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ARC Review: What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner


What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner

What He Doesn’t Know Duet, book 2

Release Date: March 29th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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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.

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My Review

“My heart twisted, one hand moving to press against that spot in my chest where the ache was most present. It seemed to be almost a permanent ache now, between Cameron and Reese.”

It’s way too early to be up on a Sunday morning—a morning I usually use to sleep in. However, here I am, wide awake with puffy eyes from the tears that I shed, a pounding head from the whiplash I endured on the emotional rollercoaster of the century. But you guys, I’m coming out on the other side with the biggest smile stretched across my face. A smile only a book of this magnitude can produce.

First, I have never been so terrified to start a book. I was excited, but I was downright terrified. After finishing What He Doesn’t Know, my heart was shattered. My mind left racing for days with every possible scenario that could come from Charlie, Cameron, and Reese. So, I gathered up every ounce of courage, took a deep breath, and began a book I knew would take me on a journey of epic proportions.

And that breath of courage I took before starting wasn’t the last I’d need. It seemed after every last word of every chapter, I had to take another breath to continue. These men—both heavily, beautifully flawed had not only Charlie’s heart split in two, but mine, also. And when I thought I had it figured out, thought I knew which direction Charlie would choose, it was turned upside down.

I knew this story would never simply be a black or white end all choice to the love Charlie had for these two men. I knew my heart would continue to break, but I trusted the end result would be worth it. And it totally was.

I know this book may not seem like a book for a lot of readers—it deals with subjects like cheating and involves a love triangle. BUT, this duet is so much more than those frowned upon words. The What He Doesn’t Know duet is poignant, captivating, intense. Incredibly brilliant. Heart-gripping. You’ll go in feeling one way, but Kandi’s words will have you coming out on the other side forever changed.

I’ve only ever given one other modern written work more than 5 stars—this duet now joins that one in deserving of all the stars. 5+++ Stars!


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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Twitter: @KandiSteiner
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