Monday, March 26, 2012
Review: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
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 that 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.
My Thoughts: I have never, in all the time I've been reading, disliked a heroine as much as I disliked Kiera. It isn't the cheating that bothers me so much, but the wishy-washy, I want him, no I want you, no I'm yours, no I'm going to go sleep with him and then come cuddle with you afterward, no I'm going to beg you to stay, but go sleep with him again. I couldn't find a single thing about her that I liked. I'm generally pretty easy to please and will like a heroine just because she's someone to root for, but not in this story. She was selfish, immature, and...oh, I could go on forever, but I think you get the point. She had only two modes: blushing at the drop of a hat or crying/acting like the victim. It didn't endear her to me one bit. Plus, what made me want to tear my hair out more than anything was that everything came to a head because of the actions of others - she was like a statue. Everything happened and she just cried. She didn't learn a damn thing by the end of the story.
So why did I finish reading? Two words: Kellan Kyle. This boy was the perfect, swoonworthy hero - sexy, damaged, just wanting to be loved. He was no saint, by any means, but he kept trying to do the right thing and Kiera wouldn't let him...oh, but she wouldn't give up Denny, either. I get that Denny was supposed to be this perfect boyfriend, but he fell really flat for me. Yes, he was safe, he was dependable, loyal, but he was also very, very boring.
The story was an emotional roller coaster, no doubt, but also waaayyyy too long. I wish the narrative had been tightened up a little, with a lot less repetition.
And yet, through all of this, I generally enjoyed the story and have already started the sequel, so I guess the author did her job, and did it well. I'm just worried that it's going to be one of those sequels that have nothing to say, and was written because of demand. Guess I'll see.
I would say my overall rating of the story is a 3.5 out of 5.