Monday, February 23, 2015

REVIEW: Thoughtful (Thoughtless 1.5) by S.C. Stephens

Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens
★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★

Please don't hate me before you read this review….

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'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.

My Review

One thing that was evident when I started reading Thoughtful is that I don't, or I didn't, understand Kellan Kyle near as well as I thought I did. So far, we have gotten Kellan's explanation (through Kiera's POV) as to why his lifestyle was filled with meaningless sex, music, and more meaningless sex. His past dialogue has enlightened us to why he needed those women, that connection. However, it wasn't until this book that I truly understood it, and that understanding starts from the very first page. It connected me with Kellan in a way that the other books just couldn't.

So, as a long time (pink cover free version long time) fan of this series, reading Thoughtful was a true gift.

The reason I didn't rate it higher is that this book just didn't quite carry the same punch as Thoughtless. However, the impossibility of being able to do that is not the author's fault. We get to see some flashbacks from Kellan's POV and a few scenes from when Kellan wasn't with Kiera, but for the most part, this follows the same storyline and progression of events as Thoughtless. The emotions I felt when first reading this series from Kiera's POV were impossible to duplicate with the same intensity. It was also hard not to skim certain parts that seemed to move a little slower in order to get to one of those more memorable/pivotal scenes, but I'm glad she stayed on point with Thoughtless. If she hadn't, there's a possibility that one of the scenes that I had personally been dying to read might not have been included. I got what I wanted. This makes me happy.

One of my absolute favorite things about this book happens to be one of my not so favorites. What can I say, I'm controversial. In Thoughtful, we are introduced to a totally new Kellan Kyle. His love and infatuation with Kiera is palpable. His sensitivity, full of passion, but I didn't get to see much more than that. Kellan's defense mechanism is protecting his emotions with a thick layer of confidence and flirtiness, and sometimes mixed with a little asshole. I know much of this is a front, but I believe with all of my heart that my our Kellan Kyle shares some of the same characteristics he shows on the surface. When he's on stage, he radiates strength, sexuality, confidence and a lot of testosterone, but we don't see much of that below the surface in Thoughtful. I loved the emotional side of Kellan, but I feel this book lost the, for lack of a better word, manlier (and sometimes playful) side. I loved so much getting to discover a new Kellan, one I didn't really know before, but I missed seeing the one that I thought I already knew.

I don't want anyone to take this review as me saying I didn't enjoy the book. It is a great companion to this series, a series that is so high on my shelf of favorites that I don't even think I can reach it anymore. When you love a book and a author's work as much as I do the this series and S.C. Stephens, more is always a good thing. The scenes this book contains from Kellan's POV are invaluable and even though it may have contained some things I didn't like, imperfections are irrelevant with unconditional love and this series has definitely earned that.


Buy Links: Releases February 24th, 2015
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