Tuesday 17 February 2015

♪ THOUGHTFUL ♪ S.C. Stephens ♪ #KellanKyle ♪ BlogTour ♪ Giveaway & Q & A ♪

© Bianca Janeane


• release date: 24 February 2015
Thoughtless Series #1.5

• Book #1 Thoughtless - in Kellan Kyle's POV
• 560 pages

• #4 Griffin's book will be out in November 2015

5 big and fat Stars
(PS we might've been a bit influenced into giving those stars, seeing as we're both married to Mr. Kyle - but I think those 5 big and fat stars are definitely, totally deserved☺)

A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Times bestselling 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's worth 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.

Do we all remember what happened in #Thoughtless? When Kiera told us her story??
Now it's Kellan's turn. And I just know that it's going to be sooo amazing. And so sad and moving and frustrating and just beautiful.

To prepare for #Thoughtful, I re-read the whole series. I just couldn't help myself. Kellan is my all-time-favorite Book Boyfriend!! ♥ But now I'm not so sure if the re-reading was wrong - it might've been better to go at THOUGHTFUL with a bit distance to the whole story - it's not like I ever forgot anything that happened anyway ☺

If you haven't read the Thoughtless series yet...

THOUGHTFUL starts a few weeks before Kiera & Denny arrive in Seattle.
We see a bit about how Kellan goes about his 'rockstar' life. All his random hook-ups. He loves sex, sure, but it's so much more than that. He just wants to be close to someone. Even if it's just for a few minutes or hours. He loves being touched, because he never had any of that growing up. He desperately wants to connect to someone. He's not yet really sure what exactly it is that he wants (like a real loving relationship for example) - he just knows that it feels amazing to chase away the lonliness for a short while.

He's sooo excited once he knows Denny will move in with him. That's so adorable to read.
Denny is the only person - other than his band-members - that he ever loved.
He sees Denny as his only real family.
He can't wait to re-connect with him.

But unfortunately he is immediately attracted to Kiera. Like - amazingly drawn to her.
The first second he sees her at Pete's - he's almost a changed person. And that's when he thought he might have a chance at her, because he hadn't yet seen that she came in with Denny ...

but this girl ... even seeing her through a crowd, there was something about her that sang to me. It nearly stopped me in my tracks.

As you can imagine - all through the book we suffer with Kellan. Ok, not only Kellan - we love Denny too and we know how the story ends, and Denny will not get the girl in the end.
But this is Kellan's story and he just, ugh - I could've cried all through the book. He's just so lonely, especially in the beginning. He just wants someone to love him. To have a girl look at him the way Kiera looks at Denny. He's so amazed by their relationship - he's never witnessed anything like that before.

Then of course they become closer - especially once Denny is gone for those two months.
And even though Kellan knows he has to stay away from her - to stop thinking and dreaming inappropriate things about  her - he just can't.



One word:

I'm the first one to say that I usually don't much like it when an author writes the same story from a different POV much later. But this one was just so different.
First of all - Kellan is my all time favorite guy. Plus, we know there are soo many moments in Thoughtless where Kellan is gone and we only have Kiera's story.
We also finally want to know what Kellan thinks, how he feels, what he thinks and wishes and hopes.
All those moments we never got to hear in Kiera's version.... like the first time he saw her...  what he felt and thought about falling for his 'brother's' girl.

She was awkward, shy, adorable, and beautiful.
A deadly combination.

This book was just sooooo full of emotion.

Being with her meant everything to me.
She meant everything to me.

Like I said before - Dawson and I - we had lots of tears in our eyes.

I don't want to pity this amazing rockstar (he wouldn't want that) - but you can't help but see this small sad boy with his guitar. How he started sleeping with women, just to feel a tiny little bit of affection in his love-less life.

Then at the end - I will not spoil it - but there's this adorable fact about Kellan's everyday coffee-meeting greeting to Kiera, that we never knew... but now he finally tells us. I loved it.

I loved every second of Kellan's story.

THOUGHTFUL was an amazingly beautiful &  emotional addition to the Thoughtless series. If you loved Kellan Kyle before, you will be even more in love with him now!


And now please Hollywood, make Kellan into a TV or Movie-star - ASAP!!!

ARC received from Hachette Book Group for an honest review

I cannot confirm nor deny that I did a happy dance around the work office when I received my advanced copy of Thoughtful - though I am very glad that we don't have CCTV!!!
 I am not usually one to read books that are just in a different POV.  But Thoughtful was one of those ones where there were no ifs or buts about me reading it.

More of my book husband - yes husband, I feel so much more for him than a book boyfriend - Kellan Kyle - YES PLEASE!!

If you have read Thoughtless - and if you haven't, WHY NOT?? - then you will already know that from Kiera's POV, this was a bumpy ride.  

I always knew that Thoughtful was going be a rough read for me, but man oh man - ugly crying!!

My heart hurt from the very first chapter right up until the last words.  We thought we knew Kellan Kyle, but there was so much we didn't know!
Kiera annoyed me as much in Thoughtful as she did in Thoughtless.  Actually, seeing her through Kellan's eyes, I think I disliked her more than before!  I know she got better in the later two books but gah!!!  I wanted to jump into my kindle and slap her - more than once!

We all know how the story ends, so we don't need to talk about if they have a HEA or not.

I loved every single second of Thoughtful, even when I thought my heart was going to shatter for Kellan.  If you thought you loved him before, think again.

I am now suffereing from OKD - Obsessive Kellan Disease, and a serious dose of Post-Kellan depression

Photos from freedigitalphotos.net

Please please please write Effortless and Reckless from Kellan's POV!!

5 stars are not enough!

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Q & A with S.C. STEPHENS:

1. What would readers be surprised to find out about you? 
I’m very quiet, and I really don’t like being in the spotlight. Matt and I have a lot in common, except I can’t play an instrument to save my life.

2. How did you choose Kellan’s name? 
Kellan’s name came to me while I was writing, although, I originally had him as Denny and Denny as Kellan. It didn’t take me long to switch them.

3. Why set your books in Seattle? 
I know the city, so I felt comfortable writing about it.

4. Why do you think fans are so passionate about the series? 

Kellan. I think it all stems from him.

5. Where do you find inspiration for your writing? Do you use real people/places as a foundation?

I often use real places, and that will give me ideas about what the characters could be doing there. Music is really my biggest inspiration. I love having a soundtrack in my head to go with the story.


If you haven't read the THOUGHTLESS Series yet




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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.