REVIEW: What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner

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“The truth was simple. I loved them both.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Publisher: Kandi Steiner
Pages: 246

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My rating:

Read my review for book one, What He Doesn’t Know, here!

            AHHHH!!! FINALLY!!!! I’ve waited FAR TOO LONG to finish Kandi Steiner’s highly-anticipated finale to her angsty af duet! What He Always Knew lived up to every expectation. And by the end of the novel, I had experienced what we are now calling #TheKandiSteinerEffect. Symptoms may include uncontrollable sobbing, a broken heart, swollen eyes, and throwing her book (or your Kindle) across the room.

 What He Always Knew will have you on the floor, trying to mend your broken heart, cursing Kandi, while also begging her to hold you.

“I hated them both. But I loved them both, too. And for that, I hated myself.”

            Obviously, if y’all read my review for book one, or read What He Doesn’t Know itself, then you know exactly what’s going on. I don’t want to waste time trying to explain the situation. JUST READ THE DAMN BOOK, YOU GUYS. IT IS SO WORTH IT.

            I just need to desperately talk about Charlie for a second. I HAVE NEVER HATED ANYONE AS MUCH AS I HATED CHARLIE. You guys are probably like, “Oh my god. Didn’t you just tell us in the review for book one that you loved Charlie?” You’re right. I did say that. Because it was easy to love Charlie in book one. But in the second, it is hard as fuck to love her. Charlie is a selfish little girl who wants the best of both worlds and when she can’t have one world, she runs to the other because she’s scared and upset. It was honestly so frustrating to see her go back and forth and string these two amazing guys along because she couldn’t make up her fucking mind.

            Okay, sorry. I just needed to get that out. I understand there were extenuating circumstances that forbid her from making a decision quicker than she did, but GOD!!! I wanted to slap her.

            But, that’s what is so great about Kandi’s work. Regardless of how you feel about her characters or her plot, it’s the fact that she makes you feel something. And by feel something, I mean it will literally consume you. Kandi produces some of the most passionate, intense, and captivating novels you will ever read. You will never walk away from a Kandi Steiner novel feeling anything less than wrecked. (It’s #TheKandiSteinerEffect, y’all.)

“And I will love her every day until I take my last breath, just like I vowed to eight years ago.”

            I am honestly livid at Kandi right now. I was firmly on #TeamReese in book one. Like, there was no competition. However, Kandi is especially skilled at humanizing the villains in a classy and non-problematic way. I hate when authors try to humanize downright shitty characters. Kandi is not like that at all. She takes a character, gives them flaws and shitty decisions, and then redeems them in an elegant way that makes the reader fall in love with them.

            And that is exactly what happened when it came to Charlie’s husband, Cameron. Just like it was easy to love Charlie in book one, it was easy to hate Cameron in book one. However, in book two, all bets are off. From the first Cameron chapter, I was obsessed with him. He was so broken. But he loved Charlie in such a special way. His chapters made me cry so much!

“Jane Austen once wrote that to love is to burn.”

            Even though I just talked shit about Charlie going back and forth, I was definitely back and forth right with her. Both Cameron and Reese are such amazing men and they both love Charlie something fierce. I am so glad I am not in her shoes, because I don’t know how I would’ve ever made a decision.

            I just really love how Kandi literally puts the reader’s brain through the wringer. She makes the reader feel so much all the time that by the time they’re done with the novel, they will be emotionally exhausted. But, it is one of the most addictive feelings in the entire world.

I just want to thank Kandi for always putting her heart and soul into each and every one of her novels. It does not go unnoticed and is most definitely appreciated.

“My heart was broken, but it was still beating. I could work with that.”

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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