What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography, Lauren Perry
Cover Designer: Kandi Steiner
On the northeast side of town, there is a house.
The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and plans for the future.
Inside its walls are many things that belong to me — my books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.
And a man. A man who also belongs to me. A man I no longer wish to keep.
A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.
No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband.
But they don’t know me at all. I don’t even know me. Not anymore.
They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three. On the northeast side of town, there is a house. But there is no longer a home.
Romance | Contemporary Romance
I received an Advanced Readers Copy for an honest review. Thank you Social Butterfly PR & Kandi Steiner for providing the ARC.
How did I not know this author existed. It is like a magical unicorn created her to put this amazing story together that both made me cringe and cry from emotional fury that was beyond believable. I loved every minute of What He Doesn’t Know. I will say this now, Kandi Steiner has me wrapped around her delicate little creative fingers because I need more of her writing style.
Before I dive into the review I will go ahead and give out a slight disclaimer, though the synopsis gives a little tidbit of what to expect I wanted to kind of give my own warning because I know what types of tropes my other book buddies like and don’t like. For one, this is a story that involves infidelity. I personally enjoy these types of tropes because I always find it fascinating to see the backbone of the premise. I love the emotions, the angst – I love every minute of these scenarios. But I understand why some people are iffy on the topic in the novels they read. Overall, the emotions that come with the baggage, drama and the basis of the plot are beautifully heart felt, I will definitely recommend this, and I will get into more in a bit, but wanted to just step over that hurdle and say bottom line, this involves infidelity.
Now that we cut the red tape on the slight warning, lets get into my rambles because comrades, I flipping loved this book.
Completely captivated. I was beyond consumed by this from start to finish. The main characters were perfection in so many ways. On the one hand we have Charlie, she lived this charming life with her loving husband Cameron. At the start of her introduction through the points of the development of the plot Charlie really changes; shy and sweet, loves her husband then slowly starts questioning everything, she is more guarded, hurting and really just lost. After suffering a loss between her and Cameron, then other issues that developed in their marriage plus doubts about herself, there is a wall. I really connected with her just as a female. Understanding that level of loss from a different perspective plus seeing her emotions so conflicted, it is easy to relate. Then we have Reese, who is Charlie’s childhood crush as well as her brothers best friend, he is back in town to help bring those walls crumbling down.
Reese definitely is just as lost as Charlie, they both suffered pain to this degree where they lean on one another. Really reflecting how they were as children but obviously now as adults this turns into something different. This is how the drama really escalates; Charlie continues to feel Cameron neglecting her, she starts to seek comfort in Reese. Obviously Cameron isn’t an idiot, he sees the signs and acts on them. It is really chilling to see how this all develops, the triangle really shines the secrets all three of them are holding – definitely not one character is innocent in this at all.
Bottom line – I loved it. I loved everything about this book. All consuming, enamored, completely intrigued and just beautifully written. I laughed, I cried, there were moments when I did not know which character I was meant to hate, meant to loathe or love. At this point I have no clue who Charlie will pick, or hell if anyone will actually pick her because shit that ending left me for a spin. I am still reeling from it all. I said it before and I will say it again, I understand some readers may avoid this duology for the simple fact of the cheating or the triangles, but I think as a reader if you do not pick this up, you are missing out on one hell of a story.
The emotions – everyone has a story and to which I say there are always more sides to each story. People have secrets, people have conflicts and feelings this book really explores so many of these angles it is just beyond powerful. I highly recommend giving this book a shot, I know I cannot wait for the next installment – hell I have to know!
About the Author:
Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.
Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).
When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.
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