ARC Review | WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW by kandi steiner (@kandisteiner)


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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Some love triangles are very taboo in the romance genre.  Authors are usually very reluctant, cautious and weary with the storyline concept and many shy away.

Love triangles are so common right?!  What’s the big deal? Well, we read romance for escape and fantasy.  We read to escape the daily grind of everyday normal life.  A love triangle is not sexy when it’s such a common situation today. On the other hand, it’s not every day the girl next door marries a real-life prince.  Therefore, we love it as a romance story. 

So, how do we make it acceptable, readable and marketable?  That’s the New York Times Bestseller question of the day. 

How do we champion the hero/ heroine in the story? My first idea would  make the hero/heroine unlikable.  Make me not like the cheater or the person who is being cheated on.  This concept would be the easy fix. Insert storyline. End of story.  Maybe the hero/heroine is abusive: physically or mentally.   However, give me someone to villainize.  I need a character who will make me say “you deserve it”. 

What He Doesn’t Know does not give me this easy fix.  What He Doesn’t Know does not provide a character to loathe.  Instead What He Doesn’t Know gives you characters who are sympathetic. Characters who are understanding, somewhat lost, forgivable, and possibly endearing.  For these reasons, this book is one of the best reads to teach me “not everything is always black and white”.  

Drop everything, because the clock is ticking with Reese Walker , Charlie Pierce and her husband Cameron.  Find out why I believe Kandi Steiner is the Mad Hatter of Angst. We shall see how it develops when the conclusion What He Always Knew hits your eReader on March 29.   


What He Doesn't Know | Book Review

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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Twitter: @KandiSteiner
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