Saturday, 21 February 2015
Review: Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless (Book 1.5)
Publication Date: 24th February 2015
A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Timesbestselling author S. C. Stephens!
Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.
All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women...until he meets her.
Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he'sworth more. But there's one problem - she's his best friend's girl.
Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera's indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughtless from the POV of Kellen Kyle...
To start this review I should probably say that I hated Thoughtless as much as I loved it (I wanted to spear Kiera on a spike and roast her over the fiery pits of hell - to read the full review click here) and even though I loved Effortless and Reckless, I am still not sure if I'll ever read Thoughtless again... But, I LOVED Kellen in Thoughtless, I loved him in Effortless and I loved him in Reckless. I HAD to read Thoughtful. I had to read his thoughts, read his take on the absolute train wreck that was the beginning of his relationship with Kiera.
So, I mentally strapped on my armour and got ready to put myself through the emotional wringer and by god did this book put me through the emotional wringer.
Knowing what was going to come did not in any way prepare me for the breath-stealing heartbreak of seeing it through Kellen's eyes.
Kellen is more broken, lonely and vulnerable than I would have ever believed. Such a damaged, beautiful soul. It made me forget the fact that I "forgave" Kiera her selfish bitchery and actually began to like her character in later books. I went straight back to despising her and wishing SC Stephens killed her off in the end and matched Kellen up with another. But alas...
Did I like the book? Yes. Did I love the book? Yes. Would I read it again? Actually, yes. Even though this story is an emotional roller-coaster from hell, it was easier to read it - and enjoy it - from Kellen's POV. It had the same soul-stealing addictive quality as it's twin but without the flaw of coming from a character I couldn't relate to, like or give a shit about (aka Kiera).
Something that I really loved about this book, that was lacking in Thoughtless, was the insight we got into the lives of the rest of the D-Bags and Kellen's relationship with them. It was fantastic to see that side of the coin and I really hope this series continues in some way shape or form and we get to see more of the gang.
If you are a fan of the series, reading this is a must. I you are just coming in, without reading the others, I guess it'd work as a standalone.
(ARC received via Netgally)