Sometimes when one has been disappointed by something/someone they can’t help but try whatever action that led to that disappointment again in hopes of a different outcome. (Just ask any love-sick teenager! Or think about your own mis-steps.) Psychologists call that behavior “crazy”, in the short term..I call it life!
Not too long ago, I read and posted about “Thoughtless” by S.C. Stephens. I loved the story but intensely disliked the main character. I found her (Kiera) to be spineless and whiney. I closed the book (turned off the Kindle..whatever!) and actually ranted to whomever would listen about how disappointed I was in both the author and the heroine (and believe me..I was using “heroine” loosely!). I didn’t think Kiera deserved a ”happily ever after”…I didn’t think she deserved anything…frankly, I was angry. So…maybe the author was better than I thought..she really made me dislike Kiera..good job Ms. Stephens!!
A friend of mine told me that there was a sequel to the book called “Effortless.” I told her to keep the sequel..I wasn’t going to waste any more time on Kiera! My friend begged me to read the sequel..she kept telling me that Kiera redeemed herself. But to tell you the truth, I had no interest in revisiting Kiera (even if I did miss my other “Thoughtless” friends.) However, being the hopeless romantic that I am…or some might say..the “typical girl” that I am..I ended up back at the source of my disappointment hoping this time the ending would be different……….
And…..it…WAS!!! I really loved “Effortless”. Stephens, while still tending to be a bit wordy, evolved not only her writing style but also her characters. Instead of the spineless jellyfish that Kiera spent the first book portraying, she matured and found herself and her voice. The mistakes and insecurities that she made and had were understandable and natural. She didn’t play the wounded lamb but the proud tiger. She was cautious and quiet but took a stand when a stand needed to be taken. I can honestly say, for most of the book, I was proud of her.
As for her dream guy (ha…I am not going to tell you who it is..just in case you haven’t read the first book!..See, I am keeping my promise!) I fell in love with him over and over again.
We all know how marriages, based in the public eye, tend to end but I choose to believe in the fairytale for our hero and heroine. I mean come on…I was already surprised once by the outcome. Yep…there is no hope for me!