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?

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I'm not a happy lady right now... I'm so disappointed in this book I can't even think straight. I was so looking forward to reading Facade that the minute I received it - I nearly twisted my ankle to grab onto my Kindle so I could start it up.

So Facade is about a chickie called Delaney who with her brother move to a new town. She's there for one reason and it's not to start a new life. Nope, it's so she can get in contact with Adrian...

Now lets rewind... and you'll understand why the above takes place.

Four years ago something tragic happens. A little boy is killed when he's hit by a car while he's playing in his yard.

Now this tragedy affects two families. One being the family of the little boy and the other, the family of the man who was driving the car that ended up causing the accident.

That was 4 years ago...

Fast forward and its 4 years later where Facade begins.

Anyway, so Delaney has her mind set on approaching the two members of the other family who were hurt by this tragedy... and the last person she needs to confront is Adrian.

But then, they end up meeting rather by chance instead of her initial plan to find him and approach him. So when she finds out she's already met the person she's set out to find... things chance a little. She know she's suppose to confront Adrian with the truth, but the longer she waits the deeper their relationship develops and it's never the right time.

I'll end it at that and get onto the pro's and con's:

First off this book is more of a 3.5 rather than a 4 star rating. The only reason I am going with a full 4 is simply because I love Nyrae Dawn's style of writing. I also like the promise of the plot and the twist that took place in Facade. I liked the emotions the tale brought out in me... but that's all really that I liked about the book itself.

What I wasn't majorly pleased with was that I just couldn't find myself connecting with Adrian & Delaney. In fact when I started this review I couldn't even remember their names. I had to go back to read the summary to get those details. That's a huge problem for me. When the characters made such little impact on you that you can't even remember what the main characters names were when you had finished the book... crazy, but that's the God's honest truth.

I also felt that the book took way to long to get somewhere. It was really only at 90% that it reached it's climax and that only left about 5% left for the conclusion. The remaining 5% where used on thank you's and other book marketing.

So really the whole conclusion and wrap-up of this book took place in about five percent's worth of pages. That kind of felt rushed. Suddenly we were going from day to day through majority of the book to skipping over a week, then 2 weeks then 2 months... I really didn't like that at all.

Something was missing here. I don't know what... it could be that I didn't have much character connection or maybe that it ended up feeling as if the author herself became bored with the story... I really don't know... all I do know is, is that it just didn't come together well for me.

This is such a surprise because I really loved Charade. It was one of my favorite books of last year. In Charade I even cried. I fell in love with Chey & Colt immediately. Loved their relationship - Loved the plot and every single part of that book. So yes, I'm a little sad that my enthusiasm for Facade is less than even half of what it was after I had completed Charade... but I know we win some and we lose some. I can't really say if it's just this book that's hit a stone wall. I have yet to read other books by author Nyrae Dawn. However I do know that her What a Boy Wants series had received great reviews, so yeah.

So... (sigh)... I it's disappointing, but I wont say I wouldn't read another book in The Games Series if there is going to be one. I very possibly would. I just don't know if I'll be breaking bones to get it...

Rating: 4 Stars

** I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review **

RELEASE DATE: July 2nd, 2013
GENRE: New Adult Romance



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