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

 

 

Cover Reveal: Hold On by Mia Miller

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Title: Love, On Hold

Author: Mia Miller

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: April 26, 2018

Cover Designer: Marisa-rose Wesley from Cover Me, Darling

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We both put love on hold until now. How long will love wait for us?


Three-forty-five in the morning: unknown number calling.
Send the stranger on their way and go back to sleep, right? Except – his gruff voice made me think twice.

I was a small girl with big dreams. I juggled college, charity, and a job while dodging an annoying ex. Getting to know a guy? That was way down on my list. So I had every intention of ignoring sexy Joel Thomas when he woke me up.

But he wouldn’t let me. When did texting and calling turn into feelings? We kept our identities a secret and didn’t see each other. Yet, we fell in love.

Will our chemistry stand the test of reality?

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Mia Miller started writing as a getaway from a taxing day job in a multinational corp. A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies. She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty.

Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.

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Until Sunrise ( Kindle Worlds: Happily Ever Alpha ) – Sarah O´Rourke

 

 

Until Sunrise by: Sarah O’Rourke

Part of Aurora Rose Reynolds’ Happily Ever Alpha Kindle World

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 3rd, 2018

Cover Design: Sarah O’Rourke

 

Michelle Buchanan wasn’t looking for the perfect man to fill her life.  She’d settle for Mr. Right Now to fill the empty spot in her bed – just someone that could help her with the little problem of her lingering virginity.  But when Luka Templeton invaded her blind date and suddenly begins taking over her every waking thought, she realizes that she is in way too deep with the confident alpha male currently wreaking havoc on her life.

 

Join us on this romantic comedy romp as Chelle and Luka find their way to happily ever after!

                                                                        
Romantic comedy.  Releases on April 3 as part of Aurora Rose Reynold’s Happily Ever After Kindle World.  (And if you’ve read Aurora’s Until series, you’ll know Chelle from Until Ashlyn!)

 

 

 

Available exclusively in Kindle Unlimited!

 

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** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review **

Fun. Sassy. Witty. Intense. Enjoyable. Very…Alpha.

This was my first time reading a Sarah O´Rourke novel and I was pleasantly surprised. I´m usually a little reserved when it comes to trying out new authors but… I´m glad I took the chance.

`Until Sunrise` definitely wasn´t what I had expected it to be.
Instead of reading, what I thought would be, a semi serious and deep – ish romance that included an Alpha protagonist… I got to read a fun and light romance that had a special type of Aphla protagonist.

The writing style was right up my alley. I fully enjoyed the lightness and flow of the story, even if it was quick reading paced. I wasn´t comfronted with any unnecessary details or or plotholes.

Sarah O `Rourke has the ability to make a reader feel right at home with her words. Something I fully appreciate. I love sharp dialogues and I love wit. When both are in a story then I just know I´ll have a ball reading.

As for the story in general… It was good.

The Hero, Luke, is a tad extreme with his alpha being and definitely has a few screws loose ( or missing ). I get that his character is this super dude who has the looks, the money and the attitude. He´s the Alpha, right? He has to have a certain mannerism. But….

I felt the urge to call the cops on him to save the Heroine´s life ( and mine ). He´s a glorified nut case. A lovable, cute nut job. But still…. there´s no ignoring how super intense he is. He doesn´t waste any time and goes straight for the kill in a way that would have any normal human with boobs climb up the highest tree by the count of three.

For me, Luke is a stalker. Luke is a bulldozer. Luke rubbed me the wrong way. He´s the Alpha type I´m, unfortunately, not attracted to. Still, I can see why others would love him.

BUT…..

The Heroine, Michelle, was a fantabulous character. I loved her quick thinking. I loved her cuteness. I loved her trail of of thoughts. She was what I would call: brilliant.

`Until Sunrise` is a straight to the point, no fooling around, fun read that will have readers begging for more. I´m definitely interested in reading from from Sarah O´Rourke.

Would I recommend this read? Yes. I would. I can see many loving `Until Sunrise`and I can see so many fall for Luke.

Would I re-read this book? I´m not sure. Parts of the story were really fantastic. Definitely worth going back for a re-read. Other parts weren´t for me, though. The way the characters met and talked to each other was a little too quick for my taste.

The Cover – 4 stars ( Cool. It´s refreshing. )

The Story – 3 stars ( Good, but I expected a little more. )

The Characters – 3 stars ( Besides Luke, all were good. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Satisfied.

3 stars

 

 

Sarah O’Rourke is actually TWO besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.

 

Between them, they have four children and twenty-plus years of marriage…one to a retired super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!

 

 

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Book Review: With This Man ( This Man #4) – Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times Bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse “The Lord” Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

My Thoughts

Jesse Ward. The Lord of the Manor. The passionate nutcase of all romantic nutcases. My man. The only crazed book boyfriend I will ever accept.

He´s back and he´s on a damn mission. To help his Ava remember…..

I´m a huge `This Man´ fan. I don´t have the Hoodie ( or the oversized sleep shirt. I´m tempted, though ) but I still consider myself a huge fan. Huge. Really.

Anyway…

You can imagine how I reacted when I found out about a book #4, `With This Man`? With this manGood golly! I was doing my infamous book rain dance around the house. I even pre-ordered the book on Amazon ( something I never do ).

It came. I read. I…..

Let´s put it this way: You should be a fan to appreciate `With This Man` by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I can´t see any other way accepting this read would work.

The books in the `This Man`trilogy tell a pretty over fluffed, intense, totally far-fetched story about a guy who´s overly obsessed with a woman but in a questionable way.

A natural-born, modern Neanderthal.

It´s been a long while since I last held the This Man trilogy in my hands. I remember thinking of ways I would have put him down ( the good old Frying Pan – Over – The – Head method is still my absolute favorite ). That´s how absurd the male protagonist was…is.

Still. Despite not actually liking caveman behaviorism in romances I did love Jesse Ward. I loved his love story. I can´t explain why.

Reading `With This Man` pulled me back to my private Jesse cloud. But was I as mesmerized as I was years ago?

Yes and no.
Let´s break this down.

Yes, I loved revisiting old characters. I loved seeing where their story continued. Jesse Ward is hard to ignore or forget. I loved how passionate he was. I loved how he treated life ( his life being his children and wife ). I enjoyed his POV. Because the story was mainly told from his perspective. The wonderful walk down memory lane was great. With great patience Jesse fought to help Ava remember everything. The pain of losing memories and still making new ones – Not a shabby idea.

With all the love I felt for this book, there can´t possibly be anything negative, right?

Weeeeell * sigh *, there were 2 things that bugged me. Two tiny details I didn´t care for much.

  1. Jesse has gone a tad soft. I get it. A person changes with age. I guess it´s only natural for fictional characters to go through the same change as us mortal folk do. The intensity wasn´t as strong, though.

The threat of the story. It would have been completely enough for the Heroine to get her memory back. That, alone, is something to celebrate huge. But to recycle characters is not on my “Holy f*****g cow! You got me there!” list.

I´m a “Threat dealt with? Let´s move on. New threat? Wonderful.” type of person. I would have prefered to have seen a new threat instead of something I´ve seen before.

With that being said –  I still enjoyed `With This Man`. It´s not as over – the – moon spectacular but still okay. The writing was, as always, a pleasure. The dialogue was great. I´m still a fan of Jodi Ellen Malpas.

That´s why I´m going to go ahead and rate this with 4 out of 5 stars.

Without my Jesse love I´d flat out rate this with 3 stars because… well, the recycling wasn´t a great move.

 

Would I re-read this book? Probably. If I´m in the mood. Certainly bits and pieces. A chapter here. A chapter there. I may skip the ending.  I´d rather read the first 3 books, though.

Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. For any Jodi Ellen Malpas fan, I´d say YES! It´s a must have. But if you´re not into overbearing, possessive, obsessive Heroes then I´d say this isn´t the book for you.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( I like the white. I like the rings and the flower. Very simple, easy on the eyes and still eye-catchy )

The Story – 3-4 stars ( The idea of Ava losing her memory was great. But to add the threat from the other 3 books? I think I´ll pass.)

The Characters 4-5 stars ( It´s been great having the Manor gang back and seeing how Jesse and Ava had progressed but Jesse… My man, what happened? )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy. Not overly satisfied but still happy.

4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase Links  This Man ( #1 ) , Beneath This Man ( #2 )This Man Confessed ( #3 )

With This Man ( #4 )  With this man

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