Untamed by S.C. Stephens

November 4, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Untamed by S.C. Stephensfour-stars
Untamed by S. C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #4
Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on November 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 416
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#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...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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By LilyLet me define awesome, better still let’s call on Griffin, the D-Bags Bass guitarist to enlighten us all! 

Untamed is the fourth book in S C Stephens Thoughtless series which should be read in order. My review may contain spoilers for the previous books. 

Been a long time since I hung out with the D-Bags but they’re characters who have stayed with me, Griff and Anna especially. Griff is self-absorbed, egotistical and unfiltered. He’s the definition of a Dbag and Anna would be the only woman you could pick as his perfect match, with her insatiable sexual appetite and penchant for the wild life.

For a story based on two adults, it had an immature tone to the start. I really shouldn’t have been surprised after recalling his antics in the previous books in this series. In Untamed, Griff was in full swing, full of the awesomeness he relished and totally untamed. Anna is besotted, she adores Griff but her attempts to steer him in the right direction are met without success. He hears and sees nothing except for what he wants to see and hear. It takes more than a few reality checks to get him to grow up.

The main focus remains on Griff and Anna, with the rest of the group subtly in the background, well except for Matt. The tension between Matt and Griff is off the scale. Griff feels the tension through to his bones, perpetuating it with his egotistical ways.

As a parent, I cringed at the language Griff let fly around his daughter Gibson and it wasn’t long before she was repeating words that were inappropriate for a child, much to Anna’s dismay. Wanting to provide for Anna and their family to extremes, was Griff’s way of showing his love for her. Sadly though it was the words and camaraderie Anna and his friends yearned for and Griffin was too caught up in his world to see or notice the decline happening around him.

His sister Chelsey tells him some home truths (not that others hadn’t as well) and it’s not until he is made to face reality does he heed the long ignored advice. Baffled as to why everyone is not bowing down to his awesome talent, he powers on knowing it’s only a matter of time before his dreams of success are realised. It’s a long hard road for Griff as he aims for bigger and better, driven by his own self-importance. A lot of the focus on Griff’s awesomeness is from Griff, believing the public have been denied the privilege of experiencing all his talents.

A different read from the other books in the Thoughtless Series, where Griffin and his antics stood out for a multitude of cringe worthy reasons. It made sense Untamed was bound to be different.  Now if I’m not being too greedy, could we have Matt, Evan and Liam’s books next?

What I loved:  

  • The chapter headings – they had me smirking
  • Family time – Griff’s adoration of his girls and the way he surrounded himself with them
  • Anna’s patience
  • Anna and Griff way of settling disagreements between themselves
  • The humility and rawness

What I struggled with:

  • Griff’s immaturity, but that’s Griff…

Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars

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