Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: April 20, 2017
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Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: April 20, 2017
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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.
Wren was a very strong and brave person, but she was also broken . She is a 27 year old divorcee that left and completely changed her life around to find the happiness she deserved. To find herself and who she is truly meant to be. I loved seeing Wren open up and slowly change into a confident woman who finally learned to love herself as is. Wren made a huge change by the end of the story. I loved seeing her open up and slowly peel the makeup away to see that what was underneath was just as beautiful as what was inside.
Anderson was completely broken. He lost someone he loved and completely blamed himself. That guilt destroyed him. Therefore, he died that day as well. Anderson has been a zombie for 6 years. That is until he sees Wren. I loved seeing Anderson come alive again and see who he really is. I really felt for this man. He has been struggling and fighting for so long, and to see him push through all his pain and fight, was completely moving to me.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I had no clue what was going to happen. So many things could have happened with this one. I didn't know if history was gonna repeat itself! Or if Wren and Anderson met,only because they needed each other in their lives at that moment. Or if they would actually end up together. I had many more outcomes going through my head with this one.
What I loved about this book was the life lessons it taught. How real and raw each character was. Each character was learning and struggling in some way. Wren lost love and therefore lost herself so she needed time and space to figure out who she was now. Anderson lost someone he loved and cared about, but losing that person killed him as well. He needed to learn how to live again. Tucker lost love, but he learned how to live again. Momma Von has been with several men, but her heart always belonged to the one that got away. Yvette and Davie for high school sweethearts who beat all odds of staying together. I loved how each character taught me something important. These characters and their stories connected with me on so many levels. I loved learning about each and every one of them.
Revelry was a beautifully written story that took a piece of my soul. This book was everything. It was so much more than I thought it would be. Kandi Steiner's writing was absolutely stunning. Everything was woven together perfectly, and I loved seeing how everything unraveled. The plot line flowed seamlessly and the character development was spot on. The characters were multi-faceted and had a lot of depth. This book was just flat out perfect. Everything about it. It was an emotional read that made me shed so many tears. This has become a new favorite of mine that I will continually go back and reread. Revelry is a masterpiece at its finest!!! It is a MUST read!!! I highly, highly recommend this book!! If I could give this book more than five stars, I would!! I also want to say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!
I had just grabbed my oversized hat and slipped my sunglasses on when I spotted Anderson walking up the drive with a large trash bag slung over his shoulder. He wore a simple, black V-neck and distressed jeans, an outfit way too dark and hot for the heat. A light sheen of sweat gathered on his neck as he made his way toward my cabin, his eyes hidden behind all-black sunglasses.
"Change your mind?" I asked, not even fighting the grin on my face as I walked outside and leaned against the banister.
Anderson squinted up at me, his boots heavy as they hit each stair. "About?"
"Tubing?" I asked. That was why he was here, right?
"Oh." He shook his head as he hit the top stair, shrugging the bag off his shoulders to hold it by the neck in one fist. "No, I have somewhere to be..." His voice trailed off, and even through the tinted shades of his glasses I felt his eyes on my chest. I'd strapped on my favorite boho print bathing suit and paired it with a dainty gold chain that wrapped around my neck once before dipping between my chest and crossing over my ribs.
He sniffed, holding the bag out toward me. "I just came to drop these off. My clothes. Well, the ones that could probably use a little TLC."
My eyes lit up and I reached for the bag, but Anderson snatched it back, brows shooting up into his forehead.
"No frills, Wren."
I threw my hands up in surrender. "I promise."
He smirked, just slightly, and handed the bag over, tucking his hands in his front pockets.
"Are you sure you don't want to come?" I asked, peering into the bag at my project before setting it just inside the cabin and locking the door behind me.
"I can't," he said, lips pressed together. He was tense, the muscles on his forearms tight as he glanced around at pretty much everything but me.
I opened my mouth to ask why but was cut off by the sound of a truck flying into my drive, tires sliding against the gravel.
Tucker was in the driver's seat with Davie in the passenger. Sarah and Yvette sat in the back, laughing with their hands up as the truck skidded to a stop. They were both sprawled out on a pile of tubes, wearing bathing suit tops and tiny shorts.
All of their faces froze when they saw Anderson.
"Hey, you ready, Wren?" Tucker asked warily, his eyes moving from where Anderson stood in front of me, to me, and back again.
"Yeah, one sec!" I called back.
I turned to Anderson, but his eyes were hard on Tucker, jaw ticking under his skin. When he faced me once more, an anchor fell from my throat into the pit of my stomach, immobilizing me completely. Because even though I 'd tried to convince myself I was wrong, I recognized the look in his eyes.
And when his nose flared and he took one big step toward me, our chests brushing, his hand reaching out to rest almost imperceptibly on my hip, the anchor in my stomach exploded into flames, burning a desire so fierce I inhaled a toxic breath and didn't let it go.
"Be careful, okay?" His eyes locked on mine just before he leaned in and swiftly kissed my cheek.
He turned on his heel and jogged down the stairs and past the truck. Sarah called his name, but he didn't acknowledge her, just kept his gaze forward until he'd disappeared from view.
And then everyone looked at me.
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 die hard 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.