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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...
I have such mixed feelings about this book that I don't know where to begin talking about it, or what to rate it!
Nobody put the Hulk in the corner. Nobody.
On one hand I was dying to have Griffin's book because all throughout the Thoughtless series I have found him absolutely hilarious and I just thought getting inside his head would be a riot. And it was. But at the same time, I hated parts of the story because I either felt so bad for him, or because I hated other characters (I wanted to kill Matt at times, no joke) or because for parts of it, I was just so frustrated that I didn't know if I wanted to carry on reading.
Untamed picks off with the band continuing to do really well, but something is missing for Griffin. He has it all, but he wants more. More fame. More limelight. More time as #1, but given his past, his wacky ways, and his general 'not give a sh1t' attitude, his bandmates are reluctant to give him any more responsibility than he has right now. And Griffin doesn't like it, not one little bit.
"I don't know how much longer I can wait, Anna. They're holding me
underwater and I'm drowning. Something's gotta change. And soon."
Thinking he has a better deal, Griffin gives up everything he has ever known, moves his family across the country and for what? A better life? More fame? Better prospects? He seems to think so. From here on out, I swear I read every page through my hands covering my eyes. I was worried for their life, worried for Anna and their children, and mostly, I felt gutted that the D-Bags were no longer a big part of the book. I felt Griffin was being an idiot, at times, albeit an idiot with a good point, and good intentions.
I just wanted one song, one moment in the spotlight. Four minutes? Is that so much?
The rest of the D-Bags were very small time in this book, apart from Matt. Matt who turned in to a full on Douchebag, so at least he lived up to the bands name. I really couldn't stand him in this book. He was vile to Griffin, acted like he had a stick up his a$ the entire time and to be honest, I didn't want to read another thing about him.
The writing, as usual, in this book was brilliant. I was hooked! I just find the whole series exciting, reading about this amazing life that most people have no idea about. For a moment in time, we can all pretend we are in Griffin's shoes, that we are this huge rock star, taking massive risks, never knowing if it will pay off. The main point of this book, which I loved, was Griffin's growth. The person at the beginning of the book was an irritant - he was childish, even stupid at times, and it would have got very boring, very quickly had he stayed that way. But he didn't. Griffin grew so much as a character through this book, it was brilliant to see.
If I lost... I'd be okay with it, because I'd still won her.
And that was worth more than all the rock bands in the world.
Overall, I have to admit to really enjoying this book, but there were definitely parts of it that had me wanting to pull my hair out and scream.