Book: Reckless (Thoughtless book 3) by S.C. Stephens, Simon & Schuster Audio, March 5, 2013
Book Info: Contemporary Romance, purchased Audiobook. Running time: 21 hrs, 5 mins. Read by: Rebekkah Ross. Also available in paperback, 544 pages from Gallery Books.
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars Loyal fans will be very satisfied with the series conclusion.
Reckless is the third and final book in S.C. Stephens’ Thoughtless trilogy. I discovered this series when I first got into New Adult books, and despite finding the book covers a little embarrassing I’ve really enjoyed the series. And for such long books they sure are fast reads. This is the first trilogy I’ve read in awhile where the writing improves with each book and the ending left me totally satisfied. I’ll miss the characters but I’m pleased with the series outcome.
This series centers on a regular girl in love with a budding rock star. Where we left off in the last book, Kiera graduated college and is now free to go on tour with Kellan and the D-Bags, and the band is on the verge of hitting it big. With fame comes new problems, and not everyone is on Team KK. Fans, record executives, the media, and other celebrity types all want a piece of the red-hot Kellan Kyle. Do Kiera and Kellan have what it takes to go the distance or will their relationship become a rock and roll casualty?
The Thoughtless series has drama and steam aplenty. And Stephens has a knack for hard-hitting emotional scenes. I was plenty nervous about what crisis our couple would face in the final chapter, and I even had to read spoilers because I didn’t trust that a HEA was a done deal. Let’s face it; Stephens likes to put her characters through the ringer. And in Reckless, there are some scary moments and surprises that kept me guessing throughout. The pacing is good, and Stephens balances the romance, music career, and other character’s storylines well, tying up loose ends.
One thing that made me pleasantly surprised in this installment was the character development. In the first two books Kiera shows poor judgment to say the least and makes the same mistakes over and over. In Reckless, Kiera shows a lot of growth and maturity and I liked her so much more. But it’s not just Kiera that rises to the challenge. Griffin and Anna’s progress stands out, Denny evolves, and Kellan is as swoon worthy as ever.
I listened to the audiobook, read by Rebekkah Ross. Ross’s narration is very consistent and easy to listen to. With these long books the time flies in part because of the addictive story but also because of the smooth narration. Ross will always be the voice of Kiera to me, and her voice is more confident as Kiera learns to have faith in herself. She gives distinct voices to varying age ranges, different accents, and male and female voices with ease. I never had trouble differentiating the characters. It’s one of those audiobooks that you make up chores to complete so you can keep listening.
If you like stories with romance and angst, and rock stars, give the Thoughtless series a try. I’ll miss this series, but I’m glad I can at least re-read it sometime. Can’t wait to see what S.C. Stephens has in store for us next.
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