Title: CharadeSeries: Games # 1
Genre: New Adult-Contemporary
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Release Date: October 22, 2012
"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."
Playing games with love never ends the way you expect it to be...
I really love the plot in the story. Paying someone to be your "fake" boyfriend and falling in love with them for-real is awesome. I love how in the beginning they were at each other throats. They called each other names and used each other for what they needed. Little by little they each learn to let down their guard and show they real person inside. What they find is real love and compassion, mostly cause it started off as a friendship. And that is the best love right? The kind of love that goes deeper then lust but overtakes your entire soul.
The love interest is the best part of the story. Two people both facing different hardships needing a trusting friend to be with. In the beginning they were all for using each other but in the end, they sought each other willingly cause they needed each other. The way that their love bloom slowly, yet full of passion kept my head in the story. I wanted to feel their every emotion in becoming friends and then experiencing true love for the first time.
There is also nice humor of the book that lightens up the heavy parts. There are some parts in the book that just tear my heart up. I cried a little (mostly at the end) cause it all felt so real. The search for someone to be by your side, while losing someone dear, its all so bittersweet yet beautiful.
Charade is an fantastic start to a series I want more of. It's real and the game of love is played nicely. Two unsuspecting people falling in love in the midst of trouble and heartache is an excellent recipe for an awesome book.
I give it 5 BITES!