by Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance
Genre: New Adult
No one knows who twenty-one year-old Adrian Westfall is behind his façade. After what he's done, he deserves to live alone with his pain, even if he'd do anything to forget. Anything for a moment of quiet without his past haunting him.
Eighteen year-old Delaney Cross wants nothing more than to absolve her family from her father's sins. To keep her suicidal mom off that ledge, and help her brother Maddox get the light back in his eyes. She thinks their road to freedom is through Adrian.
Adrian and Delaney are bound together by tragedy... Only Adrian doesn't know it. As their lives intertwine, they find a solace in each other they never knew existed. Laney knows she needs to tell him-to come out from behind her smoke screen, but to say the words could mean losing him.
Two people. Two disguises. True love. Will it be enough to save them when all secrets are bared?
When I see my sister, Angel, walk over to Ash’s grave I don’t get out of the car. When some guy walks up and grabs her hand, I don’t know who he is and yet, I don’t bother finding out. They hug and I don’t walk over and do the same thing to her. It’s not our thing to stand around having some group, mourning session over the two year-old boy who died too soon.
Nope. This is real life. Not like all the stupid fucking books I read or the movies people watch or the reality shows that couldn’t be farther away from reality.
Without moving an inch, I watch her. Watch as she sets flowers on Ashton’s grave. As the guy pulls her into a hug. As they kneel on the ground, probably talking to him in a way I’ll never have the balls to do.
The guy says something to her and then gets up and walks away. I duck further down in my seat, but no one is paying attention to me. He heads back to a little car and waits.
Angel’s hands go to her face and I know she’s crying in them. Know she’s mourning the loss of Ash, the boy she loved so much. The boy she took care of better than any mom could. I know she sent the guy away because she’s like me and needs to handle shit on her own. Only unlike me, she’ll never run.
She cries out there for probably thirty minutes. The whole time my chest is tight. Aching. It’s hard to breathe and I want to turn away, but I don’t. I deserve to feel this way and deserve to see this.
A fist squeezes tighter and tighter around my heart. My face is wet, but I don’t bother to wipe away the tears, either. Real men don’t fucking cry. That’s what dad always said before he hit me in a series of body shots, until I couldn’t stop myself from doing just what he said I shouldn’t do.
Then he’d beat me harder for being weak.
Angel’s shoulders are shaking. I can tell from this far away.
I’m not an idiot. Never have been. I know it wouldn’t make me weak to walk over there and hug her. To hold her and tell her it’ll be okay, but I still won’t do it. What right do I have to try and console her, when I’m the one who destroyed everything?
When I’m the one who let Ash die?
My Thoughts: After reading Charade, I was so excited to begin Facade, which is Adrian's story. Adrian is Colt's best friend and former roommate. He comes across as a party boy, someone who just likes to have a good time and get high, but underneath, there is so much more depth to Adrian than meets the eye. He thinks, feels, sees, and knows things on a level that few are aware of. This has been to his detriment because of his past and a personal tragedy that has all but destroyed him, causing him to try to forget what happened by losing himself and seeking solace in weed and women. He's a player, a very hot player, and he knows how to put on a facade, wearing his mask well...most of the time. In reality, the person he is trying to fool the most is himself. Delaney Cross' life was shattered when she was a young teenager. Her family destroyed by a crime her father committed and the realization that his life, their family's life, had been a lie. Betrayed by the father she loved and left to deal with a suicidal mother who has turned all her bitterness and hatred on Delaney, this beautiful girl has somehow still managed to have a heart of gold, filled with compassion. She lives with her brother Maddox, and all they really have is each other.
Delaney is desperate to make amends for the things her father did, things that aren't her fault, yet she feels the burden of them as if they were. Determined to set things right, she and her brother Maddox pack up the car and move to a new town where Laney will try to do what she can to find forgiveness for the things her father has done. She ends up meeting Adrian. She knows he is a player and that she should stay away from him for more than one reason, but she also is able to see that deeper side of him that few get a glimpse into. Adrian doesn't do relationships. He doesn't let people in...ever... so when he begins to let Laney see glimpses of the real him, he isn't quite sure how to deal with it. He doesn't make promises, and Delaney doesn't ask for any, yet he can't stay away. No one knows just how damaged and hurt Adrian is, but he is beginning to let Laney see, and Laney is falling for him hard, even though she knows she shouldn't, and he is falling for her. Adrian has secrets, Delaney has secrets, and when these secrets collide, the fallout from the collision is more than either of them can bear, and something that they just may not be able to recover from.
Facade is such a good story. It is very deep, heartbreaking, and emotional. The darkness these characters go through is not camouflaged in any way, yet fleshed out in painstaking reality. I loved the relationship between Delaney and Adrian, how Nyrae Dawn developed it, as well as where she took it in the novel, no holds barred. There is even a twist towards the end that I definitely did not see coming, which added a whole new level of drama to the story. I also loved the fact that we get to see Colt and Cheyenne in this story, and we also meet Maddox, whose story will be the next in the series, Masquerade, and I cannot wait to read it. Facade is another new adult contemporary romance that stands out among the crowd. Nyrae Dawn has proven yet again what a talented author she is, and Facade is definitely a story that is worth taking the time to read.
Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn's passion. Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she's a total romantic at heart and proud.
Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.
When she's not with her family, you can be pretty sure you'll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.
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