Untamed by S.C. Stephens – KATIE’S REVIEW

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Griffin was hilarious in Thoughtless, and I wanted to read his story.


4 stars


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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When you first read about Griffin in Thoughtless, you get to know him as a cocky, arrogant jerk, but you can’t help but love him! He really balanced the comedy with the drama in the series. When I first heard about Griffin getting his own book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I mean, come on, this book is going to be hilarious, right? And Anna? I loved her so much in Thoughtless! She loves her family so much, and she would do anything for them.

I had a little bit of trouble connecting with Griffin in the beginning of the story. He clearly hasn’t grown up yet, and he still just wants to play around, not taking the band seriously. The story progressed, and Griffin still isn’t growing up. You start getting sucked in, thinking that maybe the most recent drama will finally make him grow up? Then the frustration started kicking in because he still doesn’t get it!

I really felt for Anna, she was stuck between her family with Griffin and her other family, the D*Bags. I don’t know if I could have handled being in her position and doing what she did for as long as she did.

As the story progressed towards the ending, the book really picked up. I was glued to my seat and unable to put the book down! Griffin totally made up for his being, well… Griffin at the beginning of the book, and has made me want to renew my membership in the Griffin Fan Club! (Kellan will always be my number one, but hey, Griffin made that a tough call!) He had to jump through hoop after hoop, and even had to humble himself in order to be the dog who gets the steak; but I’m glad by the end, there was still enough of the old Griffin left that he was still recognizable.

I also loved being able to get glimpses into the other relationships within the D*Bags, and of course, more of Kellan and Keira. In Untamed, relationships were broken and then mended. New relationships were formed. I was incredibly excited to see the growth and changes in Griffin, and I loved seeing him having to redeem himself!

The ending of the book had me totally blown away, and at one point, I was in tears because I was so enthralled with the storyline! If I was basing my rating solely on the second half of the book, this would be an amazing, 5 star read, but due to my being unable to connect in the beginning, this is a solid 4 star read!

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