Title: Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5)
Author: SC Stephens
Release Date: February 24, 2015
A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Times bestselling 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’s worth 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.
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Having read Thoughtless so many times in the past 2ish years I was excited to finally lose Kiera’s whining and replace it with the deep and wonderful mind of Kellan. The beginning had his story. His background. His woes. His daily troubles BK (Before Kiera)
He was a sad, lonely puppy and I wanted to smoosh his cheeks and hold him close. I was willing to drop everything, move to Seattle and make sure he was loved and cherished. Because, well. He’s Kellan Kyle.
“Did she realise I screamed my heart out in my lyrics? Did she understand that my life left me feeling vacant inside? That I was so fucking lonely I almost couldn’t stand myself?”
One of his outlets and releases from his strife was performing. “On stage, none of my worries touched me.” The other? Sex. “Sex was a release for me. It made me feel like a part of something bigger than myself, made me feel connected to the world around me.”
Dark, troubled soul. Enter the light, naive and innocent Kiera. He was mesmerised by her and Denny’s relationship from the very first sight. He coveted what they had and wanted it for himself. He wanted the whole shebang.
He soon realised he wanted it with her.
We all know the story. If cheating is one of your triggers, stay away from the Thoughtless series. It was one of my biggest turn offs but Kellan changed that. This book changed my mind even more. Seeing his inner turmoil and his attempts to stay away and avoid any contact with Kiera made me believe he fought it the best way he knew how. But it was just inevitable. We all know those two belonged together and nothing or no one would be able to stand in their way.
His indecision over leaving always frustrated me before. But he was a slave to her whims. She said no, he didn’t go. Turns out it was always her indecisiveness that bugged the shit out of me.
Now, the feels. They were all there. The highs, the lows, the nail scratching sex, the nail biting discovery – Kellan made me feel so much more than Kiera did. Seeing the story through his eyes really made me a part of the story. But this story isn’t for the faint hearted and isn’t a short one. You certainly get your monies worth and then some, because, again – it’s Kellan Kyle!
My kindle is full of highlighted passages that will stick with me whenever I think of Kellan, his lyrical prowess shining through the prose of the story making it like a very long, sad song to listen to. His song to Kiera, the time he got the tattoo, the attempts to steer clear of her and all temptation, even the times he was acting like a dick towards her had me a nervous and emotional wreck the whole time I was reading!
“She was my greatest pain, and my only salvation.”
Absolutely outstanding writing from SC Stephens, she knows no bounds of limits – in words, in feelings, in twists and scenes that will remain etched into my brain forever. I’ll never be able to walk by a coffee stand without a smile on my face, never be able to hear the word “Mornin'” without picturing Kellan stood with a mug of coffee in his hand for me (yes, me! He’s mine!!)
The Thoughtless series will always be one of my favourites. A good book to me is one I read and enjoy. An amazing book is one that makes me feel and I mean really feel–ugly tears, snotty nose and red, puffy eyes included. The only thing I would change is the sheer length of it, as much as his voice needed to be heard, some of it was similar to what Kiera was going through in Thoughtless and I felt it didn’t need saying again – but then again, that is just my personal opinion and I feel that because I have read and reread the first book that many times that it was still very fresh in my mind.
Still a resounding and D-baggy 4 stars! Hope to see more of the gang (Griffin, please!) soon! ❤
It’s time for Kellan Kyle, the rockstar who captured our hearts in Thoughtless, to tell his side of the story.
The only place Kellan has ever felt at home is on stage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around his music and his band mates, and that’s the way he likes it. And then one woman changes everything . . .
Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting – she’s smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera’s own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing: he won’t let Kiera go without a fight.
‘What happens when you find your soul mate at the worst possible time, in the least expected place? What if being with that person means doing the most wrong thing you’ve ever done? [It] leaves you thinking about these questions, the characters and their choices for days if not weeks after reading.’
TAMMARA WEBBER, New York Times bestselling author on THOUGHTLESS
About the Author:
SC Stephens is a New York Times #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She lives in Washington State with her two children. Follow her on Twitter @SC_Stephens_
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