Book Review March 28th
by: S.C. Stephens
★★★★ 4 StarsFor 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.
**Beware Potential Spoilers Interspersed with my Ranting**
Last night when I finished this I would easily give it three stars. But it deserves both more and less. Thoughtless was like that road rage induced feeling of blinding fury inspired when pedestrians hit the walk light and walk anyway, making you wait an immense amount of time for no one. Every moment was throttle worthy. I just wanted to strangle, maim and bury these characters. All that negativity aside it wasn’t a bad story. The characters are fucked up and often stupid as hell but I was captivated from the start as if I was wrapped and tied in barbed wire. Occasionally the anger got so bad I had to put the book down so I could cool off, but I was constantly thinking about it and needed more. Thoughtless became my crack.
It’s so hard to form an honest opinion about the story as a whole. It was very hard to read and witness these characters make so many dumb decisions. Knowing what was going to happen did nothing to extinguish the nervous butterfly feeling every time Kiera and Kellan were in a room together. Thoughtless was both bad and good. It was everything. It was real.
To start from the beginning, Kiera and her yummy, and delicious, Australian, boyfriend of two years move out to Seattle when Denny graduates and he receives a highly coveted internship. The two move in with an old friend of Denny’s, hot rocker and bad boy extraordinaire Kellan Kyle. From the first moment Kiera looks upon Kellan, angels begin weeping with fear of soon-to-come pain and endless heartache. No matter how much Kiera loves Denny she can’t deny the intense, sizzling attraction burning between her and Kellan.
When a complicated situation arises and Kiera thinks her relationship with Denny is over, a night of inebriation leads her and Kellan to make the worst drunken mistake. This mistake continues to follow them throughout the story. And here’s where I really lost my shit. Denny, sweet Denny, is so Freaking Amazing I can almost understand Kiera’s fear of letting him go. But she doesn’t and honestly, never did deserve him. Kellan and Kiera continually hide everything from Denny and even their friends. The tension is so thick even a butcher knife couldn’t cut it.
The one thing about this book I can respect is the reality of it all. I’m reminded of all the drama ridden Jerry Springer episodes minus all the white trash fighting and name calling. Kiera has this fake persona of herself where she pretends and says she’s trying to protect everyone but all she does is spread the pain. Inevitably causing more pain and suffering to those close to her. Sometimes when reading a book we may not like the actions of the characters and we gloss over their stupidity and give the book a bad review yet that doesn’t quite work in this situation. Every scene in this book leads to it’s inevitable outcome and I feel like I was immersed in this journey with Kellan and Kiera from the start. As much as you hate it you can’t get enough. The pain becomes secondary and you just want shit resolved. The realty is scary. This shit happens. And it sucks. It makes the book so much better because I can believe it all.
In the end I really tried to see it that Kiera and Denny had just run the course of their relationship. But I really don’t get that feeling. Either Kiera sucks at real love or she is dumber than she looks because Denny was really too good for her. Even though she moved across the country with him, he could have gone home to Australia way earlier but I think because of her he stayed and she paid him back by shitting all over him.
At this point if you haven’t gotten it, let me be clear. I HATE KIERA. I want to hit her with my car, reverse and do it over and over again. She deserves neither of these men. She is one of the weakest, spineless characters I have ever read. She never goes out of her way to help others and in all honestly she is just not a good person. And let me stress how often she goes mute when it matters. If I have to read about her “not being able to speak,” I will cut a bitch, seriously.
REASONS KIERA SUCKS AND I HATE HER
Her lack of Appreciation for Denny. She’s used to him. He’s her comfort zone and she’s too afraid to let him go. Her decision to follow him across the country was sort of needy and stupid.
She always compares Denny to Kellan; his body, voice, actions, thoughts, words and personality.
She says she feels guilty all the time, but she spends too much time saying it than feeling it and doing something about it.
Selfish. Petty. Selfish. Bitch. Selfish. Spineless idiot.
Never thinks of anyone but herself.
I still can’t understand why both these guys Love her. She’s like Helen of Troy, inciting a worthless war between men because she can’t be faithful and make up her damn mind.
She sucks as a girlfriend. Should win the world’s worst GF award.
She was not worth one single mark, scratch or broken bone Kellan suffered for her.
She strings the both of them along, just because she can. Then it’s all cry me a river when shit hits the fan.
The way she tries to justify her every action and it’s really just an excuse. She never looks at things from anyone’s perspective but her own.
How can she be mad at Kellan. Ever. She pushes him away and he sometimes takes her words literally and does what she says. Even if it’s going out or should I say screwing other girls.
Her childish behavior is exhausting. Half the time her or Kellan walk away in the middle of a conversation and never solve anything.
Sometimes the fights between her and Kellan were to reminiscent of children being scolded and told to work out their problems in the principal’s office.
Both Denny and Kellan are always saying how something Kiera did or said “killed,” them. No more clue needed to prove what a dumb bitch and horrible person she is….!!!
The fact that she cheated and didn’t even have the balls to man up to it, I mean come on. She’s always trying to cover everything with lies even after the fact. It’s like she honestly expected to keep both Kellan and Denny, Denny the unknowing boyfriend in public and Kellan the dirty little secret in the background.
When Denny finds out the truth and starts beating Kellan. Keira does what she does best. ABSO-FUCKIN-LUTELY nothing!!! Especially when it matters.
Moments when she goes right from Kellan to have sex with Denny were vomit inducing. She didn’t care about Kellan hearing or seeing or the fact of how nasty and disgusting that is. Absolutely disrespectful to him, especially, when either guy is sleeping in the room next door and she goes back and forth. Ugh at least shower in between.
Good Things about Thoughtless
Denny. He’s so beyond wonderful. Even in the end he’s barely mad. Way too good for her. I kept hoping that he was cheating or had cheated at some point, at least to make it all work out, but in the end, he was just too perfect. And his accent=YUMMY.
Pete’s and her few friends.
Kiera does get kicked in the head, even if once wasn’t enough, it made me happy.
I could go on and on about Thoughtless. Not just because it was soo long, but because there is so much details and memorable moments interspersed throughout the book. However, it would take forever to go over it all and until you read it yourself you won’t understand this stuck in the middle feeling I am experiencing now. I hate it and I love it.
Thoughtless was a horrific, injuries sustained, coma inducing wreck you can’t help but witness from start to end. It was such an emotional roller-coaster. You’ll feel it all. Every positive and negative emotion will hit you simultaneously. Hate. Love. Passion. Angry. Devastation. Fear. It’s so awfully amazing there are not enough words. So read at your own peril. It’s definitely a fitting story for the NA genre and not one anyone should miss. You’ll be sucked in and as much as you try and fight your way out, secretly you love every minute and are honestly thankful it’s not your life. I would recommend to fans of this genre. Fans of bad-boys, rockers and more drama than most will eat up Thoughtless like a bottomless sundae. It’s easy to see why Kellan has become a fan favorite and I only hope life goes a bit better for him in the next two books in the series. I really hope this is not the last we see of Denny. Though I’m glad he’s free from the evil clutches of Kiera. Since she threw him away, I’d like to point out that I’ll take him. LOL
Reading Thoughtless was like experiencing this...