Review: Revelry by Kandi Steiner

Posted April 20, 2017 by Felicia in Blog Tour, Felicia, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Revelry by Kandi SteinerRevelry by Kandi Steiner
Published by Kandi Steiner on April 20th 2017
ASIN: B071Y1Q753
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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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This is the second book I have read from Kandi Steiner and she is becoming fast one of my go to authors that I will read anything she writes.  Revelry takes you down a journey of self-awareness which can be a good thing or bad depending on your mindset and Ms Steiner shows both sides flawlessly.

Wren Ballard is successful in her professional life; her personal life has just taken a beating – recently divorced at 27 she really thought she would be married to this man for the rest of her life.  Now she is mourning her marriage she needs to regroup and find herself again and a 3-month sabbatical in the mountains outside Seattle is just the place to do so.  What she doesnt count on is meeting Anderson Black (love this name!) her sexy neighbor who has been nothing but rude to her since she showed up, to the point where she stands up and tells him so.  When an unlikely friendship develops so does their passion for each other but Wren is not there to meet a guy – especially so soon after her divorce.  She is there to find herself but what if part of that discovery includes Anderson?

Anderson Black has had his share of heartache over the last 7 years.  He knows he is not worthy of fun or a life other than getting up going to work and coming home not after what happened all those years ago.  That starts to change when he sees Wren for the first time and he is challenged by her and himself to find something outside of his grief – something that makes him feel alive again.  The more time he spends the more he knows Wren is the girl for him, now he just needs to convince her of that.

What Ms Steiner has done is written a smart, sexy, poignant story that takes you on a journey of discovery along with her 2 main characters.  I love that their relationship is a little unconventional and its honest around the choices the make.   Told in dual POVs you get a sense of the journey and the changes that Wren and Anderson make within themselves and how they start to change for the better.  The secondary characters are fantastic, anytime you get a story set in a small town the townspeople become stories all on their own and this book is no different.  I think everyone will want a Momma Van in the life and it’s great how she is there just when Anderson and Wren need her the most.   There is a great payoff at the end and the epilogue is just perfect.

All in all, I cant say enough great things about this book – other than you may shed a few tears both happy and sad.

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I am 44 years old married and live in Tucson AZ. I have no children but do have a cat who thinks she is a child so it works out ok. I am originally from central/northern California and growing up we spent a lot of time driving from literally one end of the state to the other. That's when I really found my love for reading. I read anything I could get my hands on from Judy Blume to Beverly Cleary to Ronald Dahl as a child and as I grew up my love for romance grew starting with the Sweet Valley High series to Danielle Steel, Janet Daily and of course Jackie Collins. I would have loved the way social media has impacted readers and authors growing up, to be able to be in a community that loves to talk about the same things as you do is fantastic. Plus to be able to reach out to the storytellers themselves to me is priceless. I also enjoy movies, love sports (SF 49ers and San Jose Sharks) and I love to travel though reading is my number 1 favorite hobby. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2015.