BLOG TOUR STOP: Facade (Games #2) by Nyrae Dawn

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No one knows who twenty-one year-old Adrian Westfall is behind his façade. After what he’s done, he deserves to live alone with his pain, even if he’d do anything to forget. Anything for a moment of quiet without his past haunting him.

Eighteen year-old Delaney Cross wants nothing more than to absolve her family from her father’s sins. To keep her suicidal mom off that ledge, and help her brother Maddox get the light back in his eyes. She thinks their road to freedom is through Adrian.Adrian and Delaney are bound together by tragedy…

Only Adrian doesn’t know it.As their lives intertwine, they find a solace in each other they never knew existed. Laney knows she needs to tell him-to come out from behind her smoke screen, but to say the words could mean losing him.Two people. Two disguises. True love. Will it be enough to save them when all secrets are bared?

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OUR REVIEW OF FACADE
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Holy crap balls! That’s all we have to say!

This book was beautifully heartbreaking. If you are fans of Charade’s Colt and Cheyenne’s story from the first book and thought it was heartbreaking, then you are in for a treat; ok,  you should also break out the tissues too! Adrian’s story takes the cake for a gut-wrenching. Nyrae did a fabulous job with Adrian and Delaney’s story.

We got to know Adrian in Charades, and he was known as the party guy. In Facade, he really isn’t the partying type–sure he does it, but only to mask away his pain, guilt and regret. He is secretly carrying a dark secret that is killing him inside. He has such a tortured soul–we just wanted to fix and love him!

Delaney, who has a good heart and trying to make amends with what her family has done. She also is flawed and doesn’t have the perfect life. Her mother hates her, her father ruined her family and her brother is constantly angry–all because of family secrets.

Delaney is set to find peace with all those who are affected by this tragic event.  Then she accidentally meets Adrian and they both spend time together. It started out with attraction, but the more they got to know each other; their connection deepened–even with each others secrets and lies. And of course their secrets run deep and eventually comes to light and causes heartbreak. There were so many twists and turns in their story, it was hard to put this book down. It truly is a story about forgiveness and learning how to move on.

We loved the alternate POV between Adrian and Delaney. It’s great to get inside the minds of all the characters and understand what they are thinking and why! Another reason why we loved Facade, is that we got a little more of Colt and Cheyenne in the book too! Facade is probably one of the best reads for us in 2013, we highly recommend it.

Looking forward to book three, Masquerade, which is about Madoxx Cross, Delaney’s brother.


QAKarmen & Jenn: Delaney’s home life is a disaster and though she gets support from her brother she feels very alone. How did you go about creating a character with so much inner struggles/torment like her (and Adrian!)

Nyrae: It’s hard to explain. I consider myself a character writer and I feel very close to all the characters I write. They sort of tell me their story. I try to put myself inside their shoes and see how I would think and feel. I try to make their emotions mine and then put on paper how I would feel.

Karmen & Jenn: When they meet for the first time, what do Adrian and Delaney first notice about the other?

Nyrae: Adrian notices that she is beautiful… but I think even from the beginning, he saw something else in her. Saw those ghosts in her eyes that lured him in. Delaney saw a sexy guy with a chip on his shoulders. By the second time they met, she knew there was  

ReadWhen I see my sister, Angel, walk over to Ash’s grave I don’t get out of the car. When some guy walks up and grabs her hand, I don’t know who he is and yet, I don’t bother finding out. They hug and I don’t walk over and do the same thing to her. It’s not our thing to stand around having some group, mourning session over the two year-old boy who died too soon.

Nope. This is real life. Not like all the stupid fucking books I read or the movies people watch or the reality shows that couldn’t be farther away from reality.

Without moving an inch, I watch her. Watch as she sets flowers on Ashton’s grave. As the guy pulls her into a hug. As they kneel on the ground, probably talking to him in a way I’ll never have the balls to do.

The guy says something to her and then gets up and walks away. I duck further down in my seat, but no one is paying attention to me. He heads back to a little car and waits.

Angel’s hands go to her face and I know she’s crying in them. Know she’s mourning the loss of Ash, the boy she loved so much. The boy she took care of better than any mom could. I know she sent the guy away because she’s like me and needs to handle shit on her own. Only unlike me, she’ll never run.

She cries out there for probably thirty minutes. The whole time my chest is tight. Aching. It’s hard to breathe and I want to turn away, but I don’t. I deserve to feel this way and deserve to see this.

A fist squeezes tighter and tighter around my heart. My face is wet, but I don’t bother to wipe away the tears, either. Real men don’t fucking cry. That’s what dad always said before he hit me in a series of body shots, until I couldn’t stop myself from doing just what he said I shouldn’t do.

Then he’d beat me harder for being weak.

Angel’s shoulders are shaking. I can tell from this far away.

I’m not an idiot. Never have been. I know it wouldn’t make me weak to walk over there and hug her. To hold her and tell her it’ll be okay, but I still won’t do it. What right do I have to try and console her, when I’m the one who destroyed everything?

When I’m the one who let Ash die?

So I sit here and watch her, just so I’ll never forget the pain I caused.


Nyrae Dawn_Photo Credit - Cherished Memories Photography[1]About the Author:

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.
When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

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ARC Review: The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3)

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Releases on October 22! ARC courtesy of Forever
(Grand Central Publishing) for an honest review.

On the surface, Lila Summers is flawless: good looks, expensive clothes, and a big, beautiful smile. But a dark past and even darker secrets are threatening to bubble over her perfect façade. She’ll do anything to keep the emptiness inside hidden-which leads her into situations that always end badly. Whenever she hits bottom, there’s only one person who’s there to pull her out: Ethan Gregory.

Ethan set the rules a long time ago: he and Lila are just friends. He doesn’t do relationships. Although his tattooed, bad boy exterior is a far cry from Lila’s pretty princess image, Ethan can’t deny they have a deeper connection than he’s used to. If he’s not careful, he could be in serious danger of becoming attached-and he’s learned the hard way that attachment only leads to heartbreak.

When Lila falls farther than she ever has before, can Ethan continue to help as a friend? Or is he also getting close to falling . . . for her?

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Asian Chick Karmen and White Chick Jenn’s Review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This series is such a heartbreaking, emotional and fabulous read. We got to know Ella and Micha’s in the first two “The Secret” books and were introduced to their two best friends Lila and Ethan. Lila and Ethan always had a mysterious relationship and in the Temptation of Lila and Ethan–their mystery was revealed. And oh boy–are they both damaged and living with a lot of baggage and demons!

Lila always seemed put together on the outside and living the fabulous life–but deep down Lila is struggling to stay afloat–she has mastered this facade that her life is perfect. Ethan knows something is up with Lila, because he tends to “save” her in situations. Ethan is also hiding his own secrets that seem to shadow him everyday.

Lila and Ethan share a friendship and start to help each other out, but not without drama. They’ve always danced around the attraction between each other, but until they both face their secrets head on, these two can’t get it together.

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan takes you into the next installment of The Secret series–The Ever After of Ella and Micha. We can’t wait for that and hoping to get more of Lila and Ethan too.

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Cover Reveal and First Chapter: BURNING UP (Bound Together #2) by Marie Coulson

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Scorching heat…

Erotic pleasure…

Intense passion…

Layla Jennings thought she had it all figured out. The right time, the right place and the right guy.

After leaving behind her life and friends in Long Beach, Layla must now walk the path she has chosen, hand in hand with the man who holds her heart.

As the flame of love continues to burn brightly, she discovers more about herself and the man she loves every day.But what happens if the fire goes out? What happens when half of your heart is across an ocean?

With the other man in her life unwilling to give up his fight for her, and a danger she is too blind to see, Layla must battle between the safe and steady journey she has embarked on and the one that leads to destinations unknown.


Chapter 1
Chapter is subject to change during editing.

The Big Apple

Walking through the crowds, I gazed out of the vast window at the sparkling lights of New York. “Does he know I’m here?”

Daniel shook his head. “You asked me not to say, so I didn’t. I’m really glad you’re here though. He’s been fucking miserable since we left Long Beach. Besides, with you here, I have someone to talk to and keep me from going crazy. Things are about to get real hectic at the company. You sure you know what you’re in for?”

I gave him a puzzled look and he smiled at me. “Guess not. Well, you’ll learn.”

Daniel wasn’t just Jared’s driver; he was his friend, even if Jared didn’t realize it or choose to admit it. I felt that the two of ushad also become friends. After all, he’d had my back so many times I’d lost count. When I’d been arrested, it was Daniel who’d called Jared and, as it turned out, broken several traffic laws to get to him. That awful night at Felix’s apartment would have ended a lot differently had Daniel not called Jared and warned him of our activity. I had a lot to thank him for and keeping him company during our time together, was the least I could do. I figured that it must be lonely work driving Jared around. Sitting there, in the front seat, a screen between them; it all seemed awfully secluded, isolated and impersonal.I was not going to be one of those high society girlfriends that I saw in magazines and newspapers. The ones that look as though they have caramel stuck to the end of their noses and pout a lot when people speak to them. I was definitely not buying into the hype of that lifestyle. Daniel was stuck with me now and I was determined that we were going to have some fun.

“Do we have to go straight to the apartment? Will he get suspicious if you’re gone?”

He eyed me skeptically. “I guess not. I told him I had to run errands and he’s been so distant, he just kinda nodded and dismissed me. I could have been naked and dancing and he wouldn’t have noticed. He’s really not himself right now.”

My heart sank. My intense, hot mess, business man was in pain and I was the cause. Bitch.

I was desperate to see him and put him out of his agonizing misery but I was also determined to get to know Daniel better. I was going to be spending a lot of time with him during the next few months and aside from Jared, he was the only person I knew in New York and I hardly knew him at all.

Reaching the exit, Daniel gestured to the shiny, sleek Mercedes parked curbside.I smiled at the familiarity of it. Opening my door, he ushered me inside before running around to pack my case into the trunk. He got into the driver’s seat and glanced back, smiling at me. I leaned forward and rested my hand on his shoulder. “I’m starving. Dinner?”

He gave me a look that told me he was unsure if it was such a good idea. “I don’t know. I mean, aren’t you anxious to see him?”

I shook my head. I wasn’t anxious to see him, I was freaking out from nerves and the more I worried, the harder my stomach churned. “Nope. I’m hank marvin and I need something to eat before I throw up from nerves.”

He chuckled. “Hank marvin?”

I nodded.“Yeah, you know, starving? I heard it on t.v once.”

He threw his head back and laughed. “Since you put it that way, I’d be happy to have dinner with you. There’s a burger joint just around the corner or do you want something a little fancier?”

I shrugged. “I think, a nice juicy burger sounds awesome.”

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Sitting in the booth, I scanned my surroundings. New York was a far cry from Pasadena or even Long Beach. It was almost eight in the evening and the streets were still bustling with people.

The burger bar was quiet though. It was one of those nineteen fifties diner types and had a jukebox playing in the corner. The waitress rolled over on her skates and placed the most enormous cheese burger that I had ever seen, in front of me. The smell of greasy food and the delicious vanilla from my creamy and ice cold milkshake was a welcome scent. Every single bite of my meal was like a taste of heaven. I really was hungry. I hadn’t eaten properly in days and I finally had my appetite back. I was definitely looking forward to my first New York bagel too. Bagels. Coffee. Ollie.

My heart plummeted into my stomach again and I suddenly lost my appetite. My chest felt tight and I could feel unshed tears begging to be released.

I could only imagine how broken he was right now. I’d done a horrible thing and I’d done it over a text! It was selfish, cowardly and I deserved whatever hate or anger he was feeling toward me. He hadn’t replied or called since and I knew that we were not only done as lovers but also as friends. He’d never forgive me now and I didn’t deserve him to.

Daniel frowned at me. “You okay? You seem a little distracted. You’re not having second thoughts are you?”

Snapping out of my mood and forcing thoughts of Ollie out of my mind, I shook my head. “No. I’m just a little tired from the flight.”

He smiled and took another big bite of his burger.

Pushing my plate away, I leaned back and cocked my head to the side. “So, I guess you’ll be keeping me company while Jared works huh? I hope you don’t mind. I promise not to be high maintenance and to make it as much fun as I can.” He grinned and pushed his plate away, cleaning his hands on a napkin.

“It’s my job to take you wherever you want to go. Jared doesn’t usually use the Mercedes unless he’s going to a formal dinner or social. He’ll take the Jag so that leaves me at your disposal. Shopping shows and sightseeing; I’m the man to take you there. With Jared’s permission, of course.”

Jared’s permission? I rolled my eyes and shook my head at the statement. The whole time we’d been together he seemed to think he could dictate where I could go, how and with whom. Things were going to change and for the better, I hoped.

“You leave Jared to me. I want to see everything. All the sights this city has to offer and Jared is not going to stop me from having fun. I’m an adult and it’s time he started treating me like one.”

Daniel nodded but I could see he was conflicted. “Well, if anyone can handle him, I’d say you can. Speaking of Jared, we should probably get going. You ready for this?”

I bit my lip and smiled. I was so ready I was practically giddy with anticipation. Rolling his eyes, Daniel paid for our meal, even though I’d begged him to let me and we made our way back to the car.

Sitting in the back, I needed a distraction as my nerves began to swarm in my stomach. “So where’s home for you Daniel?”

He looked at me in the rear-view mirror. “Illinois. I moved to California when my dad got transferred to another division of his company. I was about thirteen. My mom moved back to Illinois after the divorce though. How about you?”

“Pasadena.”

He nodded and smiled. “Small town boy, small town girl and here we are in the big apple. Have you ever been to New York before?”

I shook my head. “Other than San Francisco, I’ve never really traveled beyond Long Beach. You like it here? I mean, you must be here a lot with Jared and his business.”

He glanced in the mirror at me again and I saw his eyebrows furrow. “Can’t say I hate it or love it. It’s where I am. I have an apartment here which Jared pays for and I look at it as just another place I work. It’s not like I vacation here or anything. I’m on duty all week and some Saturdays, so I never really thought about whether I like it. I hardly know it. I’ve never seen the sights or anything else New York has to offer outside of the functions I drive Jared to.”

I felt bad for him and decided then, that I would do everything I could to make his time and mine in New York more fun.

“I guess we’re both gonna have to make New York home for now. Stick with me Dan. I intend to have lots of fun while I’m here.”

He smiled and chuckled a little. “Dan?”

I blushed. “Do you hate it?”

He shook his head. “I like it. Dan. Yep. You can call me Dan Miss Jennings.”

I grinned and leaned forward to his seat.“And you must call me Layla. Deal?”

His smile widened. “Deal. Well, we’re here. I’ll get your bags and give you a minute to breathe. You look a bit flushed.”

I looked at myself in the rear view. I was beet red. Nerves were no longer swarming; they were twirling like a tornado in my stomach.

We’d pulled up in front of an impressive building. With its white brick and elegant golden window frames, it was certainly extravagant and definitely expensive. One look at the name above the golden framed glass door told me I was right. ‘Garrett Towers’. It was one of Jared’s for sure.

My eyes immediately darted to the top floor where he would no doubt have the penthouse. My heart did a little skip and my insides twisted.

Opening my door, Daniel smiled and held my bags in his hand.

“Ready?” Now there was a question I had no answer to.

Ready to go up there? Absolutely. Ready to see Jared? Oh good God yes. Ready to leave my old life behind and start my new one with him? Well, that would come eventually. Wouldn’t it?

The doorman saw me exit the car and nodded at Daniel. “Layton, this is Miss Jennings. She’s here to see Mr. Garrett. Would you please grant her entry while I park the car?” The large and burly gentleman scanned me from head to toe as I stood awkwardly on the sidewalk. I bit my lip anxiously.

Opening the door, he smiled politely. “Of course. Right this way. Let me take your bags for you ma’am.”

Daniel grinned at me and nudged my arm, immediately pulling me from my dazed state. “You gotta go in there some time. He’s going to be thrilled to see you. Go on. Get in there girl.”

I beamed back at him and threw my arms around his neck. “Thank you so much, Dan. Wish me luck.”

He snorted. “You don’t need it. He’s crazy about you. I’ll catch you later. Have a good night.” Giving me a wink, he got in the car and drove away toward a large pair of iron gates, which I assumed, led to the parking lot beneath the building

Layton cleared his throat loudly. Giving him an apologetic look, I followed him inside.

The foyer was a gleaming white and the front desk was a beautiful ivory stone with gold trim. It matched the marble floor perfectly. I stood at the elevator and fidgeted mindlessly. When it finally chimed and the doors opened, I was so caught up in my thoughts, it startled me a little. I could hardly breathe as we entered and as Layton reached for the keypad, I caught his hand in my own. “I just need a minute.” Taking a deep, calming breath, I held my nerve and nodded at him. He pressed the ‘P’ on the panel and I hitched a breath as the doors closed and we headed, rapidly, to the penthouse. Well, here we go.


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Born and bred in England, Marie discovered her love for writing when she was a mere child. Beginning with poetry and short stories, she soon discovered her flare and passion for the written word.

After pursuing a career in childcare, education and the care of the elderly, she left her job in the summer of 2012. Embarking on a new career as a therapist, it was at this point that she finally sat down to write a novel that had been plotted for nearly three years. Only three months later…Bound Together was born.


COVER REVEAL: Wild Child by M. Leighton

WILD CHILDRelease Date: 10/23

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Jenna Theopolis has always known what she wanted.  Getting out of her small hometown of Greenfield was number one on her list of priorities.  Until she met Rusty Catron.

Rusty’s fun-loving personality was the perfect match for Jenna’s inner wild child.  But what started off as a summer fling quickly turns into something more.  At least it does for Jenna.

Rusty has lived with the ghost of his father’s abandonment since he was a child, but now he’s beginning to feel the crippling effects of his scars.  He wants to trust in Jenna, but deep down he doesn’t believe someone so wild and free can ever be tamed.

But tragedy strikes, pushing Jenna out of Greenfield and leaving Rusty with a choice to make—face his inner demons or lose the love of his life.  Forever.


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M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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