After being caught in the middle of a love triangle which led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy . . . trust is hard.
As soon as I finished Thoughtless, I was eager to see where the relationship between Keira and Kellan was heading. In Thoughtless we saw them falling in love against all odds, making mistakes, but also making promises to each other. In Effortless, we continue to follow their passionate love story, with all its twists and turns, and I only wanted to keep reading.
Is the love between Kellan and Keira strong enough to survive life’s hurdles? Are they ready to fight for it? These were the questions that kept nagging my mind at the end of Thoughtless, and I have to say that Effortless didn’t let me down.
Keira and Kellan learn to trust each other and to work on that trust, which is fundamental in a relationship. New and exciting horizons open for both of them, and they have to face new challenges, that put their love to a test.
Their story started with a betrayal. They both betrayed a person they loved. This played a huge role when it came to trusting each other, and most of the times it wasn’t easy. But the results were definitely worth it.
I loved Kellan even more this time around. He’s impossible to resist, with his charm and compelling personality. Thanks to Keira he feels loved and cherished, for the first time in his life, but he still doesn’t feel worthy of love. Doubts and insecurities still lurk and there are some scenes where his vulnerability tugged at my heartstrings.
While I had several issues with Keira in Thoughtless, in Effortless she goes through quite the change. She learns from her previous mistakes and she matures. She also helps Kellan deal with a part of his past that resurfaces with a stenght and determination I didn’t expect from her.
Besides Kellan and Keira’s passionate love story, of course, what I also liked about Effortless is that it shows how strong family bonds can be, even when we don’t realize it. And how friendship and trust can change us within, for the better.
Reckless is now one of my most anticipated books and I can’t wait to spend more time with Kellan and Keira! 😉
I give Effortless 4 stars.
Some of my favorite passages:
“I love you more. I love you enough to let you go and live your dream.” I tilted my head and shrugged. “Don’t you see….? I love you more.”
He smiled softly and I brushed some hair off his forehead. Running the backs of my fingers down his cheek, I whispered, “And, yes, I will miss you, more than you could possibly imagine, but I know that you have to do this Kellan. And you know it too.”
Stubbornly he shook his head. “No, I know that I have to be with you. Everything else is just …. details.” –Effortless
“But, if for some reason we’re not closer, if something has gotten between us, please, I’m begging you…don’t give up on me. Stay. Stay with me. Work it out with me. Just don’t leave me…please.” –Effortless
“…That I’m yours- That you can take me anywhere, anytime, any way… That you own every piece of me.” —Effortless
Tamie’s review: I really have to say yet again that normally I am not a huge lover of a lot of angst, and Thoughtless was angst from start to finish…and yet I absolutely floved it. I was really a little scared to read Effortless to be honest, because I thought it would probably have just as much angst as the first book did. I don’t know if I was a little more immune, or if it was toned down, but I didn’t feel like I was about to have a heart attack every few pages.
Did I enjoy it as much?!? O…you betcha. I love the way S.C. Stephens tells a story, and it’s certainly no secret that I love Kellan with all my heart…and a few other body parts as well 😉 I won’t lie and say that there aren’t a lot of complications…seriously…that wouldn’t be Kellan and Kiera if things just progressed without some major bumps in the road…and ok…it would be kind of boring if that happened. Believe me when I say that Effortless is anything but!
This is one of those stories that I wish could go on forever, and so I am on pins and needles waiting for the third book. Thank heavens that the wait is almost over.
My rating for Effortless by S.C. Stephens:
An honest to goodness WTF are you waiting for, go read it right now 5 hearts!