With the way that What He Doesn’t Know ended, I just had to dive head first into this one. It’s no secret that I love a good fictional love triangle. Pull me in two directions, make my heart race, and keep my anticipation building, please! Kandi Steiner did all of that.
I will admit that after reading the first book in this duet, I had one man that I was particularly rooting for to be with Charlie. What I really enjoyed, though, was that in this book, I was on the fence. I was flip-flopping throughout the book, not really too convinced of who the best man would be. To be perfectly honest, there were even a couple of instances where I thought that maybe Charlie would be better off on her own. I liked how the author made me second guess myself. With the book being told from all three of the characters’ perspectives, it allowed me to get to know each of them better and see how this difficult situation was affecting each of them.
Should Charlie pick Cameron, the man who she vowed to spend the rest of her life with? Does she forgive and forget the years where he was emotionally detached from their marriage? Should Charlie choose Reese, the man who was her childhood crush, who showed her what she had been missing in her marriage for the past few years? Cameron and Charlie already have a foundation built, but it has cracks that may be irreparable. Reese and Charlie have that spark and passion that is all-consuming in a new relationship, but will that passion continue or is it only a result of their rekindled infatuation? That’s the dilemma, isn’t it?
What He Always Knew keeps the readers guessing and tapping their fingers to see who Charlie will ultimately choose. Kandi Steiner did a great job of keeping the tension at a high, waiting until the last possible minute to make the big reveal. Someone is going to get hurt, it’s unavoidable. Each character has been put through the wringer over the past couple of months while Charlie makes this life-altering decision. I felt for each of them, I really did. Did I falter and have my emotions teeter toward one or the other? Absolutely. Was I satisfied with Charlie’s decision? Completely.