This is the first novel in the Games series by Nyrae Dawn.
But that was before she walked in on him cheating on her with another college student. On the first day she came to school.
Now Chey is stuck at a college she only picked because Greg was there, and she most definitely broke up with him after she found out he was cheating.
And she might have also indicated in her anger that she was already seeing someone, to get back at Greg. The only problem is that she knows no one on campus.
When she sees Greg fighting with a hard core, don't give a care guy outside of the coffee shop, Chey decides to ask the mystery man to pretend to be her boyfriend. She'd even pay him, since she now has more money than she knows what to do with.
But she misjudged Colton. Sure, he needs the money to help his mother pay the bills while she's slowly dying from a disease, but he's not desperate that he would pretend to be someone's boyfriend. He doesn't do commitments - even if they are fake.
However, he can't get the dark haired, rich girl out of his head. There is something about her. Chey doesn't act like a spoiled rich girl. She makes comments that rich girls don't. And she doesn't take Colt's crap, which is something he's not used to very often.
After witnessing Greg harass Chey, Colt ends up taking her deal. Only after awhile it's not a charade to make Greg jealous. Now Chey is going with Colt to see his dying mother. He's taking care of her and not getting paid to do it.
Will their charade end up a real thing? Or will they just play the game until they both get what they want? Read Charade by Nyrae Dawn to find out!
So, just a forewarning, this is a NEW ADULT novel, which means that it's a little bit more mature and graphic than a YA novel but not too racy like an adult novel. Mainly, New Adult (NA) novels are set in college and are about characters who are starting to grow up, but still do things that are immature.
This is an eBook that I bought on Amazon, and I'm really glad that I purchased it for $2.99 instead of only sticking to free eBooks!
Chey is one tough cookie. She walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her and decides to find a way to make him pay rather than sulk around all year at a school she didn't want to go to. That takes guts. Plus she didn't forgive him right away like most females do, so I admire her for that as well.
And she had a lot of problems when she was younger, so seeing her as a strong woman was really encouraging. Going from nothing and a mother who loved to party more than take care of her daughter to a rich life can get to a person's head, but Chey was always grateful for what she was given after living with her aunt and uncle.
And Colt. Good old Colt. He may have tattoos and hangout with the crowd that drinks too much and is around drugs, but he is an amazing guy. He goes to see his dying mother and spends time with her. He loves her and wants to do anything to get her better, but it's not possible. So he wants to stay with her as much as he can before she passes.
He's an amazing guy, no matter what he wants others to think.
So yes, I really liked this novel. It was about strength, both mental and physical for both of the characters. And the reader was also able to get into both Chey's and Colt's head as it was an alternating viewpoint throughout the novel.
There is also going to be another novel in this series, but will be following a different character, Adrian, who was mentioned a lot throughout this novel.
I would recommend this novel to other, older, readers! I was skeptic getting the eBook but I found that I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be reading the second novel, and will be looking for more of Nyrae Dawn's novels!