Charade by Nyrae Dawn

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CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn

Pages: 245 (Kindle)

Publication Date: October 22, 2012

Follow the author on her blog here. Purchase the book here.

When college freshman Cheyenne walks in on her boyfriend with another woman, she becomes determined to seek revenge in the form of hot, completely-not-her-type fake boyfriend, Colt. Cheyenne gets a few weeks to regain her pride, Colt gets a few hundred bucks from their charade. No big deal, right? That is, until Cheyenne and Colt realize that the game they’re playing becomes a little too real…

This was my first read into indie writer Nyrae Dawn, and suffice it to say, it won’t be my last! I normally don’t love narrative splits, but getting a deeper insight into Cheyenne and Colt’s POV helped with the pacing and overall tone of the story. Cheyenne and Colt both have their share of baggage, but what I loved most about these two characters was how well-developed the characters were. Cheyenne and Colt both went into their deal of a hook-up as a game, but their relationship was so raw and grew so organically that it quickly became apparent that there was something more from the get go. They supported each other with their personal struggles, and gave each other space as they danced around their undefined relationship status. Dawn also did an amazing job at developing equally well-rounded side characters, particularly with Colt’s mom and best friend, Adrian. I became so emotionally engrossed in this book and with the relationships between the characters that I have no shame in saying I was pretty much in tears during the last third of the book. Bonus: FACADE, book two in the series, tells the story of Adrian and is expected to come out Spring 2013. Win!

Were there grammatical errors? Yes. But, the heart of the story definitely won out over the errors.

Writers, take note. This is how you create an emotionally-charged story.

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

 

 

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