UNTAMED by S.C. Stephens (November 3, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Thoughtful #5)
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…
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have been a huge fan of this series. And not only because of my love for #SexyKK but all of the D Bags. And when I heard Mr. Griffin Hancock was getting a book? I knew I HAD to read this one!
Untamed takes place in the present. This means that in no way is this a retelling of any of the other books. It is all Griffin’s story as a married rock star. With the current popularity of the band, Griff feels left out. He wants some time to shine. To show fans that he is not just the guy in shadows. He has talent, and he is ready to showcase just how much he has to offer. But the guys, Kellan, Matt, and Evan are not so sure. Griff has never taken anything seriously. Everything is a total joke. The one small chance he is given, he fails. Miserably. And that is all the more reason why to not give him a chance to take the lead while risking the band’s reputation. Frustrated, Griff goes on a whole new adventure. And his family is along for the ride . He feels that the band is not being fair, and is determined to make it all on his own. He doesn’t think he needs the band. Little does he know that everything he needs has always been right in front of his face.
There are some definite laugh out loud moments in Untamed. Griff is hilarious. He’s witty, sharp, and his sense of humor is off the charts. But there are also some emotional and somber moments. We get to see just how much Griff battles with wanting to be great but also provide for his family. The author’s writing demonstrates how well she knows her characters. Nothing is ever forced. Griff is everything we know him to be and so much more. I love that we get to see Griffin in his element as a rockstar, but also as a husband and father. He has grown so much as a person and we are so lucky as readers that we get to experience this. Griff's story definitely needed to be told.
I had no idea what to expect when it came to Griff’s book. He’s self-centered, selfish, and still bangs like the rockstar that he is. Except it’s with his woman, his wife, Anna. I had no idea just how big of a heart he really had. Untamed is so much more than Griff wanting to be in the spotlight. At the end of the day, we all just want to know we serve a purpose. And it took Griff and the rest of the guys hitting rock bottom to truly understand how great of a role everyone plays in that band. Thank you S.C. Stephens for giving us more of the D Bags. They have been terribly missed.
S.C. Stephens Q&A
1. What do you think readers will be surprised to see from Griffin in UNTAMED?
I think readers will be surprised to see how much he grows in this book. He’s evolved a lot since Thoughtless, but that growth is nothing compared to Untamed.
2. What’s your favorite quote or scene from UNTAMED?
Oh man…there are so many! But my ultimate favorite scene is at the end. I don’t want to spoil it, so I can’t really talk about it, but he lets his guard down and is completely open and vulnerable. It’s such a shocking difference from how he normally is that it really gets to me. I choke up every time.
3. What are three things we’d find on your writing desk?
My iPod, my laptop, and my Ned Stark figurine. He helps keep me focused, because… Winter is coming.
4. If UNTAMED was being made into a movie, who would you want to play Griffin?
Chris Hemsworth. And I would need to be on set every day.
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