Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Reckless by S.C. Stephens

Title: Reckless (Thoughtless #3)
Author: S.C. Stephens
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When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive 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?

I feel like Kiera became her own person in this one. Even though at times that calmness of hers didn’t feel that organic to me, I’m really proud that she has surpassed these infidelity issues and sets a few goals of her own in this book. You know… The idea of Kiera writing and publishing her book felt as S.C. was giving a piece of her own experience for us. I liked that. 

“Because I love you more than any one person should be allowed to love someone."

One thing I didn’t like was that Kell-Sex name. Wth? It sounded so bad, sorry. I think it should have been something along the names like Kellenna, Siellan, Kylston – I don’t know… What I do know is that Kell-Sex sounded soooooo cheesy and wrong. Oh, the other thing I kind of don’t get is how did Kiera get all of these bartenders and girls close to her together with Matt, Evan, Griffin and Justin? It sounds way too convenient. Still, I’m not going to complain since I just found this to be funny and a little unbelievable, that’s all.

Okay, more about great stuff? I know Kellan and Kiera are the heart of the story, but Griffin – my god! I couldn’t have wiped a smile off my silly face even if I tried to. Every time his name was mentioned, I just had this goofy grin on my face from one ear to the other. I simply adore this Neanderthal. LOL. He is literally the life of the party and I can’t imagine these books without him. When life gets serious for our beloved hero and his girl, Griffin is bound to make us laugh with his killer remarks and sex jokes. My mind will never be the same when I watch a movie about Hulk. Haha. I can’t believe I just wrote that.

This final installment is everything I hoped for and even more. I was ready to give it a decent 3 stars as I did for the first two books. I know I was a bit harsh with the first two, but I really do love this series and it’s one I will be re-ready many, many times in the future. Reckless was alluring, sexy, adorable, a tear-jerker, one that gave me goofy grins and quite a few laughing-out-loud moments. I think this series being picked up by Atria books could not have been better and I am so glad that our favorite rock star and his soul mate finally got their chance of happiness they deserve.

P.S. I know there have been talks about the first book being written from Kellan’s POV. While I don’t mind that, I’d love a story about Anna and Griffin – their life before and after Gibson. Yup, I love that idea very much, thank you! (I just gathered from S.C.'s webpage that she is indeed considering these two - Thoughtless from Kellan's POV and a novella for Griffin and Anna. Hell to the hallelujah, I say!)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  1. I've never heard of this series before Siiri, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm glad you ended up enjoying the final book a lot more than expected! Fab review! :)

    1. It's a great series. The last one was so, so much fun and quite honestly the best out of the three which I didn't expect at all:-)

  2. 4.5 Nice! I only skimmed your review because I haven't gotten started on this series yet (I know, silly me! I'm behind on ALL the series) But I am so happy to see that this one is continuing to be awesome for you! I really want to meet Griffin!

  3. YAY for Kiera becoming her own person, that is always great to read about.

  4. Hmmm. I'm a little nervous about this series Siiri since you mentioned infidelity issues. That's a huge deal breaker for me in books, and I just have zero tolerance for it. What kind of infidelity issues are we talking about here? Does she cheat on Kellan? Or cheated on a boyfriend with Kellan? Maybe knowing that will make me feel better about picking this series up. I really want to since it got such a high rating from you:)

  5. I've been meaning to start this series. I can't wait to meet Kellan Kyle. Oh, "Griffin" started following me on twitter recently! I was like, "WTH?!..."
    I'm so glad you loved this, Siiri. Great review!

  6. I need to get into the Thoughtless series. It looks like a top notch NA! And I'm so glad the final book lived up to your expectations. Most of the time I hear them being disappointing in the end. So kudos! Great review, Siiri :D

  7. I don't think I can read this series. The love triangle and Kiera's behavior are sure to bug me, especially because you didn't absolutely love them. Everyone raves about this series, so I keep wondering whether I should pick them up. But I think I've resigned myself to the fact that they're not for me :(.