July 2, 2013

REVIEW: Facade by Nyrae Dawn

Facade by Nyrae Dawn (Games #2)
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Source: Netgalley eARC* 304 pages
Rating: 5/5 millionbilliontrillion stars!
Get it: Amazon / B&N
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 fa├žade 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 Review
Woah baby, hold the phone because Facade by Nyrae Dawn has kicked those piles of favorite books on my desk and just climbed its way on top! There was nothing better than having a book hurt so much and feel so good all at once and that’s exactly what Nyrae Dawn did for me in Facade. In one word, Facade was exceptional. It creeped into my heart and soul and completely wrecked me. I couldn’t have asked for a better novel.

Let me start with Laney. I love this girl because she was so freaking strong. She made me want to hold my fist high in the air at how incredible she was. The thing about Laney was that she never ever gave up. She endured, she understood, she accepted, and she was so patient. Her biggest strength was also her biggest weakness because she could not fix everything no matter how hard she tried. But she was admirable for apologizing when she had no fault, cared too much when that person didn’t care at all, and loved with all her heart even if it meant she would get hurt in the end. Laney carried the weight of her family’s faults, the burden in which she didn’t deserve and still managed to live every single day despite the ghosts in her eyes. 

Adrian Westfall was something else entirely. Under his cool, charming, party boy facade was someone so broken and guilt-ridden. Someone who was irreparably changed and damaged by an accident that he continued to put blame on himself. God, he was so broken and so hurt, I was gasping in the pain he was always experiencing and crying because an incredible person like Adrian didn’t deserve any pain brought onto him. Despite Adrian being damaged goods, he still cared deeply about Colt, Chey and Laney. He read and wrote to escape and loved when he thought his heart had run away. He was the type of guy to write poems, who buys and leaves a caramel apple at your door, and has a certain tattoo with great significance that makes your heart ache and sing simultaneously. Even when Adrian was rude or an ass or even playing the game, it was hard to stay angry with him because he was so sweet and his flirty lines just put a smile on my face. I was floored by how much he loved a certain someone and even more gutted when I learned the truth. Adrian Westfall, you own my heart and I’ll be damned if you return it.

Oh, Nyrae Dawn, you completely slayed me. All the hurt and pain in the book rivaled with all the sweet and tender moments, I couldn’t decide which I loved more. Facade was so beautifully written, so damn real, I cried for Laney and I cried for Adrian. Just when I thought I had the whole story figured out and I knew where things were headed, Nyrae throws in that devastating twist that left me speechless and had me bawling my eyes out. This whole book was stunning, especially how much depth and emotion was put into it. It’s a book that grasps you and stays with you for days after. I was so thoroughly impressed by this novel I don’t even really know how to give it the justice it deserves. The emotional journey that I was put through because of these two characters was priceless. What I really love most about Facade was how it showed to learn to heal, to forgive, and to keep on trying for yourself and for those that love and care for you. 

Overall,  Facade was a remarkable book with well developed characters and a storyline that focuses on love and healing that touches the heart in every way. 

*Thanks to Forever for sending a copy for review purposes
I want not compensated for my opinion

Favorite Quotes

"It's crazy the things people see if they take the time to look."

"That in a world full of people who are just as fake as me, there's something about her that feels so fucking genuine."

"I see the pain in his eyes and I want to extinguish it. To fight it until there's nothing left to hurt him."

"She stands amongst the stars of night..
They look back at her and envy her light.
For none of those stars shine bright as she.."

"Your heart beats so strong, I feel it against my chest. You make mine want to catch up, to match the rhythm."

"She's the fire in my veins, the breath in my lungs, and the glue trying to hold each of my scars together."

"You are so much more than you see, Adrian."

"I can't get you out of me. Your smile's in my head and your voice in my ear."


  1. This sounds so good!!! I need to read Charade first though. (Even if I don't really have to, I just have a thing about reading books in order lol) Great review as always babe!!

  2. Love that cover! I still need to read Charade and I'm hoping I get to read it soon! Great review!

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