FACADE by Nyrae Dawn
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 17
Contains No Spoilers
OVERALL THOUGHTS: A strong story with deep subject matter that was touching and angering, yet fell a little short. I wanted to connect so badly with the protagonists in this story, but I didn’t. Not wholeheartedly. Part of the problem was the writing, which was good, but not great and I didn’t sink into the desperation that this story needed me to feel.
SYNOPSIS: 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 façade 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?
THE LOWDOWN: Façade is about a broken girl in search of redemption for the sins of her father and a boy in need of a life painkiller. A raging young man hell bent on destroying his life because he doesn’t feel he deserves anything more than nothing. They meet because, unbeknownst to him, their lives have crossed and in order to make her life better, she has taken it upon herself to mend fences that seem to be way beyond repair. From the initial meeting to the final pages, I felt like the writing didn’t quite do the story justice. Not that the words were sub par, but because the depth of storyline deserved quite a bit more. More love, more heart and less martyrdom by the female protagonist.
The pacing was also a little slow and when it finally ramped up, I found myself teetering back and forth between caring and not giving a damn. Then there were the standard trite attributes that riddle the New Adult market; broken-hearted, beaten down virgin falls for a disenfranchised, hopelessly angry bad boy; they meet and suddenly the heavens open up and they fall truly, madly deeply in love. But then everything unravels and that solid bond built on days of vomit inducing testaments to their undying love, unravels and all hell breaks loose.
Come on now, there has to be something else out there. Can I get a story sans the selfless virgin and cheesy pet names repeated ad nauseam? Pretty please?
Another bothersome aspect was the repetition. The story seemed to be on rewind for several scenes. The brooding bad boy singing his swan song over and over became tedious to read. The same flashback that, although touching the first time, becomes aggravating by the third. I got it. Enough. I did, however, enjoy some of the intimate scenes. Not the ones where they have sex per se, but the moments of actual intimacy. Shared secrets, hand holding and sweet gazes across a not so crowed room. Those were genuine and I adored them, but as all good things, they came to an abrupt halt because there was a lot of exposition that I found unnecessary. Moments that cheapened the sweet heartfelt ones. And if I didn’t make it clear before – enough with the pet names. They are aggravating and prosaic.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Yet, another addition to the masses. This book doesn’t wow, but if the new adult formula is your thing, at least this one has some depth.