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Effortless | [S. C. Stephens]

Effortless

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 S.C. Stephens (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Tonya Saint Charles, MO, United States 02-15-13
    Tonya Saint Charles, MO, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, Love, Love It!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Effortless to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I do feel that this narrator brought each character to live.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character, of course, is Kellan. However, Griffin is so colorful that I loved him as well. He lightens scenes and "the Hulk" is classic. Kellan is sweet, sexy, and humble, the perfect mix.


    What does Rebekkah Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gives each character personality. Her inflections and accents completely made the story. Each character had their own charm.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Overcoming issues and obstacles is always difficult, but loving someone is Effortless.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series. Some of the off handed humor caught me off guard. Each character had their own draw. You could picture each person and their personality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 02-11-13
    laurie eller the South 02-11-13 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "more of the same."

    sure. it was a good book. i can't deny it. kept my interest and i found myself wanting to wash dishes or work in my office so i could finish it, but really? it was very similar to thoughtless, book one. and that? bothers me. i wanted something new, but again, there's just more of the same. can she trust him? can he trust her? and having Denny in this book bothered me a great deal. i loved Denny, and while i knew Kiera was meant for Kellan, i still loved Denny and wanted him to be happy.... and every time he cropped up in the second book it brought feelings back to the first book and how Kiera really did him wrong. sigh.

    then i hear there's to be a third book? really? what could we possibly have in book three that book one or two didn't already cover? ugh. i'm stressed just thinking about it because i know that i'll buy it---you can't NOT finish the series, right?

    all in all, it was a good book, and if you love a longer story then you'll enjoy this, but if you don't like silly romances, then skip it and try On Dublin Street. you'll be glad you did. trust me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Jersey Village, TX, United States 02-10-13
    Gerald Jersey Village, TX, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Dull and repetitive"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenagers or young adults that are new to dating or have friends that are experiencing the emotions of romantic relationships.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I like more adult romance such as Suzanne Brockman and Nora Roberts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebekkah Ross’s performances?

    No. I am not really a fan of Rebekkah's narration style.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book seems to be written for someone much, much younger than me. The only redeeming quality is that with all the repetitiveness and self doubt of the main character, I am a little curious to hear how the story ends -- that is, if I can convince myself to listen until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could apply the credit I used to purchase this book on something a bit more appealing to my interests.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    walters291 Yakima, Wa 01-29-13
    walters291 Yakima, Wa 01-29-13 Member Since 2009

    walters291

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    "I love this trlogy, I can't wait for the 3rd book."
    What did you love best about Effortless?

    This was a great follow-up book to Thoughtless. I loved both books. It's a great storyline about betrayal and what it can do to a relationship. I can't wait for the 3rd and final book to come out. I have re-read this book several times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were more than one scene that I find is my favorite. The scene when Kellen comes home to suprise Kiera and finds Denny there, is just one of many. I also love the scene in Pete's right after graducation when Kellen meets his biological father. There are a coupe more that I love just a much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca los angeles, CA, United States 01-24-13
    rebecca los angeles, CA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "More addiction"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the look into the other band members relationships and the start of a things outside of kellan and Keira's relationship.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"
    What about Rebekkah Ross’s performance did you like?

    Amazing orator!


    Any additional comments?

    I am saying this about all three books - good story, but long. I really felt it could be edited down and still have a great story. I think the author got a little too descriptive in the thoughts of the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14
    Jody Elk Ridge, UT, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I LOVE KELLAN AND KIERA's story!!"
    Where does Effortless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Effortless, ranks in my top 10 favorite series overall and probably top 5 for romance. It kept me in knots, I feel like I know these characters and I want everything to work out. Great job by the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Anna- I don't know if she is my very favorite. She is wild and crazy and it does catch up to her, but she is a great character for the story. Kellan and Kiera are my favorite characters.


    Have you listened to any of Rebekkah Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only listened to her in the first book, Thoughtless. I feel like she gets better with each book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The tag line? Maybe, "Is love enough, in a long distance relationship." I don't know if that counts as a tag line- but it is how I feel about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is worth a credit if you are invested in Kellan and Kiera!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Maurer San Antonio, Texas United States 05-18-14
    Lisa Maurer San Antonio, Texas United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Brilliant addition to a fabulous series"
    What made the experience of listening to Effortless the most enjoyable?

    Rebekkah...she once again does a flawless job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Effortless?

    Christmas with Kellan. :-) Them exchanging presents was awesome....I loved it.


    What does Rebekkah Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The entire book is from Kiera's POV and her voice is spot on what I imagine for Kiera. She doesn't over do it on the voices, she just does a great job of portraying it effortlessly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end...at the bar...everything about it - don't want to spoil it but all the angst is 100% worth it for that ending!


    Any additional comments?

    Love this series and getting to experience it another time was exactly what I needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 02-22-14
    Doha New York, NY, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "Karma .. yaay"

    If I was the writer of this book I would re-name it as (Karma) .. that's right folks, Kiera does it again .. she "almost" cheated on her other boyfriend.. man this was .. slow yet it has a rhythm to it, still not convinced about the whole Kiera & Kellen relation but I think this one was better than the first.. y

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    The Reading Date CA, United States 02-06-14
    The Reading Date CA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.

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    "Angsty Satisfying Romance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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