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?

This book CAN be read as a stand-alone novel.


Praise for The Perception

It appears that Adriana Locke still has me wrapped around her perfect mix of dreamy yet realistic characters, and her easy-going yet emotionally stirring prose.” – The Reading Ruth

“The perfect mixture of love, lust, heat, sorrow and humor!” – Two Book Pushers
In the world of book boyfriends, Max Quinn is a breath of fresh air.” – Kristi’s Book Cellar
This book seriously had it all … a must read!” – Book Lovers Obsession
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement!” – The Geekery Book Review