This book literally gave me Goosebumps whilst reading, there are so many layers to peel back throughout the story each one twisting and embedding itself into me like I was part them.
I had no idea where the story was heading most the time, catching me by surprise whenever the plot changed direction without warning. I have not read many books that are from three POV’s and it left me torn between them, just when I thought I was batting for one team the rules changed and I would jump teams. My heart broke over and over again and then slowly Kandi put it back together again, she still left it feeling heavy and not quiet whole even up to the end.
My red puffy eyes have not yet recovered from this emotionally charged story. To say I loved it would not do it justice, I breathed in every word and felt every emotion throughout. This is not a feel good fluffy romance story, it is raw, it’s painful, it’s confronting but it’s also powerful and passionate and reflective.
There is a strong message in this duet and without disclosing any details it can be relevant and very relatable for anyone who has lost their way in a relationship or maybe unhappy in their marriage but still deeply love their partner, somewhere along the way it is easy to lose touch of what matters. Kandi’s writing is addictive, it’s deep and perfectly executed. The story pulled me in from the very beginning and I become so invested in her world of passion, heart ache and self-discovery nothing else existed in my world whilst I was reading. I would switch from reading to the audio book if I had to hang washing or cook dinner because I simply couldn’t put it down.
I know the sensitive subject matter will deter a lot of people from reading this but I urge you to step past that comfort level and give this a go it certainly gives you another perspective after all they say there is always two sides to every story but this one has three.
My poor husband was trying to get ready for an afternoon shift at the hospital, but I just couldn't stop debriefing to him about this book. When I read book one he had just returned home from a night shift, I'm there trying to make the kids breakfast but being really quiet, he was all "what's wrong?" I was just like "strap in, boy have I got a story!!" 😂 it was so hard to understand Charlie, I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her, be like "open your mouth, be honest, and speak to your husband!" I hated Reese at first, like, just leave them alone! Non of the situation was any of his business, but then, but then.... You just fall a little bit in love with him as well, and you want him to be happy, just the as you want Charlie and Cameron to be happy . OMG. So much to say about this book. This duet is going to stay with my heart, for a long time. Simply beautiful.
This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, and I enjoyed every second of it. I am so happy that Kandi wrote this book so perfectly. Amazing! Thank you Kandi for everything beautiful word that you have written.
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.
What He Always Knew is the second book in the What He Doesn’t Know Duet and it’s simply outstanding.
After the cliffhanger in book one that I did not see coming, this book is where everyone’s secrets are revealed. Cameron, Charlie and Reese all have flaws but that’s what makes them human and makes it (somewhat) hard to choose sides.
My emotions were incredibly varied reading this book. I ran the gamut from happy to sad, frustrated to enraged. My blood pressure was definitely fluctuating as I got closer to the end. I had a definite idea of who I wanted Charlie to end up with but I was uncertain whether that would happen.
I can see myself re-reading this book but not too often because it’s too much. I do hope the book makes it to audio because it would be a great book to listen to.
Irrespective of the fallout, I think the book ends with a measure of peace for everyone.
I know for some people cheating is a hard line but I hope readers pick this book up and approach it with an open mind. It’s a well written, exceptionally plotted, and highly engaging book. This duet will certainly make it to me top read of 2018 list.
OMG this book !!! I'm emotionally drained !!! My poor poor heart has been put though the ringer but oh my what a way to go. Truly suburb in every way possible, the writing, the story, the feels that it bought me. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. This is the second and final part in this duet about three people who didn't know which paths to choose. Three people who loved each other but in different ways and F***** up in the process of trying. We all make mistakes, but we hope we learn from them too.
I was absolutely cock sure of myself with who Charlie might choose, then I hesitated, I was unsure one minute and positive in my mind the next. Then I would start to question the whole process again; it was torture and so very very emotional and heartrending but she chose the right man.
God how I loved these two books, I took this journey with these three characters and in the process I watched them break, watched them love, watched them grow wiser and watched them love all over again. A remarkable story and one that I will always remember. Outstanding in all ways !!!
It is so hard to love someone and to fell in love twice at the same time I couldn't imagine the pain and heartache. Kandi writes raw, deep, emotional love that you don't wanna escape, the angst is so strong your hands' stars shaking, your heart racing, your respiration is out of control that you need a timeout to control yourself.
Blood hell Kandi what you have done to me!!!
This duet will burn in your hands, will crash your heart, will give you insomnia til you the very last word.
This book had me on the edge of my seat. It had my emotions being pulled in all directions. One minute I was all for Cameron then the next I was all for Reese. I am a sucker for a great romance novel and at the end, I bawled like a baby. What I love most about this story, it is so real. It’s what happens in everyday life, but most of us don’t want to see. What He Always Knew is such a brilliant and one that will stick with me for a long time.