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What He Doesn't Know

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,611 ratings  ·  1,072 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5+ stars!!!


They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I lived inside of? It had three.

Kandi Steiner slayed me with this book. When I hear the words ‘emotional rollercoaster’, I’m like YES. THIS BOOK. I am wrecked, completely gutted. I feel so emotional right now and all I can think about is getting that second book in my hands!

Charlie Pierce is a wife, a kindergarten teacher, and on the outside, her life seems perfect, but on t
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
4.5 Stars

Oh, the angst.
The grovel.
The deliciousness.

Slayed, I tell you.
Oh, and #TeamFuckingCameron all the way, baby.

I will be piiiisssssed...

On to book two.
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog:

WHAT HE DOESN’T KNOW: Is a full length romance novel and is the first book in the (What he doesn’t know) duet by Author Kandi Steiner. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ up until the end then we get another persons perspective.

The cover alone calls to you, I knew just looking at it that I’d be thrown into a world of feels, a world of angst, a world of tears, a world of devastation.

Northeast of Mount Leb
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Reese shook his head with a lazy smile, tucking his hands in his pockets. Then, he looked at me. I never knew so much could be said with a look. Sure, I was in tune with Cameron, or at least, I had been. We could share a look and communicate a hundred different things. But with Reese, there were no words behind the gaze. There were feelings. There was heat, and concern—want and denial. And I was like a moth drawn to that flame, wanting so ba
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Tortured Trio!!! Stars

Talk about three tortured souls who tormented the living daylights out of me!

This is an angsty lover’s triangle, which ends with an, ‘I didn’t see that one coming’, cliffhanger. I can’t wait to start book two of this duet.

Within the first 35 pages, my battle lines were drawn. I had picked sides. But...

By the time I got to the end, my thoughts and loyalties shifted all over the place. The clear lines I drew started looking a bit ragged, a bit beaten up. Yes, my battle li
Kandi Steiner
Feb 15, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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★ What He Doesn't Know ➔
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An excerpt from What He Doesn't Know, book one in the duet...

“Stop,” I said quickly, both to comfort her and to fight against the burning in my throat.
I didn’t even have the thought in my head before my hands were reaching for her, pulling her into me for a hug. I should have hesitated,
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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.”

Wild. Chaotic. Turbulent. Heart wrenching. That’s what this book is. I’m breathless after finishing. And I’m saying this right now, What He Doesn’t Know is hands down one of the best and most intense reads I’ve ever re
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
***3.5 STARS***

I'm a wee bit conflicted on my rating here. On one hand, the book brought out many emotions for me. On the other hand, the heroine, Charlie was weak. I can't stand weak heroines. I need my girls to have a sense of self worth and not let people walk all over them.

Charlie is married to Cameron - love the name BTW - and they have one very serious topic hanging over their marriage from 5 years ago and the never talked about it. I'm sorry, I couldn't grasp that. For 5 fucking years no
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018-favorites
*4.5 stars*

This is how a love triangle is done!

This is a difficult book for me to review since I don’t want to give anything away, but just know that I loved it! I couldn’t stop reading even when it made me cry and broke my heart. This is an emotional story about relationships; the good, the bad and the ugly. I love angsty books and this one is a prime example of angst done right. You need an open mind to read a story like this cause it’s not your typical romance, but I promise you its worth it
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

Many of you who follow my reviews should know by now my reading tastes fall under ANGST. Anything angst, I gobble it up!

So when Kandi Steiner, an amazing author known for ANGST, releases a duet that revolves around a love triangle, you bet your ass I was ALL OVER THAT SHIT.

I bought the book right away, there was only one problem: the second book wasn't out yet. So, I sat on my ass and waited to start the first book until the second one was out. And I made it... almost. I made sure to
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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. A
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog


Such a beautiful story,I read it and I'm still thinking about it!I devoured it in one sitting and now I'm anxious waiting for the next book!My heart aching and I'm emotional!What He Doesn't Know is one of these stories that you need to go blind this way you are going to devour it!


I don't want to give anything away you just need to know that this story was something else!You are going to read it and think about it for days!Kandi's wri
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases that’s true. But the one I lived inside of? It had three.”

Wow! I absolutely loved What He Doesn’t Know from start to finish, that Prologue literally gutted me; I mean I hadn’t even really gotten into the nitty gritty of the story and it had already moved me so much. I knew from that moment I was going to feel all the emotions that this book would draw out of me, right down to my very core. There is a reason why
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Olga therebelreader
This book had my heart literally racing. I absolutely, unquestionably, wholeheartedly loved it! It isn’t just that the story sucks you in, it’s the characters. The writing is great, the flow is just perfect and the twist and turns are everything I need to keep from getting bored. I enjoyed the realness of this story because the feelings that the three parties transpired seemed real to me. This is a fabulous book about a husband and wife and their relationship. It is a mix of love, sorrow, lust, ...more
I'm only seeing high reviews for this book so far, so I guess it's just a me thing.

This book tried really hard to be all angsty and emotional (and it looks like it did the job for most people), but it just didn't do it for me. The story did draw me in a little at first, but I couldn't get past the detachment I felt to the characters.

As to how the story progressed, there was a tiny bit of suspense that kept me turning the pages (and allowed me to get past some super boring chapters), but where
Dilek VT
Mar 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
There is a very painful love triangle in this book.

Here is an excerpt from the book that Ms Steiner shares with us:
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4-4.5 ★'s

“If I am a river, you are the ocean. It all comes back to you in the end.”

Kandi Steiner has become one of my favorite authors due to my favorite subject matter, angst, duh. She had me at A Love Letter to Whiskey and while this one is up there, I have to hold back until I read the last book in this duet.

But let me just tell you, this one is super angsty and little gems were popping up all over the place...some taking me totally by surprise! I loved definitely kept my interest
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Holy moly, I am so freaking twisted up after reading this book.

I know a lot of romance readers hate love triangles but this book is the PERFECT demonstration of precisely why I love them so much. I love anything that makes me FEEL THINGS while I read, anything that rips at my heartstrings, that creates a tug of war in my mind and, love them or hate them, that's what a good love triangle guarantees. Kandi Steiner creates a wholly immersive, heartbreaking scenario with What He Doesn't Know and the
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting. It is obviously not for people who have a cheating trigger. I will say that it kept me on my toes because I honestly didn’t have any idea who she was going to choose. However, I will say that there was extra drama added that I didnt think was needed (aka Blake surprise). Overall, I would give it 4 stars.
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG...What the actual fuck did I just read?! I’m at a loss for words. My heart is beating fast and I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!

”If I am a river, you are the ocean. It all comes back to you in the end.”

Okay, let’s reflect for a moment on how freaking AMAZING Kandi can weave a story together and make you feel all those emotions in such a short amount of time. This is a hard book to review because I feel like anything and everything I mention would be a spoiler. You know the gist—a love triangle. If you
• Lisa •
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“I’ll wait. I’d wait forever for you.”

This book has just destroyed me in the worst way possible and I don’t regret a moment. Kandi Steiner (fast becoming a favourite) throws out the rule book with this beautifully written start to a duet and I have to admit I’m craving more. Steiner has landed herself as my ‘go to’ author for all things angst related since reading (and devouring) ‘A love letter to whiskey’ - another five star winner that should not be left on any s
5 Amazing Stars!


I'm speechless.

It's no secret that this book tackles infidelity BUT what sets this book apart is that this is the only one that writes not one, not two but three POVs


It's how every book with this trope should've written because I've waited for like forever to read something like this.

And for that Ms. Steiner, I love you. You did a very good job. A wish come true for me.


The story was well written. We get to know about Charlie and Reese, thei
Carlene Inspired

Relationships are hard, they are such a beautiful wonderful thing, but sometimes there are ugly moments. There's disagreements and fights, there are hurt feelings, and sometimes, in the worst of times, there is no communication and there is no stability. Charlie Pierce and her husband Cameron are living in the worst of times, a tragedy leaving them floating through the motions of life, their companionship built on time, but no longer filled with trust or blooming with love and ha
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4.5 Stars!

Holy Shit! I’m obsessed with love triangles and angst filled reads and THIS WAS IT!! This story gave me so many feels! I can’t even!

And another thing this book made me realize: MARRIAGE IS HARD!!!

But anyways, Bravo Kandi!

This is my highest rated book so far in 2019.
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Mar 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Okay so that synopsis fucked my mind and now I need to know what is happening.
Kay's Blushing Book Reviews
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-version

What he doesn’t Know Duet by Kandi Steiner

GENRE: Romance
BOOK DETAILS: Book#1 in the Duet

Charlie Pierce is a kindergarten teacher, she has been married to Cameron Pierce for 8 years, on the outside they are the perfect couple but their happy marriage is a façade, they are both miserable and the communication has broken down leaving a gaping hole in its place.

Reece Walker is the new music professor at the school Charlie teaches at, he is als
Elle G.
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Emotional.
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

WWWHHHYYYYY!?!?!? Leaving us readers hanging like this is NOT OKAY. Sigh... I know I only have to wait a few days but this is absolutely KILLING ME. Important Note: This book is an emotional romance. It is the first book in the duet and ends in a cliffhanger. This book DOES contain cheating and a love triangle. For some people, this is a hard limit and that's okay. For me, they are not. They only t
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Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Ce

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