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The Exception

(The Exception #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,387 ratings  ·  390 reviews
There are exceptions to every rule...

Jada Stanley is starting over--freeing herself from her past and all her mistakes. Following the rules she's given herself is easy enough, until she meets HIM. He’s gorgeous, cocky, and everything she needs to avoid, but that’s easier said than done.

Cane Alexander has his own set of rules, a plan to keep his life simple and free of com
Published September 8th 2016 (first published September 11th 2014)
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
DNF @ 48%!!

That about sums this one up. Nothing new about it. Same over-used storyline.

Man-whore hero who only wants sex...
Heroine who was "abused" in her past who only wants a relationship...none of this sex only business...
But there's just something about the heroine that makes the hero want to be different...aka the golden vajayjay...
Add in a crazy stalker...
and A TSTL heroine at times...

What do you get??? Me....

Okay, so maybe that's a little harsh but I just can't bring myself to read a boo
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finally met THE Cane Alexander!!! And oh heavens, I'm in love! Jada Stanley, you damn lucky woman. I can't believe I'm just getting to know this bunch, but it's never too late, right? Now I understand all the hype going on about these characters and their stories! I still feel like I'm on a huge Cane-Jada-Max-Kari cloud up in the sky.

I thoroughly enjoyed the swoon-worthy moments. And let me tell you, there were tons and tons of them packed in this book! Plus, I kind of wasn't expecting all th
DNF @ 36%

I'm pissed I spent $0.99 and about an hour and a half of my life on this book. The 36% I read consisted of a doormat female and a douche male going back and forth on whether or not to hook up with each other. Cane was a pushy ass, and I didn't understand his insistence on 'bagging' Jada when he's a self proclaimed commitment-phobe who sleeps with multiple girls a week. And I didn't understand Jada's constantly backing down when Cane literally pushed himself into her life and her house.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I have a thing for the d-bags, especially the ones that makes you fall in love with him. Sometimes it takes the whole book sometimes it happens by the first chapter. With Cane it was the very first sentence, “If I close my eyes, maybe she’ll disappear.” Douchebaggery on page one? Yes please! Ahhhh, nothing like it I swear!
There is such sweetness hiding behind all that hot, sexy in your face alpha that we catch glimpses of. Those little glimpses are what plants him just a bit more firmly in y
Kari March
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin with this review. The Exception is just exception. It's an exception to every romance novel I have ever read. The characters are an exception to every character I've met. Adriana does an amazing, spectacular job at drawing you in and keeping you locked in the story. If I could give this book TEN brilliant stars I would.

Let's learn a little more about this TEN star read shall we??


If that name doesn't get your attention I don't
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
OMG, how I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had everything I love in a book, and even more....

"The secret to moving on is to focus your energy on the future and not on the past."

The story begins with Jada making a clean break and starting her life over. Everybody knows how hard that can be. But she's made up rules for herself, rules to live by, hoping that she can avoid the same ...issues, namely same type of guys, she's dealt with in the past. Of course, she wasn't planning on Cane Alexande
Ninfa Zito-Maisano
I literally just finished reading The Exception. I am on my feet whistling and hollering; giving Adriana Locke a STANDING OVATION!!! I can’t believe this is her debut book, she has BLOWN. ME. AWAY!!! Adriana has a special gift of making the reader FEEL every emotion the characters are feeling. I laughed my butt off at the banter between the characters and cried my eyes out at some sad and happy moments. I screamed and shouted WTFs, NO’s and whispered HOLY SH*T’s, OMG’s, and YES’s! My heart, body ...more
Anne OK
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads

First, I liked the simplicity and beauty of this book’s cover. Secondly, Adriana Locke surprised me with a very enjoyable debut. Reading the book’s standard vanilla blurb doesn’t do justice in preparing readers for what is to be found on the pages.

Foremost, there’s Cane who is one dirty-talking, bad boy alpha male that does not let much deter him from what he wants. And when he finally decides he wants Jada, he lets nothing stand in his way. Oh - how the mighty fall! But Jada’s had her fill of
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous book and I highly recommend reading this one. Great debut novel and I can promise this book will not disappoint. Full review to follow.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I judge a book not only from the feelings it gives me while reading it but also how it stays with me after I have to stop reading to go back to real life. I will do chores and the whole time my head is still in the book. What is he going to do next? What sweet or asshole word is going to come out of his mouth? How is she going to react? When is she going to give in or stand up to the prick?

Assholes like Jesse Ward, Gideon Cross, Colton Donovan, Christian Grey, Damien Stark, Lucien Knight. Sweeth
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a beta copy of The Exception from Adriana and I am so excited for you all to read this book, it is flirty, creative, hot and frustrating...all good qualities in a book in my opinion. I connected with the primary characters immediately and they held my attention the whole way through. Hard to put down!

I will post a full review upon release!
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Celesha Carillo
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Applauds to Adriana for her first novel the writing was outstanding and Cane well he was just sexyy!!!


I just need to take a minute and say this lady can write, she writes so beautifully everything just flows and I really loved that, everything is at a nice pace and nothing is rushed. It just fits how it's meant to.


Okay so I actually really loved Jada at the start but about 60% she really annoyed me, I wanted to slap her and say come on sort your head out I felt her thoughts were quite childish
Wow.....OMG Love this story... The book was so well written and delivered everything you want in a good Romance book.. There is drama, love, suspense, loss, & healing. I literally got sucked into this book. I started reading it and could not put it down.. I wanted more.. I was up till 4 am reading because I could not put it down. I wanted more of Jada, Cane, Max, & Kari.. I wanted every detail. Once if finished this book I gifted 5 ebook to friends because I want them to fall in love with Cane, ...more
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Fantastic debut from author Adriana Locke!!! This book is sexy, fast paced, warm and witty. I really enjoyed this book and read it almost in one sitting. The characters are very well written, very down to earth, and Cane Alexander is totally HOT and incredibly swoon-worthy!

Jada is trying for a fresh start after leaving a bad marriage. Swearing off "players", she is determined to be meaningful to someone and be cherished. Jada and Cane meet through her sister and they instantly connect. That sou
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Exception, a Contemporary Romance by Adriana Locke that I could not put down

Cane Alexander, a hot, successful, cocky alpha bad boy that is used to living by his own rules, until he meets Jada Stanley, a woman who turns his life upside down and makes him realize he is capable of love and how alone he has been for most of his life. Jada Stanley, a woman who is broken from a past marriage, who is starting her life over in another state close to her family. A woman who vows never to fall for t
Mar 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF 50%
So basically I didn't dnf it because the book was bad. On contrary it was good, actually very very good. Until the bastard hero betrayed the heroine with another woman. Yeah..
The disgusting scene:
They were all four of them in a pub Jade, Cane, Alex and Kari. Alex came to pick up Kari and Jade home and Cane came with him. Jade is pissed at Cane's hot and cold behaviour (another big problem for me. I HATE stupid male/female games), she's saying some truth words to his face, he gets angry at
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been told by many of my book girls that I just had to read this book. As soon as I got a chance, I jumped right in, and I am so glad that I did. This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I fell in love with Cane and Jada right away. I also adore Kari and Max (and hope they get their own book soon!). Every character was so relatable and felt real. I loved all the elements to this story. It wasn't just a love story...although it was a hell of a one of those too. There was so much more to ...more
Cane Alexander.......HOLLLLYYY SWWOOOOON!!!!! When the book first starts you will say OMG that man is such an azz but in no time at will be falling at his feet!!! I love it when you read a story with an alpha male who is such a pain your butt until he meets that "one" who will make him fall to his knees and do anything in his power to make her happy. I was so hooked from page one it was hard to put this book down until the very end!! Be prepared for your emotions to be all over the pla ...more
Dawn Nicole Costiera
I love this book!! It's hard to believe that it is debut book from Adriana Locke. It's captivating and magnetic. You will not be able to put it down. On the occasions, I was forced to stop reading it, it stayed on my mind and called to me. Adriana has a gift of writing memorable and believable characters. I fell head over heels with the four main characters, Jada, Cane, Kari and Max. I honestly love them all. They all brought this book to life and are equally important. There is a subplot I did ...more
Reanell Tisdale
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 'I want to be Cane's Exception' stars!

Fantastic debut book for author Adriana Locke!

I am blown away by this debut novel by Adriana Locke. I forsee a very bright writing career for her. She managed to put everything I look for in a story. A broken man who needs love, a broken woman who fights back and needs that one man to wake her up. This book had angst, it had very well written characters, and some very delicious men who will grace many book lovers book boyfriend lists. Max and Cane couldn'
Tessie Gaffney
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh where do I even start.... Cane Alexander will stay with me nestled deep in my heart. He is the perfect combination of cocky, sweet, frustrating, sexy and so irresistible. All of the characters are very likable and funny. I can't leave out Max. His sweet southern self gave Cane a run for his money.

I am completely floored that this is Adriana's first book. It was well written from start to finish. It made me laugh, a little frustrated and oh so happy. I will absolutely read anything she release
Sassy Savvy Fabulous
What a fabulous debut from author Adriana Locke!!! Fast paced, sexy, suspenseful. A page turner through and through. The story grabbed me and held me prisoner till the very end. I found myself laughing out loud and blushing at the same time. Her characters were relatable and real! Their banter witty and true to life. I enjoyed this story immensely and loved the suspense intermingled throughout the story.
The twist and turns kept me guessing and just when I thought I could breath, BAM! Locke deliv
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a massive fan of stand alone books to be honest as I find that they move too unrealistically quick! HOWEVER, I loved this story it moves perfectly along includes everything you want in a love story..... With that edge!! I don't want to even hint as it will give too much away but this is a must read! You will love Cane immediately......

I wish I could give this more than 5 stars it's brilliant and is a MUST read!! Love love love it!! ❤️
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard for me to read. Didn't like the back and forth between characters and DNF it at 40%. This was a train wreck and absolutely not for me.
Shera Layn ~ Book Lovers Obsession
Well what can I say? First, the absolutely beautiful cover drew me to this book. Then when I opened the first page and started reading, I was immediately sucked in and didn’t stop until I finished. An amazing start for this debut author earns her 5 Stars with a story of hurt, love, loss. happiness and a little suspense. All good things wrapped into one amazing book! Two words…. Cane Alexander. One hot swoonworthy sexy Alpha Male that I promise you will love.

Jada just got out of a bad relationshi
Emersyn Vallis
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were a lot of things I loved about the Exception. First let’s start with Cane… hehehe
Oh Cane…
He started out as the typical one night stand kind of guy but when he meets Jada he is unwillingly drawn to her. Maybe it’s because she turns him down, so it’s his big…ego that needs to be stoked…yeah I went there. Or maybe it’s because there are parts of him that have never been turned on (no pun intended on that one…) in that way. Like no woman has even been able to get the light bulb to go off i
5 "If you're ok, I'm ok" STARS

Let it be said that Adriana Locke nailed it with The Exception. I love when I'm reading a story and I can't pinpoint one particular reason that I absolutely adore it because as a whole it is perfect.

Jada and Cane are perfectly flawed and make no excuses. They own their demons. Jada with her insecurities and trust issues. Cane with his self proclaimed (and rightfully so) player status. Neither making any apologies. I don't know why this struck such a chord with m
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My goodness gracious lord have mercy Cane what can I say but wow what a man. I was so excited to win an ARC of this book this is a a brilliantly written story. I was captivated from beginning to end. Jada is the heroin in this book she has been married and is now divorced starting her life over. Decker was the ex husband and let's just say he was a pain in the ass and treated Jada so bad. I loved that she didn't bow down to him and proved to herself
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This stunning debut has made it's mark with me! It is sexy, suspenseful, heart-grabbing, witty and a delish morsel from start to finish. It is not one you will want to miss reading.

Cane is that guy that you have always been told to stay away from. You hate him but like a moth to a flame, you can't help but be drawn to him.

Jada is trying to put her past behind her and is struggling to make good choices, not just professionally but most importantly personally.

Cane & Jada's story is not a "I'm in
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USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the

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“I’m not sure why you are playing hard to get,” he breathed, his lips so close to my skin that I fought hard not to shudder. “You shouldn’t try to play games with me because I’m not a player. I’m the coach.” 9 likes
“You know, I like to think my life is kind of like the books I read, only I'm the author. I can write the story I want. The future can be anything I want it to be." He moved his head side to side, considering my words. "That works, as long as your story has a blond stud that fucks like an animal.” 6 likes
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