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The world is nothing but one big façade. You have to be special to see the behind the mask.
Erik Renevant once lived in the spotlight. As lead singer for the wildly successful group, Specter the world revered him. When an accident destroyed his band and his face, he chose to live his life in the darkness, hiding away from the shadows of his former self and refusing to be seen again.
Christine Day longs to have her chance in the spotlight. Living her life flitting from one thing to the other and currently without a permanent residence, she sees her big break in becoming the backup singer for an unknown band and entering the Stage of Stars, the latest hit reality competition.
When Christine wanders into Erik’s perfectly controlled world and he hears her voice, he knows she is destined for super stardom. However, he never dreamed she would be the one to help him shatter his own façade and lead him into the light.
Façade is inspired by the beloved story of the Phantom of the Opera and is a combination of all the different incarnations.
I was drawn to this book as soon as I discovered it was inspired by one of my most favourite musicals. I love "The Phantom of The Opera" so I was very much looking forward to reading this one. I was curious to see how the author would bring such a classic love story into the present day and I have to say that I was not disappointed. I wholeheartedly enjoyed every minute of being wrapped up in this book and I fell in love with Eric and Christine's delicious romance all over again.
"The second he kissed her that would be it, he would never be able to let her go."
Eric and Christine's story was brought into the modern world through the delights of an "X-Factor" style television series. The book is focused around a reality entertainment competition in which Christine enters. I loved the idea of bringing a talent show into the story and all of the other additions that the author made to bring the story into the present day. I also enjoyed how the author stayed faithful to the the old world charm of the original story. I always thought there was something utterly enchanting about Eric and Christine's world so I was excited to see that this quality was continued in "Facade" giving the story a fairytale like feeling to it, which I adored.
"I didn't know what an angel looked like until you entered my theatre."
I absolutely loved Eric and Christine, who were obviously based on the original characters. They shared such a sweet love story. I did notice that Eric was a lot more pleasant in this book, therefore I found it even easier to fall in love with him this time around. I loved uncovering a softer and more vulnerable side to him than I was expecting. My heart broke for him as he constantly battled his insecurities. Surprisingly, it was Christine who emerged as the more stronger and determined of the two. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed.
"You can't make me better, Christine."
"Don't you see? I wanted you to make me better."
This book was my first from Kim Carmichael, but it I'm sure it won't be my last. I loved this modern day twist on a classic love story. It was easy to read, full of beautiful romance and it took up just the right amount of reading time. What more could you ask for from a book?
"Facade" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.
Beyond her control, she made her way up on the stage and over to his side as he went into the second verse. All she wanted to do was touch him, make sure he was real and not something she conjured the last few days.
After singing the chorus, he motioned to her and pointed at the music.
He wanted her to sing? Interrupt the perfection? She wanted to listen to him and shook her head.
Again, he pointed to the music.
Powerless to do anything less than what he asked, she got the feel for the tune, waited for the right moment and sang the third verse.
Though she didn’t think she did the song anywhere near the justice Erik did, he must have been pleased by the way he smiled. His song spoke of love, longing and those things unattainable, the perfect message for both of them in many ways.
Yes, he had given her a few lessons, but this was the first time she felt like they were creating art, connected on a deeper level, him on the piano, her with her voice, both working toward the same goal of creating the perfect song. When they reached the chorus, his voice joined hers.
Christine fought not to stumble on the words. She didn’t want to break the magic of the way their two voices melded together, his supporting hers, taking her to new heights. It was an experience unlike any other she’d ever experienced.
They repeated the chorus and the music ended. Erik’s last note hung in the air and Christine wished she could reach out, grab it and hold it in her heart forever.
Panting, they turned to each other.
He stared into her face, then he reached forward.
Her breath hitched. Now he should kiss her. They both felt it, right?
Rather than take her into his arms, his fingertip grazed her cheek and wiped a tear she didn’t even know she’d shed.
His eyes firmly affixed on hers, he put his fingertip to his mouth.
“Erik?” She didn’t really know what question she wanted to ask.
“Beautiful.” He grazed the back of his hand along her cheek, down to her jaw and her neck.
The way he touched her roused every nerve ending in her body. She had to have him. He found her, they belonged together. “Erik.” This time she gasped his name.
“You should rest your voice.” He slid his hand down her shoulder, bowed and walked away.
Again, she was left standing on the stage alone.
About Kim Carmichael
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.