Charade (Games #1)
by Nyrae Dawn
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.
Cheyenne has been alone for most of her life. When she was little her mother was mostly gone. Cheyenne feels responsible for all of her childhood problems. She tries to hide behind the “perfect” life she stars in. She is a dancer, popular and smart. She is starting her freshman year at college with her boyfriend. They have been dating for two years. Their parents are friends. They should be a perfect match, if he wasn’t cheating on her.
Colton is a junior in college and has yet to declare a major. He is in school because it is what his mother wants. He would give her anything she wants because he has no idea how much longer she has. Colt is the “bad boy” on campus.
Cheyenne is reeling from walking in on her boyfriend cheating. She is alone in a school where she is sure that no one will want her. She decides that the only way to move forward is with a new boyfriend. The only problem is that she doesn’t actually want a messy new relationship. She wants a neat and tidy “arrangement”. She hires Colt to be her temporary boyfriend. It doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Cheyenne is dealing with her past that has a nasty way of sneaking up on her and leaving her paralyzed. Colt quickly discovers her long kept secret and becomes the balm that soothes her soul. The problem is that Colt is definitely not interested in becoming attached to anyone. Cheyenne doesn’t want to depend on anyone.
They fin comfort in each other when they shouldn’t. They come together to forget and to feel something other than pain.
This relationship is one that shouldn’t be. It is unlikely and unique. It grows and develops until Cheyenne and Colt are so entwined that they don’t know where one begins and the other ends.
This was my first book by this author and it will not be my last. I absolutely adored this book. It was riveting and moving. The characters were very well developed as were the side characters. I felt the pain, the anguish and the grace with them. I read this one in one day and I loved every second of it. There is not a single thing I would change. Not. One. Thing.
If you are looking for a good story line, great characters, real drama, amazing chemistry, and amazing dialogue, this is your book. It helps that Colt is the tough bad boy with lots of tattoos. It also helps that he and Cheyenne are absolutely adorable together. I loved this one!
5 Glorious Stars!