Book Review – Charade by Nyrae Dawn

by Maryse on November 10, 2012 · 28 comments

in Bad Boys & Rock Stars

The first half… good, but the second half was so good, and so incredibly heartbreaking that I could barely contain myself. Oh wait, that’s right. I didn’t contain myself at all. I just let go and cried and cried and cried. Not just tears, I mean the sobbing and high pitched keening and everything. Little balls of damp tissue paper littered my bed, my pajama top soggy and wrinkly from using it to mop up my face repeatedly (I had been using that until I finally decided to go find the tissues). Usually the pajama top suffices, but not in this case. *shakes head* Prepare yourselves. cry

My dogs were all concerned over my wailing, and trying to snuggle me closer (they do that! They’re so cute when they know I’m upset). And my husband was…? That’s right. In the living room, happily watching Arthur Christmas at full blast, and he couldn’t. Hear. A thing. ;) And THAT my friends, is why I let it allllll out. Ahhhhh it was cathartic. But at the same time, painful. Very painful, and I’m feeling that pain again, right now as we speak.

After an influx of enthusiastic (and heartfelt) recommendations, I absolutely HAD to feel all of that too, and boy, did I. Here’s a sample of the numerous discussions/recommendations on our Facebook page.

Joanna: Spent the evening reading Charade by Nyrae Dawn. Cried like a baby, which I don’t do. Ever. Fantastic book.

Sabrina: Great book!! Colton…

Petra: I need to read it. I like books that make me cry.

Tasha: Charade by Nyrae Dawn Is a must read I can’t put it down :) I’m only a little over 50% in and I would give it five stars :)

Tess: Read this book this afternoon, LOVED IT!!! Yes, 5 stars plus definitely! *Colt* sigh….

Melissa: Read this one last night…totally loved it!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: My TBR list just shifted! I received about 8 recommendations for this one in the last 24 hours. And after tearing up BIG time in the sample (of all things!)… I knew it was something I had to read now. So “Charade” by Nyrae Dawn is what I’m currently reading, if anyone wants to read with me ;)

Kim: Hmmm it’s on my Kindle wish list well guess I’m purchasing it NOW

Jessica: Read it last week and loved it!

Jacie: I read it, and I loved it… I was actually gonna suggest it on your page :)

Heather: Know you’ll enjoy it cause I loved it!! :)

Jennifer: This book was amazing! Loved, loved, loved it! :)

Jessica: Just read it a couple of days ago. Loved it!

Susana:  Just read this…great book I was sad to see it end…

Aileen: Just downloaded and will start tonight.

Tracy: Loved this book! Colt was such a yummy tortured bad boy!

Angie: ill join you was at the what to read next stage!!!

Kostantina: you will love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy: Ewwweeeeeee sounds like a good one – up next for me as well ;-)

Cassandra: Just bought it! Thanks! :)

Tiffany: Oh man!! This looks good! Have to read it next!!

Erin: loved it!!!

Denisa: Ahhhh you guys are all reading it! twas super a fab book!!! Colt and them tats and his little dancer oh and the moms and tears oh lord i just loved this book!!1

Mackenze: i just finished! I bought it earlier when you posted and couldn’t put it down. Big fat sloppy tears. Loved it!

Julie: Colt is yummy<3!

Tami: I just finished!! I bought it a couple hours ago after reading your post & couldn’t put it down!!!!! Excellent book!!!!!!!

Angie: okay so i finished this was by far the best book i have read this week 5 stars it hooked me right away and kept me hooked til the last word, emotions ran high i laughed i cried, i fell for colt. i sighed. i squeeeed what more can a girl want from a book!!!!

Aileen: An all nighter but finished it and LOVED IT!

Maryse’s Book Blog: cried my eyes out. Cried and cried and cried…

Sandra: well if it made you cry do I want to read it? Jesus now I’m scared

Maryse’s Book Blog: Ugly cry, too! ;)

Joanna: Read Sandra – it’s beautiful.

Okay. ;) That was a big sample, but there is even more where that came from.

So… what did I mean when I mentioned the beginning just being “good”. I immediately recognized the storyline and characters as totally “my thing” but was surprised to find myself struggling to connect to “them”. I’m not sure if it was because I was expecting that big *oomph* right away (considering the great response for this book), but I felt… okay, but somewhat indifferent. I had an idea where the story was going, and I absolutely wanted it to go there, but there was something holding me at arms length. Was it the main character’s interaction together? Their dialogue? The instant, and constant annoyance between the two? Or was I simply a little jaded that their immediate dislike for each other had an all too familiar “feel”? Right up to 50%… 60%, I liked it, I wanted to read and finish it, absolutely. But. I wasn’t “there”, and I was starting to worry (mind you, there was one part of the story that I was deeply connected to from the very start).

Then it hit me. Like a freight train that I saw coming, and yet, I still took the impact at full force. It may have been a slow tentative build from the start, but I reached a point of no return and LOVED it. I was finally connecting to every single detail and moment. I lived it with them, and cried my eyes out for them.

Here’s a bit about the book (just a bit – there’s way more to it. An incredible depth that mustn’t be missed.)

Cheyenne joins her boyfriend in college a year after he’s already been there, and realizes he’s been unfaithful the entire time. Walks in on ‘em and everything. It starts off with a punch to the gut, and yes, I DID feel that whole first part. That’s when I knew I was likely not going to put this one down.

This is the guy I’d stupidly allowed myself to begin to trust after so long together— against my better judgement since I know, I’ve always know you can never really depend on someone.

She realizes just how alone she is in her new school, and decides to “make a new friend/boyfriend” immediately (even if it’s just an act to get back at her ex). And the guy she chooses (“Colt”) just happens to be his biggest enemy (her ex is a jock, and her “new” guy is of the bad-boy variety, and they’ve been antagonizing each other for a year now). Despite realizing that even she can barely get along with Colt, their mutual dislike of her ex stubbornly bonds them together.

“You really are serious, aren’t you? Didn’t I just tell you I’m not looking for a girl? I have much more serious sh$t on my plate than playing this game with you.”

“I don’t really want to be your girlfriend. It’s a charade. Hello? I would figure that much would be obvious.”

And of course, because of the time they spend together, they get to know one another, get used to and grudgingly come to care for, each other. Grudgingly? Yep they’re still pretty moody and irritated, but… you know. There are reasons for that. She has issues with her past (very sad)…

What is it about me that makes people think they can take advantage and toss me aside? Why am I so easy to betray?

and he has issues with his present (WAY sad), that tie them together. And it’s because of their eventual (yet reluctant) need to support each other that I finally started connecting to them.

“I might not be able to do much for you, but I’ll hold your secrets.”

And then I finally started to “live” them, and I must say that I loved this book, too.

I just recommended it to a friend who asked me what I thought, by saying:

1st half good, middle better, second half so good that it makes up for anything I was struggling with in the first half. For me, I’d say 4 stars. But I REALLLLLLLY felt that 2nd part and anything that keeps my crying and crying like that, definitely had it’s hold on me.

It took me awhile to get to know the characters and believe in them, but I got there.

So there you have it. ;) I wholeheartedly recommend this one!

4 stars!! (3.5 stars for the good first half and 4.5 stars for the amazing second half)

P.S: There will be a companion novel! The author says:

“Remember that guy…what was his name? Colt’s friend. Oh yeah. Adrian. That guy. He will be getting a book! Yay.”

… FAÇADE will be released late Spring 2013.”

Yay is right! :)

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

LucyLou November 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Now another on my TBR list. Oh how I wish I could read faster…I can’t keep up. But it sure is fun trying. ;)

Maryse November 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Right there with you, Lucy… right there with you. ;)


Rachel November 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Colt = so hot. I loved this one!

Lisa November 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Loved this book so much that 3 hours after finishing it, I started reading it again. Have only done that with 4 books, (Twilight series and Beautiful Disaster). Travis, my all time favorite tattooed bad-boy has been replaced by Colt.

LucyLou November 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Wow Lisa, Now I’ve bumped this book UP on my reading list if your replacing Travis with Colt :O This sounds sooo intriguing. ;)

LibLo November 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

SOUNDS SO GOOD! I just bought a ton off yesterdays list!!! DANG IT!!! Anyone ready to share on a kindle??? LOL I might need a second job or a support group!! STAT! :)

Kristen November 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Really good read! I liked that the author didn’t make their relationship itself completely angst-ridden, would have been too over-the-top with all the other emotional turmoil in the story.

cheyenne November 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

This is a awesome book. I couldn’t out it down. I loved the story between colt and cheyenne. I love her name by the way ;) I recommend this book for everyone to read. Love love this book.

Suzanne November 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Maryse, you were so right, 85% and the tears are flowing. Bloody hell trying to read through tears……. This book has to be up there with the best for 2012!

Ashley November 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Read this in one sitting last night. Wonderful book!

Lauren November 11, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Absolutely amazing! I loved Colt!

Minha November 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM

OMG… after all those comments I have to get to this one soon… Lisa, I don’t think I can ever replace Travis in my heart, but I am open to the challenge!! :)

Kiki November 11, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Maryse and reading pals isn’t is so fun to have this forum to share. It’s neat we have our own book club going. We feel connected thru the written words. I just started Charade. We have good taste Maryse!

Kathy November 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

That does it! I’m on for the Travis challenge! Was it a Travis challenge? If Colt can POSSIBLY take the place of Travis, then yes, it’s a challenge! Great review, Maryse…but I must take off to see who this bombity bomb bomb called Colt is……I’m off to Amazon!

Erin November 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I downloaded this one a little while back but kept pushing it down my TBR, I will definitely move it back up. After All In, Double Time, and Leave Me Breathless, I could use a good cry.

Maryse November 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Rachel: Okay… Colt = OH YES!!! HOT.

Lisa: I CAN see the reasoning of “Colt’s” crushworthi-ness and #1 hero status for sure! Oh yes I can…. ;)

Fo me, though, I still haven’t managed to knock Travis down. LOL! Yep. Nobody replaces my Travis. ;) I couldn’t help saying “my” (tee hee!!). Oh wait, Kellan is pretty much right up there. That’s about it, though. Okay and maybe Christian. I just can’t seem to knock those three out of their place.

Kristen – totally agree that the angst was perfect, and not over-the-top about them. LOVED that. Great point!!

Cheyenne – YES! Awesome name! ;)

Suzanne *hug* for your tears (and anyone else that needs a *hug* here’s one for you too)!!

Kiki! We do have awesome book taste, and I do adore our book club! That’s exactly what it feels like!

Erin Kathy, Minha, LucyLou, Liblo I can’t wait to hear what you guys think.

Lauren & Ashley – agreed!! I read it in one sitting, too.

Christy November 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Finished it last night in one sitting as well! Great book! As much as I do love Colt I agree Maryse, I still haven’t found anyone to top Travis & Kellan. <3

Jennifer Brashier November 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Oh man. I finished this book a few minutes ago. I don’t normally write reviews, but I have to for this one. If you haven’t read this book, you should. I cried so much. My nose is stopped up and my eyes feel gritty. There is only one other book that has ever really cry like that.

Maryse November 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

And that book is…..? ;)

Teresa November 12, 2012 at 6:16 AM

OMG – downloaded and read this book yesterday. At 85% I had to increase the font size so I could read through the tears. I don’t think I have cried like that since….well, since my dad died, Hubby had to kept asking ‘ ya gonna be okay in there?’ Such a powerful story!

Kiki November 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I devoured this book. I really liked the depth of the characters and their heartfelt life story. It has an Easy by Rebecca Donovan like feel to it. It’s a must read. I’m now reading Lucky Break who wrote Charade. She also goes by the name Kelley Vitello.

Kiki November 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I like Travis and Christian a lot too. But my favorite male characters that I can’t get out of my head are Kellan, Lucas, Cash.

Sharisse November 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Loved this story! Enjoyed the characters and their passion. Would love a sequal. Heard there’s a “Julia and Crank” book coming soon. Can’t wait!

Kim November 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Okay I’m 67% in Charade and I freaking love it and I know I’m going to lose it I just know hell I’m about to cry right now poor Colt I just love him :)

Kellie November 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I am loving this book. At midnight I was at 75% and made myself stop because I had heard that I was about to hit the point of no return. I’m forcing myself to wait until I am back home to finish….I think I am going to need my book bubble!!! I can’t wait.

Sherry :D November 17, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Oh what a great read. :D …you hit this review perfectly!! Remember how I told you to read *that one book* that will make you cry….well this one is just as good, IF not better…I, too, Loved Colt *sigh*

Cherita74 December 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Just finished reading this last night, loved loved loved loved it! Tried to keep my husband from seeing me bawling at the end. Now after Travis and Colt, are there any others with a similar feel?

Ana January 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I loved this book, read it in one day! And yes, I cried like a baby….for a long time, I felt it Maryse, I was almost afraid to connect because I knew it was going to open my own dam and floodgates, since I have been trough a similar painful situation with a relative, but it was also cathartic amd healing, if you let it take you there and I’m glad I did.The book was so greatly written focusing on describing emotions more than places, I like that kind of writing. SC Stephens, Rebecca Donovan and Tarryn Fisher have that talent and now I found Nyrae, just beautiful and so deep! Colt…I just love him and felt my heart breaking for him, he is up there, but you are right…Travis, Kellan & Christian are hard to beat!! Lucas too from Easy! @Cherita74 Easy from Tamara Webber has a similar feel to this book, amazing read as well! :)

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