Book Review: What He Always Knew – Kandi Steiner

Synopsis

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.

 

My Thoughts

If there ever was moment when I needed a huge bottle of wine,.. it would be after reading `What He Always Knew` book #2 in the What He Doesn´t Know Duet by Kandi Steiner.

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This book / this duet  is simply a wonderful piece of work bundled up in 304 pages.

The emotional disaster Charlie dealt with in book #1 `What He Doesn´t Know` ( review here ) finds an end.

No more hoping. No more biting fingernails or chewing on my hair. The wait is over because Charlie makes up her mind.

In book #1 Charlie had a tough decision to make: Leave her husband and build a new future with her teenage crush or stay with her husband and become more miserable than she already was.

I really REALLY loved how the author let that love triangle play out. As a reader you think you´ve got it all figured out but you really have no clue. All a reader gets are the hopes and dreams from all three characters from each of their POVs.

We KNOW how much Charlie suffers and struggles with her feelings on what is right and what´s wrong. We KNOW she loves both men and that both men adore her.

But who will win her heart in the end? Will Cameron, her caring husband, be the one who get´s to keep her or will it be Reese, the teenage crush, who´ll steal her away and finally get to have her?

The moment of truth that´ll turn any reader´s heart to mush.

 “Just… give me this time with your heart before you decide to give it all to him.”

– Kandi Steiner, What He Always Knew

Oh, what am I saying…. The whole book is capable of giving your heart a good workout.

What I loved most about the story was how there wasn´t a “bad guy”. The author went out of her way to paint each Hero in a good light and make them both great candidates for Charlie… Which made this love triangle extremely difficult because:

It´s easy to hate someone for the mistakes they´ve done. It´s easy to point out the bad despite all the good someone has done. The characters in this book have made plenty mistakes and have their faults in equal proportions. All three screwed up in their own special way yet all three stayed civilized and reacted accordingly while struggling with their goal (s).

This book is about love, trust, friendship and lust. It´s about loss and about healing. It´s about forgiveness and about moving forward. It´s about the past, present and future.

I flipping loved this story.

Would I recommend this book / this duet? Hands down – YES!

Would I re – read this book / this duet? I most certainly will.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( I love the fact that the covers from both books match)

The Story – 5 + stars  ( Painful, relatable, wonderful, beautiful. It´s what I would call a perfect.)

The Characters – 5 + stars ( Again, I can´t mention enough how wonderful I thought they all were. Charlie for being delicate but still strong. Cameron for taking that step. Reese for his… Well, read the story and find out for yourself.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – It´s BOOK HANGOVER TIME! Let the “being in an emotional funk” games begin!

5 stars

Purchase Link What he always knew

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Book Review: What He Doesn´t Know – Kandi Steiner

Synopsis

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.

 

My Thoughts

This book was right up my alley.

As if the author had crawled into my head and listened to my thoughts on what makes a good book.

`What He Doesn´t Know` ( What He Doesn´t Know Duet #1 ) by Kandi Steiner is everything I need in a romance. It´s a fully satisfying read.Kandi 1

What do you do when your teenage crush pops back into your already rattled world? Would you welcome him back with open arms? Would you keep your distance and continue on as if he never existed?

 

Kandi Steiner wrote an incredible slow burn rekindled romance / love triangle / emotional whirlwind that had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the bitter end! ( That was not a spoiler. The end is not bitter. The end has an painful cliffhanger, though )

What this book did to me…. I can´t really put in words.

My heart is doing all kinds of weird things after reading book #1. My blood pressure is suffering. I´m just an emotional mess after having read one of the best love triangles available.

And right now, I´m sitting here comparing `What He Doesn´t Know` to “Thoughtless` by S.C. Stephens. It´s THAT good ( that is, if you liked Thoughtless, of course ). Both stories aren´t necessarily 100% alike but they do have that incledible slow moving, painful, train wreck relationship anyone who has dealt with loving 2 people can easily relate to.

I really don´t want to spoil anything about this story because it´s not one of those every day Jerry Springer filled, over exaggerated reads but I will say this: You´ll love them all. You´ll love both men ( well, not exactly right away. But you´ll get to that point sooner than later ). You´ll love Charlie for her mistakes and her strengths. You´ve love not knowing what will happen next. You´ll also understand that it´s possible to love more than one person.

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THE HEARTBREAK!! THE HEARTACHE!

Kandi Steiner nailed it. She owns the love triangle world.  Now it´s time to dive into book #2, `What He Always Knew`

 

Would I recommend this book? YES! Yes yes yes yes.

Would I re-read this book? YES!

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( Love the lighting, the colors, the beautifully clothed models. What a beautiful and emotional image. The title is also very catchy.)

The Story – 5 + stars ( I´m a sucker for love triangles, especially when they´re written beautifully. It´s a calming yet explosive romance.)

The Characters – 5 + stars ( I felt them. I suffered with them. I loved Charlie the most , though. Her actions and thoughts… she was just a great character I was able to relate to. Both male protagonists were also fabulous. Both so different from one another. Both lovable, although you don´t get to fully love Carmeron until book #2 )

My emotional state after finishing this book – I need more wine to drown the heavy emotions this book brought out of me. And I need more books from Kandi Steiner.

5 stars

Purchase Links    Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.de

 

 

Book Review: Let Her Go – Briana Pacheco

Synopsis

Zoë Whitmore is in love with her best friend, but haunting memories and a guilty conscious have been holding her back from letting her be with him. 

Owen Stevenson is unknowingly paying for the sins of his father. He doesn’t understand why Zoë can’t look at him for more than a few seconds or why his touch is unsettling at times. All he’s ever wanted was to love her, to protect her, and to be hers, but it’s not so easy. 

She pushes, he pulls. 
She hurts, he loves. 

Both are holding onto ghosts of their pasts and in order for them to peruse a relationship they’ll have to let them go.

WARNING: This is a darkish New Adult friends-to-lovers romance kind of book. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, possible triggers of child sexual abuse, and some sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 18+

My Thoughts

`Let Her Go` is a keeper! It´s an unforgettable story that will make a reader ugly cry but also guarantees happy tears.

It´s been a while since I´ve held an emotional book in my hands. If I had known just how emotional this book was going to be I´d have bought a box of tissues. Instead, I had to use the arm of my longsleeve while reading Briana Pacheco´s standalone, `Let Her Go`.let her go

`Let Her Go` is a romance that tackles a highly sensitive topic- Child Abuse – and the author tackled that subject with grace and bravery.

Told in a first person narrative with dual POV´s ( his & hers) this book will tear you to bits because you get to see both sides from the main characters. The „Why I´m doing this.“ and the „Why is she acting like this.“ Which is great because you have the pleasure of suffering twice instead of once. As if suffering once wasn´t enough * snorts *.

Briana Pacheco goes out of her way and makes her reader´s heart break and then she forces the broken pieces together again.

That´s basically what happened to me. I was shocked, stunned and in pain for the characters. I suffered for Zoe and suffered with Owen. And as I got further into the story my feelings intensified for everyone.

Zoe, despite her past, is a wonderful Heroine. Very loveable, down to earth and strong. She´s one of those female leads I´d be best friends with in real life.

Owen, on the other hand…. He´s the definition of perfection. The Hero every romance lover craves for. Smart, good looking, considerate, understanding and determined to keep the one person who means everything to him in his life- Zoe.

“I make her fly while she makes me feel like I´m free falling.”

Both love fiercely. Both want each other deeply. But will the truth, a truth that has already paved a different road for the couple, end everything or will it bring Zoe and Owen closer together?

If you think you have the answer to that question- Think again. The end is not entirely what you would think it is. There´s a nice twist- A show of self-action. I thought it was great!

All in all I can thank the author for giving me a mighty fine book hangover because I haven´t had one in ages. From now on, I will buy a box of Kleenex before purchasing future books from Briana Pacheco.

Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. Briana Pacheco´s words are captivating. Her characters feel real. Her stories are… so touching.

Would I re-read this book? Yes. I would.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Love.)

The Story – 4 stars ( Although I thought the story itself was worth 5 stars I still feel slightly uneasy about the child abuse topic. Maybe it´s because I have children myself and therefore fear more. It´s a topic that makes my stomach turn. Still, the author did a wonderful job in balancing the details on the event. )

The Characters 5 stars ( I´ve got a whole lot of love for these fictional figures. Including Echo and Freddie!)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Spent. Very satisfied. In love.

I´m giving ` Let Her Go` by author Briana Pacheco 4 out of 5 stars.

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Purchase Links

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Happy Monday! 🍂🍁 And Happy belated New Release for @brianapacheco1 new novel 'Let Her Go' . 😍 The wait was long and so worth it. 💚💚 . Tagged by the lovely Sabrina and Ashley from @5171milesbooks… here's my #winteriscoming by @maddisonwonderland *getting into my GoT mindset* *mentally preparing for my apocalyptic repsonses* . 🌨Jamie Lannister ( a character you used to hate but now love): I always liked Jamie and I do tend to enjoy characters similar to his. e.g. Tony Rawlings from Consequences. . 🌨Tyrion Lannister ( a character you'd get drunk with ): None. Most characters aren't stable enough to drink.😂 And I'm not a psychiatrist when I drink…so… . 🌨Cersei Lannister ( the baddest bitch in town): There is NO character than can reach her bad bitch level. She evil. . 🌨Theon Greyjoy (a character who always suffers): You kidding me? Someone name me a character that has ever suffered worse than Theon has because I cant. Poor bastard. . 🌨Ned Stark ( a character who died too soon): Sean from Carnage . 🌨Sansa Stark ( an annoying character): Sansa isn't annoying. Not everyone can be Arya *eye roll* But I have a long list of annoying characters. Let me roll it out and start a new post just for that😂 . 🌨Jon Snow ( a character you'd spend the night with): does this mean just a dinner and sleepover or actually ending up having sex? Because both lists are a mile long too.😂😂😂😂 And no. I wouldn't want to sleep with Jon Snow. Not my type. I prefer my men to KNOW something instead of NOTHING. *falls off chair, cracking up* Have a great day! 😍😍😍😍

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