♕ REVIEW ♕ ARC ♕ WHAT HE DOESN'T KNOW BY KANDI STEINER

TITLE: What he doesn't know
SERIES: (What he doesn't know duet #1)
AUTHOR: Kandi Steiner
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: March 15th, 2018
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WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW: Is a full length romance novel and is the first book in the (What he doesn’t know) duet by Author Kandi Steiner. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ up until the end then we get another persons perspective. 

The cover alone calls to you, I knew just looking at it that I’d be thrown into a world of feels, a world of angst, a world of tears, a world of devastation. 

Northeast of Mount Lebanon was where Charlie should’ve been her happiest, it had all her treasured belongings, from her books to her budgies, to her garden and the china her mother passed onto her and the man within it should’ve been where her heart wanted to be but he was the man she didn’t want. Locked in a loveless marriage, a man who puts work before all else, he barely has time for his wife, they are going down a slippery slope of no return, a fast track to a divorce. Both are unhappy but neither know how to fix it. 

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Thirty year old Charlie Pierce has been married near on seven years and is a kindergarten teacher at Westchester Prep the school where she attended as a child

Now that the school holidays are recommencing a new teacher has been hired, thirty five year old Reese, the boy that lived next door to Charlie fourteen years ago has moved back to town. The first boy she gave her heart to. She was his sisters best friend and he was her brothers best friend they were all inseparable until his family moved away. 

Now he’s back and he wants to claim Charlie marriage be damned. 

The ring on her finger was a symbol of her commitment to another man.
That alone should have sobered me.
That alone should have been at the forefront of my mind, but it wasn't.
Charlie Reid was married, she was Charlie Pierce now, and still it didn't matter.
I loved her anyway. 


These two men are complete opposites, one is the sun the other is the moon, one is like an open book the other is closed, one is the life of the party the other isn't, one wears his heart on his sleeve the others heart is dormant, locked away. 

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The cover alone made me believe that the author would set me on a heartfelt emotional journey and that's exactly what she delivered. 
This pulled on all my emotions, as soon as I picked this up and started reading I was grabbed by the heart, that feeling of devastation as I was nearing the end was intensified when a question was asked 'One month' my heart was torn in half, thinking one path had reached a dead end and she'd then set off on a new and exciting path only to be brought to a standstill, decision time, which path will be chosen has me anticipating the next book like no other. 
Putting it mildly this book gutted me, brought me to my knees, all the feels had me crying at 7am, at 11.30am I closed that last page with a heavy heart and more tears.
These are the kinds of books I run towards, books that make me feel, books that pull every kind of emotion out of me that are kept at bay unless an author can awaken it with her words, can make me feel things that on a daily basis I don't necessarily would feel. And this book right here did that and more. 

I know some won't read this due to the subject matter but be brave, take a step where you wouldn't normally step and one click this come release day. I hope my review prepares you in some way xox

* Both teasers are off the authors facebook page *



On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and plans for the future. 

Inside its walls are many things that belong to me — my books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.

And a man.

A man who also belongs to me.

A man I no longer wish to keep.

A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.

No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband.

But they don’t know me at all.

I don’t even know me.

Not anymore.

They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three.

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

But there is no longer a home

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She 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, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t 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 live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
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