A new novel in the Thoughtless series from
#1 New York Timesbestselling author S. C. Stephens!
I’m sure like many other readers, when I heard that S.C. Stephens was writing Kellan Kyle’s POV in Thoughtful to say I was excited would be an understatement. It was going to be one of my must reads for 2015, and then when I saw that it had downloaded on my Kindle a few weeks ago I did a happy dance. I couldn’t wait to read Sexy KK’s POV during Thoughtless.
“Being in love was hard. But not being in love was even worse”
As I started reading my memories of reading the first three books in the series came flooding back my love for sexy KK and my dislike for Keira. I just didn’t want to put it down, and I knew it was going to be an emotional and angsty, and it was. Kellan’s POV is going to tear you apart. If you think you knew what Kellan was going through during Thoughtless, well you should think again. You won’t understand the depth of his heartache it until you read this book and see it all through his eyes.
‘I would never be the same after this. We would never be the same after this.’
We get to see all his insecurities, sensitive and vulnerable side, his fears, and his love and relationship with his band mates. His love for music, his anguish over betraying Denny, and we learn more about his parents. But most importantly, his love for Keira, the girl that stole his heart from the moment she walked through the door of Pete's bar!!
“This girl… even seeing her through a crowd, there was something about her that sang to me. It nearly stopped me in my tracks”
He loves this girl hard even with all crap she puts him through. I will admit there were times that I was shouting at KK telling him that she is not worth it. But in the end, it was simple “ The heart wants what the heart wants” And without a doubt Kellan's heart wanted Keira.
“She saw me. She understood me. Well she understood the parts of me I let her see”
Thoughtful is a long one with nearly 600 pages, but it’s safe to say I love it. I was hooked after I swiped the first page, and I was emotionally exhausted by the time I had swiped that last. I didn’t think S.C Stephens could make me love Kellan any more than I already did, but she does. My heart broke for him as I read his story. Yes, I knew what was going to happen, but S.C Stephens writes Kellan’s story in a way that it didn’t feel as if I was just rereading Thoughtless. She gives us everything; she doesn’t hold back. As for Keira my feeling for her were that same, I didn't like her, and I had lots of issues with her, there were time when I was thinking someone pleased hold me back as I want to slap. However that being said I did warm to her a little in the end.
“She was my greatest pain, and my only salvation. She was the only one who could heal this hole in my heart, a hole she'd torn open”
Thoughtful is a must read for all you Kellan fans. It’s a heartfelt, emotional and beautiful story and great addition series. You will not be disappointed. S.C. Stephens writing is faultless, and It’s has left me wanting more I could happily go back and reread Effortless and Reckless. And oh how I have missed Griffin, he is just too funny, and I can’t wait to read his story in Untamed (Thoughtless #4) due for release November 2015.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Be still my beating heart. Kellan Kyle. If you didn’t hold a place in my heart before, you now own EVERY single piece of it.
Thoughtless. We all read it. We saw the heartbreak. Scratch that. We FELT it. But little did you know that you do not even know half of what Kellan went through. Thoughtful truly allows the reader to see Kellan’s heart, the good, the bad, and how truly beautiful he is. You understand the depths of his love for Kiera. From the moment they met. You feel his pain, his longing for love and his need to be loved back. Unconditionally.
“I wrapped my fury around me like armor. Let her try to find a crack. I dared her.”
Kellan’s voice in Thoughtful is strong. It speaks with conviction. You will want nothing more than to get lost inside his head and heart. I felt that even with the long length of the book, it never dragged or slowed down for me. I was fully immersed into his story. You heart will break for him when learning more about his past. We already know what he went through in Thoughtless, but that simply scratched the surface. Kellan went through a lot of pain and heartache as a child. You understand why he wants nothing more than to be loved, but he was always afraid. Never felt worthy of it. Until Kiera.
"She was my greatest pain, and my only salvation."
Thoughtful is to put it simply, heart wrenching. As I said before, the author immerses you into Kellan’s heart. It’s as if Kellan’s heart and soul is speaking to you in this story. Kellan coasts through life not loving anyone. But the moment his soul recognizes Kiera, he has hope. That maybe love isn’t impossible. That he can love and is deserving of a great love. While the story doesn’t defend the cheating, it definitely pulls the reader into more of a deeper understanding of why the characters were compelled to do what they did. The heart never lies. And Kellan’s heart never did.
Although the timeline of Thoughtful is parallel to Thoughtless, I in no way found it redundant or repetitive. It’s a beautiful compliment novel to Thoughtless. The author seamlessly weaved the story in a way that it felt like getting to know Kellan and the rest of the gang all over again. She also captures the true inner turmoil Kellan faced with his loyalty to Denny and his deep love and admiration for Kiera.
Thoughtful is a brilliant story of Kellan’s POV, but again it is not a regurgitation of Thoughtless. It brings so much meaning to the story as a whole. It adds depth. It's passionate and insightful. You as a reader will know the heart of Kellan Kyle and the power of his love. And all that it entails. You understand that while love can be the most scariest thing in the world, it is beautiful, powerful, overwhelming. Kellan Kyle. You are such a beautiful soul. How is it that you have embedded yourself into my heart all over again? Maybe you never left.
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S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.
Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.
In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer's block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.
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