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.
I do this to myself at least once a year. I just can’t resist the pull I feel towards these characters and I find myself ignoring the new releases I have and sink back into the comfort of Thoughtless.
This book and these characters hold a very special place in my heart. This author is one of first indie authors I ever read. Her words enticed, delighted and destroyed me. Honestly, the authors words bled into my soul and took up permanent residence.
It’s funny though how my feelings for some of the characters have evolved with each re-read. If I’m being truthful there is not way I could include the incomparable Kellen Kyle. I find with each re-read, my compassion and love for this characters embeds itself deeper with my heart. There is just something about this character that knocks me off my feet.
This story is a whirlwind of emotion. It’s raw, alluring, sensual, heartbreaking, frustrating and compassionate.
The characters are so beautifully vibrant, strong, weak, talented, determined and broken. Each character plays such a vital role in bringing this engaging story full circle.
Once again, it will take a long time before I can digest all of the emotions that were brought back to my mind while re-reading this story.
Thank you S. C. Stephens for writing a story that resonates so deep within me. I can’t wait to read Painful.
Painful is a retelling of the book Effortless. It is that story told from Kellan’s point of view.
After a lifetime of feeling alone, Kellan Kyle never thought he’d end up with the girl of his dreams. Now that he knows true love, he’s determined to keep his future with Kiera, no matter how many times his past creeps back in.
But Kellan’s life is quickly changing … and trusting one another will put their love through the ultimate test.
Kellan swore he’d do whatever it took to never hurt Kiera again, but he soon realizes he might not have a choice. Can their love withstand secrets and lies … especially when telling the truth is just too painful?
Painful release on April 19th. You can pre-order the book here :