November 2, 2015

Book Review: Untamed by S.C. Stephens


My first thought when I started to read Untamed was how much of a cocky bastard Griffin was and that there was no possible way I’d ever love him as much as Kellan. Don’t deny it, you know you’re thinking the same thing. Kellan is at the top of almost everyone’s book boyfriend list, and mine is no exception. Although Griffin didn’t make Kellan’s status in my heart I did end up liking him.

Let’s start with the table of contents. Lots of awesome in it. Seriously I think ninety percent of the chapter titles have awesome in it. COCKY! Yes, cocky is a great word to describe Griffin Hancock. Throughout the Thoughtless series, Griffin was often the life of the party, a jokester, and annoying, but as I started to read Untamed I started to dislike him. That feeling continued to grow as the book continued and I started to think how am I going to write a review with a character that I don’t like?

Why did I start to dislike him so much? Untamed is entirely from Griffin’s point of view, and he lets you know how AWESOME he thinks he is and how un-awesome he thinks everyone else around him is. All except his wife and kids. Thinking how un-awesome everyone was Griffin rarely ever listened when people talked to him, and then he would get mad because he didn’t know what they were talking about later. It happened all the time. And being a guy, Griffin thought about sex, sex, and more sex. Not that thinking about sex is a problem, but it perpetuated a lot of his problems such as not listening and getting preoccupied and not talking to his wife about important matters.

Griffin was all about being a star. He wanted to be the most famous, have fans adoring him like they adored Kellan, and he wanted the lifestyle. He kept trying to get his band mates to give him a bigger part in the band with them constantly saying no or not today, maybe tomorrow. After being put down too many times, Griffin could no longer take it and quit the band. He was tired of the D-bags holding him back and being an unknown.

After leaving the band and Seattle, Griffin settled his family in Los Angeles with the hope of becoming a famous TV star. Anna, his wife, was not happy with the move away from her family, friends, and what she felt was her true home.

Griffin’s awesomeness took a beating while in L.A., strained his marriage, and in the end, his ego. It was once Griffin hit rock bottom in his life that I started to like him. Yes, I know that sounds terrible, but it was Griffin’s wake up call and what made him change into the better person that I liked. In the end, I cried for Griffin. Yes, he wormed his way into my heart and in the end, I believe he will do the same to everyone else that reads Untamed.

The epilogue was perfect and wrapped up the lives of all the D-bags. I don’t know if this is the last of the D-bags and the Thoughtless series, but I hope not. We can never give up hope on our favorites. Even if this is the last, we always have our re-reads and after reading Untamed, I’m in need of a re-read.


** I was provided an arc by Hachette Book Group for a fair and honest review.**

Rating: 5 Awesome Stars

Reviewed by Christi1

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