ARC Review: Untamed by S.C. Stephens

Title: Untamed
Author: S. C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 4 of Thoughtless series
POV: First Person – Male
Publication Date: November 3, 2015


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…


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ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Griffin Hancock always believed he was destined for greatness. When his band the D-Bags hit it big, he got everything he ever wanted. But apparently everything still wasn’t enough.

When opportunity knocked he jumped on it without much thought. Blinded by his quest for ultimate greatness, he risked everything that was ever important to his life.

Griffin is my second favorite character in the Thoughtless series. I was both apprehensive and ecstatic to read this one, and in the end I did like his book.

I was such a good lay, even I wanted to sleep with me.

Griffin’s charm laid on his “awesomeness”. In the previous book, when we got to see it in bits and pieces, it was highly amusing. But the whole book filled with his “awesomeness” got a little overwhelming for me.

Just once, I’d like people to notice me, ya know? Just once, I want to shine.

His self absorbing attitude got tiring very quickly and it went on until more than 60% of the book. But once he was at the turning point in his life, that’s when the story got interesting. From that point I rooted for him and yes, forgave him.

She stood taller, prouder, and even though she was smaller than me, I suddenly felt dwarfed by her presence.

I never really liked Anna before, but like Griffin, she grew up. She was the voice of reason behind his uncontrollable antics and both of them really complement each other as a couple.

I like the direction the story went because it fit Griffin perfectly. And I love how the other band members and their significant others played a big part in shaping his life.

What I didn’t particularly like was the epilogue. Personally I feel there’s no need to wrap up everything in a big shiny bow. But that’s just me. If you now me well enough, you’d know I’m a little allergic to that stuff hahah!

Untamed is a journey of the rise and fall of a rockstar. It takes you through a whole cycle of emotions of joy, heartbreak and everything in between.

Final Verdict:

This  review is also available on Goodreads.


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S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

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