Book Tour! Untamed by S.C. Stephens♥

Sunday, November 15, 2015

#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series! 

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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Excerpt:

When Anna came back into the room, I was my usual self—just a half chub was trying to poke through my jeans. But even that faded when I saw the little miracle in my wife’s arms. “Daddy!” Gibson tossed her hands my way and leaned so hard in my direction that Anna had to struggle to hold on to her. Gibson’s little face scrunched with annoyed concentration while she fought against her mom. Then, with a pout that only a little kid could make adorable, she turned and scowled at Anna. “Want Daddy.” She said it as a command, not a request. Gibson was only around a year and a half, but she already knew what she wanted, and she fully expected to get her way. She was so much like me, it was scary.
Anna rolled her eyes but stepped closer so Gibson could reach me. When her little hands touched my skin, they suddenly became razor-like talons. Like an eagle securing a fish from the sea, Gibson clamped onto my forearm with a surprising amount of freakish strength. “Ow, shit! Relax, Gibs. I’m right here.”
Grunting, I pulled her into my side and examined what was left of my arm. I half expected to see a mutilated flap of skin hanging off the bone. Instead, all I saw were bright red streaks where she’d raked me. Anna winced. “Guess I need to cut her nails. Sorry.”
I shrugged. “The day isn’t truly awesome until a gorgeous girl has scratched me up. I wear my war wounds with pride.” Looking at the design she’d left behind, I added, “I might actually get this one tattooed on me. How cool would permanent shred marks be?”
Anna smiled, then shook her head. “No, if you want claw marks to tattoo, I’ll give you some good ones. Then every time you look at them, you can remember how you got them.”
“Damn…yeah, that’s a much better plan. Fuck, you have the best ideas.”
Gibson grabbed my nose and pulled my attention her way, where she liked it. Girl had a jealous streak a mile wide. Looking at her was like looking at a miniature version of me, if I were a girl. She had the same light blue eyes, same blond hair, although hers was a pristine platinum color while mine was a little dirtier. As it should be. She gave me a smile full of shiny white teeth, then spouted, “Fuck.”
Anna crossed her arms over her chest, but her expression was more amused than annoyed. “I think we’re at the point where we need to start watching our language.”
I looked past Gibson to Anna. “Watch my language? You might as well ask me to hop on one foot while reciting the alphabet backwards. I can’t police myself like that twenty-four-seven. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.”
Anna swished her hands at Gibson. “Well, she’s starting to copy you, and if we don’t put a stop to it now, she’s going to start calling people cocksuckers soon.”
I started laughing. “That…would be so awesome.”
Anna put her hands on her hips; true irritation was starting to edge out her amusement now. “No, it wouldn’t be.” She smiled. “Well, yeah, it kind of would be, but as parents, we have to put a stop to that kind of stuff.” She sighed. “Well, we should try anyway.”
Looking back at Gibson, I frowned. “I suppose I could try.” Even though I was sure she didn’t have a clue what we were talking about, Gibson laid her head on my shoulder, wrapped her arms around my neck, and patted my back like she was encouraging me. Yeah, if it would help Gibson, I would try to control my mouth. There wasn’t much I wouldn’t do for that little girl.
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My Review:

     Griffin Hancock finally got his own book! Anybody familiar with the Thoughtless series knows Griffin and the fact that he is an extremely cocky and inappropriate person. He never knows when to shut up and he is an expert at making everyone around him uncomfortable. Yet, I kind of love him for it. He is who he is and he doesn't apologize for it. Untamed was hilarious and heartbreaking and it completely rocked my world. S.C. Stephens takes the reader on a never ending emotional roller coaster ride. It was impossible for me to put this wonderful book down.

     Untamed was very different from what I imagined but S.C. Stephens did an amazing job with it. It was exactly what D-Bag fans needed. We have all known and loved our highly inappropriate Griffin and The Hulk that came with him. It was so great to see Griffin become a whole new, better version of himself. He has always wanted to be the center of attention. He didn't want to be in the shadows any more and  He wanted to be the main attraction and he didn't feel as if that could ever happen with the other band members relentlessly shutting down his ideas. 
     Although it's very easy to understand where he's coming from and why he feels the way he does, it's very clear that he didn't go about things in the right way. Most of the time it was his way or the highway. Griffin had a lot to learn and he had to go through some bumps in the road in order for him to realize what was really important. Throughout the book, Griffin really grows and people finally got to see just how much of an amazing guy he was and how big his heart was. Although he wasn't always comfortable with letting his feelings be known, anybody who heard him talking about his wife or his kids knew that was where his heart was at and it was honestly beautiful to read about how much they meant to him. The Thoughtless characters are like one big happy family, which only makes reading this book that much harder because the characters had to go through a lot in order to find happiness again.

     I loved Griffin's relationship with Anna. She loved him unconditionally and completely understood the way he was but never loved him any less for it. She was strong, sassy and always down for anything. She matched Griffin's crazy perfectly and I loved them together. their little family was absolutely beautiful and Daddy-Griffin was unbelievably adorable. Untamed was a perfect example for the saying- " Things will get worse before they get better. " and boy did they. Every time I thought things would get better, they would keep getting worse and worse. Even though there were times in which I would crack up, there were also times that got me a little teary eyed. It all just really made me appreciate Griffin's character even more. The wait for Untamed was 100% worth it


*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose from Hachette Book Group (Forever) Publishing in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.
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About the author:

S.C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest. 
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