Series: Thoughtless #4
Published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing on 11/3/2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series!
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 was provided a review copy by Forever, Grand Central Publishing; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
S.C. Stephens did it again. She left me breathless. With ‘Untamed’, she had me laughing, fuming, sad, heartbroken and finally joyous. With the follow-up to Kellan and Kierra’s story from the ‘Thoughtless’ series, Griffin gets the chance to share his. And oh, what a story it is.
TRIGGER WARNING: If self-absorbed, immature, liars, who refuse to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions is a problem for you… you may hate Griffin!
SWOON WARNING: If go-all-in, let’s have fun-life is a party, let me treat you like the queen you are, men – who love to a fault, and are totally obsessed fathers, and completely and totally in love with one woman… then you may love Griffin!
Me? I fell in love with Griffin, while wanting to shake him. Let’s just say, Anna is a saint! And Stephens is brilliant. She maintained Griffin’s character throughout the entirety of ‘Untamed’. Never once wavering from who he is at his core, even as he grew up and transformed, he was still “Griffin”. From the immature, cocky, confident, self-absorbed man, to the self-actualized adult, Griffin never fails to entertain. You can’t help but love him. He is protective and tender and loving. The way he is with Anna and his daughters – – – it is heart-meltingly good! Proving he is worthy of being loved and supported.
❝I will not tear up, I will not tear up. It’s fine to leave her with an underage stranger.❞
Griffin learns he can’t talk his way out of the problems he created by his behavior. And as he struggles with this realization, he is forced to realize his view of “team” was skewed. His level of involvement directly correlated with is level of commitment to the band. And likewise, he spent so much time worrying about what was “owed to him” that he failed to see what was important – his “family”.
And it was his family in the end that saved him. His sister Chelsey was supportive and wise, offering tidbits of wisdom that left him food for thought on his dark days. “You forget about what you never had…and you go after what you lost…even if you have to crawl through the mud to do it.” Yet, it was his dad’s talk was the driving force for Griffin’s change:
❝But how you deal with the disappointment is still your choice.
…you could make the best of your situation, pull your head out of the clouds, be responsible and reliable, put your nose to the grindstone, and provide for those who need it. And while you’re doing it, you try to remember WHY you’re doing it, so you can attempt to get through each day with as much of your sanity intact as possible.❞
Anna was an amazing character as well. She was strong and centered. Exactly what Griffin needed. While she loved to have fun and be spontaneous, she lived her life with her eyes wide open. Aware of life around her, she was one smart cookie! Except where Griffin was concerned. Anna, too loved with her whole heart, which allowed her to not see the warning signs when Griffin was in trouble. I loved that she was not a doormat. She knew she needed to make decisions based on her children and herself. And in doing so, she forced Griffin’s hand.
Gibson – that girl is a hoot! I want to read her book as an adult! PLEASE S.C. STEPHENS WRITE IT!
S.C. Stephens did Griffin and Anna’s story justice. A story about second chances, redemption, acceptance, and unconditional love, you can’t help but to finish reading with a smile on your face and a warm heart.
I compiled a playlist of songs I felt represented their story. (If you didn’t already know, in Spotify you can view the lyrics while you listen. This option is on the lower right hand corner.)