Untamed by S.C. Stephens REVIEW

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Untamed by S.C. Stephens REVIEW

#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series!

The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes it burns.

Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes–and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers.


★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

I seriously have a LOT of love for this book, it touched me in ways I never expected it to and it was such a pleasant surprise. I never thought I would love Griff as much as I did, but he was a spectacular character and deserved the spotlight that he so desperately craved.

Untamed takes place after the Thoughtless trilogy, Bassist, Griffin Hancock is married to Keira’s sister Anna, and together they have a young daughter and another on the way.

Griff, is the band member without a serious bone in his body. He is hilariously funny and narcissistic, but whilst he is starting to get bitter about the constant adoration that is being thrown Kellan’s way, and the fact that his cousin Matt is the lead guitarist and refuses to give Griff a chance at the spotlight, his band-mates are equally as exacerbated about his self absorbed and entitled ways.

“I don’t know how much longer I can wait, Anna. They’re holding me underwater and I’m drowning. Something’s gotta change. And soon.”

When Griff gets a chance to prove his worth, things only get worse before they get better. This book is a journey that takes us through his personal ups and downs of trying to find his place in the world-a self destructive discovery that will have you laughing one minute and frustrated the next.

Throughout this, Anna is by his side and supports him with everything he chooses to do. Griff may be all about himself, but there is no doubt of his love for his wife and babies. Their relationship was a strong one, and they suit each other down to the ground. Their sex life was off the charts and their policy of being brutally honest with each other made for a great foundation.

However, when Griff starts doubting himself, probably for the first time in his life, he starts keeping things to himself and this leads to a few rocky moments between the pair, which had me wanting to shout into my kindle at him for being a dick, but ultimately everything happened for a reason and a massive learning curve for both of them.

This book was so funny, but also had me in tears a few times. I loved how Griff grew as a person and his redemption was fantastic. I felt so sorry for him at times and wanted to give him a big hug, I know he went about things the wrong way but at the end of the day he just wanted to be seen for his talents and not just someone in the background.

“You’re so hot when you come,”

“I know.”

And I did. I’d filmed myself jacking off once, just to see what I looked like, and I had to say, it was pretty amazing. 

Anna was one lucky woman.

He is a larger than life character and deep down past his sarcastic and egotistical ways, he had a huge heart. He just didn’t know how to give it freely. I adored Anna, I loved how she loved him quite unconditionally despite his outlandish and embarrassing ways, she saw his true worth and always believed in him.

“Hancock men are proud, self-absorbed creatures. But lovable, once you look beneath that.”

I would say this is a must read for those who have read the Thoughtless trilogy, fans or not. It was a sweet and funny love story, and a massive self discovery of one of the funniest characters to have ever graced my kindle.

Five stars from me.

Untamed is a standalone, but a follow on from the Thoughtless Trilogy, told in Griff’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from Little, Brown 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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