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Thoughtful (A Thoughtless Novel) Paperback – February 24, 2015
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"It's one of those stories that sucks you in, makes your heart race, puts a smile on your face and doesn't let you stop turning the pages even for a second."
--- Aestas Book Blog on Thoughtless
About the Author
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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The biggest thing I got out of this book was how emotional Kellan Kyle is. He's definitely been screwed up by parents who didn't love him, and he's written so well that you can practically feel how confused he is that firstly, someone could love him, and secondly, how he feels that they will just walk away, because everyone does.
It feels like a long read but it's because the content is quite emotionally heavy, in the same way that Thoughtless was but this felt a little more so and that's most likely because of the baggage that Kellan holds inside him. However, it never lost my interest despite already knowing the story.
I enjoy SC Stephens writing style and she seemed to follow the Thoughtless story closely enough that I didn't notice any obvious holes in the storyline. I was a little hesitant to read this at first as it was the same story, but I'm glad that I finally decided to read this book as the Thoughtless series is one of my favourites and even more so now.
Great read once again and I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Thoughtless series.
Two words! Kellan Kyle! Honestly I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love him. As I’m sure like most people when you think about your favourite BBF a lot of us would probably say Kellan Kyle. For me ever since reading Thoughtless a few years ago there hasn’t been a single character that has ever held my heart like Kellan has. Might sound crazy but the connection I felt for him was so strong that in my head he is a real person. My heart flutters and I smile when I think about him. I have this huge pull for a character like nothing I’ve felt before for any other. This book just amped up my obsession with him tenfold. I feel like I know him on such a deeper scale than I thought was ever possible. Sounds crazy right? I’ll accept that.
I know people are hesitant to read an alternate POV book because they either don’t want to be reading the same story over again or they find that it lacked the magic the first book gave them. Even though this is the same book as Thoughtless but in Kellan’s POV, there wasn’t a single moment, word or emotion that didn’t take my breath away in some shape or form. The story felt like it was new in many ways. I didn’t feel like I was reading the same story over even though I knew the how the story would unfold. Seeing everything through Kellan’s eyes made the whole experience feel like a new one. My hurt for him was so much stronger. Characters you may have loved or hated might have you feeling differently by the end.
S.C Stephens is truly an amazing talented writer so I had no doubts going into this book. I knew she would give us something brilliant that we’d completely fall in love with. Hearing Kellan’s words brought out so many emotions in me. Every page was an emotional journey that intensify what you felt. My hurt for him was so much stronger. I fell harder and deeper than I could have possibly imagined. My anger and dismay heightened.
“I cared about her, more than I cared about anyone, and I wanted her to be mine. Because I was head-over-heels, ends-of-the-earth, till-death-do-us-part in love with her. God, I was such an idiot.”
We all know how Kellan and Kiera’s relationship started but hearing the pain, confusion and self-loathing Kellan had going on during that time honestly was so painful to read. My eyes welled up with tears so many times throughout his story. I ached with him when learning just how bad things truly were for him growing up. I mean we knew how bad it was but not in the scope that we heard in this one.
“What I’ve hoped all my life to have. What my parents could never give me. What I know I’m not worthy of…someone’s love.”
“One last tear fell from my eye as I gazed at her beautiful, loving face. Why can’t you love me like I love you? Why can’t anyone? How awful am I?”
Kellan is this brooding sex machine who had it rough growing up but to actually hear from him what he went through was absolutely gut wrenching. He is so much more broken than I’ve ever realized. Kellan truly was this broken man just craving for love and affection. He never had that ever growing up so he accepted every small token he could get from Kiera even though it would hurt him when she would pull away or go back with Denny. As long as he could have her in his life any way she let him he would take it. There is no doubt that they had something deep and passionate growing between them. I could really feel how much he needed her and loved her. Kellan really wore his heart on his sleeve and it made it that much more painful to read his inner thoughts. S.C Stephens really showed us how deeply Kellan loved and passionate he was when it came to Kiera and his music. There is no doubt that when he loves he loves with everything he is.
“I’m in love with you. You gave yourself to me, then ran right back to him. You. Killed. Me.”
Be prepared to have your heart ripped out all over again. This time around it’s was so much more difficult to read. There is no doubt there will be times where you will be really angry, devastated and completely broken. I loved getting to know the rest of the D Bags in a more personal way and seeing how close Kellan really was to them.
I can’t even tell you how amazing Thoughtful is. I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas morning when I got this book in my hands. It’s so well written and beautifully done even through all the ugly. I never wanted it to end. I honestly wish we could get the rest of the series from his perspective. His words truly melted me and stole a piece of my heart. This is definitely a book every Thoughtless fan needs to read. Kellan Kyle is truly one special man.
I would definitely recommend that if you haven’t already read this series that you at least pick up Thoughtless before diving into this one. If you loved the series then this is A MUST READ!
After reading Thoughtless, I really intensely disliked Kiera. After finishing Thoughtful, I flat out hated her- and yes, I know hate is a strong word, but it fits here. Living the pain with Kellan through his eyes was brutal at times. The constant mixed signals she sent him, the emotional highs and lows he experienced at her hands, and the repeated denials of her own feelings out of fear with no consideration of what she was doing to both men just solidified how badly I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a solid slap for all the insensitive and borderline heartless things she did as a result of her own insecurities.
And although I thought I couldn't love Kellan more, he found new ways to break my heart and melt me too. I have never wanted to be able to hug a book character so desperately in all the years I have been reading. Yes, they both said things they shouldn't have and crossed a line that ideally should never be crossed. But the depth of his emotions and his need to finally be loved are so palpable that you can't help but understand and experience every emotion with him.
Thoughtful is in no way just a re-telling of Thoughtless; the author treated us to SO many new scenes through his eyes that it feels exactly like the separate story it is meant to be. The gaps when he can't stand to be in his own home are filled in along with some wonderful detail surrounding the time toward the end of Thoughtless when it all falls apart. I loved the scenes with Kellan and his band mates; they really highlighted the strength of the bond between the guys that he never realized existed until Evan berates him for planning to ditch them all to run from town. He has never been irreplaceable to anyone and, heartbreakingly, he never considered that they viewed him that way. Speaking of band members- Griffin is back and I didn't realize how much I missed the amusing mess of a horndog until he reappeared on the pages! I am so looking forward to his book!
Thank you SC Stephens for such a perfectly beautiful look into Kellan's tortured mind and soul. It left me a sobbing mess right alongside him once or twice, but Thoughtful was everything I hoped for and was well worth the anticipation leading up to cracking open that first chapter! Now I just need to wrangle my schedule so that I can find time for an Effortless and Reckless re-read...
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