I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
I have to say I liked Effortless even more than the first book. Thoughtless was all about getting to know the characters and through the love triangle. You’d think Effortless would be a cakewalk in comparison, though in fact there are still some rough waters ahead. S.C. Stephens seems to revel in torturing her characters, and she has a knack for angsty, emotional scenes that you feel in the pit of your stomach.
Though the vibe of this series is more contemporary romance, there is definitely a case for calling it New Adult. Kiera attends Univ. of Washington, and we do see her attending class and thinking about careers, when she’s not stressing over Kellan that is. There is a big romance element to the story though, so the focus is more on relationships than a “what do I do with my life” college book. Kiera has a lot of insecurities, and infuriates me in this series by making some of the same mistakes over and over.
Kellan is a breath of fresh air, and charming and sweet. He makes some errors in judgment just like Kiera though and they both have a lot to learn about communication. I liked seeing the development with his band and the challenges his career success brings to his relationship with Kiera. I’d love to see chapters written from Kellan’s POV for a change of pace. Sometimes I need a little break from Kiera.
After listening to book one Thoughtless, I read the print version of Effortless. I was addicted to the characters at that point and the audiobook was not available yet to listen to. Later on though I did pick up the audiobook for a reread/listen to brush up for Reckless, the third book in the trilogy. I don’t usually get to compare the reading vs. listening experience but there were positives to both formats. At first I did miss the audio narrator because she is so good with the voices, but reading the book actually was quicker and still enjoyable. I think it did take less time to actually read the book and I could read at my pace rather than relying on the narrator’s pace. Reader Rebekkah Ross conveys all of Kiera’s changing moods with ease, while at the same time delivering a convincing Kellan, and even delivers a an authentic sounding womanizing Griffin. Ross has become one of my favorite narrators, and when you are listening to a long book like this it’s nice to have a capable narrator like her behind the wheel. I don’t think you can go wrong with the print or audio versions.
This series won me over, even though it’s a little more dramatic than I usually prefer. The author makes some bold choices so that I never know what she’s going to do to her poor characters. She makes me nervous but she does do angst very well. I don’t know where she’s going to take the story in the final book, but I know I’ll be along for the ride.
It just dragged it probably could have been done in 1hour
Characters were fine story just dragged on and on.
It should have been a short story it was dragged out.
Changing the personality of the main character for starters. She is so feable minded. Also the picture cover on the book - seems to be a mismatch to the story.
Not sure yet.
None - she was fine.
Anger - the main character was so self absorbed.
(1) This main character is someone that is clueless. She comes across like she's so innocent and the victim all the time. In reality, she's hurting people or requiring people to cater to her needs all the time. Also just unbelievable. Why would a rock star who could have anyone be drawn to such an annoying girl?
(2) There is no plot. Its just jealous, sex, jealous, sex, jealous, sex. No suspense, no suprises, nothing for the mind at all. Borning.
I had to stop listening.
Narrator did great - managed to give each character their own personality without over doing it.
Kept hoping the story would pick up... not sure an entire book should have been dedicated to just this story line.
A better narrator,the monotone made even the good bits tedious and far less detail about furniture, rooms, cars, kyle's great hair and gorgeousness in general.The female character could not have been more indecisive if she tried!
yes if she starts to edit her work and makes the main character less of a doormat
monotone, little expression, flat and when not any of these , whiney.
the aussie bloke-cant even remember his name,really did he need resurrecting!
Say something about yourself!
Kellen is my favorite! But this series makes you so emotional about the story that my favorite was tempted to be changed a few times ;)
I tried, but failed and had to finally go to sleep!
I am very glad that I finally gave in and got this series, I wasn't to sure about it and skipped over it several times.
It has got to be in my top 10 favorites!
Kellen! He's worked so hard for everything he has. He is down to earth but deeply flawed. He loves with all his heart.
This one not as much as Thoughtless but there were times I was so angry at what was happening to the characters and how they were manipulated by others.
Effortless is right up there with Twilight and 50 Shades.
I would give too much away answering this question.
I have only listened to Thoughtless. This was a much better performance than the Thoughtless. Her performance was more confident, more inflection in her voice, and less flat. She was able differentiate between the characters nicely.
I pretty much did. I stayed up most of the night, as I had to find out what happened. Very addicting!
S. C. Stephens did a great job continuing the relationship between Kellan and Kiera. The passion of finding true love for first time, continual long distance relationships insecurities, and perserverence under difficult circumstances. I did not skip a beat starting the third book.
Effortless was a seamless transition to the next part of the journey for Keira and Kellan! It truly represented the challenges of a relationship that has some serious trust issues and crazy amount of passion. I could not stop listening................. It's a MUST READ!
This is the second book in the Thoughtless series and the author did not disappoint in the least! Loved ever minute of it!