Monday, March 26, 2018

Review of What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner

“I could talk to as many people as I wanted, and I could torture myself with thoughts and memories, with my ‘what ifs’ and ‘almosts,’ but I still had a decision to make. I still had a heart to break. And no one could help me now.

Holy. Shit.

I don’t have enough words to explain how this book made me feel. In fact, I had to wait a couple days to write this review because my emotions were out of control the entire time I was reading What He Always Knew. (and maybe they were out of control for a few days after too…)

At the end of What He Doesn’t Know I was ready to fight someone if they said they were rooting for Cameron. Reese had burst back in my Charlie’s life, and it was like feeling the sun warm your skin for the first time after a long brutal winter.

WELL, in WHAK, Kandi took my brain, my heart, and my sanity and tossed them into a blender.

Her writing is so f*cking raw. I was literally rooting for a married woman to have an affair with her old neighbor and leave her husband…SO. The love triangle is confusing & messy, but that’s what made this story such a success. I was switching teams, and cussing out characters, and at one point I squealed on an airplane because I literally could not believe what I had just read.

Kandi just gets people. Like really gets them, and that’s why her readers tear through her books with the fury of a wildfire.

“ I took his hand in a firm grip, shaking it just twice.

‘May the best man win,’ I said.

Cameron smirked, shaking his head as he pulled his hand away.

‘The best man for her isn't even playing, Reese,’ he said, making his way down the stairs. ‘If he was, neither of us would stand a chance.’”

If you thought you were team Reese till the end, just freaking wait. Cameron is not backing down, and it’s HOT. I was completely torn from the first chapter, and the brokenness of the trio broke me. When they hurt, I hurt. When they cried, I cried. When they got hot and heavy… kidding. Maybe. But seriously, Kandi’s ability to write characters that jump off the page and exist inside you is unparalleled. If you want a book that will make you feel something you must pick up What He Always Knew. Kandi’s writing slays me, and Wandereader said it best: it’s the #kandisteinereffect.

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