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.
If there ever was moment when I needed a huge bottle of wine,.. it would be after reading `What He Always Knew` book #2 in the What He Doesn´t Know Duet by Kandi Steiner.
This book / this duet is simply a wonderful piece of work bundled up in 304 pages.
The emotional disaster Charlie dealt with in book #1 `What He Doesn´t Know` ( review here ) finds an end.
No more hoping. No more biting fingernails or chewing on my hair. The wait is over because Charlie makes up her mind.
In book #1 Charlie had a tough decision to make: Leave her husband and build a new future with her teenage crush or stay with her husband and become more miserable than she already was.
I really REALLY loved how the author let that love triangle play out. As a reader you think you´ve got it all figured out but you really have no clue. All a reader gets are the hopes and dreams from all three characters from each of their POVs.
We KNOW how much Charlie suffers and struggles with her feelings on what is right and what´s wrong. We KNOW she loves both men and that both men adore her.
But who will win her heart in the end? Will Cameron, her caring husband, be the one who get´s to keep her or will it be Reese, the teenage crush, who´ll steal her away and finally get to have her?
The moment of truth that´ll turn any reader´s heart to mush.
“Just… give me this time with your heart before you decide to give it all to him.”
– Kandi Steiner, What He Always Knew
Oh, what am I saying…. The whole book is capable of giving your heart a good workout.
What I loved most about the story was how there wasn´t a “bad guy”. The author went out of her way to paint each Hero in a good light and make them both great candidates for Charlie… Which made this love triangle extremely difficult because:
It´s easy to hate someone for the mistakes they´ve done. It´s easy to point out the bad despite all the good someone has done. The characters in this book have made plenty mistakes and have their faults in equal proportions. All three screwed up in their own special way yet all three stayed civilized and reacted accordingly while struggling with their goal (s).
This book is about love, trust, friendship and lust. It´s about loss and about healing. It´s about forgiveness and about moving forward. It´s about the past, present and future.
I flipping loved this story.
Would I recommend this book / this duet? Hands down – YES!
Would I re – read this book / this duet? I most certainly will.
The Cover – 5 stars ( I love the fact that the covers from both books match)
The Story – 5 + stars ( Painful, relatable, wonderful, beautiful. It´s what I would call a perfect.)
The Characters – 5 + stars ( Again, I can´t mention enough how wonderful I thought they all were. Charlie for being delicate but still strong. Cameron for taking that step. Reese for his… Well, read the story and find out for yourself.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – It´s BOOK HANGOVER TIME! Let the “being in an emotional funk” games begin!