#ReleaseDay ~ What He Always Knew ( What He Didn’t Know #2) by Kandi Steiner ~ #BuddyRead #5+++StarReview #MustRead @KandiSteiner @jennw23

Posted March 29, 2018 by Cyndi Becker in 2018, 5+ Stars, Blog Tour, Buddy Read, Contemporary Romance, Cyndi's Favorites, Loredana's Favorites, Must Read, New Release, Our Review / 0 Comments

#ReleaseDay ~ What He Always Knew ( What He Didn’t Know #2) by Kandi Steiner ~ #BuddyRead #5+++StarReview #MustRead @KandiSteiner @jennw23

What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner
Series: What He Doesn't Know #2
on March 29th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

Was your heart shredded and blood pressure spiked at the end of WHDK? Yeah, us too. Thank you, Kandi Steiner, for not leaving us in agony for too long. But be warned…she immediately goes for the jugular from page one. Not that this should surprise you if you’ve ever read Kandi before. While we can’t tell you any of the major and important details, we can assure you the angst is worth it, and for as much as she killed us in the first book, there are lots of good feels in this book. Yeah, we’ll be giving this book a 5+ star rating!
Cyndi:  Once again we commenced in a buddy read and my #BuddyReadBestie wound me all up. In a way it made the reading experience even more awesome – I Always love my #BuddyReads but know Loredana was there really allowed me to keep it together. This was a seriously intense read and I loved the hints she dropped  – a few hints at the heartache to come kept me, well #GluedToMyKindle.  I’m the comments in blue: 
Honesty I hadn’t planned on starting on Thursday evening, but no way could I wait. I won’t even pretend I felt fine going in,  I was nervous as I dove in. I didn’t think my pulse could speed up anymore ( without some health impacting side effects) but then my heart raced at an ever-increasing pace right to the very end.
Did I race to 87%? Maybe a bit, but that was all okay in my book as I knew I’d be reading this one again.
 BTW: I didn’t skip to the end. I rode it out and I’m so very glad I did. Steiner executed on the angst and slayed me. Yes, I finished it in one fell swoop, cause I had to catch up to you know who…

Loredana: I felt a bit mean to my Book Bestie as I coursed through the book and kept dropping “OMFGs” every few minutes. Funnily enough, I found myself ratcheting up the emotions, getting a bit bitter and angry at people’s behavior. I did pause to laugh that I was so spooled up, but then I thought about how only quality writing will elicit such emotion. And it is quality writing. You don’t always have to like the turns of the plot as you’re riding the rollercoaster, but if you feel intensely, then the writer is doing it right.

“Jane Austen once wrote that to love is to burn, and I never knew the true meaning of that until the very moment I dinged my heart with the love I had for two men at once. I wasn’t supposed to love them both, and some would say it wasn’t possible, but I was living proof that it was.

Did it end up like I had hoped? Yes, yes it did. I knew whose team I was on before the end of the last book and felt vindicated as I finished this book. A few of the bombs in the storyline had me like, “whoa!”, but for as much as I was destroyed, I felt put back together by the last page. I found myself trying to figure out what decisions I would make and how I would react if I were each of the three different characters. The bare minimum I could come up with is I too would make mistakes. That helped me gain perspective and remain invested in each of them even as I was agitated by their choices.

“As my own mother once told me, we all fall from time to time. We are all sinners. We all make mistakes.”

Yes, they all made mistakes along the way, often times not being able to see beyond themselves, letting their own perspectives blur reality. They all three experienced pain and loss, each coping in their own manner making them all a bit right and a bit wrong. And what I thought of the characters by the end of the first book was spot on as I zipped through this book. I wanted to love and hate each of them just a bit. I can’t say anything more because my emotions are too tied to the story and I fear ruining the book for anyone. What I can say that for every blood pressure spike and slipped curse, it was all worth it – I REGRET NOTHING!

Cyndi: OMFG Loredana – teee hee!! You captured everything I felt so perfectly. What a stunning and perfect conclusion in this amazing duet. This series is everything I ever want or need for an emotion-filled read.  I spent the entirety of the nearly 3 1/2 hours it took me to read this in a heightened state of anxiety. Would she or wouldn’t she break a someone’s heart into a million pieces? You may think I’m talking about our heroine, Charlie Pierce, but no, I’m referring to Ms. Steiner.  No matter what “#Team” you start or end up on, you are bound to experience something heartfelt and mesmerizing in the moment it’s revealed who Charlie is going to pick between the two men vying for her heart. This was a carnival funhouse ride where perception and reality are skewed not by mirrors looking inward, until Charlies takes a real good look at herself and the woman she is meant to be.

Our best advice? Read them and be prepared with your best coping vice…have the chocolate, wine, and whiskey at the ready. Strap on in and get ready to be wrung out!

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About Kandi Steiner

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. 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 ÔÇ£freedom of press.ÔÇØ 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 isnÔÇÖt 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 ÔÇô not necessarily in that order.


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