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What He Always Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Duet #2) by Kandi Steiner

What He Always Knew Book Cover What He Always Knew
What He Doesnt Know Duet #2
Kandi Steiner
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
March 29th 2018
No, part of a duet

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. 

Megan’s Review

“In the end,
we were like ghosts
hanging on
to the roof of the earth.
Halfway between worlds,
too afraid to let go.”
-Beau Taplin

This duet by Kandi Steiner was amazing and even though I have been a massive fan of her writing for quite some time, I do personally believe this is her best work yet. It was a total rollercoaster ride of emotions that I loved from the start of book one to the end of book two. I was desperate to find out how this story ended, especially after the state my head and heart were left in at the end of What He Doesn’t Know. I needed my questions answered and I desperately needed to know what was to come of this trio. To say What He Always Knew was a highly anticipated read for me would be a massive understatement.

I am actually really struggling with this review because nearly any meaningful piece of information I supply would be a spoiler, but… Charlie has found herself in an impossible situation; caught between two men and a love triangle she’s unsure how to get out of, with no feeling of hope that anyone will come out this situation unscathed.

“My heart was forever severed, destined to exist in two equal halves – one with each man. But one half beat stronger, one half had the vein that ran deepest, and one half held my choice in silence well before I ever admitted it out loud.”

Reese and Cameron will do just about anything to win Charlie’s heart. For both, she is the love of their life and the thought of not living with her for the rest of their respective lives is simply unimaginable. To complicate things, Charlie loves both men equally. Reese is her first love and is someone whom she has recently reconnected with. Cameron is her husband, the man she told the world that she swore she would love until death parts them. Charlie and Cameron however have not had the easiest of marriages, they have drifted apart somewhat and there is a growing disconnection between them.

The road to love is never easy, especially when it involves a love triangle. In fact it is downright messy when more than two people are involved; it can be infuriating and hurtful and this story really showcased that for me. I was on a journey of heartfelt emotion as this story consumed me in every way possible.

What He Always Knew is a poetic masterpiece by Kandi Steiner and even though I went into this one with a preconceived belief of who Charlie would choose, or should I say who I thought she should choose, I kept changing my mind and felt just as conflicted as Charlie. Kandi Steiner knows how to write the perfectly unperfect love triangle, in all its raw and messy glory. This duet is an absolute favorite of mine and could not recommend it enough.



About the Author

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 “freedom of press.” 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 isn’t 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 – not necessarily in that order.  


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