Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Facade

By: Nyrae Dawn

Rating: 5/5 Cogs


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?


Wow.   This book is completely mind blowing.  I'm a bit embarrassed by the number of times I had tears in my eyes from this heartbreaking but beautiful story of love and loss.  This is the kind of story that wrenches your gut and makes you want to hug your child a little closer that evening.  Wow.  It makes my heart pound just thinking about it, but the experience of reading this story is completely worth the broken heart and the tears shed.

Delaney is one of the strongest female leads I've ever read about in a contemporary romance.  The ghosts flittering in her eyes are horrific, but she's able to keep them at bay in order to try to help all of those around her.  I wish I could even have a portion of that inner strength, because some of the things she's seen and experienced could easily drive a lesser woman mad.  She's doing everything she can to patch the path of shattered lives in the wake of her father's crime, when others just think that it's a waste of time or better left forgotten.

Adrian is a broken man, but he feels whole when he's at Delaney's side.  They are a truly beautiful couple, but their secrets could easily tear their love asunder.  The transformation he undergoes near the end is breathtaking, and I couldn't help but cheer for him as he finally puts his story to paper.

I've read the first book in this series, but I have to admit, this one's even better.  I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes romance or NA.

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