Title – Thoughtless
Author – S.C. Stephens
Series – Thoughtless, #1
For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.
Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens is just one of those talked about titles that turns into a must read so that you know what all the buzz is about. Everyone seems to love the story or hate it with no real middle ground. While there were certainly aspects that drove me crazy, I have to say that I fall into the love category. It’s an incredibly well written love triangle that leaves you absolutely torn between two male leads and frustrated that you can’t clone the heroine.
“He had said I was his heart, and you don’t leave your heart behind. You can’t live without your heart.”
I’m not going to lie, the heroine of this book, Kiera, drove me absolutely mad. She could be so wishy-washy and naïve and that always seems to grind on my gears. There were plenty of times that I wished she should listen to her emotions. If her heart was hurting over just the potential of losing Kellan, I felt like she should have realized which relationship she wanted to pursue. Kellan was just…I loved him. He was a complex character who had to be peeled back layer by layer, making him that much more genuine. I loved seeing all the different sides he had; the sweet caring part of him that cared for Kiera, the torn part because of the guilt over his best friend, and even the jerk when he was feeling hurt. For me, it really came down to all the subtle little things that he began to do that created a soft spot for him. Even though he wasn’t always doing the right thing, he’s written in such a lovable way, which I think is really important in a book like this where there is content people don’t necessarily agree with.
“Do you really think anyone in this world compares to you in my eyes?”
My favorite part of Thoughtless was the slow-paced falling in love of Kiera and Kellan. Their non-insta love connection just felt so right with how effortless it was. Overall, they didn’t even realize that they were falling for each other. It was the little things that Kellan was there to support, like bringing Kiera coffee or helping her tour the school, when Denny couldn’t. As much as I hate to admit it, I even adored the parts where they became hateful and vengeful toward one another. It hurt my heart, but something about that dynamic of their relationship just struck me. Even though I did have a hallelujah moment when she finally realized who she wanted to be with, I never really came to like her. That bouncing back and forth without making a decision took up too much of the time.
“I suppose we all have our buttons, our triggers that, pushed hard enough, will make even the calmest person flip.”
At one point, Kiera envisions her relationship with Kellan as a rollercoaster, and that’s exactly what Thoughtless was. It was a tumultuous ride filled with ups and downs creating probably the angstiest book I have ever read. It’s a love story that you almost hate falling in love with because you end up rooting for something that is morally wrong. I came to appreciate the drama and conflict and I’m definitely looking forward to the continuation of their story in Effortless.
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5)
Effortless (Thoughtless #2)
Reckless (Thoughtless #3)
Untamed (Thoughtless #4)