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#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series!
The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes it burns.
Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.
Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes–and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers…
I recieved an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
When SC Stephens announced Thoughful (Thoughtless from Kellen’s POV) I was STOKED! Because I love a males POV romance.
But then she announces she’s going to be continuing the series from all the D-Bags POV? Holy shit!
Griffin has always been my favorite dark horse – background funny guy with his humor, antics and all around good-natured jackass. But in Untamed he’s finally getting the spotlight he’s so desperately wanted – I mean anyone who’s nick-named his man parts “The Hulk”? Who wouldn’t want to read his story?
(Could this be anymore Griffin?)
But we’re seeing the D-Bags in a different way – they’ve found success, they’re reveling in it – growing up, getting married and starting family’s. Griffin and Anna having had Gibson, and now Onnika – they’re literally living their dreams. But with success, and an ever abundance of attention being thrown at their lead singer Kellen Kyle, Griffin is feeling the tension – expanding it and when it blows? It’s not pretty.
Griffin has been great in the small doses we’ve had of him throughout this series – but getting a full book about him at times was a bit much. He is absolutely in love with himself – and wants everyone to know it and hop on the train. The other guys in the band? They want Griffin to put in the work – show up to practice and help them keep the band as good as they can possibly be. But Griffin being Griffin only see’s what he wants to – what he’s not getting and what everyone else is.
He’s selfish and immature – but also growing in a way that no one else quite see’s accept for Anna – his best friend and wife. The mother of his beloved daughters. He and Anna have truly fostered a relationship that works for both of them – even if no one else understands it, they get one another on just about every level and that’s kinda hard to stomach at times – because seriously, this is Griffin.
Things are shaky throughout this book – egos booming out of control – words are said that can’t be taken back and it’s sad to see. I was disappointed in a lot of the D-Bags, not just in Griffin. I actually felt for the guy through most of it and thought that Matt, Evan and even Kellen were all being dicks. Sure, he’s lazy, self centered and doesn’t understand 90% of what goes into creating their albums, promoting their music – producing – or anything but playing his ass off when he needs too. But this is why we love him. You know going into the story what he’s all about – Sex & Rock N Roll!
(Seriously – Jesus!)
I was disappointed in a lot of things in this book – the way everyone was treating each other, I could see the premise from the very beginning. And though it was funny and nostalgic and I was really happy to see where everyone has landed throughout this story, I was disappointed in how they treated our Hulk. Sure, he should get his ass up and quit complaining. He should be a more intricate part of the band. But you have to love someone for who they are and not try to change them into someone they aren’t. Anna got that – and that’s why they work. Maybe if Even and Matt – even Kellen realized that more there wouldn’t have been so much tension. I was really rooting for Griffin through out this whole story – and it was awesome to see the father side of him, he he is with his daughters, especially Gibson was heart-melting.
Everyone has to grow up sometimes – and sometimes you have to swallow your pride. This book seemed to be a stepping stone for everyone – the D-Bags and their significant others – everyone is growing up and starting families and it’s time to stop and realize what’s most important in your lives – love and family. The music will follow… and evolve with you and be better for it.
I gave it 4 stars – at times it was a 5 star book for me, at times it was a 3.5. Griffin is best in small doses – but he deserved his time to shine.
About the Author – SC Stephens
S.C. Stephens is a 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 Kellen 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. Stevens 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. (via the author’s website)