From bestselling author, Nyrae Dawn, comes Book 2 in her New Adult, Games Series!
Can love save them?
After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she's never been--and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.
To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.
Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate, carefree love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together, or tear them apart forever?
About the Author
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. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.
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By Nyrae Dawn
Grand Central PublishingCopyright © 2013 Nyrae Dawn
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I didn't sleep for shit last night. Not that I ever really sleep that well, but last night was particularly bad. About 1:00 a.m., I was sick to death of all the drunk, high, loud-ass people in my house. Jesus, I wanted them gone. Wanted quiet, normal, but instead I'd smoked another bowl, lied and said I was going to bed before locking myself in my room.
The party went on without me because that's what people do. It's not that they really need me to have fun. I just have the house, shitty as it is, and everyone thinks I'm always down to have a good time. Scratch that. I am always down to have a good time. One look at me shows I'm stoned half the time. Weed? It clouds out the past. Parties drown out the stuff in my head I don't want to hear. But last night of all nights? I deserved to hear that shit, since I'm the one who caused it. So that's what I did. All night. Got blazed out of my head but kept myself awake so I could think about today.
Around six this morning, I jumped in my car like I have every January 12 for the past four years and drove my ass here. Rockville, Virginia. Home sweet fucking home, except I hate this place with a burning passion. When you spend your childhood getting beat by your dad, all you want to do is escape where you came from. I wouldn't have come if I didn't have to, but after everything, I figure it's the least I can do.
Not that my sister, Angel, will ever know I came.
After all this time, I wonder if she'd want me here. If I were her, I wouldn't.
Shaking my thermos, I realize I don't have any more coffee. I toss it onto the passenger side floor and lean back in the seat. Four hours is a long-ass time to sit in my car, but I don't want to risk getting out and her seeing me. Probably a good thing I ran out of coffee; otherwise I'd have to piss again.
Looking across the street, I see all the headstones. Most of them are laid flat, so I can't see them from a distance, but I still know exactly which one belongs to Ashton. It's under the big tree. He would have liked that. I bet he would have wanted me to lift him up and put him in that tree if he'd ever had the chance to see it. He thought it was cool to ride on my shoulders. I'd carry him all around the house and he'd laugh like it was fucking Disneyland or something.
Pain grabs hold of me, threatens to pull me under, and for the millionth time I wonder why I don't let it. It would be so much easier than walking around in the masks I do now.
"Fuck." I drop my head back. Run a hand through my dark hair. Feel my pocket for the pipe there and wish like hell I could light up. Seems kind of wrong to smoke weed at a cemetery, especially under the circumstances.
I hate the drugs anyway. You wouldn't know it, though. No one does. Adrian's always down to smoke. Adrian's always good for it. That's what everyone thinks, but really I just want to be swept away. To ride a tide or the wind or whatever the fuck will take me far from here. Weed is the only thing I can find. Sometimes it works; most of the time it doesn't.
I'm itching to shove the key into the ignition, to push down on the gas pedal and get the hell out of here. Not that I ever went real far. I only live four hours away in Brenton because I couldn't make myself leave the state. But I can't live in Rockville anymore. I don't want to see this. Don't want to be here. I wish I could wake up and find out this has all been some fucked-up nightmare. Even if it meant going back in time before Ash and having to deal with shit from my parents.
Leaning forward, I push the useless thermos out of the way and reach for The Count of Monte Cristo, which is shoved under the seat. The cover's all old and ripped. The spine's cracked from how many times I've read it. It'll probably fall apart any day now.
The thing is, I've always respected Edmond. He went through hell and back but fought despite it. He didn't fold. He pushed through and worked his ass off to become so much more than he was. He was strong. Not me. I just can't seem to make myself overcome the past.
There's nothing to do but deal with it. And maybe lose myself behind a cloud of smoke or a girl.
I need to turn off my thoughts.
Even though I can't stand hats, I grab the one beside me, push it low on my head, open my book, and read. Maybe Edmond can help me clear my head.
Hours later, when I see my sister, Angel, walk over to Ash's grave, I don't get out of the car. When some guy walks up and grabs her hand, I don't know who he is and yet, I don't bother finding out. They hug, and I don't walk over and do the same thing to her. It's not our thing to stand around having some group mourning session over the two-year-old boy who died too soon.
Nope. This is real life. Not like all the stupid fucking books I read or the movies people watch or the reality shows that couldn't be further away from reality.
Without moving an inch, I watch her. Watch as she sets flowers on Ashton's grave. As the guy pulls her into a hug. As they kneel on the ground, probably talking to him in a way I'll never have the balls to do.
The guy says something to her and then gets up and walks away. I duck lower in my seat, but no one is paying attention to me. He heads back to a little car and waits.
Angel's hands go to her face and I know she's crying in them. Know she's mourning the loss of Ash, the boy she loved so much. The boy she took care of better than any mom could. I know she sent the guy away because she's like me and needs to handle shit on her own. Only unlike me, she'll never run.
She cries out there for probably thirty minutes. The whole time my chest is tight. Aching. It's hard to breathe and I want to turn away, but I don't. I deserve to feel this way and deserve to see this.
A fist squeezes tighter and tighter around my heart. My face is wet, but I don't bother to wipe away the tears, either. Real men don't fucking cry. That's what Dad always said before he hit me in a series of body shots, until I couldn't stop myself from doing just what he said I shouldn't do.
Then he'd beat me harder for being weak.
Angel's shoulders are shaking. I can tell from this far away.
I'm not an idiot. Never have been. I know it wouldn't make me weak to walk over there and hug her. To hold her and tell her it'll be okay, but I still won't do it. What right do I have to try and console her when I'm the one who destroyed everything?
When I'm the one who let Ash die?
So I sit here and watch her, just so I'll never forget the pain I caused.CHAPTER 2
I'm yanked out of a deep sleep by the sound of my cell. My room is still pitch- black, which means it's the middle of the night. My heart immediately starts setting off rounds to the speed of a machine gun.
"Hello?" my voice squeaks out.
"Is this Delaney Cross?"
The official-sounding female does nothing to slow the rapid-fire beating in my chest. If anything, it makes it worse. "Yes. This is she."
"I'm Doctor Marsh over at Three Valley's Hospital. Your mother was brought in a little while ago. She's okay, but—"
"What happened?" Now I pray for my heart to pick up again. It's silent, almost as if it's gone, and I miss the pounding in my ears. Miss it because as ridiculous as it sounds, it takes the loneliness away.
"We'd really like you to come down. It's not—"
"It's not something I haven't dealt with before," I cut her off again. I don't need her to try and make this easier on me. The fact is nothing would make me deal with it better. Saying it on the phone won't make it any less real than in person.
"We're assuming it was a suicide attempt. She took pills. We don't know if she changed her mind or if she wasn't lucid enough to make decisions, but sometime after, she must have tried to leave her apartment. A neighbor found her collapsed in her doorway and called nine-one-one."
The tears that I didn't realize had formed in my eyes are brimming over and starting their slow descent down my face. This is her third suicide attempt in the last four years.
"I'm sorry," the doctor tells me.
"Me too," I whisper. I'm sorry about all of it.
I push out of bed and race to my closet. "We'll be there soon," I tell the doctor before dropping my cell to the dresser. Yanking a sweatshirt over my head, I'm already shoving my feet into my tennis shoes. My heart seems to have found its beat now and as I finish shoving my other foot into my shoe, I try and concentrate on it. It's a crazy thing to do, but it keeps me from cracking apart.
"Maddox!" I yell as I run into our small hallway. "Get up!" My fists come down on my brother's door hard. "Come on! We have to go." I try for the doorknob, but like I knew he would, he'd locked his room. Before I can knock again, he's jerking the door open, his eyes wide and frantic with worry.
"What the fuck happened? Are you okay?"
"It's Mom. She ..."
Anger washes over the worry on Maddox's face. His jaw tenses. Veins pulse in his hand; he's gripping the doorknob so tightly I think it could break. Quite the pair, aren't we? While I worry, he gets pissed.
"What did she do?" It's almost as though he blanks out in times like this. Goes numb. All I have to do is bring up either of our parents and I can see the emotion drain from him and I hate it. He and Dad used to be so close ... and then something switched and I was the one who got his attention, yet Mom was all about Maddox. Now he can't stand to talk about either of them.
"Pills. We need to go, Maddy."
"Don't call me that. I hate it when you call me that."
I reach for my older brother's hand, but he jerks it away. "Yeah, because that's what's important right now. We need to go see her."
He's shaking his head and I know what he's going to say before he speaks. That he doesn't want to go. That he doesn't care if she needs us. Before he can, I say the one thing that I know he can't say no to. "I can't do this without you. I need you."
"Fuck," he mumbles under his breath. "Gimme two minutes." The door slams, guilt tingeing the edges of my pain. I shouldn't manipulate him like that, but he's my brother. Her son. Mom and I both need him. She can't help that she fell apart after what Dad did.
Realizing I forgot my phone, I grab it and the car keys, and I'm pacing the living room when Maddox comes out, his dark hair all disheveled. He doesn't look me in the eyes. He's pissed and I know he knows what I did.
We head out to the car and I drive us to the hospital because I don't trust him to do it when he's mad. He likes to go too fast, and the last thing we need is to get into an accident on the way.
I'm shivering by the time we walk through the hospital doors and only part of it is from the cold. Maddox isn't wearing a jacket, even though it's a frigid, cold January in Virginia.
"We're here to see Jennifer Cross," I tell the desk clerk. Maddox doesn't step up beside me. He has his arms crossed about five feet away from me.
"Are you family?" the clerk asks.
"Yes. We're her children."
She puts bands on each of our wrists and directs us where to go, as if we don't know where the ER is. We could find anywhere in this place.
I'm not surprised when my eyes pool over again. No matter how many times this happens or how many times she slips back into her depression, it doesn't get easier.
Right before we leave the sterile white hallway and head for the emergency room, Maddox grabs my wrist.
"Don't cry for her, Laney. Don't cry for either of them."
Maddox is so much older than his twenty-one years. He's always been the strong one and both of us know it. It's not that simple for me. My mom just tried to take her own life. My dad is in prison and my brother—my best friend—hates the world.
"Why did this happen to us?" I ask. He grabs me and pulls me into his arms, letting me cry into his chest.
I can feel his awkwardness as he holds me. He's not real big on affection and it makes me feel like crap that he has to console me again. But that's what he does. He hates it, but he tries to make everything better. Mom couldn't take care of stuff, so Maddox did. He's still doing it.
"I don't know" is all he says. Honestly, I'm a little surprised I got that much out of him.
"We need to go see her." I wipe my eyes with my sweatshirt.
Maddox nods at me, but before we can go in, a nurse stops us. As soon as I tell her who we are, she gets that small smile on her face that says she feels bad for us, but she's trying not to let it show.
"Let me get the doctor first, okay? She wants to speak to you." She disappears behind the sliding doors, the sound echoing through the halls. The emergency room is quiet tonight and I almost wish for more people around to distract us.
Right away, the door slides open again. A woman with graying hair, wearing the same smile as the nurse, comes out. "You're Ms. Cross's children?"
"Yes." Of course it's only me who answers.
She leads us over to a small room with a couch. Goose bumps blanket my skin the second we walk in. It reminds me of the place they take family members to let them know when someone has passed away.
She's okay ... she's okay. They would have told me if she wasn't.
"As I told you on the phone, your mom overdosed on pills. Some of them seem to be medications that have been prescribed to her, but we're not sure if that's all she took."
Oh God. Has she been buying pills illegally? How did this happen? How did we go from a normal family—with a mom and dad who used to laugh together, a mom who used to love cooking dinner for her family, a brother who could have gotten a football scholarship, and me, who was just happy to have the people I loved close—to this? "Okay ..."
"She's sleeping right now, but she's been in and out of it. You need to know that she's still a threat to herself. She ..." The doctor pauses for a second before sighing. "She's continued to say she wants to die, and she attacked one of the nurses. I just want you to be prepared when you go in. We had to strap her down for everyone's safety."
A cry climbs up my throat and I clamp my mouth closed, hoping it won't be able to escape. Why aren't we good enough to make her want to stay? I don't understand her not wanting to be with me. With Maddox.
My brother's hand comes down on my shoulder and he gives it a comforting squeeze. No matter how angry he is, he's always here for me. I hate how all of this has scarred his soul.
"Where do we go from here?" Maddox asks her, but I want to be the one who's angry now. I want to yell that we've been through enough. That I'm eighteen fucking years old and Maddox only twenty-one. We're not supposed to be dealing with this. We're supposed to be in college and going home for long weekends instead of being alone.
"We did a psych consult and we think it's best that she be admitted to our inpatient ward. It's a thirty-day stay. They'll be able to help her better there. I would hate for her to be in a situation where she's able to hurt herself further or, God forbid, someone else."
It feels like a fist squeezing my chest so tight it shatters my ribs, shatters everything inside me, but I just want to be whole. Why can't we all be whole again?
I look at Maddox and he's emotionally gone again. His hand is still on me, but the rest of him looks as though he's checked out, leaving me alone.
"Okay ... I agree. Can we see her now?" Is it bad that part of me doesn't want to? That I'm scared to death to walk in there and see her? To risk that her anger will come out at me like it always does?
"Of course. Follow me."
I know before he stops me that Maddox isn't going. His eyes that look so much like mine soften as though he's trying to tell me he's sorry—words he'll never say out loud.
"It's okay," I tell him, but really it's not. I need him and he knows it. Mom needs him. We both know she'd rather it be Maddox with her than me.
My legs tremble slightly as I walk into the room. She looks so small in the bed. Her blond hair, so different from my dark brown, is stringy and matted. I just saw her two days ago. Two days, and she didn't look like this.
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Nobody writes a broken bad boy like Nyrae Dawn. I fell so hard for Adrian! I’ll be honest, I didn’t think much of him in Charade. He kind of seemed like a pothead and a manwhore. But, OMG, once I heard his story, my heart broke for him. I’m not going to get into the story much here, because I don’t want to give anything away. You need to read it yourself!! Adrian and Delaney are two damaged individuals who are connected by an unimaginable tragedy. They find comfort in each others arms, but will their love be enough once all their secrets are revealed?? I loved Adrian. He’s a writer at heart and the poems he wrote for Laney melted me into a big pile of goo. I loved this book and will definitely read the next in this series. I’m hoping it’s Maddox’s story :)
If you have read Charade by talented author Nyrae Dawn, you will have met Adrian - the lost boy, who smoked weed, drank and partied. Façade is Adrian’s story. I loved Colt, and hadn’t expected to love Adrian, but this man, created by Dawn, drew me in from the first page. Adrian had been running for four years. He'd felt trapped and alone for all of his life. Alone with the words that lived only inside his head, alone with the abuse he received at the hands of his father. His poems gave the reader a key to his soul - wonderfully poignant and rich in depth, but to hide, he partied hard, eager to deny the many words of guilt to take over in his head. But Delaney, a young, scared woman who he wanted from the minute he saw, seemed to have the healing balm that filled the aching holes, even if he didn’t feel he deserved to have them filled. Adrian of Delaney “She’s the fire in my veins, the breath in my lungs, and the glue trying to hold all my scars together.” All Delaney wanted in life was to heal: to heal her mom, herself, her brother, and also Adrian. She carried an albatross of guilt for the sins her father had committed. She didn’t believe she deserved love and had been denied nurture by her overwhelmed and crushed mother. Delaney of Adrian “He's not perfect, but he's sexy and beautifully broken, inspiring and passionate and everything at the same time.” Dawn’s prose is strong, poetic and beautifully descriptive. Adrian describing himself "...but my mind and heart are backpacking through the darkest corners of the world trying to get farther and farther away." "Tiredness lives in my bones now, swims in the marrow, and I can't ever seem to get it out of my system." Written in first person, present tense and switching POV, allows the reader to become close to the wonderful, broken characters. I loved that Adrian gave Delaney the sweet nickname. I loved that Dawn’s characters were so believable; each having real, credible heartbreak, flaws and fissures. Each had a journey to peace, to live a healthier life without their carefully constructed walls: Adrian – the escapist—he needed to stop running, Delaney - the pacifier she needed to stop relying on being protected. Be prepared with tissues: Nyrae Dawn writes with passion, depth and intensity – Façade was raw and riveting and heart-wrenching. Her books are the type that I can read over and over again. Next is Masquerade, so I will be back…
3.5 stars. I'm feeling a little let down, I had such high hopes for this book. It tugged at my heart strings no doubt, but the rest of the connection with Adrian and Delaney was absent. To be honest I'm comparing how I felt about this book with my feelings for Charade. While Facade is a good story and an enjoyable one at that, I still felt as if something was missing from Adrian and Delaney's relationship. The intensity was there but it felt a little off towards the middle of the book. I finished this book quickly as well, but instead of having that feeling of wanting more I was left with the feeling of,"Is that it?" I also fell a little for Maddox, Delaney's brother and am wondering if he will be getting a story of his own. One thing this book does excellently is twists. You think everything is on the table from the get go, but it's not. Be prepared with tissues and make sure you're sitting while reading the second half of the book.
I loved this book! It was just great all the way around. I've already read it twice and read the other two in the series ("Charade" and "Masquerade"). I think this one was possibly the best; it had such a heartwarming/melting plot and had the whole original thing going. I definitely would recommend this book to my friends and fellow book lovers!
You are so right. I am going through the same. Way to speak your mind girl.
5 broken hearted/spirit shattered stars I so love stories about people who are broken but are healed through someone's love for them. Typically, I cry with their story and then I smile as the healing takes place. But there are some stories that hit me at a deeper level. Facade is one of those stories. Laney is an 18 year old young lady who acts so much older due to the struggles she has faced in her short life. She is an amazing character and has become one of my favorite heroines of all time. It amazes me with her caring spirit and a desire to make those around her feel better, she wants to heal their hearts, and hopefully hers will get to heal along the way as well. In this journey of healing she sets out to meet Adrian, as she wants to make things right with him. But due to different issues along the way she is unable to get out what she came for. Along the way, we get to know Adrian better. He is broken hearted and his spirit is shattered. Adrian drowns escapes in drugs and women. There is another layer to Adrian though. Adrian is much deeper, he loves to read and he escapes in his writing. When things get too tough, he runs, until Delaney. Adrian sees a kindred spirit in Delaney, and the irony is that he winds up wanting to heal her as much as she wants to heal him. The characters in this story were very real to me and their pain was raw and heartbreaking. I loved how Delaney and Adrian eased into their feeling and their relationship. But while I loved reading about it, I knew the bottom had to fall out at some point. Then it hits and the emotions are so gut-wrenchingly sad--one twist I totally did not expect and it made the pain hurt even more. But there is hope, amazing siblings, and there is healing. I loved this story and I cannot wait for Masquerade to read more about Maddox since I saw him as an unsung hero in this book.
Facade was an agonizingly emotional read for me. By the end, I was a sobbing mess but the outcome and resolution were more than worth the tears. Adrian is broken and haunted by tragic events that happened four years ago. He can’t move forward because he relives his past over and over again. His guilt, grief, remorse, hatred for himself, and for the person who caused the accident, consume him. He moves from day to day trying to make the pain and memories disappear. Then he meets her and, like him, she has ghosts in her eyes. Suddenly, his world revolves around helping her ghosts disappear, all while battling his own. His journey was beautifully heart-wrenching and I cried a thousand tears for him, and the tragedy that he suffered. Delaney is broken and haunted by tragic events that happened four years ago. She can’t move forward until she atones for her father’s sins. Her world exploded four years ago and she feels that, through forgiveness, she can slowly put the pieces back together. She doesn’t count on the utter devastation that is Adrian, or falling in love with him. Once she is faced with both, everything changes. Her world is right for a split second, then her secrets blow it back apart. I loved Charade and the writing style of Nyrae Dawn. I couldn’t wait to read Facade and have the opportunity to learn about the enigmatic Adrian. However, the story started off very slow for me and I really struggled with Laney’s deception. While I understand her reasoning behind it, I did not agree at all with her actions. Once again, the cast of secondary characters helped propel this book forward and I was extremely excited to see Colt & Chey again. The character that I really connected with, and hope the next book will be centered around, is Maddox. Laney’s brother mesmerized me and I have to know more about him. His pain was palpable and the glimpses that we are given of his struggle had me hooked. Facade is a great addition to the New Adult genre and definitely worth the read While I didn’t enjoy it as much as Charade, Facade was still an amazing read. I absolutely recommend it to any fan of Ms. Dawn’s and the New Adult genre.
After reading Charade, I was so excited to begin Facade, which is Adrian's story. Adrian is Colt's best friend and former roommate. He comes across as a party boy, someone who just likes to have a good time and get high, but underneath, there is so much more depth to Adrian than meets the eye. He thinks, feels, sees, and knows things on a level that few are aware of. This has been to his detriment because of his past and a personal tragedy that has all but destroyed him, causing him to try to forget what happened by losing himself and seeking solace in weed and women. He's a player, a very hot player, and he knows how to put on a facade, wearing his mask well...most of the time. In reality, the person he is trying to fool the most is himself. Delaney Cross' life was shattered when she was a young teenager. Her family destroyed by a crime her father committed and the realization that his life, their family's life, had been a lie. Betrayed by the father she loved and left to deal with a suicidal mother who has turned all her bitterness and hatred on Delaney, this beautiful girl has somehow still managed to have a heart of gold, filled with compassion. She lives with her brother Maddox, and all they really have is each other. Delaney is desperate to make amends for the things her father did, things that aren't her fault, yet she feels the burden of them as if they were. Determined to set things right, she and her brother Maddox pack up the car and move to a new town where Laney will try to do what she can to find forgiveness for the things her father has done. She ends up meeting Adrian. She knows he is a player and that she should stay away from him for more than one reason, but she also is able to see that deeper side of him that few get a glimpse into. Adrian doesn't do relationships. He doesn't let people in...ever... so when he begins to let Laney see glimpses of the real him, he isn't quite sure how to deal with it. He doesn't make promises, and Delaney doesn't ask for any, yet he can't stay away. No one knows just how damaged and hurt Adrian is, but he is beginning to let Laney see, and Laney is falling for him hard, even though she knows she shouldn't, and he is falling for her. Adrian has secrets, Delaney has secrets, and when these secrets collide, the fallout from the collision is more than either of them can bear, and something that they just may not be able to recover from. Facade is such a good story. It is very deep, heartbreaking, and emotional. The darkness these characters go through is not camouflaged in any way, yet fleshed out in painstaking reality. I loved the relationship between Delaney and Adrian, how Nyrae Dawn developed it, as well as where she took it in the novel, no holds barred. There is even a twist towards the end that I definitely did not see coming, which added a whole new level of drama to the story. I also loved the fact that we get to see Colt and Cheyenne in this story, and we also meet Maddox, whose story will be the next in the series, Masquerade, and I cannot wait to read it. Facade is another new adult contemporary romance that stands out among the crowd. Nyrae Dawn has proven yet again what a talented author she is, and Facade is definitely a story that is worth taking the time to read.
Just as the title says, Facade has many layers. There's more than meets the eye. Its characters carry guilt and sorrow you will feel in your heart and make you yearn for them to be free of it! It is a powerful read that makes you think more before you judge others. I can't wait to read Nyrae Dawn's next book!!
Very touching story!!
I love this author soooo much. Every time I read her stories its like I’m experiencing love for the first time. Broken and defeated, Adrian must fight to find his way back home. Plot: Broken. Depressed and utterly defeated. That is what this plot moves through. The reader is introduce to characters who have broken past. The only to defeat it is to face it. And let me tell you that facing the truth is harder than what it seems. The plot move well enough that I felt involved with the characters. Each time they move forward or took steps back, I found myself yearning for them to find peace. Every chapter unveils another piece of shatter hearts that are desperately trying to come back together. Emotions: Do you know what the heaviest thing carry is? Guilt. Holding on to something for that hold and letting it eat you from the inside out is horrible. The weight that both Adrian and Delaney carry is rough. I can’t imagine carrying such a secret that feels like I’m carrying the world on my shoulders. Love: Of course these two are a perfect match. Both of their pasts weaving with one another. One wanting forgiveness and other carrying guilt, it really is a match made in heaven. They dealt with real life issues, some of which weren’t really their faults in the first place. The carried the sins of their parents over to themselves, bearing weight they should have never carried. These two fought. The fought for a life that they deserve to have. Sex: I’m a bit frustrated with this part. I was hoping that their love making would be a less lustful but yeah…I don’t like it when characters just jump into bed for the hell of it. I need ROMANCE! Facade delivers what is promised. A worthy tale of lost and love, inching its way through the readers heart. A touching portrayal of real life, Facade is an memorable read.
My gosh, Facade was an emotional heavy hitter from beginning to end. Adrian was introduced in Charade, and despite his seemingly carefree attitude, it definitely seemed like the boy was more than meets the eye. Enter Delaney Cross, a girl who hold a few secrets of her own. Facade is one of those books with a story you just know will come to a tumultuous intersection. An intersection in which secrets and lies and pain and guilt all converge into a devastating moment. One of those scenes that blows the story and characters wide open. I really thought I knew Adrian, but I had no idea this character was so broken. Adrian has a broken spirit and a poet's heart. His story was devastating and further proves that Nyrae Dawn is exceptionally gifted at creating her broken boys. Delaney was a determined girl with a big heart and shame that was not her burden to carry. This poor girl is set on saving everyone around her, and slowly breaking apart in the process. I truly did love Delaney and Adrian together, and hoped lies and tragedy wouldn't stand in their way. I'm surprised by how much I was invested in her relationship with her brother Maddox, and am anxious for his book, Masquerade. Facade got off to a quiet start. I was anxious to see Delaney and Adrian form that strong connection that would have me on the hook. Once that happened, I was in it. I really liked the turns Dawn took in the story. She didn't romanticize the darkness that made up the couple's lives, and didn't make the physical relationship between Adrian and Delaney into a cure-all that would take away their pain. Oh! I loved how much Colt and Chey were in the story. In fact, one of my favorite moments was a heart-to-heart between Colt and Adrian. Façade is an intense and thoughtful story. Both characters were introspective and reflective, and experienced so much growth. Though I loved Charade a bit more, Facade is a great addition to the Games series. I cannot wait for Masquerade.
Façade is the second book in author Nyrae Dawn’s Games Series and the first of her work that I have read. Two things: first, I am happy to say that you don’t have to read the first in the series to enjoy this amazing book and second, what a positively remarkable and emotional story this was! Delany had been living a pretty decent and normal childhood. Older football player brother, working dad, stay-at-home mom….your typical all-American family. Until her father has a horrific accident and ruins their picture perfect life. Well, if she’s being honest, the cracks in their foundation were starting to show even before the accident. Always one to want to fix things, Delany sets off with her brother to attempt to reach out to the other family that was affected by the terrible tragedy. She’s hoping that maybe she can help the healing process not only for her, but also for Adrian…the handsome, brokenhearted parallel victim. Adrian Westfall never really had it very good. His father was an abusive bastard and his mother a battered wife. The only bright spots in his life were his sister and Ash. Now that he doesn’t even have those two bright spots in his life, he has learned to master the façade that now carries himself through his lonely and depressed days. His poetry and his writing have been the only things helping him keep a loose grasp on his sanity. Some days the sadness threatens to swallow him whole. Then, he meets Delany and thinks there may be something in her that can relate to him…he has no idea how right he is. The secrets and unimaginable hurt that ties Delaney and Adrian together will prove to be a tie that binds and also the bond that can tear them apart. They are instantly drawn to one another and find solace in each other’s company and what starts out as an innocent attempt at healing turns into something so much more. Will they find happiness again? Can they truly ever heal? If you could see my right at this moment, you would see that my eyes are still puffy and swollen from finishing this book last night. Partly because I couldn’t put it down and read late into the night but mainly because I was a sobbing, blubbering mess by the time I was done. This book was intense and emotional and broke my heart more than once…..but you know I don’t think of that as a bad thing! Adrian and Delaney’s story is painful and beautiful and ran through some pretty intense emotions. Grief, betrayal, guilt, overwhelming sadness….but also love and strength. The connection they share is a heartbreaking one and they truly need each other to start the healing process and attempt to find happiness in life again, even if Adrian isn’t as knowing as Delaney is in the situation. Delany is strong and determined with an innocence she still is able to hold on to despite the terrible hand dealt to her. She knows she can’t change the past and what happened but she is willing to try to bring some peace to Adrian and help him heal. Adrian is a broken soul. The accident left him completely ruined emotionally and no matter how he’d like his life to be different, he can’t change what has happened and that has made him who he is today. He tries hard to keep up a cool appearance and act as though he’s into his partying and sex filled social status, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The road Delany and Adrian travel down is absolutely gut wrenching but also extremely necessary in healing. I have to mention there was a twist near the end that I didn’t see coming….and it made the story even more emotional than it already had been, which I didn’t think was possible. THAT was what turned my sad sniffles into an all out ugly cry. But remember, I don’t think of that as a bad thing (my family may disagree since I looked like hell the next day, but pffft to them!). Emotionally stunning is how I would best describe this book. I was drained when I finished but happy with how the book ended…I say book, because I know Delany and Adrian’s story will continue on even when we aren’t reading it.
Delaney is a young woman who has had a tough life. At only eighteen, she has had to deal with a mother who hates her, a father who is an alcoholic. Laney has moved with her brother to a small town. They got an apartment and Laney is determined to right all of the wrongs that she somehow feels responsible for. Adrian is drowning in his sorrow. He lost someone he loved and has been numbing the pain ever since. He lives in a small college town and has very few friends. He keeps himself high almost all of the time to keep his bad dreams at bay. Laney gets a job waitressing and one night, in walks Adrian. He is immediately attracted to her but Adriane doesn't do anything more than casual flings. He doesn't deserve anything more after all of the bad things he is responsible for. Laney sees Adrian for who he is behind the pain and she wants to help him. Laney wants to take care of everyone and make everything better. But she can't. She finally has to realize that she can't control what other people do and she has to let some things go. Her mother does not take this well. Adrian is continuing to struggle with his past. As we learn the true nature of what happened we can understand why it was so devastating for him. Laney gets closer and closer to Adrian and begins to fall for him. Only she is hiding a major bombshell of a secret. When Adrian finds out, he may never forgive her. Nyreae Dawn writes THE MOST amazing dramatic romance stories EVER. This one was a four star instead of five only because it didn't resonate as much for me as the first in this series did. I love, love , love these characters. The chemistry was amazing. It is a heartwarming and gut wrenching story of love and forgiveness. The twists and turns that we go through to get to the climax of this book were amazing. My heart broke for both of these characters. I also love the set up for the next book and can not wait to read on about Maddox, Lanie's brother. 4 Gut Wrenching Stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: Can love save them? After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is all right. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been—and into the arms of Adrian Westfall. To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies’ man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past. Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together—or tear them apart forever? MY REVIEW: I’m surprised my frustration with how much I really wanted to like this book, didn’t end up blowing up my computer. The storyline given in the blurb really drew me into it. Hey, what’s better than two people with so much angst and the power to destroy one another falling in love? The characters set, the scene in place, and the story raring to go only ended up falling … flat. I found the characters were built up very well; however, a lot of it was almost repetitious. The shocking secrets really were shocking, but there could have been so much more. I tried to figure out just what it was as I kept reading and I ended up toward the end identifying it. This author has a very distinct style of writing, but one many ‘newer’ authors end up having to learn. She tells the reader how the character is feeling, and doesn’t paint the scene to show it. Unfortunately, as a result of that style, I ended up not caring about the characters at all. For something so strong, and a story line so adult, the way the characters dealt with everything seemed very immature. There were a few holes in the plot that frustrated me, and in the end, I had to force myself to finish the story. But hey, that’s the plus. I know, I know, not the best review or even something the author would be happy with. And hey, I get how hard and how much work publishing a book can cost someone, but my opinion is only one. With previous reviews, the fans are able to overlook those facts and that should be what counts. ¿ Two out of five stars—wish it could have been more—and best wishes to the author for a new fabulous book.
Façade is a love story between Adrian and Delaney. Two people whose lives are interconnected, though only one of them knows it. They are both keeping secrets from each other. How will it effect their relationship? This book was raw, emotional, beautiful, heartbreaking, haunting, angsty...as the characters went through the emotional wringer so did you! I enjoyed being able to see both Adrian and Delaney's POV, and to be able to get inside both of their minds. I was captivated by Nyrae Dawn's book and her writing. Façade is the second book in the series, and while I didn't feel I needed to read the first book, Charade, to know what was going on in this one, she did revisit the main characters from Charade. The glimpses that we got into their relationship had me so intrigued by their story, that I paused in my reading to purchase the first book so that I could start reading it as soon as I finished Façade! I highly recommend this book! Nyrae Dawn took me on an emotional roller coaster with Façade that I would NOT have wanted to miss! I received an ARC from Forever (Grand Central Publishing)via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
That ending!! OMG!!! One of the most beautiful endings I have ever read! Facade is about two people who are connected through a tragic event that destroyed both of their families four years ago. Adrian & Delaney are both coping with the loss of loved ones in a different ways, putting on a show every day of their life's - pretending they are okay, even though they are close to falling apart. When they meet each other they begin to confront their demons & realize that they cannot keep living the way they have been for the past four years. I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because while I really did love it, there was one point about half way into the book where I was getting frustrated with Delaney - she wanted to tell Adrian the truth but she kept putting it off & I was just like ugh tell him already!!! So that was frustrating for me, but once we got past that I loved this book SO much! Both Delaney & Adrian are genuine & real characters. They have both been dealt very rough hands but with each other they feel safe. I thoroughly enjoyed Facade (& loved Charade even more) so I am officially a Nyrae Dawn fan & recommend her books !