Thoughtless Series, Book 1
November 6, 2012 | 366 pgs
Gallery Books; Paperback
For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.
Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes...and none of them will ever be the same.
"Stop it Kiera," he snarled. "I need you. Let me do this. I can make you forget him. I can make you forget you."
Damn! I thought Jamie McGuire's Abby and Travis were a mess, but that's because I hadn't been introduced to Kellan and Kiera.
Thoughtless was by far one of the most irritating, confusing, exhausting novels I have ever read. So why couldn't I put it down?!?
The characters were selfish, indecisive, and often irrational. They rarely made the right decisions and the decisions they did make often hurt others. It was a disaster.
Despite all of that, I couldn't stop turning the pages. The slow-building tension between Kiera and Kellan, the anticipation of when they would finally give in to their feelings, and then the nervousness experienced knowing they were going to get caught, just not how or when. All of this had me glued to the pages.
Kiera turns to her gorgeous local rock star roommate (also her boyfriend's best friend) when she's feeling lonely. She takes comfort in having him around and begins to look forward to the time that they spend together. It eventually becomes somewhat physical. Cuddling on the couch, hugging, and holding hands. Then it becomes something more and that's when things get a little crazy.
"I know there's something here . . . I know you want more. Tell me . . . and it's yours."
Kiera does a lot of back-and-forth between her feelings for each man. She's all over the place. It becomes a bit overwhelming at times and I'm sure most readers will have a difficult time being patient with her character.
Then there's Kellan, who puts up a wall and becomes a bitter, sarcastic jackass, but it's clear that he's just angry at Kiera and trying not to let himself get hurt.
"I couldn't let you know . . . how much I adore you . . . how much you hurt me."
And poor Denny, the loyal and trusting boyfriend. He's made into such a likable character that's it's painful to witness the way that he's treated. He doesn't realize it, of course, but you can't help but to cringe at what's being done behind his back.
Aside from these three, there is a large cast of very entertaining characters. The D-Bags (especially Griffin), Kiera's sister, Rita, and many others all made wonderful additions to the story.
I wouldn't suggest this novel to anyone who would have trouble tolerating cheating or a protagonist who is often clingy and prone to making poor decisions. Fans of excessive drama, emotional roller coasters, and hot rock stars who can't keep their hands to themselves, Thoughtless is a must-read.