New Release & Review: Neat by Kandi Steiner

September 18, 2019 Book Reviews, Book Tour 0

by Kandi Steiner
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My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought.

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.

But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear.

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.

And Logan’s will be, too.


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The Becker family has always worked for the Scooter Distillery, even in times of discord. Logan Becker currently is a tour guide for the facility, and has held the position for many years. Working his way up through the company has given Logan a sense of pride about his job. Now – the Becker brother finds himself tasked with training one of the Scooters in spite of their family rivalry.

How did this rivalry begin? The Becker family has always played a huge part in the distillery. From barrel making to executive decisions, the Becker family possessed an intrical part in making the company what it is today. However – only the Scooter name is attached to the company. Logan’s father perished in a fire at the company that had mysterious circumstances surrounding its cause. This birthed a firestorm that has created one of the biggest rivalries in town.

Logan is now faced with training a Scooter to lead guided tours. Nothing about Mallory is typical for a Scooter. In fact – the brazen beauty is the opposite of everything that one would expect from the family that seems to own the town. From her hair to her shoes, Mallory is a walking contradiction to the name Scooter. The moment Mallory walked into Logan’s office, an attraction between the two grew to epic proportions. How can two sworn enemies act on what is certainly ‘forbidden’ by both of their families? Only time will tell what part Logan and Mallory will play in this ever changing dynamic of rivaling families.

Neat is the latest addition to the Kandi Steiner collection. Logan is the latest Becker brother to lead us through the lives of the Scooter Distillery legacy. The dynamic between Mallory and Logan is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Their attraction a definite faux pas in the lives of both the Scooter and Becker legacies. Secrets are still lurking surrounding the death of Logan’s father, and it only fuels more controversy and the relationship unfolds.

While I thoroughly enjoyed Logan and Mallory’s attraction, I found myself wanting more information. There is a bit of drama surrounding a punishment at the distillery that will open a few hidden doors. However – the part that this secret will uncover felt a bit ‘flat’. The ending just wasn’t where I thought it should be for two characters that hold so much depth with their individuality. The story builds…..then its like a door shuts and you are trying to turn the handle without success. The feeling that I received was incomplete when turning the last page of this saga. While all secrets cannot unfold, I felt the build up to this romance wasn’t complete when ending Neat.

All in all – Neat is a true forbidden love story. It definitely follows a Romeo and Juliet theme with a bit of tainted family legacy. If you are drawn to ‘impossible’ love, then you will not want to skip out on the saga that unfolds between the Scooter and Becker families!!





About Kandi Steiner

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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