by S.C. Stephens
5 of 5 stars
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.
Kellan Kyle: He has shaggy light brown hair, bedroom eyes and a muscled body. As the lead singer of D-bags he is very aware that he is sexy and talented. Kellan is very deep and troubled but hides it behind his sex appeal. He is scared to be alone but doesn’t really know how to let people in.
Kiera Allen: She has long brown hair with a slight curl, expressive hazel eyes, 5’5″ and a lean build. She is kind and a bit naive. She is always very awkward when meeting people for the first time and generally shy.
The main theme that hit me throughout this novel is the difference between love and passion. Kiera could be perfectly happy with Denny and lead a happy life. But then she meets Kellan and learns that love with passion is so very different than love without it.
The New Adult genre has been overrun with insta-love and it is refreshing to read a book that does not have insta-love at its center. Kellan and Kiera grow closer over time and while it is wrong, given that she is still with Denny, it is written in a way that we can understand how it happened.
“I’ve never wanted anyone, like I want you. Every girl is you to me. You’re all I see…you’re all I want.”
There were some aspects that bothered me and I am sure that they would bother others more. This book does contain cheating and at times a seemingly indifferent hero. At first I thought that Kiera was holding on to Denny for too long, but then I really thought about all of the changes her life has seen recently and how clinging to Denny was a way to feel safe.
“You should pick one, Kiera. Pick one, and release the other. You can’t keep them both.”
I did really like how even though Kellan and Kiera are both adults, we get to see them grow and find themselves and fight to do what is right while balancing what feels right.
“I spent that whole damn day wandering around the city trying to figure out how to tell how much I loved you without sounding like an idiot.”
Point of View: First person, Keira
Length: 530 pages
Thoughtless (Thoughtless, #1) 5 of 5 stars
Thoughtful (Thoughtless, #1.5)
Effortless (Thoughtless, #2) 5 of 5 stars
Reckless (Thoughtless, #3) 5 of 5 stars
Untamed (Thoughtless, #4) -not released yet