Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens REVIEW

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Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens REVIEW

A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Timesbestselling 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’s worth 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.


Thoughtful is the highly anticipated novel that gives us Thoughtless in Kellan’s Point of View. Thoughtless is one of my favourite angsty books of all time so even though I normally avoid the retelling of books like the plague, I really wanted to be able to feel Kellan’s pain through his own eyes.

The book starts a few weeks before he meets Keira and we are reacquainted with Pete’s Bar, The D-Bags and all the people that we grew to love in the Thoughtless trilogy. This is where we begin to feel the loneliness that Kellan has been experiencing all his life, with snippets from his past with his parents and the reasons that he feels the need to bed any attractive woman that shows an interest. Kellan just want’s to feel an emotional connection and be loved.

When Denny and Keira move into Kellan’s house we watch him fall more and more in love with the girl that he can’t have without betraying his best friend.

There were some great moments, my heart broke for Kellan all over again as Keira constantly chooses Denny over him and I really came to understand his motives for treating Keira the was he did when she hurt him and Keira made me feel just as annoyed at her as I did the first time round.

My reason for not rating this book higher was the length, I felt that it dragged in parts, probably because I have read it all before but Kellan seemed to have very detailed thoughts that really could have been condensed down a bit. I found myself skimming certain scenes in order to get to the juicy bits.

If you are a Kellan fan, it’s definitely worth a read just to get inside his head and spend some more time with one of the best Rockstar book boyfriends of all time.

Whilst this can be technically read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Thoughtless first for the full angst effect.

ARC gratefully received from Little, Brown Book Group UK in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

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