Probably one of the most stressful new adult series I’ve ever encountered. It took a while for me to move on the second book in this series because I was so seriously traumatized with all the drama that transpired in the first book. If not for Kellan Kyle, I really would’ve stopped reading altogether but I’m glad that I continued because Kellan and Kiera’s story wrapped up beautifully in the last book.
For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.
Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.
Overall Rating: 4/5 — That one-point deduction is for Kiera and the way she hurt Kellan (and Denny) over and over again because of her indecisiveness.
I hate cheating and I hate the decisions and excuses people do and give to justify this act. However, I am amazed at how this book was so well-written that it’s almost impossible for me not to root for the other guy (meaning the guy the girl cheated with)!!! Dangnammit, Kellan Kyle. Why so perfect and swoon-worthy?
What I love most about this book is how it keeps all the characters grounded and real, to the point of being very relatable. And yes, relatable even if you haven’t experienced any kind of cheating ever in any of your relationships. I thought at first that I was going to loathe Kiera all the way but I actually didn’t. She wasn’t even as annoying as other heroines in other new adult romance-angst books. I was beyond irritated at her indecisiveness but most of the time, I found myself somewhat understanding her.
But man oh man, Kellan Kyle. ♥♥♥
“Don’t you like this…being with me? Even…just a little?”
“When I fell in love with you…it was like nothing I’d ever known before. It was nearly instant.”
“I couldn’t tell you what I had just figured out. That I desperately loved you.”
“I couldn’t leave you. I remembered the look on your face, when I told you I was leaving. No one’s looked at me that way before. No one’s ever cried for me before. No one’s asked me to stay before…no one. I convinced myself you cared for me. I knew then, that I would stay with you…even if it killed me.”
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.
Overall Rating: 5/5 — Much less angst and drama than the first book but I was still on my toes all the time because of my fear that something would go extremely wrong again.
I never really realized how annoyed I was with Kiera’s train of thought until I started with a few chapters of this book. I honestly tried to understand her after Thoughtless but after a few chapters of Effortless, I got bored and irritated so I had to take a break before resuming to finish reading this book. Thank God for Kellan Kyle for making Kiera’s thoughts, decisions, and feelings bearable. I kinda wish that there were alternating POVs since they spent a lot of time away with each other in this one. It would’ve been a refreshing break to dive in Kellan’s head once in a while.
But again at the end of it all, I still do understand Kiera up to a certain extent. I don’t loathe her but I’m also not the biggest fan of her reckless decisions and rash judgments. I’m just really thankful that she didn’t do anything stupid with Denny. She has grown up, I’ll give her that. But KELLAN KYLE. All I wanted was for him to get the happy ever after he so very much deserved. And I’m really glad he did ❤ That boy had me tearing up with his notes and his whole devotion to Kiera through and through.
“You….seared me. That’s making love. That is something that none of them have over you. You are…unforgettable…and I love you.”
“…Because that’s what I want, what I dream about. You, mine, for the rest of my life. I hope you feel the same…because I don’t know what I would do without you. I love you so much. 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. I love you, always.” —Kellan
I think I just don’t like the fact that Kiera came out as the lucky girl to be at the right place, who showed Kellan what he needed when he needed it the most. And that Kellan took the bait right away because it was what he was yearning for all his life. Hmmmm. I’m still looking forward to the last book, though. I just really hope Kiera can do more “growing up”, as well as have some legit backbone and rational thinking.
Lastly, how can I not swoon over Griffin and Anna! Their story was a nice addition and sort of distraction. I’m really excited to see Griffin falling head over heels for his baby girl, as well as how he’ll manage to finally clean up his act for Anna 🙂
Can love survive when life gets Reckless?
When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price-but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?
Overall Rating: 5/5 — Beautiful happy ever after ending for Kellan and Kiera!
WELL THANK HEAVENS FOR A NEW AND IMPROVED KIERA—FINALLY!!! Man, I thought I was going to have a hard time reading this one ’cause I really just found Kiera’s thoughts and behavior quite annoying. Fortunately, I was wrong. If anything, she made Kellan’s rise to stardom bearable even with the looming threat of a cunning pop star and record label manager. She really did mature a lot in this book and she and Kellan finally made sense to me.
I think a big part of why I found her quite annoying in the first two books was because of how helpless and passive she was when situations got out of hand. I have to applaud her growth in this story because she finally had some balls to own and overcome the situation and actually do something in order to fix it and make things better for Kellan and her. In addition, I admired how she rationalized every situation, especially the whole steamy music video with Kellan and Sienna. The only minor thing I didn’t like was the many times she teared up and how cheesy she got at times—but hey, that’s just me.
And if you thought Kellan couldn’t get any sweeter and more swoon-worthy… you’re wrong. I mean seriously, how can you not go crazy in-love with his complete and unrelenting devotion to Kiera? If anything, his whole crazy rise to stardom just proved how steadfast his feelings are for Kiera and how sure he is that she’s really “it” for him. From his petal notes, to his multiple marriage proposals, to his constant reminders of how beautiful Kiera is to him, the fact that he always prioritizes her, and to that special cowboy strip-club scenario—Kellan Kyle has truly outdone himself in this one.
“I love you too, Kiera. Just you. You’re my always.”
“You’ll never know how incredible you are to me, how desperately I love you. I would do it all over again if I needed to. I’d go back to the beginning for you.”
Now onto the other half of why this final book was so awesome—Griffin and Anna. I couldn’t be happier that they got a fair share of the spotlight as well. I sincerely hope that they get even just a novella spin-off or something. More than Kiera, Griffin had the most drastic change in this one for the better. I loved the scenes when he professed his feelings for Anna and his scenes where he was so caring, protective, and possessive of his baby girl. I mean the guy actually volunteers to clean the baby’s poop and change the diapers!
Lastly, I also adore the rest of the supporting characters—the rest of the D-Bags, Kiera’s girlfriends, Kiera and Kellan’s families, the other bands, and Denny. All in all, in spite of its tumultuous and rocky start, Kellan and Kiera’s relationship had the beautiful and sweet happy ever after they so deserved 🙂