Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review for Revelry by Kandi Steiner

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.

REVIEW: Yep. Read it. However many stars you need....
"How could I convince her that I could heal her when the last man to touch her was responsible for the scars?"

Soooo....yeah, this book. This book. This book was an amazing, sincere, heartfelt read that I feel like I can actually exhale after reading. Corny? Maybe, but it's true. I'm so content after reading this one. This book was very moving; it spoke to me. It moved me in ways I didn't think it would and I'm still shaking my head, still saying wow as I process my feelings on this one. This wasn't an in-your-face, angsty, roller coaster of a book. Nope. This one was a slow burn, an ache for the lack of a better word right now, that was a constant hum while I read it. The growth, the characters, the storyline, everything....the TRUTHS!!! It was all in this book and it was an eye-opening, beautiful read.

I loved this opposites attract feeling I got.....these two were not your typical, but they were your ideal. Wren and Anderson were two broken souls colliding and coming to life. I loved their love. I loved their hearts. I loved HOW they loved and I loved HOW they learned. They both were so moved by what the other offered, it was a beautiful dance between their hearts and their minds. Talk about growth in characters and watching it unfold in front of you. Serious life lessons.....from the heart. So good. I'm still saying wow.....just, wow.

"It wasn't that we needed each other, or that we couldn't find footing on our own. It was that our pieces together made a larger whole."

The whole cast of characters in this book added some very insightful and important dialogue to this already emotionally laden story. I don't want to say this book was heavy, but it was deep. Everyone needs a Momma Von in their life. She was a walking fountain of knowledge! One of the best things I saw throughout the entire book was that every single character played a necessary part in Wren and Anderson's story.

This book started out slow, or what I thought was slow, but after getting deeper in, it was just the perfect cadence to use while telling Wren and Anderson's love story. This entire book was embedded with heartfelt messages amidst the breathtaking moments between two souls that were meant to be. Man...the sighs were rampant throughout this entire book. I love how this one made me feel. It was a slow awakening to the bigger picture and I feel like I can put books down for a bit and just lay down, look up to the ceiling, and just smile. Smile at what I read because it resonated with me so much. Kudos, Kandi.

Edited to add: I woke up thinking about this book. How profound it was. It was such a moving book. I don't even know how to explain it. When you can envision light and airy, when you can feel the breeze and the surrounding, when you can sigh at the love and the pain. That's when a book hits you. That's when a book affects you. That is exactly what Revelry did for me.

"My skin was almost too sensitive to her touch, my ears too aware of her breaths, my tongue too tender for the taste of her. If she really was a drug, addiction wasn't just a possibility -- it was a certainty."


Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer. 

Kandi 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 (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or 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 beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order. 

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