Thoughtful (Thoughtless, #1.5)
by S.C Stephens
Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.
All 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'sworth more. But there's one problem - she's his best friend's girl.
Just 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.
Thoughtful is emotional, honest and deeply captivating, as you experience the real Kellan Kyle and the story behind ‘Thoughtless’ like never before. Simply stunning! Kelly, Perusing Princesses
From that first moment when Kellan’s words flew onto the page, I experienced something that no book has ever given me before; a nostalgic feeling of coming home. It made me realise how much I love this character, and how greatly he and Kiera’s story has stayed with me.
Thoughtful is not only a perfect title for this new and reformed Thoughtless in the leading male perspective, but it emphasises in its full entirety how magnificent this destructive and emotional love story is. Parts of this book are not an easy read as fans of this series are fully aware. The passion and undeniable connection between both characters, carried with a heavy dose of confusion, guilt and heartbreak is palpable, raw and deeply unsettling, but that is what made it stand out a very saturated contemporary romance crowd. From the start, they seemed destined to fail.
Putting all that aside, I want to talk about the real Kellan, the one that is flayed open with honesty and a deep sincerity that makes you fall completely under his spell, in a whole new way. S.C Stephens has succeeded where others have failed. I am always wary of a novel re-write from a male perspective. I can count on one hand where I feel it has worked. I hate the word ‘re-hash,’ although I have felt myself referring to it regarding a re-write before, but trust me when I say, in no uncertain terms did Thoughtful feel anything like that. If anything, S.C Stephens has strengthened this series by breathing a further injection of life into the characters that she has so lovingly and painstakingly created.
What I didn’t count on though was the thorough and devastating backstory of Kellan’s childhood, and the circumstances behind his deep connection with Denny. To have that information thrown at your feet gives insight to not only his characterisation but a deep understanding to many of his actions.
“I bled my hear out while I was performing, not that many people truly noticed; they were too busy enjoying the showmanship to dig beneath the surface of the words. There was safety in the scrutiny, anonymity in the spoiling. I felt invincible up there. Just me and my guitar.”
The truth is, he is a lost and deeply tortured young man.
Kellan is what many would deem a ‘conventional rock star.’ Even though he may act out and embrace the destructive lifestyle, there is so much more to Kellan than meets the eye. The truth of his actions lies behind his words. He is suffering in silence. His days growing up in a house of horrors has shaped him into a man even he doesn’t recognise. Trying to find acceptance in the arms of others who cannot see him, only the facade paints a very sad and unsettling picture. He is aching to find that connection with one who can see the real him, and when it happens… it knocks the wind out of his sails.
“For the first time in a long time, I was looking at someone who saw me. Not the rock star, not the playboy, but me. The real me. And for the first time in a long time, terror crawled up my spine.”
Watching Kellan and Keira’s innocent yet flirty friendship blossom is a beautiful thing to behold, and as they become more acquainted, and with Denny’s work commitments taking him away on business, it isn’t long before playful flirtation becomes a source of deep attraction as a passionate and controversial love affair ensues.
”She was comfort and pain, wrapped up in one beautiful package… that wasn’t mine.”
Now… Keira. Let’s talk about the game changer. Oh, there is no denying the fact that you kind of want to strangle her at times. Her innocent naivety as to how her actions could have insufferable consequences turn a young woman in love, to a very confused, selfish and at times, an unlikeable character. I cannot deny it though, their connection is explosive, keeping you on your toes and making this one compelling and addictive read!
I highly recommend reading the Thoughtless series first to appreciate the whole dynamics of the story and the characters, therefore I don’t recommend reading Thoughtful as a standalone.
5- ‘Kellan Fever’ CROWNS
Emma - 5 Crowns
This is book 1.5 in the AMAZING Thoughtless series. It is Kellan’s Point of view, and I recommend you read it after the complete series rather than directly after reading Thoughtless #1.
My life has been without Kellan Kyle for far too long. He is my ultimate book boyfriend, so when I heard that the very brilliant S.C Stephens had decided she was going to give us Kellan’s POV I was in serious fan girl heaven. For those of you that haven’t read the series I have only three words… What the hell?! This is a MUST READ series! It puts a very big A in ANGST and this series, Thoughtless in particular, awoke me to a very talented and skilled author that is able to tell a story whilst conveying every single emotion. This series is EPIC, so as you can imagine I had very high hopes for Thoughtful. I can say with absolute glee that Ms Stephens didn’t disappoint me; she didn’t just knock the ball out of the park, she knocked it into god damn outer space.
I am not going to give you a story overview as this seems pointless. If you are about to read this then I assume you have read the series. If not, don’t bother going any further into my review. This story works because of the timing of its release. You MUST read the other books first and get to know the characters, the story as a whole, and of course, the outcome. This book will then take you further into a story which you know and love, it will open you to a different perspective and will ultimately make you question your feelings on both the characters and the progression of the events that took place in book 1.
This is such an emotional journey. Yes it one we know to a degree but to have it told from Kellan’s point of view enriches it so much. It adds another dimension to an already brilliant book and wrings the emotion right out of you. I didn’t think I could love Kellan anymore but seriously that man is just so lost and emotionally damaged. We get to learn more about his childhood, about his relationship with Denny and the pain he goes through by loving his best friend’s girl. I have to admit at this point some of his actions in the original book made me question his intentions. It was a book only told from Kiera’s POV so I felt her hurt at the things he did. Now I know the full story, I question myself less about Kellan and actually find myself seeing Kiera in a whole new light. If I could slap that girl I would. I now see how selfish she was and the hurt she caused to Kellan’s already damaged soul, and it was heart breaking. Don’t get me wrong, I have read the series so I know that ultimately they are right for each other but wow, that girl seriously runs both herself and Kellan through the mill several times and it is painful at times to read about.
I am not a fan of Male POV stories AT ALL. I hate reading the same story over, I find it boring and unnecessary; except in this case. S.C Stephens timing is impeccable. The gap between the books is perfect and reading a story you think you know so well from another perspective really adds to the complete story arc. I think that if you are a reader new to this series, you really should read the books in the order in which they were written to get the full impact of the emotions she packs into the series. I don’t think that it would have quite the same effect if you were reading it straight after Thoughtless.
Thank you S.C Stephens for giving me more Kellan Kyle. I forgot how bloody magnificent this series really is. The writing is amazing and the world you have created is one that I could quite literally jump into (move over Kiera). As I say an emotional goodbye, I do so feeling satisfied and knowing and loving Kellan all the more… It has been one hell of a journey and one that I will definitely revisit again in the future.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
What is there to say.... it is KELLAN KYLE!!!
Not only is it my one and only top of the list book boyfriend,
Thoughtful is in HIS p.o.v.!!!
OMG.. I mean seriously... we get to be inside this rock god's head,
and most importantly, in his heart and soul!
Once I started reading this book, it was like coming home... and I never wanted to leave!
I can not tell you how emotional this book was for me.
My soul was filleted with Kellan's backstory.
You get such tragic details of his family that you just want to
hold Kellan in your arms forever!
(not like you didn't want to before, right?)
You really get to see all that went on between Kiera and himself..
Killeen's childhood with Denny and with his parents.
You just get to be inside Kellan, and although very painful,
it is the only place you want to be.
This Book is Magnificent!
S.C. Stephens just gave us all the best gift EVER!!
This will be one of my fave all time Re-Reads..
I never want to leave Kellan!