Monday, October 10, 2016

Dual Review: Kiss the Sky ~AND~ Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie


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Title: Kiss the Sky
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published: February 20th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.

Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.

My Thoughts:

In the Addicted series, this book (and Hothouse Flower) fall in place after Addicted For Now and before Thrive. Kiss the Sky follows Rose as she subjects herself and her friends to being on a reality TV show about their lives. It's an intriguing premise at the start and even though I'm not a huge fan of reality TV, this book showcases it quite nicely. A lot of people seem to love Connor, and I can see his appeal, he's just not way up there on my book boyfriends list. Something I can say for him is the chemistry between him and Rose... wow-and-a-half! Talk about a little bit of a surprise when it comes to their bedroom sexy-times, but I enjoyed it very much. I certainly didn't realize what would happen near the end, that was entirely... Let's just say Scott, the producer of the reality show, has some tricks up his sleeve to get what he wants. Unfortunately for him, he won't tear down Rose or Connor enough to keep them from doing what they want.

All in all, Kiss the Sky was full of the things you want to see in this series: love and growth and determination and strength. I love how Krista and Becca Ritchie keep this series going without it ever getting dull, not to mention bringing us such powerful characters.

My Rating:


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Title: Hothouse Flower
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published: March 28th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway ... she’s all grown up.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

My Thoughts:

I think I looked forward to Daisy's story more than anything because I've been a huge Daisy-Ryke shipper for... well, since the series started and it was hinted that the two of them could be something more. So the thought of seeing this finally shown on page? Oh yes, I was alllllllll over it. Daisy is the kind of girl I see myself being: fearless and daring. She's young, so she doesn't completely know what's out there in the world, but she wants to follow her dreams and experience new things, which is completely awesome. And there's just something about Ryke that I can't help but fall for, even though I know I shouldn't. Put the two of them together and it's so electric you don't know if you can hold on any longer. Their chemistry is that good.

Hothouse Flower delivered exactly what I wanted! Krista and Becca made Daisy and Ryke's story worth the wait, not to mention get us pumped for what's in store in their futures, as well as the rest of the gang in the Addicted series.

My Rating:

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