Review + Release: Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens



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.

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 4 star review

OH MY…. MORE KELLAN KYLE!  *happy dance* From the moment I found out there was going to be more KK, I have been very patiently waiting (yeah right) for its release!  I LOVE KK!  He is one of my top 5 book boyfriends EVER, and the Thoughtless Series is one of the best series EVER!  So to say my expectations were high, would be a huge understatement! 

I will definitely say that I would HIGHLY recommend that you read Thoughtless first (and PLEASE keep reading the rest of the series…. SO SO good).  To get the full experience and know the story, you really need to read Kiera’s POV first. 

Reading Kellan’s POV, I knew was going to break my heart.  In Thoughtless  there are so many times that I just felt so awful for him, and knew he was hurting.  BUT I had no idea, the depth of sorrow and pain that Kellan had gone through as a child.  It destroyed me.  Seeing the past through his eyes was so painful and broke my heart for him.  Learning just exactly what music meant to him, was enlightening and beautiful.  Music helped to heal him and make him complete.  And his band mates are his family, they are everything to him.  I loved seeing his relationship with him, and their bond.

“For the first time in my young life, I’d found something that gave me complete and total peace, something I connected with, something with similar wants and desires.  The guitar needed to be played.  I needed to play it.  It was a mutual, beautiful, symbiotic relationship, and for a long time, it was the only real relationship I had.”

We get to know and understand just how much Denny means to Kellan, and why he never wanted to hurt him.  He was his brother and there for him, when no one else was.  But from the moment he saw Kiera he couldn’t deny that he wanted her, and wanted what her and Denny had.  Torn between being loyal to his friend and losing the connection he had with Kiera was killing him. 

“She was awkward, shy, adorable, and beautiful.  A deadly combination.”

Kiera was everything he didn’t think he could ever have or deserved.  But the love between them is timeless. You can feel it in your soul, you just know they were meant to be.  I have been ‘Team Kellan’ from the beginning.  There is no denying their connection and just how strong their feelings for one another truly is.  What I wasn’t AT ALL prepared for was just how much Kiera’s refusal broke him.  And with that, it actually made me dislike Kiera at times.  (and I am not one of those who hated her in the previous books because of the ‘cheating’) I could feel his pain and that killed me.

“I’d never had anything like this feeling, and I desperately wanted to keep it going.  I’m sorry, Denny, but I can’t let her go.  I kind of never wanted to let her go.”

Kiera and Kellan’s love will take your breath away and break your heart, but you just know they are meant to be forever.  But their journey to get there will not be easy.

“I can’t let her go, Evan. I tried. I tried to stay away, I tried to forget her.”

I was addicted from the beginning just begging for more ‘new’ Kellan.  I don’t feel like I got the ‘new’ but I did get more.  What I mean by that is, it is not really new scenes but you do get to experience the emotions from his side.  I have re-read the entire Thoughtless Series more times that I should probably admit and still LOVE the book every time.  So of course I LOVED Thoughtful I just was hoping for some more ‘new’, and not so much a rehash of the Thoughtless events.  Do I recommend you read this book…. YES!  But definitely read Thoughtless first.  I have HUGE LOVE for Kellan Kyle and would read ANYTHING he is in!  Can’t wait for Griffin’s book!



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