What He Always Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Duet Book 2) by Kandi Steiner



I’ll be honest with y’all and don’t get mad at me, I’m just keeping it real. . . I don’t always like Kandi Steiner’s books. It’s not that I don’t think she’s talented because I really think she is but her heroines come across weak from time to time. I’m not a fan of weak minded females. That gets on my damn nerves in real life so I for sure don’t want to read about them.

But before I get too messy, let me tell you what the author has to say first.

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 **********************************************************************

After reading What He Doesn’t Know Book 1 by Kandi Steiner, I wasn’t feeling Charlie our heroine at all. The girl was like a fucking doormat. She irritated the shit out of me. I just couldn’t understand a damn thing that was going on in this little girls head.

Now, What He Always Knew Book 2 by Kandi Steiner gave ya girl life. OMG! I had so many emotions while reading this book. By the end, I loved the Charlie from book one just as much as I love the Charlie in book two. I understood her more. Kandi Steiner wrote her story like her life depended on it. I may not have agreed with the way situations were handled but I respected the choices made by each character.

Fuck, I just realized I haven’t even told y’all what the book is about. Ok, let me back up here and explain.

Ok. Here we go. Quick summary of book one. . . Charlie has been married to Cameron for eight years. Charlie grew up with Reese and had the worlds biggest crush on him but they couldn’t be together back then. So, fast forward to today when Reese pops up as the new teacher at the school she works at and they of course hook up because duh, this is a romance book. Charlie has been having some major issues in her marriage for the last five years and she’s broken and Reese is all to happy to put her pieces back together. But wait a hot damn minute – Cameron ain’t just handing over his woman without a fight.


I wanted to be the man she deserved, though I’d never be the one who deserved her, in return. – Cameron 

Me at the end of book one – #TeamReese #ILikeCameronToo! Your girl was conflicted.

Bam! There you have it!

What He Alway Knew by Kandi Steiner

He didn’t deserver her. He’d naively believed he could treat her the way he had for five years and she’d just stay. He thought she’d never leave. And then when she finally told him she was going, he begged for more time. – Reese

Let me tell ya, Cameron wasn’t going down without a fight. I can respect a man who not only doesn’t want to lose his woman, but also is ready to do what he needs to do to keep her. You know what they say – “Don’t forget to do the things you did to get her in order to keep her.” Cameron had forgotten what he did to keep her but he was ready to show her again.

My #TeamReese started to waiver a wee bit in book two because he was doing some dirty ass petty shit. If y’all think I’m petty, I don’t have nothing on Reese’s petty ass. #TeamCameron started coming out.

You want to know what I’m talking about?


How the fuck did Reese not find the time to tell Charlie about Blake? I mean seriously! You have got to be fucking kidding me here. There is no way in the world that I would have been okay with that shit if I was Charlie. I mean think about it. Charlie kept it 100% truthful with him from the beginning, but he didn’t think he needed to do the same. No! Just no!

Cameron had forgotten their anniversary…He didn’t deserve her. The again, i was the one with a “girlfriend” sitting at the table with her right now. As much as Cameron had her, now I had, too. – Reese

But the thing with Cameron was his lack of communication. You can love someone with everything you have, but if you can’t tell them, it doesn’t mean shit.

There were three things I took away by the end of this book.

  1. I am much better at communicating with my husband than Charlie and Cameron.
  2. There is no fucking way that a bitch I thought my husband cheated on me with is still around him for any fucking reason.
  3. My urge to smack a bitch who is not even real is so deep that I might need therapy.


Do I recommend this duet? Yes, I really do. I FLOVED it.

Will I read another book by this author? I sure will. It’s what I do.

I hope I didn’t get too messy but if I did that’s okay because I am still pretty as fuck!!!

Remember to follow all things messy. . .

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4 thoughts on “What He Always Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Duet Book 2) by Kandi Steiner

  1. I don’t know when I’ll read this book, because I need a shot of liquid courage and I’m still illegal lol. So.. fantastic review babe! This is actually the first review I’m reading of this series because I’ve been avoiding it like the plague because #NoSpoilers, but I guess I finally caved to you ha!

    1. I’ve been drinking since I was 14 so you’ll be okay. I won’t tell anyone 😉 it was basically impossible for me to review this book without a spoiler or two. I will say that I found out the ending of the book by accident one day and it didn’t take away from the at all. The story itself was so good to that I couldn’t even bring myself to give a shit.

      1. Ooohkaaaaay.. Plus its just generally difficult for me to get my hands on alcohol lol. I’ll read it soon. Hopefully. 😂

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