What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: March 29th, 2018
What He Doesn’t Know Duet, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Left or right.
It’s that simple, and it isn’t simple at all.
If I turn left, the road will lead me back to the man I promised my life to, the one I’d imagined building a family with, the one who’s done everything in his power to get me back.
If I turn right, the road will take me to the man I loved first, the man who brought me back to life, the man who would do anything to keep me.
I knew the fork in the road was inevitable; it was the decision I never wanted to make between choices I didn’t know I had.
And I love them both.
My heart is destined to exist in two equal halves — one with each man. But one half beats stronger, the vein running deepest, and holds my choice in silence long before I know it for myself.
The realization of what I have to do, of the heart I have to break, just might break mine too. Left or right. All I have to do is take a breath and turn.
Romance | Contemporary Romance
I received an Advanced Readers Copy for an honest review. Thank you Social Butterfly PR & Kandi Steiner for providing the ARC.
Completely gutted. Jaw dropped, mouth foaming, choked up tears gutted. All the right feels in all the right places, I swear to you I am devastatingly, yet satisfyingly crushed as I finished What He Always Knew. I have no words to describe my emotions right now, I am still reeling from that entire novel, hell this duet that I am beside myself with this burning desire to scream, cry, laugh, and swoon.
So let me try to find the right words…
Firstly, lets say that this had a bit of a twist factor that I loved. Obviously if you read What He Doesn’t Know, then you should be aware of how the ending left any reader; confused, dazed, deliciously overwhelmed. That undying question of ‘What the fuck happens now?’ to which I say to you my comrades does shit hit the fan.
Starting right in the drama cluster fuck of yummy, What He Always Knew starts off exactly where it’s previous ended. I will be vague on the details to avoid spoilers, but one thing I will say is that not only do we get Reese and Charlie’s POV, we now get Cameron. Oh my heart swooned for this add in. I say this because I won’t deny it, I was rooting for Cameron yet had this burning desire I NEEEEEEDED Reese to get the girl. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the chemistry between Charlie and Reese, but I have to say by the end of book one and starting book two, I honestly will tell you that each character had their flaws and yet they were beautiful. No element to their personality made them innocent, so I was conflicted. So honestly, who did she choose? I obviously won’t say, but I swooned for Cameron on the levels I cannot describe, and as the drama unfolded, I snickered and cried like a child, secretly cheering on my guy as I flipped pages.
So just because I rooted for Cameron, did this make it any less difficult to read. Switching between all three characters was beyond emotional roller coaster for my pending heart attack. With Cameron we have a husband who is struggling emotionally and mentally, not just with the fact that his marriage is about to pass him by, but with conflicted issues that he finds in himself that is creating a certain level of the problems.
And obviously the steam chemistry that is this delicious triangle definitely took angle I wasn’t entirely prepared for but knew was happening. Cameron is fighting for Charlie, who allows him the chance but it seems clear that her feelings are more towards Reese, while Reese is battling his own personal conflicts plus still enticing Charlie. And all the while, I am wondering – just because Cameron is fighting now, who is to say once he wins he doesn’t result back to the same bullshit that put Charlie in this position in the first place? Then I think, why now Reese? I understand he had his personal issues, but why come into Charlie’s life – who is to say you are the better option? You are willing to take a woman from a husband, how can you trust? Call me naive or a sadist, but seriously, it is a trope I have a love hate swoon for yet it is so real I can taste it – I loved every minute of the drama.
Again, so conflicted on who I should loathe, despise, love, adore and yet, who do I think is worthy of any compassion at this point? That is the key backbone that I LOVE about this duet is the bottom line that Steiner created this phenomenal cast in such a believable atmosphere. Marriage is hard, relationships vs friendships are tough and conquering past issues is enough to break your knee caps. I found myself really reflecting on myself while Charlie, Cameron, and Reese poured their souls into the pages. It was beyond surreal.
Overall, would I recommend this? You bet your baby bottom I would. I honestly think the writing style is beyond captivating. It was a stunningly beautiful duet that had me by the edge of my seat filled with heart ache to intoxicated swoon. I loved every minute of this duet and I cannot wait to dive more into Kandi Steiner.
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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