S.C. Stephens – Effortless

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This is the second in the Thoughtless series.  Okay, so Kellan and Kiera still have issues of trust, which is still a very key element of the book.  They realize that they both need to learn to trust each other, which is really difficult based on the fact their relationship started as an affair.  Will the tour test each of them?  Will they be able to stay faithful to each other?  I found myself worrying about the characters between the moments I actually had time to read the book.  At their most stressful moments, my chest physically ached.

This book is different from the first, as it is also about the development of love.  How it can grow and change.  One of my favorite lines is when Kiera tells Kellan,”I love you more.  I love you enough to let you go and live your dream.”  Also, this book has a lot more heat.  Kellan is a hot sexually charged rock star – NO DOUBT.  But what is surprisingly fabulous is Kellan’s adorable romantic side.

See my other post for the Thoughtless Series:

S.C. Stephens – Thoughtless

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S.C. Stephens – Thoughtless

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I just read this book for the second time, because I wanted the story fresh in my mind before Thoughtful releases on Feb. 22, 2015.

This is a painfully wonderful story about a love triangle.  The words come off the page and warm the heart with the intensity of love that the characters feel for each other.  At the same time, the words choke and crush the heart when the characters are devastated.  One of my favorite lines is when Denny tells Kiera, “I want to be someone’s everything.  I want fire and passion, and love that’s returned, equally.  I want to be someone’s heart. … Even if it means breaking my own[.]”

Why does this story stand out above other love triangles?  Well, beside some great writing, all three characters possess a well-crafted balance of positive and negative characteristics that make them both attractive and realistically flawed.  Needless to say, Kellan is extremely physically attractive (he is the definitive sexy as all get-out Rock Star), but it is the vulnerability of his heart that makes him incredibly alluring.  Kellan’s challenge is dealing with feelings of love that are entirely new to him.  In contrast, Denny is a good looking man with an irresistible Australian accent, but he is young and foolishly makes decisions on his own without consulting Kiera.  As a side note, I love that both Kellan and Denny’s voices are both similarly one of their most seductive qualities.  Lastly, Kiera – the point of the triangle – balances precariously between being considerate, heartless, loving, and selfish.  Her naivete and lack of confidence is her ultimate shortcoming.  She never comes across as being intentionally mean or malicious.

Finally, this story works so well because the theme is all about trust: trusting one’s own feelings and trusting in another’s person’s love.  This applies to relationships of all ages, not just couples in their early twenties.

See my other post for Thoughtless Series:

S.C. Stephens – Effortless

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Kelly Jamieson – Jilted

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This is the 1st book in the Promise Harbor Wedding Series.  The next books in the series are written by other authors.

Sometimes dating and life choices are put into a difficult balance.  And sometimes you just have to make a leap of faith and choose the man over a career.  Of course, if he is absolutely incredible in bed, like Josh, the choice should be easy.  Did I mention that he is a fireman?

Be prepared when you read this book, you should have a bottle of Zinfindel on hand!  And a hot guy.

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Kylie Scott – Lead

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This is the the 3rd in the Stage Dive Series.

Unrequited love is a bitch!  If you have ever been in that position, enough said.  If not, kudos to you.

Lena signs on to look after Jimmy and make sure that he stays sober.  Lena is a quick-lipped character with enough chutzpah to stand up to the famous rock star.  He’s an irritable handful – only being 6 months sober and going on a self-imposed celibacy stint.  He also had a very rough upbringing that makes it nearly impossible for him to recognize love.  David, Jimmy’s brother, begs Lena to forgive Jimmy’s screw-ups.

“Don’t break his heart, Lena.  Fuck, he barely even knows he has one, but he does.  And it’s actually a really good one.  Just give him a chance to figure out what to do with it, please?”

Kylie Scott’s words reach out and pierce the heart as Lena admits that she has feelings for Jimmy, but knows she has to leave him to save herself.

See my other posts about the Stage Dive Series.

Kylie Scott – Play

Kylie Scott – Lick

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