Book review – “Thoughtful” by SC Stephens – Kellan solidifies his place as the #1 book boyfriend

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Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 1.5 of 3 of the Thoughtless series
Rating: 16+ for language, sexual content
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23200620-thoughtful

In this book we go back to the first book where Keira and Kellan meet, fall in and out of love, and have to deal with the pain and heart ache that comes with that. But all of this, is told from Kellan Kyle’s point of view.

Let’s just start off by saying, I am not a huge fan of when authors re-write books but told from the other person’s perspective. The main reason being, I already know what’s going to happen so that element of surprise is gone. But I gave this one a chance because I loved reading about Kellan and Keira’s relationship and I was curious to see what was going through his head during some moments in the first book.

Now there is going to be a lot of overlap in the scenes and conversations, but to hear them from Kellan’s point of view and to read was he was thinking takes the story to a whole new level. There are times when he is ‘a dick’ and has no filter for his mouth. But considering how he felt during situations, you can understand it, even if you don’t like it.

There is going to be a time of the book that you are not going to like him (right after he realizes that he loves Keira and she continues to hook up with Denny). Yes he’s hurt and upset and heart broken, but the things that he thinks about her makes you see just how bad he was hurt. If he didn’t redeem himself and feel so guilty about thinking those things then it would change my feelings for him.

One thing that this book does do that I didn’t like is that it lessens my understanding of Keira and her actions. Having read the first book, you know what she’s thinking about in the situations but when you read it through Kellan’s point of view, you wonder why the heck he stuck around. You can feel his anguish in the words and feel the pain right along with him.

This book renews your love for Kellan Kyle and reminds you why he is the best book boyfriend. Yes he has his flaws but he is a romantic at heart. When he fell in love with Keira, he fell hard and fiercely. The way that we all want to fall in love.

Rating: A

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Thoughtless
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Thoughtful
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Effortless
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Reckless
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Untamed (Griffin’s story November 3rd 2015)
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What did you think of Thoughtful?

Book of the Week – “Thoughtful” by SC Stephens

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This is perhaps one of the most anticipated books of the years. The fans of the series were beyond excited when they heard that there was going to be a book told from Kellan’s point of view. Kellan is one of the most popular ‘book boyfriends’ that fans of reading have. He’s bad ass, sweet, creative, broken, and the perfect gentlemen and the other half of Keira. We get to see his side of the story of how he met, fell in love with Keira, and how he struggled to do right by her.

Are you going to buy Thoughtful?

Top 5 books coming out this February

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#5 – Obsession in Death by JD Robb
Out: 2/10

In the latest novel by Robb, Eve is used to being the one that does the chasing and following but the tables are turned in this one as she becomes the target of someone’s obsession. Now Eve, must try and solve the murder at hand while trying to ward off the person that is obsessed with her. Could it be that the person that is watching her is the one that she is trying to find?

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#4 – The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
Out: 2/10

This is the final book in the series and it is surely going to be one of the top books of the year. Sydney does everything that she can to try and save the human and vampire race while Adrian has to solve a puzzle before time runs out. The answers to all the questions that the fans have should be answered in this story as the epic finale should certainly have that wow factor.

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#3 – The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Out: 2/10

In the first book of a new series by Simmons (who wrote Article 3 trilogy) we follow a young girl named Aya who lives in a world where woman are hunted and sold off to do God knows what with the buyer. It’s got that futuristic feel but with a modernized feeling as human trafficking is a real-problem. We will see the struggle that Aya has as she tries to survive and not be sold.

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#2 – Obligation by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Out: 2/12

In this spin-off series from her popular Until series, we follow the people in Nico’s world as they try and find love like their other family members did. In this book, we follow Kai who had lost someone who he though he loved until he sees Myla. He is forced into marrying her to save her but could it be that the person that he marries out of protection be the one that is meant for him?

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#1 – Thoughtful by SC Stephens
Out: 2/24

This is perhaps one of the most anticipated books of the years. The fans of the series were beyond excited when they heard that there was going to be a book told from Kellan’s point of view. Kellan is one of the most popular ‘book boyfriends’ that fans of reading have. He’s bad ass, sweet, creative, broken, and the perfect gentlemen and the other half of Keira. We get to see his side of the story of how he met, fell in love with Keira, and how he struggled to do right by her.

What book are you most excited to read this month?

Read the first two chapters of “Untamed” by SC Stephens

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Griffin fans pay attention. You have the opportunity to read the first two chapters of his book Untamed and it’s simple. All you have to do is go to this link and fill out the form and the lovely people at Forever Romance will email you the first two chapters on February 16th.

Simple right?

Yesterday, the author of the Thoughtless series, SC Stephens announced on her Facebook page that the fans that pre-order Thoughtful (Thoughtless from Kellan’s point of view) would be rewarded with the first two chapters of Griffin’s book.

There is still no official release date for Untamed, but we did get an official blurb, which you can read below. It looks like the book is going to be set after Reckless as Griffin tries to make a name for himself and away from the D-Bags. But will it cost him his wife Anna and his daughter Gibson?

Griffin Hancock is tired of being stuck behind Kellan Kyle’s spotlight. He’s the best, the main event, and everyone should know it. He has Anna, and his beautiful daughter Gibson, to hell with the rest of them. When a new venture presents itself, Griffin decides this is his chance. But will he get everything he’s ever wanted…or lose it all?

Thoughtful is set to come out February 24th. You can pre-order by clicking on one of the links below.

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Did you preorder Thoughtful?

Top 10 books coming out in 2015

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#10. Mended by Sydney Landon
Out: 4/20

This is the final book in a trilogy that you should be reading, especially if you are a fan of the Crossfire series. We will get to see if Lucia and Lia are able to overcome the demons and the ghosts from their past and be able to find happiness in each other. Thankfully the fans won’t have to wait to long to get to the end of the story and you know it’s goign to be a bumpy ride there.

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#9. Fifth Wave book 3 by Rick Yancey
Out: Aug. 2015

It is the conclusion to a trilogy that is slowly but surely grabbing a lot of fan’s attention. The fact that it’s going to be made into a movie is only going to get more people’s attention. We will get to see what happens with the invasion and whether or not Cassie is able to make it out alive.

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#8. Thoughtless #4 by S.C. Stephens
Out: Nov. 2015

This was a pleasant surprise for the Thoughtless fans. Not only do we get another book in the series, but we get to read about Griffin and presumably Anna. There isn’t much details about this book but whatever it is about, it’s going to be the book to get.

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#7. Fall with Me by J. Lynn
Out: 3/31

We first meet Roxy and Reese in the last book and it was hard to not notice the connection that they had even through someone else’s eyes. This book looks like it will have the thrilling aspect that the last book had and that is only going to be more enticing as we read about Roxy and Reese.

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#6. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Out: 10/6

This new series by Marie Lu is quickly shaping up to be the series that you should be reading. The first one was a riveting tale and left us wanting more. The story should expand in the second book in the series as more secrets and twists are revealed. Lu has proven that she is able to grab you and not let go until the final chapter of the story.

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#5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Out: Sept. 2015

Ever since Clare announced that she is going to be writing a sequel trilogy for after The Mortal Instruments, fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the first book. Unfortunately it’s not until towards the end of the year, but that gives you plenty of time to re-read the series if you want to.

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#4. Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens
Out: 2/24

This was a pleasant surprise that Stephens have offered hew fans of the series. Kellan is one of the most popular book ‘boyfriends’ and to get to read his side of how he fell in love with Kiera is perfect. We get to understand his side of the story and get to fall in love with him all over again. Not a bad way to spend your weekend.

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#3. Never, Never by Colleen Hoover
Out: 1/11

Colleen Hoover is very clever and creative at creating different kinds of characters that we haven’t read about before. She is able to incorporate music into almost all her stories and make it like a 3rd main character in it. This story will probably fall along the same lines as the last few of her stories. It looks like it’s going to be filled with angst and longing and a twist that we will be trying to figure out through the whole story.

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#2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Out: Fall 2015

This story is perhaps the most intriguing story that is going to come out next year. Bracken is beginning a new series after The Darkest Minds trilogy ended last year and it’s going to deal with time traveling. This is not something that is done often and it’s going to be interesting to see how she is able to get it straight without confusing the reader. Either way, it’s going to be one of the top books that you will need to look out for this year because it’s going to be wild ride with twists and turns that you won’t want to miss out on.

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#1. One With You by Sylvia Day
Out: 2015

This is meant to be the final book in the Crossfire series and it should be a doozy. Gideon and Eva have been challenged in ways that they haven’t been before and their relationship is constantly put to the test. Will they ever get to a place that they can have their happy ever after or are their broken selves too much to overcome?

What book are you most excited to read this year?

 

Joey moves out in “Thoughtful” by S.C. Stephens bonus scene

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Just an hour ago, S.C. Stephens released a smallish bonus scene from her upcoming book Thoughtful through her Facebook page

In the scene, which can be read below, Joey moves out the apartment and Kellan is left alone. While this scene may not have made it into the final, copy it does offer a little insight at how far back the book will go before Kiera enters his life.

The guys and I spent several hours at the bar, drinking, eating, laughing…making fun of Griffin, but eventually I was ready to go home. Maybe I’d watch some mindless TV before bed, that sounded relaxing. When I pulled into my spot, Joey’s black Civic was in the driveway. If she was still mad at me, this might not be a relaxing evening after all. I shut my car off with a sigh, then closed the door and got out. Might as well get this over with.

The front door was ajar when I stepped up to it. I could hear banging and crashing upstairs, and for a split second, I was worried that someone had broken into the house and Joey was in trouble. Then I heard her loud, irritated voice spouting sailor-worthy curses, and I knew she was fine. Still pissed from the sounds of it, but fine.

Closing the door, I trudged upstairs to put my guitar away. Joey assaulted me the moment I set foot in the upstairs hallway. Emerging from her room, she pointed a bright red nail in my direction. “You! I cannot believe you!”

Containing a sigh, I wondered what I’d done now. A guy stepped out of the bedroom from behind Joey. I’d seen him at the house before, usually wrapped around Joey. He was an odd mixture of thug and preppy. I half expected him to challenge me to a dance-off as he narrowed his eyes at me. He even cracked his knuckles, like I was supposed to be scared of him or something. I wasn’t the best fighter around, but I was pretty sure I could hold my own with this guy.

Ignoring him and Joey’s statement, I asked, “Something going on up here?”

Joey’s dark eyes blackened as they seemingly absorbed the light from the room. “Don’t fuck with me, Kellan. You already know what’s going on. I’m moving out. I already told you that this afternoon. I can’t handle your drama queen shit anymore.”

I had to bite my cheek to stop myself from commenting on that. Me? I was the drama queen in this twosome? Really. She was smirking in such a way that I knew she was intentionally trying to goad me into a fight with her. She probably wanted her two boy-toys to come to blows over her honor. Well, that wasn’t going to happen with me. I wasn’t playing her game. If she wanted to leave, she was more than welcome to.

Shrugging, I moved past her, towards my room. “All right, if that’s what you want to do.”

From the corner of my eye, I saw her fist clench. She didn’t want me ambivalent. She wanted me incensed. I wasn’t though. Other than the fact that I would hate how quiet the house would be until I got a new roommate, I just didn’t care if she stayed or not. After tossing my guitar case on my messy bed, I twisted back to Joey. “Need help with anything? You taking the furniture? I could give you a hand?”

Joey tossed her hands up into the air with a dramatic flair that was almost impressive. “Does it look like I have a fucking U-Haul downstairs? No, I’m not taking the fucking furniture. I’ll come back for that shit later. I just need to get out of this city. Maybe out of this fucking state.”

She was going to leave the state because she was ticked at me? Wow. Guess her dramatics didn’t end with her gestures. “Okay. I guess I’ll hold it for you. For a while.”

Joey gave me an expression that was filled with contempt. “You do that.” Over her shoulder, she shot Flashdance a look. “Grab the bags, Tommy. I’m out of this hellhole.”

Tommy disappeared into the room to fulfill his princess’s wish. I wanted to tell him good luck, but I kept my mouth shut. The sooner Joey left, the sooner I could shower. Tommy was piled high with bags when he finally returned. Seeing her manservant was ready, Joey shifted her attention to me. “Have a nice life, Kellan. And by nice, I mean completely shitty.”

Plastering a warm smile on my face, I lifted my hand in a wave. “See ya, Joey. It’s been a pleasure.” Because I couldn’t stop myself, I suggestively wriggled my eyebrows at her. She made a disgusted snort, then stalked towards the stairs. Like any good puppy would, Tommy immediately followed after her.

Once the front door banged shut, and I heard Joey’s car squeal away, I glanced into her empty bedroom. There was a fully made bed, a dresser with a TV, and a nightstand with an alarm clock, but that was it. All Joey’s artwork was gone, the clothes strung about the floor were gone, the makeup that cluttered her dresser was gone. All that was left of her was a lingering trace of her perfume, but that would soon be gone too.

“Well,” I muttered to absolutely no one, “guess I’ve got a free room.” A room that I hoped filled up quickly. I hated the sound of an empty home.

 Thoughtful is a companion novel to Thoughtless and is set to come out February 24, 2015. You can pre-order the book for your Kindle by going here.

What did you think of the bonus scene?

Cover for “Thoughtful” by SC Stephens shows a shirtless Kellan

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Fans of Kellan Kyle rejoice. We get to see a shirtless image of him on top of his first baby (aka his car) with his arms outstretched.

It’s a beautiful cover as it really captures the essence of Kellan in just one picture and the color scheme really works for the tone of the book.

Author, SC Stephens released the cover through her Facebook page along with the official blurb and a preorder link for Barnes and Noble.

You can read the official blurb below.

The 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.

As we know, Thoughtful will be the first story in the series, Thoughtless, but told from Kellan’s point of view. No doubt we will get his perception on those steamy scenes from the first book (like the booth) but also an inside look at the reasons for what he did. Personally, I am hoping we get more about Kellan’s background and his life growing up.

Amazon has not set up a pre-order link yet, but Barnes and Noble did. You can go here to pre-order it for your Nook.

Thoughtful is set to come out February 24th.

What do you think of the cover?