Thursday, March 15, 2018

5+ stars for What He Doesn't Know by Kandi Steiner


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
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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.

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Christy's 5+ star review:


They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I lived inside of? It had three.

Kandi Steiner slayed me with this book. When I hear the words ‘emotional rollercoaster’, I’m like YES. THIS BOOK. I am wrecked, completely gutted. I feel so emotional right now and all I can think about is getting that second book in my hands!

Charlie Pierce is a wife, a kindergarten teacher, and on the outside, her life seems perfect, but on the inside, she’s dying a little. Her life is not happy. She’s lonely, grieving, and suffering all by herself. There are so many moving quotes in this book, but this right here- this was the most powerful line in the book for me, and the one that shows the most of Charlie’s life. 
No one is the same once they lose someone they love. They just have to learn to exist in the new world, no matter how messy it is.

Charlie’s brother’s best friend and first love/crush, Reese is back into town, teaching at her school, making her feel all sorts of things again. This book is a love triangle, but let me tell you, it’s written in the best way possible. It’s almost impossible to hate any of these characters. I feel for them all. And I love that.

I feel so conflicted on how I want this story to go. It’s one of those books where the only ‘team’ I’m on is Charlie’s. Charlie is a relatable character. I could understand how she felt in so many ways and I think that is why this story hit me so hard. She deserves happiness, peace, and love, and whoever can give her that and make her happy and whole again is who I want her with. I did, for a while, think there was a clear choice. Then another POV came into play and it changed things, at least for me.
“I love him, Reese,” I whispered, the words cutting me like a dull razor blade as they left my lips. I knew they penetrated him just the same. “Doesn’t change the fact that you love me, too.”

Kandi’s writing is everything. It’s stunning, lyrical, and I couldn’t get enough. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I was blown away by all the feels, I loved the angst, and I loved how my heart strings were pulled on. I stayed up till 1am to finish this book because I literally could not put it down. It hurt so good. If you’re looking for an intense story that will make your heart race, pick this up! I’ve never been so happy to lose sleep reading a story! And the next book is out in 2 weeks so don’t let the fact that it’s part one deter you!


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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