Review: The Perception by Adriana Locke

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Synopsis:
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 Review:
I was so excited to finally sit down and read this book. I have loved Max & Kari since they were introduced in the previous novel. Now, when I read The Exception and I felt like I knew Kari. I also felt like I knew her story and some of the secrets she kept. So when I began The Perception, I was pleased to see that I was right. In somethings and so, so wrong in others. I was glad that not everything was as expected. I was shocked at all the twists and turns in this story as well as the new characters introduced in Max & Kari's story. I loved learning about how they first got together and I loved how unbelievably sweet Max was with her. He always tried his best to understand her and never push her into anything that she wasn't comfortable with. He understood her need to push him away but he never let her, always convincing her that what they had was permanent. 

Max has this thing- he is always incredibly calm. I always admired that about him. In The Perception, however, I got to see Max jealous- and although I admired how calm he was in heated moments, I absolutely loved him when he was jealous. Hey, it was hot- sue me. Max Quinn was the perfect package. He was a very caring, hardworking man and we got to see that from his POV. I mean, all I had to do was imagine him playing with his puppy Titus and that's it, I was a goner.

Now Kari, wow, I just wanted to hug her and feed her some chocolate sometimes. When I read this book and finally learned about her past and how painful some of the events she went through were, I understood her better than ever. I understood her fears and why she felt it necessary to hold herself back from saying or promising certain things to Max. I understood why she was so hesitant to be in a real relationship before Max as well. I felt like I became so close to this character that I just wanted to see her surrounded by happiness to drown out the darkness she had experienced. 

I loved the character development we see throughout this book. She begins to open up to the possibility of her and Max being something permanent. The love they had for each other was beautiful and I absolutely loved them together. I actually just kind of really loved this book. Adriana Locke is some kind of brilliant.


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