Review: Thoughtless Series by S. C. Stephens

I would like to start by thanking S. C. Stephens for writing a full length books, not 250 page short stories. I usually just download books because I am addicted to reading. I am a sucker for a good romance. I downloaded the Thoughtless series of books and they were just there on my Kindle for quite some time. I wanted to read them, the only reason I did not was because there were other books on my To Be Read list I just wanted to read just to get it out of my system. Last week I finally finished the books and got to these.

When I started reading Thoughtless I was addicted. It quickly became a book I had to finish fast. Love Triangles wreck me. By the time I had finished reading Thoughtless and Effortless I “need(ed) a minute.” I was shattered after I finished them, to the extent where my friend asked if I was feeling ok? She thought I was depressed about something. I told her I had to take a break from reading for a couple of day. These books really did a number on me. My heart bled for Denny and Kellan but I could not find myself hating Kiera for the choices she made. Loving two men at the same time is not as far fetched as it seems. There are personalities in everyone which we can relate to and find ourselves forming an attachment. These two books were a roller coaster ride that was worth the time taken to read them.

I still can’t stop thinking about the three sweethearts in these books. I had to read Reckless just to get closure. When I finished Thoughtless I could not fall asleep or wake up without thinking about Kiera and Kellan. I grew an attachement to these two. I wanted to risk the book hangover to read all night just so I knew all was well in their world. I couldn’t do it, at some point I had to sleep but my sleep was haunted by their story. I felt the same way after I read Effortless. With Denny showing up and Kellan on tour it was back to the heartbreak all over again.

Last night I finally finished Reckless and I finally got a good night of sleep because I had closure. It is insane to feel this much about fictional characters? Yes, I know it is. I think the reason it has more of an affect on me is because I have been in a triangle situation in the past and found myself in love with two equally different men. I didn’t want to hurt either but I knew in my heart I was meant to be with one for the rest of my life even though the man I was with was also someone who I was deeply in love with. He was my Denny.

When I started reading Thoughtless I remembered another series of books I read a while back which also involved a love triangle. Much more tumultuous than this one and the ending was completely not what I expected. I liked the books until I got to half of the last book (book 4) then the story started turning in a whole new direction. I wanted to throw my kindle at someone when I got to the big reveal. Those books are still in my thoughts. The reason I bring this up is that when I finally finished Reckless I started reading the acknowledgements (something I typically don’t do). While reading them I saw that S. C. Stephens thanked K. A. Linde who happened to be the very same author of the series of books I was thinking about. Now this makes perfect sense. I see how Stephens was somewhat influenced by the story. I get it now.

Thoughtless 

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 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.

Effortless

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle that led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy…trust is hard. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Effortless/S-C-Stephens/Thoughtless/9781476717487#sthash.GOEWJBXZ.dpuf

Reckless

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything? – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Reckless/S-C-Stephens/Thoughtless/9781476718200#sthash.2ms8Z3Bv.dpuf

Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I have been meaning to read book since it came out. There are just so many books on my To Be Read list that I never got around to it. Even though I read great reviews about this book online and from other book lovers, I still procrastinated reading it.  When I finally started reading it, I was hooked. I finished it in two days. What did I love about this book? Everything!

I knew some of what the book was about. As I started reading more into it I found it to be hilarious. I have a family member who is an architect, while I was reading about the ways of Bernadette and her obsessiveness to her profession I related that to the same behaviors of my family member. Then they make references to Seattle and the people of Seattle and different they are, it made me think of my other family members. HA. HA.  The references to both are both so accurate I  wanted to keep reading to get to her thoughts on them more and more.

I loved it! If you haven’t read it, don’t deprive yourself of this wonderful book any longer.

bernadetteBernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Some of my favorite quotes from Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“I hated my life enough without having to drive past a Buca di Beppo four times a day.”

“Grace said, “I’m bored.” “Yeah,” Bee mimicked, “I’m bored.” Bernadette pulled the car over, took off her seat belt, and turned around. “That’s right,” she told the girls. “You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”

“See, that’s why I call the mothers there “gnats.” Because they’re annoying, but not so annoying that you actually want to spend valuable energy on them.”