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.
4.5 Star Review by Ashley
When I first learned that Kandi Steiner was writing Reese's story I knew I had to get my eyeballs on it. Then I remembered all the pain from before and knew that What He Never Knew would put me through the ringer. I wasn't wrong. This book is angsty and my heart hurt most of the way through. But when I think about what I just read, the first word that comes to mind is journey. The second is warrior. This holds true for both Reese and Sarah.
More than anything I wanted to wrap Sarah up in my arms and help her learn her power. Her strength. It was all there, just lying dormant below layers and layers of pain. Thankfully, and with the help of Reese, she was able to pull from that pain, it gave her purpose that she fueled into her passion. Into chasing her dream. And there in the corner, her corner, seeing her grief and cheering her on was Reese.
Page after page, chapter after chapter, my chest just kept getting tighter and tighter waiting for Sarah and Reese to let all the pain and hurt go. The fact that they shared their pain with each other spoke to just how much trust there was between them. But when the damn finally broke it was heartbreaking all over again. When it really came down to it, Sarah knew what she wanted and that included a future with Reese. So she did what she had to do. She spoke to him in the language they could understand; music.
I don't usually get overly emotional reading books but What He Never Knew got to me. I was misty eyed more than once and for sure needed a hug. Kandi Steiner left every drop of pain and regret and hope that Sara and Reese had ever felt and experienced out there. It came through soundly and loudly. And so did their love. It was deep and moving and healing and only theirs. They owned it, consequences, judgements, dreams and all. Do yourself a favor and listen to that playlist that's at the end. You won't regret it, and it will help you connect with the power that music had to change everything for Sarah and Reese.
About the Author
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 Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
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