Today’s discussion of Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens covers chapters 16-19. This is one of my favorite parts of the book because so much happens…so much emotion is written into these chapters that I literally had to take a break from reading just to gather myself…
In chapter 16 it seems Kellan slept with Anna, Keira’s sister. What did you think about it? Could you believe it?
Elena : To be completely honest, I thought something was off. I wasn’t convinced Kellan had slept with Kiera’s sister, after he’d promised to her that he wouldn’t. I kind of sensed something was fishy, simply because I believed Kellan wouldn’t do this to Keira, no matter how many times she’d hurt him. But then again, I couldn’t be completely sure, so the doubt remained.
Tamie: My reaction was…Oh, HELL no. I agree with you Elena…we couldn’t be sure the way it’s written, but I couldn’t believe he would sleep with Anna because he had promised not to… even as pay back.
The rain scene. Discuss…
Tamie: Yowza peeps…this is one of the best scenes I’ve ever read in a book. This one stayed with me for a really long time after I read it. It’s so raw and full of hurt, and frustration, yet so much want and need on both sides. It’s absolutely amazing.
Elena : This is another favorite scene of mine, a very emotional and a beautifully written one. I could feel the longing and the frustration of the characters. Kellan and Keira always end up yielding to the feelings they have towards each other, but then they always hurt. It’s like a vicious circle they need to put an end to.
In chapter 17 Kellan says “I still want you…But not while you’re his. Not like this, not like last night.” what do you think of this statement?
Elena: I was so proud of Kellan when he said this. I literally wanted to fist bump him. I think he said exactly what Keira needed to hear. If they want a real relationship, Keira needs to let Denny go.
Tamie: I love Kellan even more for this…if that’s possible. It’s got to be impossible in the extreme for Kellan. He loves and wants Kiera so much and a part of him has been willing to accept whatever type of relationship he can have with her. Now he realizes he wants more, and he deserves it. They all do.
Denny wants to bring Keira to meet his parents during Christmas season and Keira is reticent. What do you think of their exchange?
Tamie: I wasn’t at all surprised by Kiera’s lack of enthusiasm. That alone should have been the thing for her to get it through her head that Denny wasn’t enough for her. If she truly loved him it would be no problem for her to want to go on this trip with him. That she doesn’t want to leave Kellan?!? Yeah…that speaks volumes as to where her heart is really at. I felt badly for Denny, and if he hadn’t realized there was trouble in paradise yet…this should’ve been like alarms going off…DANGER, DANGER.
Elena : Keira’s reaction speaks volumes, in my opinion. It’s clear she doesn’t want to leave Kellan behind. To be honest, my heart ached for Denny in that scene, because it was obvious his relationship with Keira was ending, and he wasn’t even realizing it.
At the end of chapter 17 Keira has a dream…Discuss…
Elena : I didn’t get it was a dream at first. I thought this was really happening and when I saw it was a dream, I let out a sigh of relief. But I believe it was a foreboding of what was going to happen. It’s as if Keira’s subconscious already knew.
Tamie: Perfectly said, Elena.
What do you think of Kellan’s behavior in chapter 18?
Tamie: UGH! This was really hard for me to read. On the one hand I get it, but I know he’s only doing it because he’s hurt…it’s a coping mechanism…albeit a really bad one. It’s what he’s always done, and no matter how wrong it is…It is what it is, but it makes my heart hurt.
Elena : It didn’t surprise me. It’s how Kellan is used to coping with his hurt. I wasn’t pleased at all, of course, but I knew he was going to behave like this to forget his feelings for Keira.
In chapter 19 Kellan and Keira have a tense exchange and something changes between them. They finally confess their love for each other and also other revelations are made. Your thoughts on this whole chapter.
Elena : This is one of my favorite chapters of the whole book. I believe this is the first honest exchange between Keira and Kellan ever. Kellan’s confession gave me goosebumps– he poured his heart out and finally he let Keira know how he really felt. I was also glad to hear Keira confess her feelings to him. In this scene she was honest with herself and with him, something she should have done from the very beginning. But better late than never.
Tamie: I FLOVED this chapter…it’s one of those chapters that you never forget. It was absolutely perfectly written. I gotta give mad props to Jenny for how she handled the whole thing. I could go on and on about this chapter, but if you’ve read it…you already know just how awesome it is…if you haven’t?!? You shouldn’t be reading this discussion 😉 Seriously tho…I loved everything about it from start to finish.
Tamie: “The following incident became known as “the slap heard round the bar.”
“No, no I’m not! THAT’S THE WHOLE FUCKING POINT!”
“Did you…did you just get me to pour my heart out to you…so you could get me naked again?”
Elena : “God, I love you. I need you. Forgive me…stay with me. ”
Favorite paragraph :
Elena : “His lips never stopped moving over mine, his words never stopped flowing between them. ‘Forgive me…please. I tried to forget you. It didn’t work…I just wanted you more. God, I’ve missed you. I’m sorry I hurt you. I’ve never wanted anyone like I want you. Every girl is you to me. You’re all I see…you’re all I want. I want you so much. I want you forever. Forgive me…I love you so much.”
“The closeness was too much. His touch promised me unimaginable pleasure. I moaned loudly and closed my eyes. Quickly reopening them, I grabbed his neck and brought his face right to mine. I was so angry…His heavy breath was ragged, and he inhaled through his teeth and groaned. God, he was just as turned on as I was.”
Tamie: The rain scene and all of chapter 19.
Elena : The rain scene and the whole chapter 19.
Tell us your thoughts now…loved it, hated it…both?!?
Tamie and Elena