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AudioBook Review ~ Thoughtful: Thoughtless #1.5 by S.C. Stephens

AudioBook Review ~ Thoughtful: Thoughtless #1.5 by S.C. Stephens

Welcome to my AudioBook Review of second book in the Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens, a new adult romance. This is Kellan’s tale, he’s sharing his perspective on the relationship with Kiera: the story was told from her perspective in Thoughtless.

Thoughtful

Thoughtful is my introduction to this couple and series, and while I ddn’t feel as if I had missed details or information starting with this book, I will say that I am curious to see just what Kiera’s perspective is on her own bad behavior and manipulations.

Let me say that the story grabbed me almost instantly, and Kellan is honest and open with his own thoughts, feelings and missteps. A bad childhood left him feeling empty, he filled that hole with a succession of girls, none of which really did the trick.  What he wants is the relationship he sees between Kiera and Danny: that easy camaraderie and affection. But, Kiera is just a friend, his best friend’s girl in fact.  But, after Danny leaves for a job opportunity, Kiera turns to him for friendship and support.

Through the entire story, Kellan is honest about his own struggle to not step over the line with Kiera: yeah he cares about her, but he’s not willing to risk the temptation. Until he does. And then, his own guilt have him trying to resist, to stay away.

Kellan is amazing: it’s easy to see that he won’t come out well in the end, especially with Kiera’s push-pull. These two are so wounded: Kiera actually had me completely frustrated with her behavior, and poor Kellan kept hoping that perhaps THIS time would be different.  His own awareness of the tragic end in store, and his struggle to sort through his emotions with his music showed his depth and awareness in ways that are rare but precious.

Narration in this story is provided by Jeremy Arthur and he became Kellan, enhancing the words on the page, infusing shame and guilt and that tinge of confusion in Kiera’s repeated back and forth, bringing Kellan to life. There aren’t any missteps in this performance, changes in pacing and pitch delineate necessary insets, but the sense that Arthur understands and empathizes with Kellan keeps the listen feeling as if you are being told the story in those late hours after 1 am with beer and pizza.

I can’t say enough about this story: it was engaging, heartbreaking, frustrating and I had a hard time putting it down. Whether this is your introduction to the series, or you are getting Kellan’s perspective after having read Kiera’s – you’ll want to investigate Thoughtless when you complete this book.

Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5  Story 4

AudioBook Review ~ Thoughtful: Thoughtless #1.5 by S.C. Stephens

Title: Thoughtful
Author: S.C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #1.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Jeremy Arthur
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
ISBN: 1455588822
Published on: 24 February 2015
Format:Audiobook
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 560
Audio Length: 21 Hours: 15 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Timesbestselling author 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.

See the Thoughtless series on GoodReads 

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About S.C. Stephens

S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer's block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

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