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The Perception

(The Exception #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,522 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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
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Mary Ruth (TheReadingRuth)
*An e-ARC was graciously given via ABWO Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

CAUTION: Mild Spoiler Alert

You know that feeling when you just ended a book and you lay semi-limp, staring at your ceiling, and thinking, “Yep. Five stars.” I felt that way after reading this book. I cannot put it down and I even had to re-read some scenes because I just really loved them. It appears that Adriana Locke still has me wrapped around her perfect mix of dreamy yet realistic characters, and her ea
I've loved Max Quinn since the moment I met him in The Exception when he was willing to admit to Jada that his relationship, with her sister Kari, had a very specific purpose. Knowing full well that Kari was his end game.

Max isn't an overbearing, over the top alpha. No, he's a gentleman and if you didn't recognize that in The Exception you certainly will in this book! He's the perfect combination of cocky yet sweet, strong but in certain situations vulnerable, and hard working while still maint
Shannon Moore
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS NEEDS MORE THAN FIVE STARS! Gahhhhhhhh. <3 <3 <3 <3 ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This love story was fantastic and beautiful!! I deeply love Max!! He stole my heart!! And Kari amazing luv her!! I loved there story and how Max was always her home and loved her deeply wow so good!! He never gave up on her and asking her all the time to marry him and she always said not today
Kristen Ollie
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I started this book because of Max, I loved this book because of MAX!! However, I loved Kari just as much!! I absolutely love everything about this couple and their journey! Beautiful story! Now Samantha.. She can go to HAITI!! I know girls like her, I've had girls like her try to ruin my life. Little did she know that all of her actions only brought Max and Kari that much closer! That looney tune got what she deserved! And just so we are clear.. MAX wo
Sonja Chilcote
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy! Yep Max was swoon worthy in The Exception but damn he is on fire in The Perception! Adriana pulls you in and never lets go! The story has just the right amount of angst and drama to keep you wanting more and to find out what is happening next. You get to enjoy Cane and Jada as well which in my opinion is always nice to see the others come into play :) Another great read from Adriana!!
Maree Repa
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imminent Tragedy

Five Amazing Stars

I was so completely thrilled to now read this second book with this most wonderful series, The Exception. Written by the exciting, Adrian's Locke. This is the love story of Max Quinn and Kari Stanley. Such a wonderful romantic story I was so excited for their complete love story.

Jada gives her sister, Kari a present. Something rather special to both of them. The both had such a miserable time in their life after their Mother passed away. Dealing with their lost
beth myrick
Okay, time for honesty here

I'm reviewing as I read because I'm on page 24 and wondering if I want to keep reading....let me share why.....the heroine had to say the word that nearly always have me shutting the book down.....I'm just too broken. Nothing drives me more nuts and put me so off a character who loves to drown in self pity. I don't like these kind of people in real life, and I don't like to suffer through reading about them in a romance novel where they absolutely don't deserve the her
Susan Rayner
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book from cover to cover! Max is just the absolute dream of a man! He will steal your heart just as fast as Cane did. I love all these characters. Kari is an amazingly strong heroine and you will adore her. Adriana has this amazing way of making you feel like you are apart of the book. You get hooked on this story. Lots of emotion. I laughed, and laughed out loud, and cried, and cried some more.
This is a definite MUST read!!
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story I felt I was invested in these characters lives. I was always huge Max fan and new that oneday when I got to read his and Kari's book I would love him even more. But what I didn't expect is how much I would love Kari to I mean don't get me wrong I freaking loved her because in the exception she's pretty badass. The loyalty she gives speaks volumes but to be allowed in her head was amazing. Kari carries a secret that nobody knows and she keeps her knowing that she can never be ...more
Robin Laine
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adriana Locke has done it again. She delivered a powerful love story that made me laugh, cry, and even angry. The Perception is the sequel to The Exception, Cane and Jada’s story.
Max and Kari will touch your hearts on so many levels. Their journey towards happiness is full of speed bumps, and speed hills (you know, those mountainous bumps that you have to crawl over so that you don’t nose dive into the pavement). You feel their heartache, their struggles, and their joy.

In The Exception, I fell
Minga Bookbud
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about The Perception?
A down home feel good book that will leave you breathless, steal your heart and make you want a Max of your very own.
Max. OH MAX. If I had to dream up the perfect book boyfriend it would be Max Quinn. Add a southern gentleman with a heart of gold, a man who loves his mama, a little mix of a kinky side, a teaspoon of stubborn, a cup full of alpha and a whole lot of hotness and you have a Max Quinn. Put that in your cook books ladies.
Kari is just the right fit
April Alexander
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be there 1st to admit, that I usually like the "bad boy" when I read. I went into this book thinking there's no way Max will grab me the way Cane did...boy, I was sooo wrong. I didn't want to put this book down. It caused me to lose A LOT of sleep!! It took only 2 evenings to read and believe I went into work with only 4 hrs of sleep both nights...I really need to start reading before 10pm. Lol
Anyways, Adriana did an amazingly awesome job. Absolutely loved that they were together from the
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! How I love Mr. Max Quinn! I try to write spoiler free reviews, so here we go!

If you are looking for a different storyline, look no further. If you want a wholesome love story, look no further. If you want some drama, heat, giggles, and a surprise; look no further. This book had it all.

While a lot of books kind of have a basic format of start up, climax, and finale. The Perception gives you more of a roller coaster ride, but it is never overwhelming. It will give you the "feels" some good so
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
What an Awesome Story!
I was in knots over that freaking cow Sam, and really wanted Kari to just bitch slap her man!!!

But well, I guess all ends well... :-)

Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome book by Adriana Locke! Meeting Max in The Exception had me pretty excited. Not once disappointed. You'll never meet a more loyal and loving man than Max. Never. Not Once did his love falter. And it's been a long time that I seriously hated a character to the point of wanting to reach through the book and cut a bitch. And Cane....still love Cane. Even more now! Kira has been through more loss than what someone should have to endure and as much as she tried to keep her distance.... ...more
Paula Hewat
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!!! What a powerful story, I couldn't put it down. I didn't think Adriana could top Cane & Jada but she did and she did it so well. This book has everything, love, drama, emotion, family difficulties......and oh yeah, don't forget the hot sex!!!! Max & Kari would melt the ink right off the page!! I laughed out loud, I cried, I smiled with joy and I squealed in frustration. I can not wait to see what Adriana produces'll be a definite one-click. ...more
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
This book was phenomenal. My first book by this author but seriously couldn't put it down so swoon worthy it's not normal. Max was every girls dream guy must read.

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This is my first book by this author, absolutely amazing. Loved every word. Some books don't have everything you want in a book but trust me when I say this book DOES. Must read. Max is my new book BF.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WAY, WAY, WAY better than the first book. The 'Sam' storyline felt too dragged out and thus too long for the book.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two words: Max Quinn

I loved Max when he was first introduced in The Exception. A good ol’ Southern boy? Uh, yeah I love them. So needless to say when I saw The Perception was going to be Max’s story I knew I needed to read it.

Our characters:
Kari has become the love him and leave him kind of girl. No attachment, no strings, just get whatever you need and then just leave. She’s been broken before and can’t bear to go through that again, so she keeps Max at a distance always reminding him that they
Red Cheeks Reads
This book was an utter revelation for me. Adriana has managed to divest of the same dull template and instead turn things on their head quite a bit with The Perception, we do indeed get the ‘meet-cute’ from our two protagonists Max and Kari, which takes up the prologue and sets the scene brilliantly for the rather complicated and beautiful love affair that transpires between the two. Chapter one took me completely by surprise as it takes us two years into the established relationship. Adriana ha ...more
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
3 stars. This book was ok for me. The story reminds me of a Lifetime movie. Instead of it reading like a romance, it read, IMO, like a psycho stalker book with a little romance in the background. This is Kari and Max's story. When the book begins, they have already been dating for a year. (Which makes it hard for me to connect with them because I couldn't see their relationship develop). Kari has a bad history and is hiding a secret from Max. This secret (view spoiler) ...more
Ninfa Zito-Maisano
I wish I can rate this book 100 stars, because it has everything a girl needs... including the man of her dreams. You don't want to miss out on this amazing, breath-taken, heart-melting, and magical story. Adriana Locke has done it again!!! There is ONLY one exception to The Excecption and that is The Perception!!! After meeting Max and Cane I instantly feel in love. Now that I read Max's story, I fell deeper in love ❤. He magically put a tight vice around my heart and ran with it because he is ...more
“Let me love on you a minute.”

I absolutely loved and adored Max…from the first moment we met him in The Exception, and reading his own story just cemented him as one of my top bbf for 2015. He is the ultimate sweetheart- sexy, loyal, dependable . He’s so caring and loving, so patient with Kari, I don’t know how that girl denied him for so long!

Kari, ahhh that girl! She’s so headstrong and stubborn when it comes to Max and his love for her. Because of things that happened in her past, secrets
Kelly with Sugar Shack Book Blog
I was given a copy for an honest review.

When I first found out Max and Kari were getting their own story, I was so excited, could not wait and let me tell you it was an amazing ride that Adriana takes you on.

Kari a beautiful nurse who has secrets from her past that stand in the way of her believing that she has a future. By chance she meets Max, oh word everyone needs a Max, the sweet handsome guy that just wants to give and do everything for Kari.the two have been together for a year and Max is
Tiffany Copp
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adriana Locke is amazing!

I recieved an ARC of The Perception and I was truly floored. This is the story of Cane's best friend, Max Quinn and Kari - Jada's sister. I love Max and Kari! Max is the total opposite of Cane, but in a good way I promise you. I literally could not put this book down, I had it read in 2 days. I laughed, I cried and I swooned. You will not be let down once you read this, it captures you from the very beginning. By the end of it, you are simply in love with the characters
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I met Cane Alexander in The Exception, I grouped him in with my favorite a**holes. Grey, Ward, Cross, Stark & so on. When I was forced to put my kindle down I kept asking myself "What will the a**hole going to do next?" & I couldn't wait to find out when I was able to start reading some more. In The Perception, I didn't put Max Quinn in a group, because that man is in a group all his own. I was crushing on him in The Exception but I fell hard for him in The Perception. He is everything a ma ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max knew the minute he met Kari she was the ONE. Kari was drawn to Max but she try's to hold back with him. Kari has a secret from her past one not even her sister knows. She doesn't think true love and marriage are in her future as her past has damaged her. Max will not give up on Kari, she is his world and he will do everything to show her that he is staying put, not leaving her. But things from both their past come front and center and its enough to tear them apart. Can the love they both hav ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max Max Max

Max Quinn has a moral compass I wish every man had!! Kari has to be the luckiest girl alive if she could just get passed her past!! Max has got the patience of a saint.. Kari has been dating Max for over a year and every day he asks her to marry him and her response is always the same, not today!! But Max doesn't give up, with his sweet southern charm and his smoking hot looks, eventually he breaks down her walls and gets to the truth..But as always and in great Adriana fashion it's n
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kari Stanley has her own secrets that she never even told her sister but they soon will be unraveled.

She did not mean to fall in love when a stranger helps her when her car broke down. All he asks was dinner for his troubles as she cannot resist his offer.
The stranger is Max Quinn who also has his own secrets. But one dinner turns out more than either realize as they cannot help wanting more.

These two are meant for each other but will their past destroy them when their secr
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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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