Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Façade (Games #2) by Nyrae Dawn

Façade (Games #2)
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?
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Kat's Review
I've read some of Nyrae Dawn's YA, but I somehow missed the first book in this NA series.  I'm happy I snagged this one, though, because it's worth reading.  I really like her writing style, and the way she manages to create characters that are larger than life in some respects, but utterly down to earth and normal in others.  She cuts through all the crap and creates multi-dimensional characters that readers care about.  The closest I can think of as a comparison would be Colleen Hoover.
Adrian is a shattered person after a child in his care was killed by a driver who wasn't paying attention and crashed into the front yard where the boy was playing.  Since that day, he has retreated into himself, using drugs and the noise of parties to try and distract himself from the pain that never leaves him.  Ashamed of his inability to save the boy, even his closest friends are kept in the dark.
Delaney is the daughter of the man driving the car, and has taken it upon herself to try and right the wrongs of her father by finding and apologizing to the people he hurt.  When she moves into a small apartment with her brother after their mother's latest suicide attempt, Delaney is focused on finding Adrian and apologizing on behalf of her dad.  She doesn't count on things getting complicated, and falling in love with him before ever letting the truth out. 
If you're rolling your eyes at the whole "love will conquer all" sound of this, don't.  The story is actually well delivered, without getting overly starry-eyed along the way.  These are two flawed human beings, trying to handle life's challenges as best they can.  They find something in each other that starts as a something tiny, and over time grows, the way love does.  When the truth comes out, the reactions of both parties are about as real as I could imagine them being. 
Rating: A Good Read
This is an interesting story, that has surprises for the reader the whole way through, without being overly dramatic for the sake of being dramatic.  A good read. Now I have to go back and read the first one
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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