Bookish Review: Charade by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Charade (Games, #1)
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date: 22nd October, 2012
Pages: 213
Format: eBook
Genre: NA Contemporary

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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.



Two people whose paths intertwined for a reason. Two people who thought they could fool everyone wit a game of charade that they agreed to play. Little did they know that they were only fooling themselves.

When I first saw this book on goodreads, I really thought the cover is cute. But what really made me read it was the fact that I was so intrigued after reading the synopsis. Although I haven’t read any of Nyrae Dawn’s books before, I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I do now. I was actually hooked from the very first sentence up to the end. It’s one of those books that you’ll find hard to put down.

“This is a game. Our game. One that I asked for, but with each day it felt more real. More real than anything ever has and I’m not sure how I feel about that.”

I loved Cheyenne from the start. I admire her for how she was able to handle her a-hole boyfriend and how she showed him that it wasn’t hard for her to forget a douche like him. When really, all she wanted to do was hide in her apartment all day just so she wouldn’t bump into him inside the campus. With her panic attacks and the finding her mom, she still managed to put up a strong and brave Chey in front of other people.

Colt, on the other hand, was lovely. People may think of him as a bad boy, but you’ll soon find out why he is such a prick sometimes. I immediately fell in love with him. His inner thoughts made me feel his pain in such a way that I thought it was my own. I love how he is willing to do anything for his mom and how he manages to smile in front of her when it hurts like hell inside to see her slowly withering away.

“I thought this was a game,” I remind him.
“Not anymore and you know it. Everything else in my life is all fucked up. This is the only thing that’s real.”

Nyrae Dawn did an awesome job in this book. Her writing style was perfect which catches the readers from the start. I liked how Chey and Colt were exchanging charades for another one moment and then somewhere in between exchanging them, they find light in each other’s arms; they found themselves slowly falling in love and what they are for the other is no longer a charade.

“This isn’t a fucking game anymore. No charades here. I don’t know exactly what to call it, but whatever it is, it’s ours. I’m going to latch onto it. And never let go.”

I was surprised with how I suddenly loved this book. I cried buckets while reading this. I recommend this to all the NA readers out there.

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  1. So glad to hear you enjoyed this, Alena! While I loved Colt and cried because of all the hurt he went through as well, I gotta say I loved Adrian more. <3 Can't wait for you to read the next book!

    • I really got a hangover with this book. It was just after 2-3 days that I was able to pick up another book. Haha. And yes, I am so excited to read Adrian’s story!! And hey, I got the copies of these books from you, I owe you one! :D


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