What He Doesn't Know

What He Doesn't Know Duet, Book 1
Series: What He Doesn't Know Duet, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.6 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and plans for the future. Inside its walls are many things that belong to me - my books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.

And a man. A man who also belongs to me. A man I no longer wish to keep. A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.

No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves, is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband. But they don’t know me at all. I don’t even know me. Not anymore.

They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three. 

On the northeast side of town, there is a house. But there is no longer a home.

©2018 Kandi Steiner (P)2018 audiOMG!

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My Heart!

GAAH! I don’t know if my heart can take it! I am not usually into love triangle stories but what a story!!! My heart is so torn and it’s only the beginning!! I am starting book two right now~! The narration is PERFECTION!!! I love this story so much!

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EPIC.. EMOTIONALLY RAW AND BROKENLY EPIC

Originally, I was not going to start this Duet because I dislike broken vows and cheating relationships.. however, over and over again this book would subtly make its presence known to me as I trawled Audible hoping to find my next listen.. so eventually I caved and bought it. And, oh.. my.. God am I ever glad I did, because this book was so very everything.. and, as I laid awake promising myself just one more chapter over and over again, I finally realized (at the dawning of a new day) that I had been talking utter poop to myself all night long. I had been absolutely transfixed as I witnessed how a wife struggled to hold on to the empty husk of her marriage which was slowly crumbling because only one of them had been trying. I was utterly hooked as an old love resurfaced, lit a new fire in the shell of the girl he had once walked away from and breathed hope into whispered words of second-chances. I too fell in love with the caring, kind, thoughtful man who had grown from the teen she once knew and only he saw how emotionally empty and exhausted she was. Then this very talented author completely knocked me off course as she cleverly stirred the pot by finally giving me the husband*s POV and, at this point, nothing could have torn me away from the heartbreaking chapters as the dam holding back years of grief, loss, hurt, anger, devastation, heartache, regret, hope and helplessness finally burst with its heavy load. There were pain-filled words.. and pleas.. and promises.. and a tentative treaty was struck as a Phoenix rose from the ashes, spread his wings and prepared for war. Worth a credit? Oh boy YES spectacular storytelling.. a gripping and emotionally charged plot as uncharted chapters concealed and slowly revealed their hidden gems.. and a cliffhanger ending that promises much more heartfelt anguish to come. Erin, Jason and Sebastian WERE the three characters they each played.. with their tender vulnerabilities, their torn emotions, their deep sorrow, their tentative hopes and their heart*s hurdles coming through clearly.

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My heart

How can it ( my heart) be torn in two!!!! This book grabbed me and never let go. What a journey and now to finish it with What he always knew- please I need my hand held. And can I just add the narrators were FANTASTIC! Spot on to whoever decides. Worth the credit!

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Don’t waste your money

I could barely get through this story! The female narrator has one of the most annoying voices that I’ve heard. The story was boring, the narration was horrible, and let me add the ending is a huge cliff hanger!! Honestly, I could care less about getting the second book in this series, I don’t care about finding out what happens in this miserable love triangle!

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A Love Triangle with all the Feels

This was my first time reading Author Kandi Steiner and I’ve heard so much positive feedback about her work. Now I know why!! This book was fantastic. Emotional, relatable, angst filled. All the feels I look for in a romance. Charleigh and Cameron have been together for over a decade and their marriage has been through more than any couple should have to endure so when a blast from the past steps into their lives reminding Charleigh what it feels like to be alive again, she can’t resist Reece and all his charm. This is part one in a Duet so it ends in a cliffhanger but book 2 is already out and it’s so worth the read. I listened to this on audio and highly enjoyed the narrators, Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke. Sebastian York even makes an appearance giving this story the added element of multiple point of views. Highly recommend!!

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Well written

FIRST OF ALL, if you haven't read/listened this book yet, DO NOT, I repeat, DO FREAKING NOT look at the blurb for the spin off (book 3) that is included in the series list with this DUET. That's right, DU-freaking-ET, meaning two. The blurb gives the entire ending away for this duet and although it is still good to see how they got to the ending, knowing ahead of time which of the men she will choose is not cool. 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. I liked how well written it was and that even though there was cheating and such, it was done in a heart wrenching way. I really felt for Charlie in her situation. When I finished, I was almost not wanting to continue to book two to find out how everything turns out....Almost. Audible: I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. There were three narrators. One for each POV. The male narrators were totally fine. They had nice voices and were easy to listen to. The female narrator was...unique. I had to restart the book multiple times because I had a hard time getting used to her voice and I was a bit dumbfounded. She was very breathy and almost moan-y sounding. She legit sounded like an adult actress. Once I got used to her voice, I was able to listen to her just fine, save my smirks each time her POV chapters started again. Especially since it was the most prominent when she was saying "Charlie" at the beginning of each of her chapters. All that aside, I enjoyed the audio well enough.

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Hot emotional roller coaster ride.

Be prepared to spend 2 credits going into this emotional journey because you'll want to know how it ends. This concludes with unmade decisions and I have a feeling no one will come out emotionally unscathed. With two men hanging in the balance, it's up to Charlie to decide what direction her life will take. From the awesome writing to a dream team of narrator's this was one credit worthy listen.

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Emotional Journey from start to finish...

Beautifully written and heart breakingly honest....her first love returns to find her marriage in disrepair following a devastating loss and admitted infidelity...he steps in to help heal her and bring her back from the sadness drowning her...the healing begins but her husband isn't giving up without a right...let the angst begin!

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Both Books Were Amazing

They tear you from one emotion to the other, but they are well written and if I was one to re-listen to audiobooks, these would be on that list. My one and only complaint is the female reader. She did better over time, however, something about the way she breathes out and almost huffs after every single sentence is annoying and she really should work some more on stopping. She did get better over the length of the book and I was slowly able to ignore it, but it is really a major annoyance in listening to her parts. As for the duet narrations, I LOVE duets, and they are my absolute favorite and always will be. They help me fell the words and emotions and there is nothing better. I wish more audiobooks were done this way.

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Wow!

Just a fair warning I wouldn’t recommend listening to this in public. I cried throughout this book. This story just completely broke my heart. I know the cheating aspect may turn readers off but there is just so much more to the story, so I recommend giving it a chance. You truly feel and can understand everyone’s side of the story. It is not black and white story. Your heart will break for all of these characters who are all going through something and trying to find peace. The narration was superb! Honestly probably elevated the story with all the emotion. I can not recommend this book enough. I am ready for book two!

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 08-05-19

An emotional read

This book is what happens when there’s no communication in a relationship. I liked Cameron even though he had his faults (who doesn’t?) but I’m not sure how I felt about Reese and Charlie. It’s a well written story that’s an emotional rollercoaster at times but I liked it.

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  • Clare Keating
  • 12-24-18

A five star listen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I could not get enough of this story it was so raw and emotional. It follows Charlie and her husband Cameron who are drifting apart in their marriage after a very heart breaking few years but then Reece comes back into Charlies life the boy she loved when she was young and he makes his feeling to her known in a big way. So Charlie has to decide who she wants to be with her emotionally absent husband or her old friend who says all the right things. she decides that she will give her husband 2 months to see if they can relight the flame into their relationship. This is a very emotional book and had tears in my eyes a few times . I just could not get enough of the love triangle it was so well written. Jason Clarke plays Reece and he is just amazing I love how he tells a story. Erin Mallon is as ever AMAZING she just does no wrong ever Sebastian York is only at the end of the story but he is great I loved hearing Cameron's side of the story and it gets you thinking. This one ends on a cliffhanger but book 2 is available so I started it straight away. An amazing story how communication in a relationship is so important. A must listen.x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-19-19

A 5 STAR BLUSHING AUDIO REVIEW

This book literally gave me Goosebumps whilst reading, there are so many layers to peel back throughout the story each one twisting and embedding itself into me like I was part them. I had no idea where the story was heading most the time, catching me by surprise whenever the plot changed direction without warning. I have not read many books that are from three POV’s and it left me torn between them, just when I thought I was batting for one team the rules changed and I would jump teams. My heart broke over and over again and then slowly Kandi put it back together again, she still left it feeling heavy and not quiet whole even up to the end. My red puffy eyes have not yet recovered from this emotionally charged story. To say I loved it would not do it justice, I breathed in every word and felt every emotion throughout. This is not a feel good fluffy romance story, it is raw, it’s painful, it’s confronting but it’s also powerful and passionate and reflective. There is a strong message in this duet and without disclosing any details it can be relevant and very relatable for anyone who has lost their way in a relationship or maybe unhappy in their marriage but still deeply love their partner, somewhere along the way it is easy to lose touch of what matters. Kandi’s writing is addictive, it’s deep and perfectly executed. The story pulled me in from the very beginning and I become so invested in her world of passion, heart ache and self-discovery nothing else existed in my world whilst I was reading. I would switch from reading to the audio book if I had to hang washing or cook dinner because I simply couldn’t put it down. I know the sensitive subject matter will deter a lot of people from reading this but I urge you to step past that comfort level and give this a go it certainly gives you another perspective after all they say there is always two sides to every story but this one has three. Adding narration to this already emotionally charged book heightened that tenfold. The narrators did a perfect job of portraying their character’s personality traits and evoking emotions for the listener. Sebastian York & Erin Mallon are favourite narrators of mine whereas Jason Clarke's a newbie for me but I loved him just as much. Each narrator was impeccably matched to their characters and they all did an outstanding performance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-14-20

Conflicted!

This Audiobook has left me so conflicted! I would happily listen to Sebastian York read the phone book, he can make the worst story entrancing for me. The story is brilliant, so all good right? Unfortunately the female narrator is so mind bogglingly annoying that I actually huffed aloud in disgust every time we returned to her. Jason Clarke does a solid job which is a relief or this one would have been going straight back before Sebastian even murmered a syllable. Now my predicament is; do I harumpf my way through listening to the next 2 installments wondering how on earth Erin Mallon has a job or do I read the next 2, thereby missing out on the dulcet tones of Mr York making the story all the more riveting? Decisions, decisions :(

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  • Jade B
  • 11-25-19

What He Doesn't Know

Wow this book!! All the feels the angst the heartbreak and the love. A must read!!