Series: Thoughtless #4
Published by Sphere on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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...
Reviewed by Joanne
*An E-ARC was supplied to me by the publisher via NetGalley*
If you’re a follower of our page, then you’ll know by now that I am a self confessed Bagette, Kellan Kyle is my book husband, and it goes without saying that the Thoughtless trilogy has prime spot on my bookshelf. So, when I got the chance to read Untamed, I was really excited. I wanted to know the real man behind ‘The Hulk’, to see what made him tick. I was expecting all the bravado to be a shield, perhaps built up from a crappy childhood but this is Griffin Hancock we’re talking about here, I should have known better!
Griffin ‘The Hulk’ Hancock is Awesome (with a capital A). That’s not my opinion by the way, it’s his. He is the real star of the D-Bags, not Kellan but unfortunately for him, no one else seems to share that opinion. Not far into this book, I certainly had the opinion that whilst he may not be the biggest star of the band, he was certainly the biggest D of the D-Bags. The guy did not let up! Every chapter we were told how awesome he thought he was, how lucky the guys were to have him, how the band were keeping him down and preventing from shining. He should be lead guitar, he should be allowed to sing, he needed to be in the spotlight.
“I didn’t plan on staying in the shadows for long. Nobody put the Hulk in the corner. Nobody.”
Not content with his lot in life, Griffin decides he needs to take action to make sure he gets the spotlight he deserves, but it has shocking repercussions for the rest of the band, and his family. Poor Anna deserves a medal for what she put with from him!
I thought about what my talents were. Besides being devilishly handsome and a stallion in the bedroom, I was, in my humble opinion, a master rapper. In fact, I knew every lyric to every Vanilla Ice song. And not just his megahits, the B-side stuff too. Nobody could do Mr. Ice better than me.
It did get a bit tedious and I hate to admit that I struggled with the first 40-60%. It was only his little quips that kept me going. Oh and the little snippets of Kellan 😉 However, I understand why the story was so long, and why it took so long to really pick up. The fans wanted Griffins book, so S C Stephens gave us Griffin Hancock, warts and all. It truly was a journey, it wasn’t all wrapped up in a neat bow with a quick HEA. I saw a man who had everything, who was self centred, egotistical, arrogant, cocky, and full of confidence hit the self destruct button and sink to rock bottom.
Loyalties were tested, relationships were pushed to breaking point and Griffin finally grew up. Nothing makes you take stock of your life than being faced with losing it all, how you deal with that is the crucial factor. Like I said, it felt like it took a while to get going, but for the last 30% I went through a myriad of emotions. I fumed, I cringed, I cried, I sympathised, I cheered, I laughed, and then I cried some more! S C Stephens gave Griffin Hancock the stage and he ran away with it.