Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I just had to get Thoughtful to read Kellan's perspective on meeting Kiera and seeing the way she tore his heart apart. I enjoyed this one more and today's swoon shows the heartache Kellan was going through... sigh!


Title: Thoughtful
Author: S.C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #1.5
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 24th 2015
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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.

I read Thoughtless not long ago, and before continuing with the series, I was told to read Thoughtful because it was told from Kellan’s point of view. I am glad that I did because a lot of the details were still fresh in my mind and I was able to follow the same situations with ease. This book made me love Kellan that much more as I saw the depth of his pain and struggles with Keira.

Kellan had a difficult childhood and used women to feel wanted. His parents treated him badly and he was looking to other people to fill that void. When Keira and Denny come to live with him in Seattle he realised that he wanted that kind of easy relationship too, but knew he couldn’t step over the line with his best friend’s girl.

Kellan and Keira’s relationship started as friends, but changed after Denny went away for work. Keira was becoming depressed and Kellan pulled her out of it, but their connection became stronger and harder to ignore. Every touch, every caress and every kiss made it harder for Kellan to give her up and when things escalate to the next level he realises how deep his feelings are for her. But Keira… argh! She continued to break his heart and I think it was worse from his point of view! I knew it was going to happen, but seeing what he did to move past it was heartbreaking. She was so frustrating for both Kellan and me and I wanted to yell at her to wake up to herself!!

I enjoyed Thoughtful more than the first book because I was able to feel the emotion and struggles that Kellan had to deal with. He tried so hard to give Keira up, but she continued to hold onto him. His friendship with Denny was important to Kellan as they went through some tough times in the year they were together, but he couldn’t stop his feelings toward Keira from growing. The time and emotion he put into his music was beautiful too, I could see how much his relationship with Keira was torturing him. If you are a fan of this series, you will want to read this book!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


I emotionally released everything built up inside of me, from the pain of not having Kiera’s love to the pain of never having my parents’. I cried for hurting Kiera. I cried for betraying Denny. I cried for my nonexistent childhood. I even cried for the mountain of meaningless encounters I’d had over my lifetime, because meaningless encounters were probably all I would ever have now.
Kiera didn’t run away from my breakdown. She held me, cradled me, rubbed my back, even pulled a blanket over my shivering body and used her heat to warm me. I’d never felt so much love and comfort from another human being. Ever.

Kindle Arc Loc 5202


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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.



Other reviews featuring S.C. Stephens
Thoughtless series
Thoughtless #1

25 comments:

  1. Oh nice - you liked this book more even though you knew what was going to happen. I need to read the first book, but damn, do I love this cover.

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  2. I love this cover too... Makes me want to jump right on up there and take advantage of him *wink*
    I think it's because Kiera shits me, and I love Kellan... his POV was always going to be better! lol

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  3. I loved Thoughtless more than Thoughtful too! I was even more of an emotional wreck reading from his POV. It was really difficult to like Kiera, because of how she treated Kellan, and Denny for that matter. Great Review Naomi :)


    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  4. Angela ReadingCaveMay 28, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    She is holding him like she loves him- but he doesn't have her love? Is he just guessing on that? Nice swoon!

    My Swoon

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  5. That cover is giving me lots of ideas... Hmm, sounds like a very emotional series on the part of the guy. Pretty cool, nice review:D!

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  6. Great review! He sounds like a character with a lot of depth and emotion. I enjoy those kind of characters.

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  7. Bookworm BrandeeMay 29, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    I re-read Thoughtless in December in preparation for this novel. (I had originally read this in 2012 and I've read the other novels as well) I still haven't read Thoughtful but I'm dying to. Especially after reading your review, Naomi. Keira made me want to strangle her in Thoughtless - but I tried to put myself in her shoes...well, at least remember her age. ;) I could understand why she was hard pressed to make a decision buuut, this is Kellan we're talking about. I'm actually really glad Stephens did this novel as I was always wanting to know what was going on in Kellan's head. I'm glad it made you happy. :)

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  8. Sounds good. I've wanted to read this series for a while. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  9. I'm terrified of this book. Really, really, scared.

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  10. Yeah, I am finding it hard to like her. I read the first book and felt done with the series, but had to read Kellan's book!

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  11. It is a difficult relationship, I tell you.

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  12. It is a bit of an emotional ride. Kellan is great to read about.

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  13. He has so much depth! I loved seeing that side to him and to see the struggles he goes through emotionally.

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  14. Thank Ramona. All books in this series are quite long, so set yourself some time if you do read them!

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  15. This book was so much better than the first, and honestly I was not going to continue the series. I had the second book here too, but I took it back to the library... I really liked this one though. Kellan's POV is so much better, and emotional too.

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  16. I did, this book was better than the first. Kellan is yummy!

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  17. I can see why... and that is understandable!

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  18. Oh wow! That was so intense. You don't often come across a story where the guy breaks down like that. One day, I hope to catch up on this series.

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  19. This is on my TBR shelf as we speak! Gah! I'm so excited to read it. (Just their names alone make me want to read it) I've heard good things about this book! Sooooo excited! When I post up a review I'll link back here to yours So others can see what you had to say about it. :)

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  20. Great to hear that you could connect with and relate with his struggles

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  21. Ah man. I have these on my tbr pile. That cover!

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  22. I know, I thought that this was a great moment to share, of him letting go and her trying to comfort... sigh!

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  23. I really liked this one, more than the first book, because Kellan is so good to read about.

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  24. I could, he is such a great character.

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  25. Haha! I know, the cover got me too!! Kellan is yummy, flawed and so human! Loved him.

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