Review – What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner


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.


My Review
4 out of 5 stars


I can’t ever remember another time when I was so torn by a book when I was finished with it. I actually finished this book over a week ago and I’m still processing my thoughts on it. I still don’t really know how I feel.

I will say this though. This book will freaking hurt. The angst…the decisions that were made…the character’s actions…they hurt. So much. I was feeling physical pain while reading this book.

“I’d never understood how love could hurt before, how it could be the knife between your ribs. It wasn’t until that exact moment that I realized love hurts more than anything, because it’s all we want, and yet it never comes easy.”

I’ll be honest and say that this book really made me mad. I was Team Reese during the first book, and ultimately, when everything is said and done, I think I am still Team Reese. But wow. Reese, Charlie, and Cameron all pissed me off while I was reading this book. I really started to dislike Charlie the further I got into this book. A lot of the pain and heartache that was caused by certain people’s actions could have been prevented with communication and that just hurts my heart. All of this could have been avoided.

Charlie didn’t choose who I wanted her to and that really disappointed me, of course. I completely understand why she made the choice she did though. She made the best decision that she could in a really messed up and complicated situation. I’m looking forward to reading the next book so I can see the one who wasn’t chosen get his HEA.

Even with all of the anger and frustration I felt, I still enjoyed this book. I love the fact that Kandi was able to make me feel these things. When you are able to feel what these characters are feeling, you know you’re reading the work of an amazing author.

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