Thoughtful by SC 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.
If Kellan’s and Kiera’s story in Thoughtless were an abstract painting of dark and light colors exploding together, their story in Thoughtful is the title of said painting. You need to take the journey with Kellan and Kiera to determine how you picture the painting to appear and based on that, how you would title their painting.
Kellan Kyle, my first and forever book boyfriend has ripped my heart out with his words. “Reliving” what happened in Thoughtless is not an accurate statement. I felt as though I was living his anguish, struggles and the message was deeper and more consuming than that from Thoughtless and that I was experiencing this all for the first time. I realized while reading Kellan’s novel that I’d made many assumptions while reading Thoughtless without knowing Kellan’s side of the story. It’s as though we’ve come full circle receiving the final puzzle piece as everything clicks into place. Thoughtful answered questions I was unaware until reading it had been left unanswered. Knowing the sequence of events did not assist in preparing my heart, mind, and emotions to endure what was coming next. The pain was more severe, the emotions more intense, and the hope just as real. Thoughtful opened my eyes to the profound insecurities Kellan was fighting on a daily basis in all of his relationships. I had knowledge of said insecurities in Thoughtless but was provided with a more thorough, heartbreaking experience after reading Kellan’s recollection of horrid memories from his upbringing. Kellan may struggle with expressing his thoughts and feelings appropriately while in intense conversations, but through song, his lyrics…it’s effortless. Kellan is my #1 D-Bag and what I said earlier was no lie…he’s my 1st book boyfriend. Kellan and Kiera’s story may not be sunshine and rainbows, in fact it’s not even close, but it’s real and it will always hold a special place in my heart! If you haven’t experienced the likes of Kellan, his fellow D-Bags, Kiera, and the rest of the Pete’s Bar crew…it’s time to remedy that! Give Kellan your time, and he WILL be your book crush!!! Rating: 5 stars
Not as though you need a reminder as to why you fell in love with Kellan Kyle, SC Stephens takes it to another amazing level with Thoughtful. Bringing a new and deeper point of view to the Thoughtless story, the author brings us Kellan’s view. Full of angst, pain, and loneliness this book brings a new aspect with Kellan’s voice. Some stories with an alternative point of view may tend to dilute the original story or simply not bring anything new. Thoughtful brings Kellan’s thoughts and words to life with heartbreaking passion, anger and frustration and it brings you a deeper connection with these characters and the story; bringing such a different dynamic to Kellan and Kiera’s journey which feels quite original. We also get to explore some of the other relationships besides Kellan and Kiera. With SC’s talent for crafting a superbly poignant story, you feel the story and you feel like a part of the story from the beginning to the end. Although we know the outcome from Thoughtless this journey feels so distinct going through it in Kellan’s head. It really does bring new level to the original story and doesn’t lessen any of the experience with the angst, agony, pain, loss, love and passion. Prepare yourself to fall in love and have your heart melted all over again. Captivating and beautifully delivered. Give this a try and find your next book crush!! 5.0 Worthy Stars
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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.
Determined to stop thinking, to just go with whatever happened, I dipped my finger into my drink and wet the backs of our hands. Kiera watched every move I made as I shook some salt over our hands. When she made no move to drink her shot, I broke the ice and took mine so she’d feel more comfortable about doing this with me. My throat was numb from doing Jäger shots all night, so it didn’t even burn. It burned for Kiera though.
Her tongue came out to lick the salt off her hand, her mouth opened to receive her drink, and her lips curled around the lime, squeezing its juices. It was an erotic thing to watch. Then her face twisted into a grimace. I chuckled at her reaction, then poured us another round.
The second shot went down easier for her. The third was even easier. We didn’t talk, just drank. And the more alcohol she consumed, the hungrier her eyes became. She was staring at me as tenaciously as the women in the bar did. I did my best to ignore it, but it was difficult to do…I wanted her to look at me like that. I wanted to look at her like that. But I wasn’t about to make any assumptions on what was going to happen tonight. We were just two friends sharing a drink. Two single friends who had almost shared a lot more recently…
By the fourth shot, the alcohol was getting to me. I spilled the tequila trying to pour it in those tiny little glasses. I laughed as I almost dropped the lime from my mouth. I was way beyond buzzing now.
On the fifth shot, everything changed. Just as I was bending down to lick the salt from my skin, Kiera took my hand and ran her tongue over the back of it. She was soft, wet, warm, and felt amazing on my sensitive body. I wanted her to keep doing it, but she pulled back to drink her tequila shot. When she placed her wedge of lime between my lips, my heart sped up. Was she…?
She was. Her mouth reached up to connect with mine. Our lips pressed together as she sucked on the lime. All I could taste was lime and her. It was an intoxicating combination. But it wasn’t nearly satisfying enough. I needed more.
My breath felt strained when Kiera pulled away. Ragged. She teasingly removed the lime from her mouth and set it on the counter. When she seductively licked her fingers, my resolve evaporated. I suddenly didn’t give a shit what we’d been before, or who we’d been with. I didn’t care if she’d dated Denny—that seemed like a long-past memory at the moment. I didn’t care about Evan’s warnings, my regrettable experience with bedding roommates, my promise to Denny to stay away, or my own decision to not cross that uncrossable line. Kiera kissed me. She wanted me. And fuck, I wanted her too.
I took my shot of tequila straight, slammed the glass on the counter, then pulled her back to my mouth, where she belonged.
Our lips moving together felt better than I had imagined. There was so much eager, pent-up passion, I felt like we were both going to burst into flames. I couldn’t get enough of her. My hand on the back of her neck tightened, drawing her in even closer. My other hand found the small of her back. Perfection.