Genre: Dark Erotica
Release Date: September 29 2014
You meet someone. You date. You fall in love. You marry.
The four simple rules of love….
Wrong! I’m getting married but I’d never met him before now, never dated him, never fell in love. I have no access to the memories of the most magical time of anyone’s life.
My mind won’t allow me to evoke the past, I can’t remember those simple stages to lead me to the fourth .
I can’t comprehend why I would have ever wanted to marry someone like Dante. I should never have passed the first stage, although, I may have seen him through the eyes of the woman I once was, this me that lives, breathes here now, can’t understand how we made it to the next stage.
I’m not sure, without memories, how I know that this voice inside me, telling me I would never have chosen him, speaks some truth, I just know. He’s controlling, arrogant, callous and violent, and utterly hell bent on humiliating and degrading me – Like watching me falter, watching me struggle to comply and be the woman he asked to marry, powers him- as though he wants to break me piece by piece. Fiber by fiber. Until all that’s here is the shell he created from a soul that I once owned.
Now my memories are slowly returning. And they show me a completely different side to meeting him. Our dates, falling in love. The Dante haunting me in the shadows of my mind is loving, gentle and utterly enamored with me, nothing like the man with me now.
And this is what taunts me. My tender lover turned into a debauched, cruel sadist who is determined to consume my life, destroy my mind and murder my spirit.
I am, Star, and just like with some stars in the sky, the light you see is an echo, a façade, I am already gone
I am a no one.
Especially to him. To him I am the dark in his desires, the corrupt in his depravity.
The sin in his immorality
The British Dictionary defines façade as “a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one”.
Holy crap! FaCade is twisted... deceptively mind blowing… and on so many levels it borders on unfathomable. My head is still spinning.... I don’t think I have written a review for a DH Sidebottom or Ker Dukey book that didn’t contain WTF, and Facade isn’t going to be the first!
DH Sidebottom and Ker Dukey both write books where you can't say much without giving anything away. Their stories I’ve read so far (including FaCade)are so intricate and mind bending that they are really best gone into armed with little more than the blurb itself. I can honestly say I’m glad I had nothing more than that to go on.
Before I even started the first chapter I was like uhhhhhhhhh, what?!?!? This was part of the warning at the beginning: "This book leads into a second book. You will get answers but the story will continue into a final installment." I had nooooooooo idea this wasn’t a single standalone. So be warned, there is a second book. But not to worry , the authors stay true to their word and you do get answers. When I turned the last page all of the questions swirling in head were answered, but I would say the real story is just beginning….
Right from the very first page nothing about this ever felt right. There was an uneasiness that followed me through the entire book. I was constantly afraid of what would happen next or better yet, what I would find out. It was seriously like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. Nothing was ever what it seemed – things appeared normal enough or had a somewhat feasible answer but the closer you look, you realize how just skewed and downright crazy it all is. The more you find out, the more you are pushed into the dark. It was like being trapped in a funhouse with no foreseeable way out. No matter which way you turned, you’re slammed into a wall just to get turned around and bounce off another. You can’t tell a lie from the truth, or what’s real and what’s just a façade. It was a feeling of total helplessness. There were so many times I just needed to scream to let out all of my frustrations! This may feel like Alice in Wonderland, but this is NO fairytale! Your patience will be tested over and over again with this one.
FaCade is all about the WHY and finding answers. Why is it all happening? What happened to turn the man Star remembers falling in love with into the callous and vicious demon standing before her? Why can’t she remember anything about the past? What is Dante hiding? Around the 38% mark, I reached the point of no return. There was no way I was putting this down until I got answers… ALL OF THEM… EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE. It is so messed up there was no way I could stay sane without finding out. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. The more I found out the more my head would spin. DH Sidebottom and Ker Dukey sure know how to give you a case of reader whiplash.
You’re probably saying how bad is it or is it really dark? Well, there are probably some things that will make you uncomfortable, but to me it’s more of a mind f*ck than being dark. Don’t get me wrong, there are some darker things that take place, but the point of the story is deciding what’s real and what’s just a FaCade. FaCade is a maze you need to find your way out of in order to discover answers and regain your sanity. Oh yes, you’ll start questioning your sanity at least once or twice during this one. I can’t decide if DH and Ker are insanely creative or just insane…….
Interview with the Authors
Today, we welcome DH Sidebottom and Ker Dukey to Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews! Ever been curious as to how a collaboration between authors happens? Dawn and Ker discuss how the process worked for them while creating FaCade. Thank you for agreeing to chat with us.
Ker: Thank you! We’re excited to be here. I even untied Dawn J
Dawn: Hi, It’s nice to be free for a while, Ker ties knots like a sailors wife ;)
Whenever I see “collaboration”, I’m always curious as to how the authors know one another and the story behind how they met. How were you introduced to one another?
Ker: I was a fan of Dawn’s work and messaged her to tell her this. We hit it off and quickly became great friends. We share a depraved urge to write dark characters… it was inevitable that we came together to write.
Dawn: What Ker means to say but is too polite, is that we’re both depraved and share the exact same dirty thoughts… but seriously, she is the most genuine person in this book world, she tells it how it is and I love that about her J
We finally met in July… which reminds me, Ker! You still owe me for the coffee and milk!!
Ker: It was really great coffee! Changed my life…
It’s no secret I think FaCade is like falling down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. Whose insanely creative (or creatively insane) idea was this book?
Ker: I came up with the concept and messaged Dawn to ask if she fancied joining forces for this one. We spent a couple of hours on the phone outlining, brain storming and chuckling until we had the perfect (to us) story.
Dawn: When Ker called me and explained the basis for the story, it intrigued me straight away. Although Ker fibs, we laughed solidly for the whole two hours then spent ten minutes discussing where the story should go, our minds did the rest. Ker has one of those creative sides that with one idea, the rest comes easy J
I feel like the ending of FaCade is really just the beginning. How long are you going to make us wait for the next book in the series?
Ker: I actually hate cliffhangers but this book needed one. It gives the readers time to absorb and recover before we hit you with book 2, which will be December. J
I’ve always wondered how authors co-write. It seems difficult to mesh writing styles since everyone’s is unique. The writing in FaCade flows smoothly and the reader (at least this one) can’t detect a style difference anywhere. What’s your secret?
Ker: Dawn has actually co-written before with R M James. They tossed ideas around and Dawn then wrote Fragile Truths. I wanted to do ours differently to that. I think because we both read one another’s work as fans of each other, we adapted a little bit of one another while writing this one to make it flow as If one author wrote it. We both go over each other’s chapters and tweak them so there isn’t many fragmented parts where I wrote and then she did, it’s just all both of us.
Dawn: I think because we passed it back and forth many times before ‘finalizing’ a certain chapter, there was input from each of us, allowing us both to look several times at lines and tweak them until they read better. Although, I must say we didn’t really have much to tweak, apart from Ker loves to write in present tense and I’m very much past tense, so sometimes that created a ‘difference’ but other than that, we just adapted to one another.
How does the collaborative writing process work for you?
Ker: I loved working with Dawn. We are both understanding of each other’s schedules and work around them. We are both easy going and let each other have creative input, most of all we listen to one another.
Dawn: Ker has been a nightmare to work with… she’s so bossy and rude to me, haha - only joking. She has been amazing and it has been the best experience for me. Sometimes as an author, a ‘block’ can be the worst thing at the worst moment, but when you have a co-author, you can just say “Babe, this part is not coming at all.” And your partner can take over, and vice versa.
It can’t always be smooth sailing when collaborating. How did you handle your “creative differences”?
Ker: The same as above, we didn’t really have any and if we did it was small and easily laughed over, like Dawn has a fetish for the name Frank and M/M :P
Dawn: I do not have a fetish for the name ‘Frank’ lmao… Whereas Ker prefers the most extravagant (weird) names, I like to have actual ‘real’ names :P but I’ll admit to the M/M :D
I’m not sure we had any other differences… nope, can’t think of any J
How did you write Star and Dante’s POVs? Did you each take one POV or was it collaborative?
Ker: Collaborative. I began the story, wrote until I ran out of juice and passed it over. J
Did collaborating on a book take you more or less time to complete it compared to when you write a book on your own?
Ker: As we were both working on separate projects at the time also, I would say about the same time.
Dawn: Yeah, I agree, but in a way it was a lot less time consuming because when Ker was writing her bit, I could work on my other projects, and likewise for her.
Give us an interesting (unknown) fun fact or a few about your book.
Ker: We changed the cover slightly, an hour before the reveal. Which was a good decision, we love the new cover. Another fact is, if Dawn was left to her own devices, Dante may have been called Bert! Or Frank LOL. This is a quote from Dawn that she put on the MS when editing a piece I wrote “Well fuck me pink” LOL I love that woman.
Dawn: I wanted Dante to have a dungeon but Ker wouldn’t let me!!!!! Lol, oh and there was originally a rock star in the mix… we fired him from that job! ;)
Tell us one thing about your writing partner that readers would be surprised to know.
Ker: She will be collaborating a YA novel with me! Boom! Exclusive HAHA!
Dawn: ^^^^ A paranormal YA novel J No sex…. Not sure if she’ll manage that, her mind is full of sex! Something no one knows about Ker is…. Oooh I can’t tell you that ;)
Ker: If she did…I’d have to kill you ;)
What was the last book you read?
Ker: I have Pepper Winter’s and Dawn dropping awesome into my email at the moment so I’m all hyped up on their goodies and haven’t read anything else. J
Dawn: I know what love is by Whitney Bianca… amazing book!!! And I’m just about to start Kristen Ashley’s, Deacon :D
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