New Adult Monday
.. a bi-weekly Feature where we will review and talk about New Adult books! If you are not familiar with this term, you can read my New Adult Discussion post!
Today I have again 2 books for you which need to be read back-to-back!
Thoughtless & Effortless by S.C. Stephens
For 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.
Thoughtless also comes highly recommended by all fans of Beautiful Disaster and Easy , which is why I picked it up int he first place! This series also has been picked up by a Simon & Schuster division only a day after I got the last self-pub copy at iBooks. 🙂
Torn between frustration and emotion!
No, this headline is not referring to the book but rather to my feelings after I finished this book! Normally I never start my review with talking about how I felt about a book, but here, I have to explain my emotions in order for you to get the full emotional turmoil this book left me in.
Because, I am freaking torn !
From an emotional level this book deserves more than 5 stars and even needs a cherry on top! This book made me freaking insane with emotions! And.. I think this will be the oddest review to write. Because, although I am tempted to give it 5 stars – I was so so soooo frustrated with the main character Keira. Hell, I didn’t even like her! I wanted to slap her so many times, good thing she’s not real! *frustrated*
She made one bad decision after the other, was not able to make up her mind, was not able to finally decide what she truly wants. She was naive .. yes she was very naive. She constantly hurt the boys that she loved and were in love with her, but she still wasn’t able to make up her mind! *frowns*
So no, I didn’t like her!
Intensity, ground shacking emotions and lots of heartbreak
However, the book was absolutely phenomenal, and this I say even though I just ranted about how much Keira annoyed me! The emotional intensity was ground shacking, the hottness of the boys swoon worthy and the story although it was killing me… felt very very real!
I know we want our heros and heroines perfect, but the fact is, in real life relationships like Keira’s happen. People get hurt and sometimes it’s hard to watch from the outside and not screaming at them. But, people also have to make up their own mind and sometimes it’s just not .. that easy. There is no right or wrong.. it just is..
You are ready for your heart to be broken and to shed some tears?
You like heartbreakingly real romance? Stories that make you tear up, with characters that stick to you? Admit it, you even like to be frustrated. Because in the end, a book that makes you feel so much, so many different emotions is great book!
Some minor issues..
Well, as this was S.C. first novel and I think some editing could have improved the story! Some scenes could have been cut shorter since the story itself was already pretty long. The pacing suffered a little from these dragged out scenes. Also, some words were so repeatedly used that they started to annoy me, there wasn’t much variety. But, this is a wonderful touching and emotional book and I am eager to read the next books!!!
A continuation of the novel, Thoughtless…
A lot can happen in a year. You grow, you change, you learn from your mistakes. And Kiera had made a lot of mistakes to learn from. But she had learned, and she was determined to never cause a man pain again, especially the amazing man who currently held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it come out the other side unscathed?
Love is easy…trust is hard.
Apart from my annoyance with Keira in Thoughtless I was eager to pick up the next book, ready to spend some more time with Kellan and swoon over him.
Improvement in editing but not in pacing..
Starting right off with what irked me in the first book. The editing definitely improved so did the writing! It was actually amazing to see the difference between book 1 and 2 and I was excited to see such an new and much better voice and tone of the book. However, I felt like the whole story was just too long and I would have wished for shorter scenes and some scenes were just not necessary at all in my opinion. They didn’t add to the story. The feared and actually wished for drama came way too late. But.. when it came it hit me again with this strong emotions I already encountered in the first book…
Keira – growing up! But., Trust is to be earned…
I loved how Keira’s mature so much in this novel! She changed from being the naive little girl to a woman. Yet, Keira is still looking for her true self and is still suffering from insecurities. That was the main issues Kellan and Keira had to face in this novel. The way the came together made it hard for them to trust each other which was very understandable. However, both made such stupid mistakes that made me shake my head.
Kellan .. *swoon* *fans self* ….
Kellan is such a beautiful flashed out character. I haven’t mentioned him in the first review, but he needs to be addressed her! He’s insanely hot, the tortured soul that put everything in his music. but, there is more to him and there is so much depth in turmoil in this boy that made me love him even more! He broke my heart when the small boy inside him came out.
Effortless again made my heart fly with the beauty of love and romance and cry with heartbreak!
Thoughtless and Effordless are intense! These books will make you cry out in frustration and then cry in heartbreak. An annoying naive main character together with the most beautiful tortured boy you could imagine! Again, a must read for fans of hot and steamy love that goes much deeper than the physical level!
With all my complain about the second book, I am dying to get my hands on Reckless, which will be book 3 in this series! I cannot wait to meet Kellan again and spend time with this boy! I’m eager to see them succeed , but also struggle on their way to be together..