Release Blitz: What He Doesn't Know by Kandi Steiner

March 15, 2018


What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography, Lauren Perry
Cover Designer: Kandi Steiner

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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.

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"Cameron was her husband. I was the boy who used to live next door. The sooner I got that through my head, the better."

MASOCHIST. That's what I am. It's no secret that What He Doesn't Know will rip my heart apart, but it dit not deter me from reading the book. In fact, it's what made me eager to read it. I was so hungry for books that will shatter me in a good way and Kandi delivered that in not just a silver platter but a platinum one. The book in itself speak volumes, and the book hangover it caused was as massive as the emotions that bleeds through it. Gah! I was a wreck. A complete and utter wreck. I was a mess and not a beautiful one but who cares? I live through books like this and I am forever grateful for Kandi's fantastic delivery. 

 I do not even know what to say. I was consumed to the feels this book gave me that it was so hard to convey my emotions into words. It jsut felt so real that I can't help but sob. It's moments like this when I'm supposed to say what team I am on but no ... there's always three sides of a story indeed. This first part has given me Charlie and Reese's and a little bit of Cameron. Man, I was at loss. I am a woman, a married woman bleeding and craving for that euphoria I had with my husband and then fate entered in the equation making me conflicted over a man I have bonded over with in the past. A man whose love and understanding perhaps was what I was looking for my husband. In all sense of the world it was so WRONG but how can something so wrong felt so RIGHT?

Gahd! What He Doesn't Know bleeds all the feels that had me in tears for almost half of the book until the end. I was shattered and in pain with this astounding and epically written fiction that felt so real and alive. I am reading it, longing to understand the situation they were in. I even questioned my sanity, but nooo... all of it were real. All of it, speaks so highly of marriage's ups and downs. It may not be true to all, but I know, somewhere.. someone experienced it. 

 Overall, I highly recommend this book. I know it speak so much of a sitaution probably many will not approve but this book is SO MUCH MORE. Kandi Steiner just delivered a story that left me broken, breathless and bleeding. I was rocked right through the core but I wouldn't want it any other way. What He Doesn't Know was a brutal honesty of a marriage bliss turned upside down that punched me in the gut and shattered my heart to pieces. It was intense and powerful. With the character's flaws and differences, the story... the journey even felt more real. 

Ahhh love, how can you be so brutal and life changing at times? *sobs

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“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”. 

Every time I read about a love triangle, I get EXTREMELY nervous as I should. You know someone is going to get hurt, you know that you’re not only risking your current relationship, but your heart as well. And yet, you do it anyway. Love triangles are messy, complicated, forbidden, and scandalous but you know what they say…the heart wants what it wants. 

Told from dual POV'S between a woman and a childhood friend who returns home, “What He Doesn’t Know takes you into the heart of a crumbling marriage, loss, and rekindling a friendship that was always filled with a timeless love. Charlie Pierce has been trying to hold her marriage together for the past five years and lately, it’s becoming a little too much for her. The one bright spot in her life, is being a kindergarten teacher and having the ability to help and nurture these young kids. If there’s anything that Charlie would want her legacy to be about, is that she made a difference in her students lives and her passion never went unnoticed. 

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When she’s introduced to the new piano teacher, having that one bright spot throughout the day suddenly intensifies. Not only is Reed a familiar person to her, but he was one of her best childhood friends. They say time heals all wounds and true love never dies, but for Reed and Charlie, love will not be their problem this time. Time will.. 

I will say that I was warned before I even started this book that it was going to be emotional and messy and I was prepared for that. I loved that this author took her time in telling us the story and really going in depth into the shattering marriage of a couple who went through a lot. It’s not often that I get to read something like this and it was refreshing for me to see that. Did I have some issues with how the storyline played out? You bet I did! I needed more angst and I wanted Charlie to speak up more in saying what she wanted instead of being agreeable but that’s just me. 

Now can we please talk about that ending?! I'm pretty good at guessing the outcome of most of the stories I read and I have to say… I did NOT see this one coming at all!! I was under the impression I received a typo in my copy because what I read? Was a cause to run out and get a warranty on all of my devices. Fuck my life!! I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen in “What He Always Knew” because I know it’s going to be soooo good! 

About the Author:
Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. 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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