REVIEW – UNTAMED (Thoughtless #5) by S.C. Stephens

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SYNOPSIS:

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…

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review}

The guys needed to accept my greatness instead of trying to bury it even further. Yeah, since the very beginning of the band, they’d been too busy holding me back to truly appreciate me. And now I’d bumped into the proverbial ceiling with the D-Bags, and I had nowhere left to go.

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Ever since I heard that S.C. Stephens was writing Griffin’s story, I have been waiting on pins & needles to get my hands on this book. Thoughtless is one of my all time favorite books and Kellan Kyle will always be my number one book boyfriend! So I was more than excited to get more of Kellan and to get a deeper insight into Griffin and Anna’s life together.

To be honest, I never really cared for Griffin. He always seemed to be a huge douchebag, and I mean he is the only one out of the group that deserves that label. I just didn’t understand why Anna was so crazy for him. At first I did think she was a bit self absorbed but she proved to be a really strong woman with a huge heart. I wondered why she would lower her standards by hooking up with Griffin.

For almost three quarters of this book, I was convinced Griffin was a complete idiot with no redeeming qualities. All he did was whine about how he wanted his chance to be in the spotlight, and there were times I actually did feel a little bad for him. No matter how many times he asked if he could play lead guitar or do lead vocals for just one song, he would always get shot down by the band. Through it all Anna was always there for him. She was his rock and she never failed to let him know that he was the shining star in her eyes, and his little girls adored him.  I was actually really in awe of Anna in this book. She definitely turned out to be one amazing character.

I was worried this book was going to consist of nothing but Griffin complaining about his place in the band, and also of he and Anna constantly having sex. But Griffin is going to make some HUGE MISTAKES through the course of this story. Finally this man is going to have to take a long hard look at himself and the way he’s gone about his life since the D-Bags became famous.

Will Griffin learn the error of his ways before it’s too late? Will he lose everything that truly matters in his life? I won’t tell. You’ll have to read this book to find out!! I will say that I ended up enjoying this book and OMG, I did a bit of swooning over my Kellan!! The man is PERFECTION!!!

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

****4 AWESOME Stars****

(Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

(BR with Patty)

D-Bags 4Eva!!!!!

I feel like this book was written for the fans. For all of us D-Bags groupies, this treat of a book is not only about the romantic story between Griffin and Anna but a tribute to all the guys in this wonderful band.

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You know, when I was reading The Thoughtless series I loved Griffin’s character, he definitely added the humor to a very angsty story but in my mind I thought his personality was mostly an act, just him trying to be the class clown kind of guy. But as I read Untamed I realized that Griffin really believes he is God’s best creation and that he was put in this world as a gift for all humanity, and so I spent half of the book laughing out loud at his crazy antics and the other half wanting to reach inside the story to strangle him. Untamed is nothing short of a good time.

I gotta say how much I loved Anna in this book, you see a totally different girl from the one we met in previous books. Motherhood has really made her mature but definitely always keeping her edge. Her love for her husband was completely unconditional and it was a thing of beauty. Anna’s love for her family had no bounds and I was so impressed by her character. She was the calm before the storm that is Griffin.

This book is all about Griffin’s struggles as he comes to realize his mistakes and mostly his selfishness toward his band mates and family. For most of the book you do see how much he loves Anna and his friends and family but he has a hard time when it comes to expressing his feelings.

I think my favorite thing about this book was to read about what a wonderful yet unconventional father Griffin was. It was equal parts of adorable and entertaining.

“Because without you, I’m not really anything.”
“You are the best part of me.”

This book ultimately delivers a great message about the beauty of second chances. Be ready to laugh and be blinded by the stars of all rock themed book series ever, The D-Bags are back baby!!!!

My Untamed music playlist:
*Ex’s & Oh’s by Elle King
*Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
*Sexy And I know It By LMFAO
*S&M Remix by Rihanna
*We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus
*Raise Your Glass by P!nk

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