Thoughtful by SC Stephens

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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23200620-thoughtful

I am a big fan of the SC Stephens and the Thoughtless Series. I loved Kellan, never really had a problem Kiera and understood the struggles that each of them went through to find their love. That being said, Thoughtful is Kellan’s POV of Thoughtless which was from Kiera’s POV. There is a lot of good in this good and a lot I really had a hard time swallowing.

First the good. You will LOVE Kellan and all of the D-Bags even more after reading Thoughtful. I love a good male POV and you get that in this book. You will even come to love Kiera more too. It’s always nice to see both POVs helping you to expand on the story, and I think that Thoughtful definitely does that for you. Kellan did not have the best growing up. The only genuine love he ever really received was from his best friend Denny. You get into Kellan’s mind and you understand his decisions, his heartbreak, his emotions for Kiera, his conflict.

The things that didn’t set easily for me: This book was way too long. Yes I loved being able to get into Kellan’s head, but at times it was just too overwhelming. This book is heartbreaking, emotional, angsty, which I can take but not in such large doses. I think this would have been much better suited as a novella, going over key scenes. I really had a hard time solidering through this book. I had to take large breaks to walk away from it and didn’t know if I would be able to finish it, although I did.

All and all, it was a great book, just overwhelming for myself. True fans of the series and those who love angst will get exactly that. My poor heart could only take so much.

3.5 stars

Do you have any hobbies or activities that you enjoy outside of writing? 

I’m a group fitness junkie. I live for my step class! And I’m starting to get into lifting weights, which means I’m sore. A lot. I love that feeling though. I also love sitting on my butt and watching movies all day. Movie-marathon weekends are my favorite!

If Kellan and Kiera’s relationship had a theme song, what would it be? 
There are so many good ones, but I always find myself going back to I Can’t Not Love You by Every Avenue.

Many readers say Kellan was the first/favorite book boyfriend. What do you think appeals to readers about him? 
I think it’s a mixture of his job, his past, his looks, his pain, and the fact that he is so incredibly devoted to the people he cares about. 

How has music played a role in your life and in your writing? 
Music gives me ideas, and is basically the reason for Kellan’s existence. I “saw” him singing every song I listened to on the radio. I fell in love with him long before I wrote his story.

 What did Kellan and Kiera exchange for Valentine’s Day this year? 
They’re very busy, so time alone together is what they cherish most.
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. 

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