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.
I had been eagerly awaiting the release of Charade since a long time. I had been following, cough *stalking* cough, Nyrae's updates on her progress of Charade. I was super excited to know more about Colt and Cheyenne and I was certainly not disappointed.
The book starts off with Cheyenne catching her boyfriend Gregory cheating on her. She is devastated and all the insecurities she carries within herself come crashing down on her. Cheyenne's past was well described. She tries to put on a perfect face for everyone to hide her pain and the abandonment she has been through. But Colt always manages to see right through her.
Colt pretends to be her fake boyfriend to get back at her ex. Colt had his own set of problems. His mother has cancer and he needs all the cash he can get. So they strike a deal to play the game of charades. Colt was a typical guy, cocky and confident in his own skin. He doesn't want to get pulled in by Cheyenne but she's the only one who can help him forget his pain.
Nyrae writes some of the best book boys and Colt is definitely one of my favorites. Colt and Cheyenne had chemistry and you could see how they needed each other though they would never admit it till the end. This book was New Adult so there were was no holding back on the cursing or the steamy scenes. I also loved Bev, Cheyenne's roommate Andy and Adrian.
Nyrae announced on her blog that there will be a second book starring Adrian in The Games Series called Facade. I am super excited for it. Charade was a much darker and depressing book as compared to her other books like What a Boy Wants and What a Boy Needs. It is not exactly a light fluffy read. This book is heart wrenching and you can feel the characters' pain and desperation but it is brilliant nonetheless. I definitely recommend reading Charade.