Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: April 20, 2017
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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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Things are easier to fix than people are.”
Kandi Steiner is one of those authors that just delivers romance with ease, that honest, sweet, emotional romance that us hopeless romantics crave to read and Revelry was just that with a cherry on top. But what also Kandi Steiner delivers with Revelry is a life affirming read, one of those books that makes you sit back and question your choices, your current situation and whether you yourself would do anything differently. Are you one of those people that settle? One of those people that do what people expect of you rather than what your heart tells you to? We all have a little bit of Wren in us, but when it becomes stifling and suffocating…that is when it becomes a problem.
“…one day I realized that every time I gave him what he wanted, I lost a piece of myself…I left before I lost the last one.”
Wren is a successful fashion designer and is newly divorced from her childhood sweetheart. Her mojo has gone in everything and she is just really feeling “lost” in every sense of the word. Wren decides she needs to get away for the summer and rejuvenate, find herself and get her creative juices flowing once again and so she rents a cabin. A cabin in a small, infectious community that welcomes Wren with open arms…well most of them. Wren was an adorable character from the outset, relatable, honest, a little feisty when needed, independent and yet vulnerable. I loved the fact that she made hard decisions when everyone else was against her, she listened to her heart and her head, she wasn’t afraid to reach out for more no matter if she broke her own heart in the process. Failure was not in her vocabulary until it came to her marriage and that was a bitter pill to swallow.
“…and so an empath loved a narcissist. The more you loved to make him feel whole, the more power he had.”
Anderson is a man crushed with guilt when he needn’t be. Grief has been consuming him for six years and he ceased living the day he lost his cousin who was more like his sister. Now a man of few words, isolation and work are his only friends. Anderson keeps himself busy to forget but his memories are never far from his thoughts. On the outside he seems cold, detached and cantankerous, but underneath that unapproachable façade was a vulnerable man desperate to forget and a man desperate for love, even if he didn’t know he needed it. Anderson was a man that you could not help but fall in love with, I am a sucker for a broken man and this one wheedled his way in effortlessly.
“…so when my head hit the pillow, I put the first board over my heart. But I couldn’t find the will to nail it in place.”
Two people lost, one desperate to find themselves, the other desperate to forget, not exactly a match made in heaven, that is until the Steiner magic happens.
“…when his strong arms cradled me like I was the only thing in the world he cared to protect, all those sexual molecules in my body that had been asleep for years woke in a frenzy.”
Kandi Steiner is an author whose words get better the more she writes, every book shows growth in her writing and Revelry is a masterclass in what I call immersion reading. The vivid descriptions and the little community that she brought to life in Revelry was infectious. Through stunning imagery, I lived a summer in Gold Bar along with Wren and I came to love these characters just as much as she did and I definitely didn’t want to leave either.
“Stop asking yourself what other people will think or what you should do and listen to your heart. You ignored it for years with Keith… don’t take away its voice now that you’ve finally stopped to hear it.”
Revelry was a fantastic second chance at love and life story, it was cute, low on the angst but huge on the feels and that emotion that I constantly crave in the books I read. My eyes may have leaked a little but that was through sheer character connection and that is testament to Kandi Steiner’s writing ability. Nothing gut or heart wrenching, but just overcome with emotion as these two characters slowly bring each other back to life. This story was just as beautiful as its setting.
“You know, I never saw you coming. You were the last thing I expected to find out here.”
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.
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 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.
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