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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Façade: Things Aren't Always as They Appear by Melody Saleh is book one in the Unbroken series. Amber is hooked on Patrick, dreaming erotic dreams about him every night. She needs a way to bring the fantasies she dreams of to life and it comes in the form of a disguise. Debra is madly in love with her husband but thinks things could do with spicing up a little. Tragic circumstances lead to more than she bargained for. Zya is a single mother, a successful fashion designer who meets a stranger, throwing everything she learned about love up into the air. Dominique, gorgeous and outgoing, is insecure and covers it up by indulging in one-night stands and bulimia. Soon, she will need to face facts or face her fears. Four close friends, each with a façade to hide behind. Reality and fantasy aren’t meant to overlap, though, and it soon becomes clear that not everything is as it first seems.
Façade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear by Melody Saleh is an entertaining story. It is an adults-only story and if you are easily offended by steamy sexual scenes and descriptions, this isn’t for you. This book pulls you straight in on page one, and you soon find yourself wound up in the lives of these four women. Each has their own story to tell but all four stories meld seamlessly into one another. There is plenty of drama, lots of twists and turns and action, of one sort or another, on just about every page. Each woman has her own problems to deal with but the story is about friendship, about pulling together to help one another, and it's about realizing that things really aren’t what they appear to be at times. The ending of the book leads me to think there may be another one in the offing at some point. Great story. Melody Saleh quite rightly describes it as “Sex in the City meets Fifty Shades of Grey – without the red room.”