Series: Thoughtless #1.5
Published by Little Brown Book Group on February 24th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an E-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley*
We stared at each other for long, silent seconds. I wished things were different. I wished our time together had been different. I wished I meant more to her. I wished she loved me, like I loved her. I wished my heart didn’t pound when I stared into her eyes. I wished my lips didn’t ache to press against her skin. But wishing didn’t change anything.
I’ve been waiting for this book for what feels like forever, and it did not disappoint. Thoughtful was everything I was expecting and more. SC Stephens and Kellan Kyle have left me an emotional wreck, but it was SO worth it!
Before I start my review, there is something I need to explain. I freaking LOVE Kellan Kyle! He is my book ‘husband’. I have lots of book boyfriends, they come and they go, but for the last two years there has been only one that has stayed a constant, and that is Kellan Kyle. When I finished Reckless, the last book in the Thoughtless series, I felt as though I had lost something. I kid you not, I was in a period of mourning for weeks after. This was when I discovered what the term ‘book hangover’ meant. It took me ages to get over it, and the realisation that there would be no more Kellan. And then S C Stephens made all my dreams come true when she announced that she was writing Kellan’s story. To say I was excited would be an understatement!
I didn’t think I could possibly love Kellan Kyle any more but I was wrong. From the first chapter I knew this book was going to wreck me, and wreck me it did. It was Heaven and Hell all rolled into one. Heaven because I was back with Kellan again, and inside his head, but Hell because I had to see my man tortured and in pain. It wasn’t just the pain from his situation with Kiera and Denny though, the glimpses of his pitiful childhood were heartbreaking. You will need tissues with this book, that’s for sure!
I loved seeing the events of the first book unfold through Kellan’s point of view. There were so many things I wanted to experience through his eyes, such as how he felt the first time he met Kiera, what was going on his head after their first time together, his torment over betraying Denny, and I wasn’t left disappointed.
I wanted to stroke her hair, cup her cheek, kiss her forehead. A surging desire was building in me to put both my arms around her and hold her tight. To tell her how much she meant to me, that no one saw me the way she did, no one cared for me the way she did. To tell her I cared about her in a way that sometimes scared the crap out of me. She was comfort and pain, wrapped up in one beautiful package…that wasn’t mine.
I hated Kiera in Thoughtless, I wanted to grab her and shake some sense into her, and this book made me want to slap her silly. She put Kellan through hell, and he was messed up big style. She really did a number on him. He had finally found someone he connected with, who saw him for who he was inside, but she loved his best friend. He had to endure some pretty torturous situations, including overhearing Kiera and Denny in bed together.
There was no way in hell I was staying here, listening to that. Not after I’d had her. Not after I’d figured out how much I loved her. Fuck. Pain tightened around my chest, making it hard to breathe, hard to think, hard to do anything. I loved her so much, and she didn’t give a shit about me at all. She didn’t want me. No one wanted me.
My heart broke for him more than once in this book, I just wanted him to be happy. His parents had never shown him any love whatsoever, the only person who had been there for him had been Denny and now he was betraying him. Thankfully he had his band mates to rely on. I loved seeing the relationship between the guys and there were some pretty comical moments (usually courtesy of Griffin) that provided some much needed light relief from all the angst! The relationship between Kellan and Evan was particularly strong, and I think Evan understood what was going on between Kellan and Kiera even before they did.
Even though I knew what was going to happen, Ms Stephens still managed to put a fresh spin on it and kept me hooked until the last page. The moment when Denny discovered the betrayal had my heart pounding and the subsequent fall out knocked me sick and had me in tears. It was just an impossible situation for all of them.
This book KILLED me! It had ALL THE FEELS. I cried buckets for Kellan, I hated Kiera all over again, and I just didn’t want it to end. Now I want to read it all over again, along with the other three books in the series. Fans of Kellan Kyle will love this!