There is no greater burden than a secret, and Kari Stanley has been carrying one alone for a long time. But fate intervenes in the form of a broken down car and the kind offer of assistance from a handsome stranger with a sweet, southern drawl. In exchange, all she has to do is go to dinner with him. Temptation was never so sweet.
Max Quinn has secrets of his own. His good deeds aren’t just a product of his southern upbringing; they’re his atonement. As one dinner turns into two, he realizes that Kari just might be his salvation.
As they struggle to find their path together, their secrets weigh heavier on them. Will they be able to trust one another with the truth, or will their secrets keep them apart forever?
My office was bright and I wasn’t in the mood. I rolled my blinds down and sat in my chair. I checked my email before anything else. I couldn’t help the grin on my face as I clicked the top message.
Since I know you check this first thing because you’re OCD, I wanted to start your day off by telling you that I’m wearing something red today. And it isn’t my shoes, although I could add my red heels to the mix later. 😉
It wasn’t the first time she had emailed me in the morning and I loved it when she did. I clicked the arrow.
Since you just planted vivid images in my mind, I want you to know that because of your email, I’m starting the day off with something blue and it isn’t my shirt. Your skills will be required to rectify this situation this evening. Stay at my house tonight?
A few minutes went by before I heard the ping.
Only if rectifying your blue requires the use of some of my pink.
I hit REPLY.
Keep it up, sweetheart, and you’re going to be fucked so hard you’ll be purple tomorrow. This is not a request—be at my house after work.
The Perception is the second book by Adriana Locke. It is a standalone, but contains characters from her first book, The Exception. I have not read The Exception, but after reading The Perception, my curiosity about Cane and Jada is piqued, so I would like to go back and read it.
Max Quinn is some serious book boyfriend material. Kari is chock-full of issues, and has not opened up to him at all about them, but he has fallen so hard for her that he is willing to wait her out. That’s love right there.
I am feeling somewhat conflicted about this book. I don’t feel like I can discuss it in detail without the potential for spoilers, so I am sorry if this comes off as being vague. There is something else going on in the background of the story… I can’t imagine that I was the only one who saw it (and the person responsible) for what it was. It was hard to keep reading and watching things happen and not have everyone else put the pieces together and do something about it. Unfortunately, that overshadowed the rest of the story for me, but I don’t know that everyone who reads the book would have the same reaction I did (I tend to react in extremes – LOL). Max and Kari’s story was sweet one, as long as you’ve got more patience than I do. 😉
About the Author
Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, she has created her own.
The Exception was Adriana’s debut novel and released late last year. The Perception is a stand-alone that follows two secondary characters from The Exception. Her third novel, Sacrifice, will be released Summer 2015.
Adriana lives in the Midwest with her family. She spends copious amounts of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. Her favorite things include sunshine, candy, and random quotes.
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