Xander and Mercedes both know firsthand what it feels like to be in total control. The question is... who really holds all of the power?
Xander Boone has never had a problem going after what he wants. In fact, he has built his life around doing just that. And he has a rather impressive track record. But Xander finds himself up against his biggest challenge yet.
As fate would have it, Xander’s greatest desire is a woman who has always been off limits to him. One he wants more than his next breath. Nothing about her is easy, but then again, things that are worth it never are.
So, when the perfect opportunity presents itself, Xander knows it’s time to call in a favor.
Mercedes Bryant believes there is only one way to do something. She also knows what Xander wants isn’t possible. But she‘s about to learn that you shouldn’t always believe what you think you see.
And Xander is going to be the one to teach her that lesson.
Warning: This ebook contains sinfully hot encounters between consenting adults. This book includes voyeurism, public exhibitionism, and mild elements of BDSM. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.
As always with Nicole Edwards, you get more than your fair share of bang for your buck. Perception is searingly hot and tantalizingly tempting yet also pleasingly heartwarming striking the ideal balance between love and story both in and out of the bedroom.
My experience with BDSM is limited and it is not necessarily something that I seek out in the books that I choose to read. The way that this relationship was portrayed though was very universal to all relationships whether they are BDSM or just plain old vanilla ensuring its appeal to everyone. I appreciated that Xander and Mercedes did not always have to be “on” per say. They visited Devotion to partake in a few scenes, they played in the dungeon intermittently, one took control of a situation and became the “dominant” partner as needed, but their whole relationship did not revolve around the lifestyle, a power struggle between two intense and strong-willed characters, or all things kink. I loved that there was certainly a lot of play but there was also a great deal of intimacy and even some good old fashioned love making. I also really enjoyed that these two previously uncompromising characters find it within themselves and each other to branch out, relinquish their tendencies even if only for a short while, and admit to things that were previously considered impossible and truly hard for them to face and come to terms with within themselves thus illustrating the power and strength that can be derived from a healthy, trusting, and mutually beneficial relationship.
Perception and the way that the title played into the story was brilliant. Perception is key, the way someone perceives themselves and also the way that others perceive a person or a scenario from the outside. In the end these perceptions can be real or just for show but should have no bearing on what is true or stand in the way of finding happiness and fulfillment.
Plenty of characters from the series make appearances throughout this book allowing us to keep tabs on our favorite couples and a few new faces have been thrown into the mix with numerous possibilities to pursue in future stories.
Nicole Edwards is a master of combining super-charged sexy times with a consuming emotional story. Perception is definitely another hit to add to her continually mounting triumphs. I’m not entirely sure where the next story will lead but as with all of Nicole Edwards’ works it’s sure to be a new favorite.