Perception: A German Love Story

Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
A gay romantic love story about two German pupils who start out as enemies, but end up as friends... and more? More
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About Mario Lipinski

Mario K. Lipinski (born in November, 1975, in Germany) lives in Herne, Germany.

He is a spare-time author and, in "real" life, is a mathematician teaching at university level. Does it show in his books? Yes, it does.
English is not his native language, and a frequent question is why he does write in English. For more than 15 years, most of the books he has read have been in English. So, it felt natural for him to write in English, too.
He is into romance with a capital R.

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James Smith reviewed on on Sep. 2, 2017

I loved this book. It was sweet and sentimental while still maintaining enough reality to be a proper read. And yes the characters are a bit too good to be true, but that's why we read romance, right?
My favorite part about this story was that it didn't center on the typical "oh no I'm gay and don't want to be" storyline. These felt like real multidimensional characters who happened to be gay. Need more stories like this.
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Star. reviewed on on March 11, 2017

This is a really well written book that tugs at the heart strings on occasion, a sweet m/m love story with important messages woven throughout. I recommend this book & congratulate the author on a job well done!
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Kit Johnson reviewed on on March 14, 2016

This story was absolutely fantastic!
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krazyzander reviewed on on Jan. 9, 2016

Excellent read. Loved it!
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Ruby Jewlz reviewed on on Sep. 8, 2015

Sweet and sappy, just the way I like my German love stories. I quite liked this book, the characters are very sweet and at times corny but it works. There are certain instances where the word choice makes it obvious that the author doesn't have English as his native language but I think it adds to the charm of the story. Thank you Mario for a very enjoyable read.
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Karl Five reviewed on on Aug. 11, 2015
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Excellent story about the love that develops between two teen-age boys who start out as enemies.
There's really nothing more I can say that hasn't been said already, other than that I wish there had been such a book available when I was a youngster.
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Kendra reviewed on on May 24, 2015

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Wow. I absolutely loved this book. Usually, I read fast, but this book made me want to slow down and absorb what I was reading. I didn't want it to end! Maybe it was the mood I was in that was looking for a really sweet, feel good book. I don't typically read a lot of YA books, so I am surprised at how much I loved this. I also know absolutely nothing about the German school system, and I felt that it was written well enough for me to understand it and not feel lost. The author wrote this very well in English for not having English as a first language. I never would have known from the writing.

Marcel was the smart kid in school who got bullied by Tim because Nicholas (Tim's friend) didn't like Marcel. Tim was Nicholas' brute, and was failing out of school. He was older (had to repeat years a couple of times) and had the school nickname "Dumb". When Tim gets caught punching Marcel in school one day, the administrator is about to kick him out of school. Marcel feels bad at seeing Tim's reaction to it and agrees to tutor him so he can finish school.

We see right from the beginning how big of a heart Marcel has, and we learn very quickly that what we see on the surface of Tim is very little of who he is. Tim has so much guilt about his bullying of Marcel and has trouble believing that Marcel could forgive him, let alone like him. His struggle was so touching to read. I loved watching Tim grow and I loved watching Marcel guide him and remind him that he is not dumb and that he deserves happiness.

These guys go from enemies to acquaintances to friends to lovers, and every step of the process is filled with love and encouragement and hope. I was glad to read an epilogue that takes place 8 years later that tells how they struggled together as they went out on their own (together of course), but also how they persevered and were made stronger because of it all.

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hrhsophia reviewed on on May 11, 2015

A very well written story about compassion and caring in the face of bullying and hatred.
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J Johanis reviewed on on May 10, 2015

Enemies to Lovers; this is definitely my type of romance. I’m in love with these two guys; the emotions, the intense love affair, and the character dynamics; everything resonates with me. Marcel is academic, slightly nerdy but confident, editor of his high school newspaper and openly gay. Marcel’s sensitivity is so amazingly sweet; his hearts is so tender, that if I could bottle his sweet sensitivity and keep it with me always, I would be in heaven.

The story begins with Marcel taking on the project of tutoring Tim; the jock who beats and bullies him. Though Marcel’s original goal is to disarm Tim by showing compassion and kindness, Marcel quickly learns that Tim has a gentle and caring side as well. Additionally, he learns that Tim suffers from low self-esteem due to being called dumb by other students. Through their time studying together, the two become best friends, enjoying every moment together until Marcel realizes he has fallen in love with Tim.

In addition to being a sweet romance, this is a story about coming out and working to overcome past mistakes. Though the love scenes are extremely sexy and moving, the build up to the two coming together is so full of tension that the first time they are together just blew me away. I have the honor of reading an advanced copy of this author’s next book and I’ll definitely read all his publications to come.

Reviewed for Sinfully... Addicted to All male Romance.
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courtney wright reviewed on on May 3, 2015

I love this book! It is awesome. It is a sweet and romantic book. I look forward to seeing more from this author!
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