Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Thoughtless (Thoughtless #1) by S.C. Stephens

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.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely loathed Kiera. I just found her so dispicable and wanted to bash her face in so hard by the end of the book. Talk about being totally thoughtless and selfish. I seeth with anger just thinking about her character. I honestly just finished the novel because of Kellan. I read this months ago and even bought book two at the same time I bought book one but I still haven't read the sequel because I can't keep calm just thinking about Kiera. LOL. Can you tell that I don't like her.

Stephanie Robertson said...

I just finished both Thoughtless and Effortless, and can't WAIT to read Reckless out in March.
I got so wrapped up in their story and all the emotions, I didn't know what to do with myself once I finished. I have to say that I MUCH preferred Kiera in Effortless than Thoughtless. She definitely grew up a bit in Effortless. She's not perfect (and still blushes ALL. THE. TIME.), but neither is Kellen, and neither their relationship. Tis what happens when a relationship is built on a rocky foundation.

I think my biggest reason for loving these books though was that Stephens pacing was great and didn't rush the process, nor did she EVER shy away from all the complexities that come with relationship, not forgetting what can happen with one turn of events and how it can spiral out of control. I think a story like this just goes to show that something like this can happen to anyone. It freaked me out at times with its sense of realism. Definitely a great review. Definitely not a book for someone who can't handle this type of subject matter, but otherwise I DEFINITELY recommend this book.

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