Manhattan by Kandi Steiner
Everyone knows not to fall in love with your best friend.
But when your best friend is Michael Becker, it’s impossible not to.
He’s everything our town knows a Becker brother to be: devastatingly handsome, charming as a thief, and the icing on the cake — a sentimental musician who’s never without his guitar.
And he was mine. At least, that’s what I’d convinced myself.
Our bond was born in elementary school, strengthened by circumstance and the promise to always be there for each other, no matter what. And the best thing about my life was being friends with Michael Becker.
Until it was the worst.
I watched him fall in love with someone else, and helped patch him back up when she left him behind. But when he drops the bomb that he’s moving to New York, I realize it’s my last chance to tell him how I feel. And I ask him to make one more promise.
One summer. One list of adventures to remind him that our small town has more to offer than memories of the girl who left him behind.
One last chance to tell him I’m in love with him.
And I’m just dumb enough to believe that maybe he could love me, too.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
The queen of angst has struck again! Kandi Steiner I bow down to you and your ability to tear my heart to bits only to build it back up stronger than before. Case in point, Manhattan, the youngest Becker brother's book. I thought I was ready...I wasn't.
I connected with Mikey so much. I got his pain. His suffering. How he just wasn't himself after his breakup. How the loss of his first love felt like his heart wouldn't beat in rhythm again. Thank goodness he had Kylie. A ray of sunshine in his darkness. I adored this girl so much. Her kindness. Her positivity. How she took care of her dad. How she loved Mikey. Deeply. Fully. Unconditionally. If only he would see her as more than his best friend...
My heart is just so full after finishing this book. While it took a few harsh turns and got stuck in the mud a time or two, the angst was so dang worth the chest ache. Manhattan was the sweetest friends-to-lovers romance. Kylie and Mikey are everything. Their slow-burning journey was heartfelt and painful at times. But it was so pure and full of love that it will make you swoon for days.
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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