Book Review: Facade (The Games #2) by Nyrae Dawn

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?

Release Date: July 2, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley

I liked book one in The Games series, Charade, but it didn't stand out among others in the genre for me.  It was a good read, but not outstanding.  I think the actual charade between Colt and Chey just didn't ring true for me.  I picked up Facade, expecting a good but not great read, and was so surprised at how much I loved it.  

I don't usually cry while reading, but Facade really tugged at my heartstrings.  I think the fact that Adrian's pain over losing two year-old Ashton to a car accident made the book so personal for me.  I have a two year-old and the thought of losing her, especially given that Ashton was run over by a car while playing in his own front yard, is unthinkable.  I don't know how I could go on living, and thought Adrian's struggle to get through the days was very plausible.  

The fact that I really related to the characters in Facade was a big part in how much I loved the book.  I found Facade to be such an intense read.  If the book was just about Adrian, it still would have been a great read.  But, Delaney and Maddox are also main characters, and they have their own history of heartbreak and loss.  I thought that all of the characters were so easy to relate to and likable.  I found myself rooting for them to find some sort of happiness or at the very least, peace.  

Dawn's characters have so much depth.  I love that!  I love it when there are many layers to a character, and when I can't predict how they'll act and respond to certain situations.  I also love a slow build to a romantic relationship.  I'm no fan of love at first sight and Dawn really delivered with the love story.  It was realistic and so romantic.  

I really loved everything about Facade and can't think of a single thing Dawn could have done differently.  I can't wait to read book three, Maddox's story!


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good book, I haven't heard of this series. :)


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