REVIEW: Neat by Kandi Steiner

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“We were inevitable, me and him. And maybe we knew it from the start.”

Back of the book blurb:

My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought.

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.

But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.

And Logan’s will be, too.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: September 5, 2019

Pages: 316

Available for Purchase:

My rating:

            First, I’d like to formally apologize to Kandi Steiner for literally taking forever to write this review. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve had a hard time finding the balance between, you know, actually having a life and this blog. I moved to the city and I’m constantly doing things (which is exhausting, 0/10, would not recommend) so I’ve barely been reading lately, let alone writing. I’m still trying to figure that out. A lot is going on for me right now, so please bear with me while I try to figure my shit out. Thanks!

            Second, when will a Kandi Steiner novel ever disappoint me? I think the answer to that is never. Neat is the second book in the Becker Brothers series and it has even more southern charm than On the Rocks. Diving into this world is so much fun and I am stoked for the rest of the series.

“That kiss was an answer. That kiss was a lie. And distantly, I realized that kiss might be the biggest mistake of my life.”

            Mallory Scooter has never done anything expected of her… until recently. A free spirit, through and through, Mallory comes crashing into Logan Becker’s life in probably the worst way possible. With their family rivalry, it seems that anything between them would be doomed from the start. But when does that ever stop anyone?

            I absolutely love the storyline of both of their families hating each other. I love the subplot that Kandi is weaving throughout (probably) all of the novels. On top of each sweet, sweet romance there’s an underlying mystery that has me coming back for more and more and more! Neat is filled with Kandi’s signature angst, time-stopping kisses, and a whole lot of fun.

“Crying was disgusting. I remembered now why I had avoided it at all costs during my adult life.”

            As much as I love Kandi’s soul-crushing books, I love the lighter side of her, too. The Becker Brothers series is definitely on the lighter side, which is extremely enjoyable. There are definitely tear-worthy moments, if you’re worried, though. However, I’m probably not the best to judge that because I cry at anything emotional. (And yes, I agree, crying is DISGUSTING.) Either way, you can absolutely tell that Kandi is just having the time of her life writing about these four rowdy boys.

“Fight for what’s right, stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves, give yourself permission to love and to lose and to be loved and lost in return, and above all else, family first—always.”

            As always, I am thoroughly impressed with how Kandi Steiner can turn off reality for a few hours and suck me in to a world where I can fall deeply and madly in love. Please never stop writing. Also, I know it’s a longshot, BUT I REALLY WANT ONE OF THE BECKER BROTHERS TO BE GAY. DO THIS FOR ME. PLEASE. (Only if you want to.)

            Neat is out now (obviously), so go read it! NOW.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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