this and I think that people who liked Beautiful Disaster and Easy, will like it also.

Will I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype January 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
CHARADE was an okay book for me. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it, it was just a quick and fun read, with some serious parts. So if you're just looking for a fast read, with some serious moments in it, you could read CHARADE; but for me it just wasn't amazing.

I don't have anything to pinpoint that I didn't like about the book, it just wasn't anything special for me. I had a hard time picturing what Chayenne and Colt looked like, and for some reason that don't make me love a book. I guess when you can picture the characters well it maked you feel closer to them.

As for the story in CHARADE it is good. It starts out with Chayenne walking in on her boyfriend with another girl, he trying to beg her to stay with him, but she stays strong and leaves him. That's when she meets Colt, and try to convince him to be her pretend boyfriend so her ex will see that she can easily move on. From there everything evolves, and Chayenne and Colt get to know each other better, and they share their problems and try to solve them together.

I didn't have any favorite characters in this book, but I was intrigued by Colt's roommate Adrian. That's the only reason for why I might pick up the sequel, because he's one of the main characters in it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping, heartbreaking, uplifting
You have to care about the characters to actually cry when they hurt and smile when they soar. It happens here with Chey and Colt. Loved it.
Published 6 days ago by Sandra L Abts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was happily surprised by this book. it was a wonderful love story with real struggles and some heartbreaking moments. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars OK read
I expected a light read when I started this but that wasn’t what I got at all. In the beginning it was interesting, the hate relationship Cheyenne and Colton had. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monique
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a great series
Cheyenne and Colt.

Colt is to die for. Tattooed, bad-ass alpha with a heart of gold in regards to his mother. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Godiva
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't already review this?
I couldn't believe it when Amazon told me I hadn't reviewed this one yet.

It's no secret. I love Nyrae Dawn. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heather Young-Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
If you don't know Nyrae's writing, you should. This YA book has everything you want, characters worth investing your feelings into, a fun story ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barb Conner
4.0 out of 5 stars I re-read recently
I re-read this book again because I rated it 5 stars in Goodreads. I like the story and the chaos going on with both charaters. You get a big build up and then your HEA. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fluffy Unicorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
A book that hit close to home with me. I was the kind of girl that just wanted to disappear so I could identify with Cheyenne and I identified with Colton in the way I lost my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Malissa J. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god ..
First of all, I bought this book, due to the fact that I really loved the cover of the book.

Cheyenne walked in on her boyfriend with another woman. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars A great romance story with some deep parts mixed in
I thought this was going to be a cute romance but there were some really heavy topics in this story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristin
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More About the Author

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn's passion.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she's a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she's not with her family, you can be pretty sure you'll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

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