Title: Thoughtless [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: S.C. Stephens
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: November 6, 2012
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One Line: Despite the fact that I hated the female lead, the story itself was pretty engrossing.
About the Book: 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
I’m pretty surprised at myself, really. You all know me and know that if the female lead is a total turn-off, chance are, I won’t like the book. Well, I have to say that Thoughtless is an exception to that. While I’ll tell you I hated Kiera from beginning to end, although I hated her slightly less at the end, I was pretty much engrossed in the story. I’m thinking, it was the guy who did it for me. He had so many freaking layers, I was mesmerized by him. The story, too, was in itself a riveting, albeit predictable, one. It’s a pretty heavy read and there were times when I wanted to stop, but found that I couldn’t pull myself away from this book.
Lets start off with Kiera. Man, I hated her. Talk about a needy, dependent, annoying, petty, pointlessly jealous, utterly thoughtless (Thanks JLA!) girl – Kiera is the definition of all that and more. She’s the type of girl I can’t stand to be around. Even though I’m not all for leaving your life behind and moving for a guy, I can understand it if you’re truly in love and have a solid relationship with a future. And, granted, she had an actual plan what with attending college with a scholarship, no less, so I’ll give her credit for that. But that’s where the credit ends. Not long into the move, Denny has to travel for work and that’s when Kiera’s true colors come to light, although I could already see it in her as I read her thoughts and saw how her mind worked. She was all kinds of whiney and emotional when Denny left. It’s like the girl doesn’t know how to function without a man in her life. So, naturally, she clings to the one guy who is nice and friendly to her and from there, feelings start to emerge and develop. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty hard not to fall for someone like Kellan, but if you’re seriously in love with your significant other, no one else’s company should sway you like that. It’s like, one minute Denny is her life, her air to breath, and she’s practically devastated when he leaves for a couple months, but then Kellan comes into the picture and she’s like “Denny, who?”. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times she pissed me off, I seriously wanted to smack her so hard so many times, and when things blew up in her face, I secretly thought she totally deserved it, but I also felt terrible for the guys, because they totally didn’t.
But, what can you say? You can’t help who you fall for.
I could go on and on with how much I could care less about Kiera. Even when things went to hell, I didn’t feel sympathy for her at all. I could put up with her actions some of the time, but she did do some despicable things that I hated, so I couldn’t feel for her at all. Why then, was I so compelled to continue to read this and why was I unable to put it down?
Kellan Kyle, of course.
Boy, when Stephens wants to write a guy you fall head over heels in love with, she really writes that guy. Despite Denny being a totally amazing boyfriend, sweet and affectionate – he’s pretty much the epitome of a good guy, I was definitely rooting for Kellan. He was pretty much sex on a stick. But not only that, he was very sweet and anyone within a 10 mile radius could easily be attracted to him. Yes, he has a seriously dark past that eventually comes into light and the dude was pretty much a man-whore before he met Kiera (I mean, come on, he’s a musician), but he’s also fiercely loyal and when it counted, very devoted. If I was a guy, I don’t know if I could’ve let myself get put through all that Kiera put Kellan through. I mean, the girl practically tortured and led him on for most of the book, granted she was truly torn between the good guy she thought she loved and the man she can’t seem to resist, but still, she drove him crazy. Kellan is such a complex character and I loved that there was so much more to him than the physical attraction. When there were smexy scenes, yes, they ignited the book and their passion was too much for words, but there was also a lot of depth to their relationship and to his character itself. You could also see his passion for his music and despite his betrayal to his friend, he was still loyal to him to an extent and that ending really gutted my heart.
A truly emotional roller coaster of a read, I fell a lot harder than I expected with a lead character like Kiera. While Kiera is a complete turn-off, Kellan more than makes up for her lack of personality. Her indecisiveness and downright thoughtlessness really put all the characters through a lot of unnecessary turmoil and drama. Honestly, the title of this book could not be more fitting! Despite my hatred for Kiera, Thoughtless is a thoroughly gripping story filled with emotion, struggles, heartache, love, passion, and so much more. The writing was impeccable and the characters, besides Kiera, were great. I guess I’ll just have to put my feelings for Kiera aside, because I do want to read the next book, and I’m seriously hoping she changes and grows, otherwise Stephens will have to WOW me again with her story, writing and other characters to make up for such a pitiful female lead.