WARNING: Inappropriate language within review
After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. 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, carefree 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?
Two young adults trying to atone for the sins of the past and erase the pain of the present in this gripping and compelling story of love, loss and understanding.
Loved the two main characters as well as the narrative. I did not read Charade and was still able to follow along without an issue.
Adrian a survivor of an abusive and violent home, a young man lost. Trying to deal with the tragic passing of a young family, profound loss and guilt eat him alive. Seeking forgiveness, Adrian must first learn to forgive himself. He is quite the talented poet and writer yet he is unsure of his gifts. Unable to deal with his sorrow Adrian is drowning. On his own, no familial connections, he tries to comprehend all that has occurred and all that is forever gone. An emotional barricade surrounds him but slowly Delaney breaks through his barriers.
“My sister used to go to this field when she was younger. She brought me there once. All I could see was what looked like weeds to me. No flowers. Just weeds. Dead ones at that. I asked her why she came and she told me to keep following her, so I did. Right in the middle of the field was one tall flower. Almost like it came from fucking nowhere. I told her it was lonely. She said it was beautiful.”
Delaney a sweet loving soul, a young girl trying to be everything to everyone. Trying to fix her parents mistakes, burdened by guilt, she tries to find a way to correct all the wrongs her parent has caused. A mother that is emotionally and mentally abusive towards her, Delaney makes excuses and continually forgives her. A father incarcerated, she tries to wipe his slate clean by acknowledging his actions and carries the weight of their consequences. A young girl trying to understand how to rectify the past, deal with the present and move towards a future. Delaney finds a solidarity with Adrian as they deal with profound challenges while nurturing love.
“I can practically see the façade slip into place as he gives me a half-smile.”
Adrian and Delaney are brought together by an unforeseen fateful circumstance. We follow these two tortured souls has they try to assemble the pieces of their families and themselves together fragment by fragment. Love blossoms between these two along with many tests.
Truly a bittersweet story, the characters are emotionally compelling and the reader hopes for the best. There is a major twist, and it surprised the dickens out of me! I so did not see it coming. This twist added to the already simmering emotional narrative and characters.
I was completely surprised by Facade, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. A heavy emotional read with a fairly intense narrative, and two endearing protagonists.