Published by: Little, Brown Book Group
Release date: 24th February 2015
Series: Thoughtless 1.5
I got it from: Netgalley
Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.
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.
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.
Wow, that was an emotional rollercoaster ride of a book. I feel like I need a week off from reading to recover from it! Okay, so for starters you should know that I haven't actually read Thoughtless, Kiera's side of the story. However I've been assured that Thoughtful can be read as a standalone, and after reading it I have to agree - Kellan's story works really well on its own, and after reading it I'm not actually sure if I want to know Kiera's side of things - a lot of the time I really wanted to scream at the girl. Now I know there a lot of huge fans of this series who may not like my review but please imagine you've never come across any of Stephens' work before, then read on.
I've never been in love with two people, and I really hope I never am, because it sounds horrific. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles in books - so many are shoehorned in just for the sake of it - but this is the love triangle to end all love triangles, and as it's basically what the whole book is about I can't argue with it.
It took me a few chapters to really get into Kellan, but once I did I really fell for him. I have to say, I thought he sounded a bit girly to start with, but the more I got to know him the more I liked him. Stephens does a brilliant job of bringing to life this deep, tortured soul. He pours out his heart on the pages of this book so many times that you can't help but feel for him. He certainly makes a compelling book-boyfriend. I love a guy who isn't afraid to cry and admit how he feels. I felt for Denny too, but he doesn't get much page time as a character. It was actually Kellan's band-mate Evan who was the main side-character for me. I really want to get that guy's story, so I might just have to get the next book in the series to see if I get to find out more about him.
This is a long book, and in no way is it an easy read. There's a heck of a lot of angst in those pages, though it is tempered by some smokin' hot scenes. Stephens is definitely one of those writers who throws all the feels at you - she makes you feel EVERYTHING along with Kellan. And that's a whole lot of feelings. Don't go near this book if you're recovering from a recent heartbreak, you might not recover from it. I'm in a happy relationship and I had to steel my heart against this book and not let it affect my mood to much for the sake of my poor real-life boyfriend. Whether you've read Thoughtless or not, wrap a duvet around your heart and dive in - it's not always fun but it is an amazing read.