Author: SC Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #3
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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 know, I know. I’m surprised myself but this book was amazing! This isn’t Kellan & Keira 2.0. If you’re expecting another rehash of the angst in that series, think again. This book totally has a different feel to it and I found very refreshing.
Griffin won me over. He started off as a cocky, entitled, whiny brat who thinks he’s god’s gift to mankind. He was arrogant, lazy, and he acted like the world owed him something. He was so annoying. I wanted to put the book down because he was whining all the time. And the rest of the D-Bags were annoying me with their sanctimonious crap, too.
But then slowly but surely, S.C. Stephens took Griffin on a journey, from soaring highs and crashing lows, along with the readers. And in the process, I fell in love with Griffin’s character and the way he humbled himself when he realized just how much he messed up. For the most part, this was a coming-of-age tale full of regret, love, compassion, friendship forgiveness and family.
And speaking of family, Griffin’s family was a strong presence in this book. And again, it’s so refreshing to actually read about a normal family who love and support each other. Griff’s family weren’t perfect but they played a huge role in Griffin’s character development.
Aside from the beautiful and cathartic journey Griffin went through, there are so many things to love about this book.
First off, Anna. Seriously. Anna rocks. She and Griffin are perfect together. Their relationship is so refreshing and so different from Keira and Kellan. It’s them. They totally rocked it. And when it was time to make a difficult decision, Anna didn’t balk. She stood by her decision and I applaud her for it.
Second, the romance between Griff and Anna blew me away. I love how Griffin is so in love with Anna and his girls. Even when he was being whiny and arrogant, his redeeming quality has always been his devotion to Anna. No matter how he messed up, you can really feel how much he loves his wife and his girls. I love their relationship. They’re playful, fun and insanely hot together. There were so many laugh out loud moments for me because duh, Griffin is Griffin. And even when he was annoying, he’s still funny as hell.
Thirdly — and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I actually liked Keira in this book. Sure, she still blushes like a tomato but she became the sensible one when the rest of the band weren’t. I’m still not in love with her character the way I am with Anna but Keira grew on me.
And last but not the least, Ms. Stephens did a phenomenal job with the male POV. It’s so different from Thoughtful. The decision to write this book all in Griffin’s POV was spot on. The story came alive because Griffin was a compelling character. And even though he changed, he was still Griffin. Just a better version of him.
This book really took me by surprise. I loved the pacing and how the story progressed. And the epilogue was just a sweet icing on top of an already delicious cake.