Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Series: Games #2
Length: 291 pages
Publisher: Forever (July 2, 2013)
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 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?
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I have a problem; when I'm reading a book and it's just not working for me, I make a ton of notes. But when a story is gripping and strong, and pulls me in, I don't have time for notes. I'm in too deep. It's great, but makes writing a review more challenging.
I have no notes for Facade.
Delaney is looking for something. Some kind of closure, to save what's left of her family from it's downward spiral. A few years ago, her father killed a young boy in a car accident, and since then the lies he told his family have come to light and her perfect world has fallen apart. After her mother attempts suicide again, Delaney decides that apologizing to the child's family is the only hope she has of helping her own family find peace.
Adrian hasn't been the same since little Ashton died. He's run from his sister and drowned himself in nightly parties and pot. He doesn't write anymore, and he's haunted by the ghost of Ashton, the regret for not watching out for him better. And when he meets Delaney, he recognizes the ghosts in her eyes, and despite his attempts to maintain his party boy facade, being with Delaney soon threatens the mask he wears.
This is a story about secrets and the struggle people face when fighting with the weight of grief. The manner of storytelling worked perfectly, and demonstrated two clear voices and two different--yet similarly painful--ways of coping with loss. Neither Delaney nor Adrian is dealing with their personal losses very well, though Delaney is at least making an attempt to find closure and peace.
Her interference into Adrian's life eventually forces him to face up to everything he's been running from as well, and it's because of her that he begins to make those first, painful steps toward recovery. It's not an easy road, and there are a lot of moments that chip away at your heart. The hurt that both of these characters experience is palpable and jumps off the page, and even though you know that the revelation of her secret will ultimately create more pain, the anticipation doesn't dull the ache.
This is one of those books where I was so glad to see an ending that was tilted up, in a happy direction. Considering how sad the rest of the book is--though it has it's moments of humor--seeing Adrian and Delaney come together, honestly and openly, was great. The only problem people might have with this book is that the language is very...dramatic. At places even I thought it was a bit overwrought, which is what knocked down the rating some. But considering the content and the characters, it actually fit really well as a writing style, so I think people will still enjoy this, if they give it a shot.
"After I told you that, you still want to save me? First mom, then Adrian, and now me? If you're smart, you'll leave us the hell alone and save yourself."