Monday, August 5, 2013


Facade (Games, #2)Series: Games #2
Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: 7/2/13
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304
Source: Received from author for review
Rating: 4 stars
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 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.

Favorite Quote:

  "When the worst shit in my life was happening, I had that girl with me. She never left me even though I probably didn't deserve her. I've never had something like that and let me tell you, it's fucking incredible."  ~ebook, 57%

  "If you go, let me go with you." She steps closer. "If you need to write, I'll be your paper. I have no idea what I'm doing here. I don't know if this is the right thing, but whatever you need, if you need to try to forget, let me help you."  ~ebook, 68%

The Games Series
Charade (Games, #1)Facade (Games, #2)
(click on cover for GoodReads page)
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About the author:
I am a compulsive · and writer who loves YA fiction.

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.

I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.

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  1. I read this one and loved it just as you did. I haven't reviewed it yet so I didn't read your review to keep my thoughts clean and my review solely filled with my own opinion, but I'm so glad you loved it! Yay:) Adrian was.. just as awesome as I hoped he'd be (all things considered):)

  2. There will come a day when I finally make time for one of her books. I hear absolutely nothing but amazing things about them. Great review Andrea.

  3. I loved how much Colt and Cheyenne came out and I love Adrian’s friendship with Cheyenne. This one was very emotional and Nyrae pulled it off brilliantly! I am sooooo looking forward to Maddox’s book! So happy you loved this one too although Charade is still my favorite book of hers. I also have a special place in my heart for What a Boy Wants :)

  4. LOL I loved this one just a little more than Charade. They're all great couples though. I can't wait for Maddox. He sounds like he'd be my kind of guy. Nice review!

  5. You're right - very emotional. I love Adrian! And I cannot wait for Maddox's story!

  6. Oh I love when your emotions get all caught up in the tale..this sounds good and I think thanks to you I have book one on my wishlist!

  7. It sounds like this series has really great character development and romances that really have you shipping the relationships. I also love that the series does the switching of POV's from book to book, I am a huge fan of that!

  8. This one has been all over the web for me and I keep meaning to pick it up. I still need to read the 1st book though, it's on my kindle. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  9. Lovely review! First I've seen of this one. I'm glad to hear you are still enjoying the series- I like the idea of companion novels that focus on other characters each time.

  10. I have this series on my TBR, and I am really interested to see how they turn out. They sound amazing, romantic and emotional. Just the sort of books I enjoy. And it has character growth and a broken boy, which is always awesome! I can't wait to meet both Delaney and Adrian! Glad you enjoyed this, Andrea! Fabulous review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  11. Oh man, I get so anxious and stressed out when I know there's something big that's going to happen. Some big explosion of something. Especially when you know it's going to be emotional. So glad you enjoyed this!

  12. I keep hearing this is an emotional one! I have it for review, but I also bought Charade to read first. I'm hoping I get some time in here soon to just sit and devour them both! Great review girl!

  13. The characters sound amazing!! I have the first book, but haven't read it yet. I really need to. This one is on my to-buy list. Fabulous review!

  14. Great Review & I agree, charade & facade were both good but Colt and Cheyenne still hold my heart.

  15. I loved your review! I felt the same way about Facade. It was really good, but Charade's still my fav! I can't wait to read Maddox's story! I loved the relationship and how overprotective him and Delany were of each other!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  16. Awesome review. I can't wait to start this. I finished Charade not long ago and love it.


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