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Charade Paperback – November 15, 2012
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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."
You know how sometimes you read a book and you want to put it the front pocket of your favorite flannel shirt and keep it right there, close to your heart, forever? That's how I feel about CHARADE. I am guilty of coveting this book, y'all. I wanted to keep it, and Colt, all to myself. But here's the thing. I ADORE Nyrae Dawn and I want her to be a millionaire. So. Freaking. Bad. So I'm letting go of my coveting behavior and asking just 334,448.1605 of you to go buy CHARADE today to make my dream for Nyrae come true. And here's why:
CHARADE is a new adult book that is SO MUCH MORE than a romance. Now, don't get me wrong. This book falls well within the "Jen approved" category, but the part you'll walk away remembering most isn't a steamy sex scene. Oh, no. This story is all about relationships. Well, that and tragedy. *cries*
As the reader, it is obvious that Cheyenne and Colt belong together. It's not so obvious to them. To them, it's a mostly convenient, uh, charade that fulfills a need they have outside of their relationship with each other. It doesn't take too long before they realize that maybe they DO belong together until those other needs outside their relationship threaten what they've built. (Spoiler free reviews means that talking in circles is sometimes necessary.) It's a doozie. <------technical term
The emotions in this book run high. And when I say high, you should have flashback images of a man jumping out of a hot air balloon 26 miles above the earth. THAT high. Be sure to have a healthy supply of tissues at the ready. You'll probably want to hug your mom, too, so be sure she's close by.
And, hey! FACADE, book 2 in the Games series, is due out in a matter of weeks so it's the perfect time to read CHARADE and be introduced to Nyrae's world of hot good guys and the strong heroines who love them.
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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