Review: Perception by Kendra Leigh

Title: Perception
Author: Kendra Leigh
Release Date: August 30th 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 293
Rating: 4½ stars

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

Jackson Dean is a changed man—at least he thinks he is—but when a brush with the past leads him back into territory he’s long since left behind, he finds himself at war with his conscience. Snatching Savannah Harper from a Brooklyn street may have been okay with the wild and reckless guy he used to be, but what about now? 

Savannah is used to a life of brutality at the hands of her husband, but being stuffed into the trunk of a car by a brown-eyed stranger injects a fresh wave of terror into her heart. 

What transpires between Jackson and Savannah surprises both of them. Despite the unconventional way they’re thrown together, they form a bond that begins to challenge everything they know.

His Past. Her present. Their future.

Surrendering to the feelings they’ve unearthed will be a minefield, but it’s going up against the unknown that tests them to their limits. 

As the lines between perception and reality blur, it appears that nothing is as it seems.

Perception is not reality… and reality can be soul-destroying.

Perception. What an apt name for one of the most enthralling novels I have ever read!

I can’t quite put my fingers to it, but something about Kendra Leigh’s writing just pulls me in and before I know it, it feels as if I was right beside the characters, experiencing what they are feeling. The pain that eats them up inside, the intense emotions of love but having to walk away, and even to the point where hope starts to blossom within Savannah!

Perception is a novel that that would capture your full attention to the very end!

I can promise this – reading Perception would definitely give you an out-of-the-world experience!

As a reader, I don’t feel as if I am just reading the words written by the amazing Kendra Leigh. No, it feels more like I am experiencing the whole thing. The different emotions running high in the characters, the decisions they made, the consequences they face… It is truly an extraordinary feeling!

I believe the author has a flair for making the first meeting between the characters an unexpected one. Nothing is as it seems. That, and also her endings are often extremely satisfying, if not more. Her novels are not just the usual hot-brooding-stranger-with-a-past meeting a terror-stricken woman who’s suffering, and rescuing her from the hellhole she’s in.

It’s not just about the connection between two people, how they helped each other to survive their nightmares, It’s also about how they find a new purpose in life, how they break free from their prison and, how they rise from the ashes, burning brightly as the idea of life taking on a new meaning blossoms in heart and mind.

What I really love about Perception, is the lesson it teaches. Not just to those who were, or who still are suffering from Savannah went through, but also those who resign to their fate, even after they have a taste of what it feels like to be free from their cages. Not every Sparrow has their Bear, but however small hope may seem, however far, grab onto it and don’t give up.

Not to give too much away, but the bond between the Sparrow and her Bear is truly my favourite! Without her Bear, she might not have been able to fly freely in the sky. When it comes to Savannah and Jackson, the intensity of their emotions is literally of the charts, and I don’t even mean the physical contact between them!

Alright, before I start going on and on, and into way too many details, there is one particular scene that I love very much. It has something to do with fire! That is just one classic scene and honestly, I could picture it in my head. The image of Savannah becoming a phoenix and rising from the ashes burns brightly in my imagination!

Enough from me! I would definitely highly recommend this novel for readers who love a little action, revenge and love in their reads!

Check out my review for my favourite novel of hers, Bound for Hell!



Review: Bound for Hell by Kendra Leigh

Bound for HellTitle: Bound for Hell (Bound Trilogy #1)
Author: Kendra Leigh
Release Date: March 6th 2015
Publisher: Evoke Publications
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought (Amazon)
Format: eBook
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 stars

Ethan Wilde. Billionaire. Business Man.
Passionate. Powerful. Persistent.
One of New York’s most eligible bachelors.

Angel Lawson. Photographer. Gallery Owner.
Burdened. Beautiful. Broken.
A woman bound by the ropes of her sins and forgotten past, fearful of her future.

A chance encounter…

Consumed by guilt and tormented by the bonds of a tragic past, Angel Lawson’s life has been a solitary journey, condemned to live without love. In order to preserve her damaged soul from further rejection, sex is as close to a man as she ever plans to get. She was already hell-bound for her sins. One more wasn’t going to hurt…

… or so she thought.

When a passionate encounter throws her into the world of Ethan Wilde, Angel is helpless to resist the irrefutable desire and depth of raw emotion he ignites in her.

Ethan is as intense as he is sinfully sexy. Irretrievably captivated by Angel, he seems just as intent on understanding her naked soul as he is desperate to possess every inch of her naked body.

Angel craves his touch like a drug and yearns for the love he promises, but surrendering to the feelings he’s unearthed will mean exposing her fears and releasing the demons buried for a lifetime. Exposing her heart will leave it at risk of being broken.

Will Angel choose to leave her life of solitude behind, or is the choice no longer hers?

Ethan Wilde is used to getting what he wants … and what he wants is Angel.

Relentlessly sexy. Emotionally deep. Tangled, twisted, intricately woven love story with romance and suspense. For readers 18 and over due to explicit sexual content.

It might just be the best decision I have ever made to read Bound for Hell!

It is one of the best novel I have ever read! So raw and emotionally heart-gripping, Bound for Hell is definitely one read you would not one to miss!

It’s really rare to be able to read a novel filled with so much pain and darkness, yet so much love and emotions too! Besides Kimberly Blalock’s Our Sins and J. Kenner’s Stark trilogy, I have a feeling the Bound Trilogy will be one of the best contemporary romance read ever!

I can tell you this – Kendra Leigh’s writing is addictive.

Her writing is so addictive to the point where I literally cannot put Bound for Hell down. Seriously, the only time I got up was to the restroom and that’s it! Yes, that’s how addictive her writing is!

Bound for Hell will invoke two of the most extreme feelings from you – the sweetest and happiest emotion, and the saddest, darkest and most painful emotion. Two emotions of extreme opposites, and that’s just the start!

Bound for Hell will literally drive your feelings to hell and back because it’s too painful to read what Angel Lawson went through, and has to go through in her life for a sin she firmly believes she has committed. I have never been so grateful to the existence of a male character, a.k.a a man like Ethan Wilde, who exists in her life because he is literally what she NEEDS in her life at the moment!

Kendra Leigh is able to bring life to her characters…and beyond!

Ethan Wilde, a wildly possessive alpha, yet also the sweetest man whenever Angel needs him. Angel Lawson, the kindest and most forgiving woman filled with nightmares and demons of her own. Both of them needs each other and their moments together will be the most painful yet sweetest thing you will ever read!

Well, billionaire romance novels usually puts the said billionaire in an isolated situation filled with demons yet for Bound for Hell, also partly the reason why I am so attracted to it, is that Ethan is a man who cares for his family and they have a wonderful family relationship. Angel on the other hand, is the one with the worst family ever and my heart literally shattered into thousands of pieces when I was reading.

There is only so much I can tell with just words but to truly experience the heartbreaking story of Angel Lawson and how Ethan Wilde could be her salvation… READ. THIS. BOOK.

I promise you will never regret it!