Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens

In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it's time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . .
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.

4.5 Star Review Jennifer Hagen

I love hearing dual points of view.  Most of the time the alternating points of view occur in the same book; however, there have been times when an entire book has been published with just the separate male POV.  Some of these books are not my cup of tea – they are too repetitious and not enough new information and/or scenes have been added.  I can safely say that is not the case with “Thoughtful”…I feel like I have read an entirely new story. 

We all loved Kellan in “Thoughtless” and wanted him to get the girl.  I’m not going to lie…it was painful reading how hurt he was with Kiera’s choices.  But along with that hurt, we are able to see the low self-esteem he continues to suffer from due to his parents’ lack of unconditional love towards him.  There were so many times his plight pulled at my heartstrings. 

Kellan’s invitation to have Denny and Kiera stay with him is a ploy to curb the loneliness he suffers.  He doesn’t want to be alone and he surrounds himself with women to ensure his nights are filled with companionship.  There are no feelings towards any of these women, only a respite from the solitude that envelopes him.  Denny is like a brother to Kellan and throughout the book (even when things got a little sketchy between the 3 of them) I felt like Kellan was always seeking Denny’s approval on the accomplishments with his band and to be proud of how Kellan had managed to move on from his emotional-scarring past.  Kellan is not as well put together on the inside as the outside.  On the outside he is sexy, confident and is surrounded by people while on the inside he is broken, scared and missing a person to hold him up. 

Whereas in “Thoughtless” I was not a fan of Kiera’s at all, through Kellan’s eyes I was able to see her as he saw her and then she didn’t bother me so bad.  I saw the same scared, insecure, going with the safe choice girl that Kellan saw.  Don’t get me wrong…I still hated what she was doing to him, but now I could understand her a little bit more.  The only thing worse than reading “Thoughtless” through Kiera’s eyes and having the angst meter jump sky high, was reading “Thoughtful” through Kellan’s eyes and having my heart squeezed and crushed.  This broke me into tiny little pieces…

I could still hear them f*cking upstairs.  There was no way in hell I was staying here, listening to that. Not after I’d had her.  Not after I’d figured out how much I loved her.  F*ck.  Pain tightened around my chest, making it harder to breathe, hard to think, hard to do anything.  I loved her so much, and she didn’t give a sh*t about me at all.  She didn’t want me.  No one wanted me. 

Rereading that part makes me nauseated, sad, and irate all at the same time.  My heart was breaking simultaneously alongside Kellan’s.  But the one part that made my heart bleed shrapnel and shred me was the rain scene and the return to his house.

I didn’t want her to see me fall apart.  And I was going to fall apart…it was coming.  I was a heartbeat away from sobbing. 

There are so many wonderful scenes in this book that makes the story come full circle.  I didn’t recall how many questions I had during “Thoughtless” until reading Kellan’s POV and then the light bulb would switch on and I would say “Aha – now I know.”  I’m really a black-on-white person and if it isn’t spelled out for me I can’t see it.  Kellan spelling it out for me gave me an entirely new outlook on a few key scenes.  This is a must read for anybody who is a Kellan Kyle fan.  Although most of the story is heartwrenching, there is love hiding underneath it all. 

I’d never experienced anything like this before.  It was beyond all expectation, all reason.  It changed me.  I would never be the same after this.  We would never be the same after this. 

About S.C. Stephens
S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.  In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest. 

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