Charade by Nyrae Dawn

Book description via Amazon:

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

Mature content: language, drug references and sexual situations.

I loved this book! I could not put it down. I think I practically read it in one sitting from beginning to end. It starts off with a bang, with Cheyenne finding her boyfriend in bed with another girl. Cheyenne prides herself in always being put together, she never loses control, she never falls apart. To prove to her ex that she is fine and that she’s moved on, she pays Colt to be her fake boyfriend. Colt is hesitant at first but due to issues of his own, he accepts the challenge. And *GASP* they end up actually liking each other.

It does sound like the typical story line of two people falling for each other based on a lie BUT everything that happens from typical point A to typical point B is far from typical. Cheyenne doesn’t take shit from anyone. She grew up with nothing so she tries hard to put on this facade of being put together and perfect. Her mom left her when she was young and she has never shared her pain with anyone. It’s something she tries to deal with on her own but is starting to catch up to her. Colt has to be one of my favorite book boys now. I love him! He’s bad ass, doesn’t take shit, and has a potty mouth. He doesn’t even take shit from Cheyenne at first, but gives in because he needs to take care of his mom. Who can resist a bad boy with a soft spot for his MOM?? *SWOON* Anyway, they irritate the sh*t out of each other at first, their banter and snarky exchanges were hilarious. But when they finally do give in to the chemistry. WOW. It’s HOT; sparks fly.

It’s such a sweet but sad story when they finally show each other the real side of them. Their lives slowly unravel and their damaged souls are exposed to one another. There were lots of angsty moments and tons of sad parts that almost made me cry. Nyrae Dawn does an amazing job with the alternating POVs and getting us to connect with the characters and their thoughts. I will definitely be reading this again. And I can’t wait to read the next book that focuses on Colt’s best friend, Adrian! I hope I like him just as much as Colt.

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