Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: Revelry - Kandi Steiner

Revelry, an all-new standalone from Kandi Steiner is available now!!!

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From the bestselling author of Weightless and A Love Letter to Whiskey

Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.

She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.

Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.

Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.

He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.

Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.

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About the Author:

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi 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 die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or 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 beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.


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Revelry is a typical yet not so clichéd romance novel. This is the first time I’ve read a book from Kandi Steiner so I’m not really familiar with her works before I dig into this. The first part of the story was a bit draggy for me. but luckily I held on to it until the end. There were just so many words for me. so many descriptions and conversations just happening inside the characters head. Although I understand that it is actually necessary for the character build up, I just enjoyed to read story that actually have more conversations in them.

That being said, I like how the characters were able to come alive as if they were real persons. They were introduced in a way that it grabs you. They were real. Their emotions were raw and you can really sink deep into them. Even though I know it is refreshing to read a man that does not have so much issues in their lives, we all know that our love for a broken book boyfriend is incomparable. Add up a heroine who is both sweet and strong but also broken from within, and you’re up for a heartbreaking story. I also loved that there were many other characters that add up to the mix of their love story. More often than not, love story would normally revolve around the couple and a supporting character or two. but this story has just the right amount of characters to make it interesting.

I also like how the story ended. Not much for a spoiler but it was clichéd but uncharacteristically new as well. The story progressed in such a way that it piqued my curiosity and I was able to overlook the fact that I felt 90% of the story were just the characters brooding. Okay, that was an exaggeration. But the plot pretty much escalated that it actually gutted me a time or two. There were scenes that pinched my heart and hurt for the characters. Although, I kind of skimmed thru some of the “intimate” parts. They weren’t really catching me for some reason.

Initially, I would have given this a 3 stars. But after reading, I finally went up a notch to 4 out of 5 stars. Considering that I skipped a couple of scenes, the story in its entirety was as catching as it could be. I felt emotions. So if your someone who does not really mind some narratives, this may be a good book for you.

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