Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C. Stephens


Thoughtless #1.5

S.C. Stephens

Published: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Forever Romance

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In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it's time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . . 

The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . . Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won't let Kiera go without a fight.

Thoughtless Series:
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My Thoughts:

I love the Thoughtless Series.  It is a series full of angst, intensity, passion, love, friendship, betrayal, jealousy, heartbreak, and healing.  These characters, along with the story plot, clearly stand out in my mind.  It is a story that I have spent a lot of time thinking about, and became obsessed with from the moment I read the first book in the series, Thoughtless.  I devoured each one of these books, hour after hour, and back to back.

In Thoughtless, we got Kiera's point of view concerning her long-term relationship with Denny, and how she fell in love with Denny's good friend, singer and upcoming star, 
Kellen Kyle.  This was a story that was difficult and painful to read, due to all of the emotional turmoil that these characters went through concerning a major love triangle.

In Thoughtful, we get to read about the events that took place in Thoughtless, exclusively through Kellen's point of view.  We got to see Kellen's vulnerability, his insecurities concerning feeling unlovable, and unworthy of love.  As reader's we become privy to his innermost thoughts, wishes, desires, hopes, and fears.  I enjoyed how Kellen's point of view gave me a more complete picture of everything that occurred between Kiera, Kellen, and Denny.   

In Thoughtful, there were times were certain events occurred, and I wondered what was going through Kellen's mind at the time, or where Kellen would disappear for days at a time, and I would wonder where he went, and what was happening with him.  I was so happy to have all of these questions answered.  I also got to know more about Kellen's childhood, as well as more about his bandmates and good friends, Evan, Matt, and Griffin.  There were also conversations between characters that we were made privy to in Thoughtful, that weren't in Thoughless.

Kellen was my favorite character in the Thoughtless Series, and getting to have the story told from his perspective was amazing.  I already loved him before this book, but after getting to know him better, I love him so much more.  The depth of his love for Kiera was heart melting.  The way that he yearned to be loved and cared for made him all the more endearing to me.  He was a romantic at heart, and all that Kellen Kyle encompassed added another dimension to an already stellar series!  

My Rating:

I give, Thoughtful, by S.C. Stephens, 4 Adoring, Tender, Tumultuous, Intense Connection Filled Stars!  All of you Kellen Kyle fans, need to read Thoughtful!  You are going to devour it!!! 

My Favorite Quote:

"She was my greatest pain, and my only salvation.  She was the only one who could heal this hole in my heart, a hole she'd torn open.  Being around her was incredible, but difficult too.  Pain and pleasure twisted together so thoroughly that it was sometimes hard to separate the two." (eARC, Loc. 3388)


Book Teasers:

Book Excerpt:

     Determined to stop thinking, to just go with whatever happened, I dipped my finger into my drink and wet the backs of our hands. Kiera watched every move I made as I shook some salt over our hands. When she made no move to drink her shot, I broke the ice and took mine so she’d feel more comfortable about doing this with me. My throat was numb from doing Jäger shots all night, so it didn’t even burn. It burned for Kiera though. 

     Her tongue came out to lick the salt off her hand, her mouth opened to receive her drink, and her lips curled around the lime, squeezing its juices. It was an erotic thing to watch. Then her face twisted into a grimace. I chuckled at her reaction, then poured us another round. 

     The second shot went down easier for her. The third was even easier. We didn’t talk, just drank. And the more alcohol she consumed, the hungrier her eyes became. She was staring at me as tenaciously as the women in the bar did. I did my best to ignore it, but it was difficult to do…I wanted her to look at me like that. I wanted to look at her like that. But I wasn’t about to make any assumptions on what was going to happen tonight. We were just two friends sharing a drink. Two single friends who had almost shared a lot more recently… 

     By the fourth shot, the alcohol was getting to me. I spilled the tequila trying to pour it in those tiny little glasses. I laughed as I almost dropped the lime from my mouth. I was way beyond buzzing now.

     On the fifth shot, everything changed. Just as I was bending down to lick the salt from my skin, Kiera took my hand and ran her tongue over the back of it. She was soft, wet, warm, and felt amazing on my sensitive body. I wanted her to keep doing it, but she pulled back to drink her tequila shot. When she placed her wedge of lime between my lips, my heart sped up. Was she…? 

     She was. Her mouth reached up to connect with mine. Our lips pressed together as she sucked on the lime. All I could taste was lime and her. It was an intoxicating combination. But it wasn’t nearly satisfying enough. I needed more. 

     My breath felt strained when Kiera pulled away. Ragged. She teasingly removed the lime from her mouth and set it on the counter. When she seductively licked her fingers, my resolve evaporated. I suddenly didn’t give a shit what we’d been before, or who we’d been with. I didn’t care if she’d dated Denny—that seemed like a long-past memory at the moment. I didn’t care about Evan’s warnings, my regrettable experience with bedding roommates, my promise to Denny to stay away, or my own decision to not cross that uncrossable line. Kiera kissed me. She wanted me. And fuck, I wanted her too. 

     I took my shot of tequila straight, slammed the glass on the counter, then pulled her back to my mouth, where she belonged. 

     Our lips moving together felt better than I had imagined. There was so much eager, pent-up passion, I felt like we were both going to burst into flames. I couldn’t get enough of her. My hand on the back of her neck tightened, drawing her in even closer. My other hand found the small of her back. Perfection.

About S.C. Stephens:

S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.


  1. I read Thoughtless only 2 weeks ago... Keira annoyed me a bit, but I loved Kellan!! Do you think that I need eo read this next, or go straight into Effortless?

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. You can go straight to Effortless if you want. Thoughtful is Thoughtless from Kellen's POV instead of Kiera's.


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