Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C. Stephens

Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C. StephensSeries: Thoughtless #1.5
on 2015-02-24
Pages: 560
AmazonNarrator: Jeremy Arthur
In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it's time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . .THOUGHTFULThe only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . . Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won't let Kiera go without a fight.

Thoughtful (Thoughtless, #1.5)Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens

“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, except the tree in the middle, you must not touch it or you will die!”

I read this book because I was told that it would change my perception of Kellan, from a snake in the grass, to a misunderstood nice guy. 21 hours and 15 minutes later, Kellan is still snake to me. Out of all the fruit in the garden, Kellan had to have the forbidden one, despite the warning he received.

Kellan’s “POV” starts with a history lesson of his relationship with his parents and how he became “mates” with Denny. I definitely felt bad for him for getting abused. Kellan’s parents were terrible people and were the root of his lack of sense of worth. It does not however excuse how easily he overlooked his band mates’ loyalty to him. It doesn’t excuse that almost from the beginning, he coveted what his mate Denny had with Keira. In Kellan’s frequent monologues, he whined about how he wanted someone to look at him like that, hold him like that, love him like that etc. So I would call that ENVY—coveting what someone else has.

As the lead singer of the D-bags, Kellan had so many girls after him. He slept with a lot and discarded the m like used tissue. The minute Keira did that to him, Kellan was pissed. Never once did he reflect on how many women he had “used” but he dwelt on how painful it was.

Frankly, I don’t see what’s so lovable about Keira because she seemed more like a cute puppy needing to be stroked all the time than a partner who could support, comfort and encourage a loved one.
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This cute and messy little bitch was just a taker. Well actually, she laid down and gave it up to Kellan when he wanted to stroke her. But other than sex, I don’t see anything of value she contributed to her relationship with both Denny and Kellan. I also resent that everyone made excuses for her instead of making her own active and continual deception.

It begs a brief mention that even Kellan’s bandmates knew enough of his character to feel the need to Warn him against betraying Denny. The whole Bros before Hoes things, but Kellan had already fixated on what he desired, and to hell with the awkwardness it would cause between Kellan, Denny and the Band.

I get the author’s message though, that Kellan was broken and lacked a sense of self-worth. He just wanted to wanted as a person and needed to matter to someone else. I just don’t see it as a viable reason to encroach on the relationship of the guy he claimed he loved as a brother. His inner musings told the reader that he knew this betrayal would “kill Denny” but that wasn’t enough to make Kellan stop. He was just not a likeable guy to me, and this book didn’t improve him in my estimation.

As far as the writing goes, it was intriguing just not entertaining. This book was too long and most of it was a regurgitation of book 1. So I felt that I have heard all this before. I applaud the author to tackling such an angst-filled and emotional topic, but I won’t be continuing with the series.

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