Thursday, April 20, 2017

Revelry release and review!!

Title: Revelry
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.

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.

My 5 star review of Revelry

1. a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.

"I am in awe of this story, truly beautiful.”

Where the ACTUAL F has Kandi Steiner been all my book nerd life? I am honestly not kidding, like under a rock or what? I need to know these things. I totally feel like she is underrated because she should be amongst the Colleen Hoovers, the Abbi Glines, the Penelope Wards- she is totally A list. If Weightless didn’t convince anyone- A Love Letter to Whiskey, sure as heck should have- but Revelry? It takes it to another level. ALLTW was my number one read of last year, and I am telling you- in a very different way, Revelry might be in my number one spot this year.

1. very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.

“Wren was a true to herself, always- she was above all magnanimous, forgiving to a fault.”

Where do I even begin with Wren. While B is my favorite Kandi heroine- I think Wren really took the cake, and pushed B out of the way a bit. It’s cool, B can just go off with Whiskey, and I’ll still love the heck out of her.
And can I just say- reading Kandi’s descriptive words, I really got a handle on who Wren was- not just what she looked like but WHO she was. And she had been put through a lot of sh** and that’s the way love goes sometimes. Between her mother giving her crap for her career choice- which she called a hobby by the way- and for divorcing her ex, sigh… not mothers life, Wrens life; and her ex-husband calling every night at 10pm, hoping she would answer after the divorce was FINAL- what a d*k in a box, she had to escape.
Where else but Gold Bar, a little cabin town about an hour or so away from Seattle. She lived in Seattle and ran a boutique with her bestie/business partner Adrian. Wren, but mostly Adrian, had wanted her to go. She needed to find purpose, to find herself again- and to work on a killer new line for their store. Maybe she was even looking for a real love, someone to set her heart free, one sweet day.

1. characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.

"Anderson had a reckless and tempestuous streak, and he dealt with it the best way he knew how- ignore.”
Anderson- holy mother of hotness, and broodiness, and alpha male-ness. I fell HARD for Anderson- and had the kind of hangover I got with Whiskey from him. Anderson was scarred and scarred deep from an accident seven years ago that left him alone. But not the kind of “alone,” we all associate with romance novels. I thought FOR SURE this guy had lost the love of his life. But losing family can be even more devastating, especially when you only blame yourself for an accident that happened.
From the moment Anderson sees all the LIGHT and LOVE Wren exudes, even down in his dark and twisty heart, he felt a thump and a thwack. And when he got to know her? Fuhgeddaboudit. You know what I actually really LOVED about him? He had never really been in love. He was experiencing all of it with Wren, for the very first time. Anderson was all twisted over Wren- after he had a talking to from his mentor- Anderson figured out he never had a love like this before.

And let me tell you- sexual frustration and sexual gratification- is something Kandi does extremely well. Description is KEY, and alluding to a point instead of being blatant is a talent that she has so much of. When Anderson and Wren finally get to bump n grinding, it’s totally worth the wait- I will tell you I saw FIREWORKS and all the reds, whites, and blues!! It was something out of a sweet sweet fantasy. 

gerund or present participle: electrifying
1. charge with electricity; pass an electric current through.

"Kandi is electrifying”

2. impress greatly; thrill.
"Revelry definitely electrified me with each word.”

Every part of this story is electrifying, magnetic, and just down right unputodownable. If you loved Kandi with Weightless and A Love Letter to Whiskey- don’t let a moment go by and not pick this one up. I absolutely loved all the ins and outs of this story. All the secondary characters that make this romance come to life. Thank you Kandi, I am totally in love with your words. Please don’t ever stop writing whatever you do, it’s who you are.


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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