Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Review ~ Untamed (Thoughtless #4) by SC Stephens

Book Description:

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...

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
*** ARC received for an honest review***

“Nobody put the Hulk in the corner. Nobody.”

So, Griffin Hancock finally got his voice. Throughout the Thoughtless Series Griffin was always a bit of a love him or hate him character. He is cocky, arrogant, self-assured and let’s be honest, a little bit extremely crass. His language was colourful at best, jam packed with sexual innuendo and he constantly had that holier than thou opinion of himself, he was a rock god and that was the be all and all. He was greatness personified…until he wasn’t.

“I was such a good lay, even I wanted to sleep with me.”

What SC Stephens delivered with Untamed is a huge dose of humility and unfortunately Griffin was on the receiving end. Sometimes people get so self-absorbed they have trouble seeing the bigger picture. Truths become hidden as we really do not want to see them and especially admit them and it is this that can only cause trouble.

Griffin was all about outside appearances, he had the huge house, the flashiest cars, he had that rock star personality but behind closed doors he was an attentive husband and a fantastic dad and it is this side to his character that only his direct family see. Griffin and Anna together were smoking and their relationship was as explosive as it was endearing, but when Griffin is around his daughter, this is when the biggest change happens, he becomes a soppy puppy, only too happy to roll over and have his belly tickled if it made his daughter smile. He was an amazing dad, a tad over-protective but let’s be honest, Griffin never does anything by half measures. It’s all in or nothing.

I must admit, at times Griffin was extremely annoying, but to an extent I could understand his frustrations, but as he was forever the joker I could understand the bands reticence to give him what he wanted. However, Matt, throughout this book really grated on every last nerve I had, he was so sanctimonious, so dismissive and at times down right rude that I could have easily punched him in the face myself. This was a side to Matt that I didn’t like, not one little bit.

“I didn’t though, which made me appreciate myself even more. The guys should really give me more credit for all the shit I didn’t do. If they only knew how many awesome ideas I passed on, they’d be truly impressed by my self-control.”

Throughout this book I had tears of laughter, I mean, this is Griffin Hancock (a.k.a. Hulk) (a.k.a. Han Solo). His sense of humour was prevalent throughout this book and he had me in stitches, I found myself laughing at the most inopportune moments, but so vivid were the scenes I could actually picture him spouting his hilarious dialogue. I also had a fair few tears of sadness too, so the emotional rollercoaster that SC Stephens takes you on, really hit me hard, but sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.

“You hurt them when you left. No, more than that…you crushed them.”

This is definitely not a story; this was a journey. Griffin has a lot to learn and unfortunately he learns it the hard way, sometimes you have to lose everything to appreciate what you had, you have to see that actually the grass isn’t greener on the other side and sometimes people need to experience it rather than just fantasise about it.

“You told me once that ever since you were little you wanted to be a rock star. You made it. You’re there. Why would you want to throw away your childhood dream?”

SC Stephens really nailed Griffin’s POV, he must have been a fun character to get inside the head of and SC Stephens really brought this exuberant character to life on the page. The whole book is Griffin’s POV and I have to say I loved every single word. The epilogue was to die for and really wrapped up everything in a neat little bow.

So, if you want a good laugh and a good cry, this is an ideal read. After all, Griffin is the biggest D in the D-Bags!!  

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