What He Never Knew (What He Doesn't Know #3) by Kandi Steiner

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 I never learn my lesson. 

And I always want what I can’t have. 

When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around. 

I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends. 

It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore. 

Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life. 

Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting. 

I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one. 

This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits. 

This time, I’m staying away. 

And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it. 

Sasha’s $0.02

 

 

For the better part of a year I’ve had my fingers crossed for this story. Holy hell did Kandi deliver. At the end of What He Always Knew I was so torn. I was insanely happy yet a little sad. Ugh, my heart was pulled in so many directions. I was glad that Charlie made the choice that she did, but where does that leave Reese???

It’s clear that he’s heartbroken from the events of the duet. But to be fully honest, I wasn’t completely sold that that was how he truly felt at the end of book two. I really wanted him to be redeemed in my eyes. Mission accomplished Steiner.

I do love a broken boy in my angsty stories, and my goodness was he broken and broody and pretty much unavailable to everyone around him. But during this story Kandi shifted Reese from broken boy to a damn good man in my eyes. He pushed all of his own pain aside to be there for Sarah in every way possible. For all of the team Reese people out there, you are going to love our man a thousand times more in this book.

Where do I even begin with Sarah. She is without a doubt one of my favorite heroines that I’ve ever read. She equally broken, but she never lost sight of her goals. There are some hard topics in this book, but they are written with a sensitivity and realistic quality that does a storyline like this justice. My heart absolutely ached for her, but it was also completely whole and happy with her growth at the end of the book.

These two found each other in their darkest moments and the connection that was formed was beautiful. They had common ground through their love of music, and that let them open up to each other and heal.

Kandi always has a beautiful way with words. This book, and the entire journey was perfection. Bravo lady, bravo.

P.S. I still want Blake’s story so bad I can taste it. So this is me, on my hands and knees begging for that one.

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