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Charade: The Games, Book 1 | [Nyrae Dawn]

Charade: The Games, Book 1

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?
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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.

Mature content: language, drug references, and sexual situations.

©2012 Nyrae Dawn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jordy United States 06-10-13
    Jordy United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "A Complete Suprise"

    This book took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to fall in love with these characters. This book was intense and it was heart wrenching to watch both characters struggle. In the end, they both find a way to help each other overcome and fall in love. Warning....I needed tissues for this book as well.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 01-20-14
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 01-20-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Ok story... Slow narration"

    Keeping in mind that this is a young adult romance I found it a good book. I did find some situations and reactions a bit immature but the couple is 19 and 21 year olds so I guess it was understandable. They both had some serious issues with their mothers and that was pretty emotional and sad. By the end I really liked how this couple overcame their circumstances and found a way to help each other and make their lives together much better.

    The narrator was ok as well. She did read a bit slow for my taste so I found myself increasing the speed to 1.25 at times. She did add the intensity and sadness that some parts needed and that was enjoyable.
    Considering the story and the narration I'd say I recommend this book if it's on sale or if you're young and still in college.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 07-25-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 07-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Finding an anchor"

    This is my first time hearing the narrator Macy Sterling, and she did very well. I enjoyed her voice and it added to my enjoyment of this one. It was sweet, and a little sad but so full of hopeful moments.
    Cheyenne just broke up with her boyfriend Gregory for cheating on her. She asks the local bad boy, Colt, to pretend to be her boyfriend, to make Gregory jealous and also get Gregory to leave her alone. What started out as a charade became much more as these two lost college students found out they had much more in common, and they became an anchor for the other as they faced their fears.
    In the end, the charade ended up making them stronger and better people as they learned to rely on each other and find new reasons to persevere.

    It wasn't too painful or angsty, it wasn't overly drawn out. It was sweet, and well written. Colt and Cheyenne were really strong and trying to deal with the hand life dealth them. I liked how they let the guard down around each other and showed vulnerability. I really liked Colt's mom and her words to Chey about Chey's mom. Very sweet and thoughtful of her to leave those lasting words to a young woman who need to hear that so badly. Really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Crofton, MD, United States 07-14-14
    Jennifer Crofton, MD, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Surprisingly good, if you are ok with a little YA"

    This book was surprisingly good. It had real potential to be an eye rolling adventure. I'll be honest. I bought it because it was 4 bucks.

    The characters are around 20, so there are some elements that lack maturity. But they are not too over the top. If I think back on being 20, none of this seems overly unreasonable.

    What I really liked: The two main characters showed emotional growth that wasn't at the expense of the other person. In so many of these 'my past sucks' books, one person ends up being the victim of the other's past (whether it is purposely presented that way in the book or not). In this instance, the two main characters didn't 'save' each other, they helped each other grow. This I liked.

    The stuff I didn't like was mostly YA behavior related, so I tried to let it go. If these characters had been 30 I would have been disappointed. Cheyenne's mother issues tested my patience at times.

    But, al in all, pleasantly surprised.

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    Davida BUFFALO, NY, United States 07-13-14
    Davida BUFFALO, NY, United States 07-13-14
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    This book was amazing, The first Nyrae book I have heard read/listen too. The story was wonderful very emotional and gripping. I don't think I can handle another one. But it was well written and a great story that unraveled in a great way. She develop the characters and it flowed wonderfully. I cried. But a great book and worth the credit!!

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    Monique Killeen, TX, United States 06-15-14
    Monique Killeen, TX, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about Charade? What did you like least?

    I liked the way Colton was with his mother.. I didn't really care for how shallow Cheyenne was in the beginning.


    What about Macy Sterling’s performance did you like?

    I liked Macy's ability to do a pretty good guy voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this book was made into a movie I'd watch it but not in the theaters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Denver, CO, United States 01-15-14
    Sarah Denver, CO, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "No surprises here"
    What would have made Charade better?

    Better character development, a less predictable plot line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nyrae Dawn again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Macy Sterling’s performance?

    The characters all sounded the same.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I suppose if you were a teenager looking for a trashy novel this would be it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was just too predictable. I didn't ever need to finish because it was far too predictable. I listen while working out and this book made them feel longer. I expected a fun easy read but it wasn't engaging enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Covington, La, United States 01-03-14
    Karen Covington, La, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Books are to me what exercising is to those enthusiast. My pleasure is sitting down with a good book,its like" Calgon it takes me away"

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    "Enjoyed this book very much would recommend it"
    Where does Charade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty this couple shared with each other from the start.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would rather not say it would probably be considered a spoiler.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    True love and understanding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virginia 08-04-13
    Amazon Customer Virginia 08-04-13

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    "VERY Well Done!"
    Have you listened to any of Macy Sterling’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I am looking forward to hearing more from her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the death of Colt's Mom.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this story! Hope she does Facade as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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