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Charade opens with Cheyenne walking in on her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She's caught off guard and is trying to hold off a panic attack. She has worked hard to make herself into someone that no one will leave, and now she's trying to project this image of being able to easily move on. She hires Colton to be a her fake boyfriend as part of her facade, but she doesn't anticipate opening up to him. He believes she's a stuck up princess, but she makes sure he knows that's not the case at all. I liked how they found out about each other's issues early on, rather than having them be some huge reveal later on. She was abandoned by her mother, and he's watching his own mother die before his eyes.
Colton is of course the misunderstood, bad boy, with a tragic past. He's tattooed and sells weed to the frat boys, but there is much more than meets the eye. His mom is his world and watching her fall apart is taking its toll on him. He acts like everything is fine when people are around, but for some reason his walls come down with Cheyenne. His story made me cry. Twice. The situation with his mom is very sad, but I wasn't expecting it to get to me like that. Thumbs up to the author for bringing the waterworks.
I really enjoyed Charade. Sure, it's basic plot is almost identical to most other NA novels, but for me it does stand out. The only thing about NA that annoys me are the fights, and luckily Charade doesn't have one. Cheyenne and Colton are dealing with problems bigger than their relationship, and that brings them together rather than pulling them apart. There are several super sexy scenes scattered throughout as these two damaged people find comfort in each other, and eventually come out the other side as better and more whole. My one complaint is the major overuse of the words "game" and "charade."
Colt...eh. I've read about naughtier boys than him, but that was the another problem for me. Was he supposed to be a bad boy? Even Cheyenne calls him a hero at one point. Drugs are the worst thing about him, but it made him seem sad rather than naughty. The only fight he gets in goes terribly (terribly for him, that is). I don't know. Colt didn't impress me. He has a great name though.
Cheyenne was interesting because I never knew what she would do next. She had some major problems, and her freak-outs would have been even better (she sweetly ends up with Colt after each one) if she hadn't acted so prickly after them. I liked seeing her become a different person and liked the parallelism between her and Colt. There sufferings are different but similar.
My favorite part about the story is Colt's mom. I cried. By the third chapter--I think--you'll know why. There is so much emotion. They way the story progresses in that aspect is touching. The end between them is just beautifully written.
I liked parts that I didn't think I would, which is always a plus for a book. I like to find new things that I can appreciate. Some scenes are moving and overall it has an okay romance.
Cheyenne's relationship ends suddenly when she discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her. She's humiliated and hurt and decides she can save face by creating a fake boyfriend. When she witnesses her ex and a stranger have a confrontation at a coffee shop, she pegs her stooge (or beard? I guess it could work either way). Enter Colt, her polar opposite and the type of guy she would never date. But her ex hugely dislikes Colt and it's the perfect way to both save face and get a little petty revenge. It's all in good fun and Colt, though at first refuses, eventually gives in motivated by an unspoken need to stand with Cheyenne.
I was really taken with Colt. He's sassy and tough and sexy with a foul mouth that did NOT turn me off. Cheyenne really brings out his softy side which was adorbs.
I really loved this opposite-attracts romance with such a fun story line. The fake boyfriend plot allowed for lots of tension between the two to build. When does the pretending stop and the real relationship begin?
In the background, there are also subplots involving their pasts and some childhood issues, along with Colt's mother's sickness. All in all it was sweet, poignant and sexy. I would reread this one for sure.
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