Thursday, 29 October 2015

Review: Untamed by S.C. Stephens

Genre: Contemporary Romance - Rockstars

Series: Thoughtless (book 4)

Publication Date: 3rd November 2015

Format: ebook - print


The spotlight doesn't only shine. Sometimes it burns.

Being the bad-boy bassist for the world's hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn't brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he's caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he's seen an ache in her eyes--and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers...

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I was both extremely excited and incredibly nervous to read this book.
Extremely excited because it was taking us back to the world of the D-Bags and I was excited for the update on how things were going for them.
Incredibly nervous because it was narrated by Griffin and I really didn't like Griffin in past books for he is an obnoxiously arrogant, well, d-bag!
I was hopeful though that this book could show him in a different light. It didn't, well for about 80% of it, it didn't. He was a horrible person. Totally self-centred, arrogant and repulsive with very few redeeming qualities. So many times I was tempted to just put it down and DNF because I couldn't stomach reading about the unending chip on his bloody shoulder, how he was so awesome, and how ill treated he felt by his band mates; It was repetitive and exhausting. This constant "I am awesome, I can do no wrong, world worship me" never faltered through his downward dive of absolute stupidity and it took sinking to the very bottom - losing everything - to make him wake the feck up!
I'll give S.C Stephens props, the lady has a talent in that she could write a character like Griffin, make you hate everything about what you are reading but render you powerless to put the bloody book down despite wanting to!
As I said, Griffin got everything he had coming to him, I felt bad for Anna, but it was glorious watching the knob plunge to the depths of the cesspool and almost drown. When his head finally broke the surface it was a different book. A different Griffin. He was likeable. Humble. Decent. The journey was painful, but it was all worth it in the end and I was so bloody happy with how things turned out. I'm still not a Griffin fan, but in the end I softened towards him a helluva lot.
Other bits I liked about the book were meeting the Hancock clan, updates on the band, the fact the story spanned multiple years and how much - despite being an asshat to beat all asshats - Griffin loved his wife and kids.
I think I'm a glutton for punishment as I'm really hoping there will be another book in this series... I wont spoil the who / why, as when you read it it'll be obvious, but I think there deserves to be one more book for a special new character.
If your a fan of this series, you've got to read this book. If you're new... I'm not sure what you'll make of it, but I'd say get stuck in and find out!

(ARC granted in exchange of a honest review.)

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