27. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Charade by Nyrae Dawn, 344 pages, read by Nikki, on 02/26/2013

51yIZTeIueL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-61,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Cheyenne has just started her freshman year in college. A few days before her first day of classes she catches her boyfriend of two years cheating on her. She strives to portray that she has a perfect life and this is not helping her. She decides she needs a fake relationship to keep up her image of having a perfect life and showing people she can get over her ex. She spots Colt in a coffee shop and notices that he and her ex don’t get along. She follows him outside to proposition him for the fake relationship. She offers to pay him if he’ll follow along.

Colt is a junior in college who is only in college because his dying mother desperately wants him to earn a degree. Colt reluctantly continues college to satisfy his mother. Though he has turned to drug dealing to help pay for his mothers costs. He is in desperate need of money so when Cheyenne propositions him, at first he thinks she’s crazy but then decides to take up her offer.

Typically a book about a woman paying a man to pretend he’s her boyfriend would disgust me to no end. But this actually turned out to be a good book. Both main characters had serious mommy issues, but they both dealt with the issues more easily when they talked to each other. The relationship starts out rocky, obviously, but then grows into a friendship that then grows into a loving relationship.

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