Double Review: Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

February 23, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Double Review: Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca RitchieKiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie
on January 24, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.

This New Adult Romance can be described as Friends meets The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature readers audiences only.

I’ve got one word to describe this book: HOT HOT HOT.

Rose and Connor are a fiery, passionate couple who seem to be on a different plane to everyone else, and Kiss the Sky demystifies this power couple. They lay everything to bare and even disclose a few vulnerabilities in their point of view, Rose, with her fierce protectiveness over her sisters and Connor, unable to accept that he can’t do everything. With their heated French conversations, their driving ambition to succeed, and fierce protectiveness over the rest of the group, Rose and Connor were absolutely magnetic in Kiss the Sky.

The events of the book focus around a reality TV show with everyone living under one roof, to help Rose resurrect her business, Calloway Couture. While the concept was a bit tacky, with events clearly planted to create drama in the group, I loved how it ended up bringing them closer together. Even the misogynist, asshole producer Scott couldn’t get in the way of the group’s fierce bond with each other, despite his constant meddling.

People thought she was nuts – in a genius “I will devour your soul” kind of way. I thought she was fucking fascinating. – Connor

Although they seem like a dysfunctional family, the characters are completely honest and real, and I loved how their relationships with each other were developed in this novel. Lily and Lo are still supporting each other with their addictions, with Lily becoming more confident in her own skin and being able to stand up to the never-ending nasty comments. Daisy is still wild, impulsive and acting more mature than her age, developing palpable chemistry with Ryke. Seeing how he so willingly steps in to prevent her from being hurt softens even Rose and Lo, who are completely against their developing relationship.

Rose’s fiery, perfectionist self and Connor’s soothing confidence were the star of the show in Kiss the Sky. Rose would never let anyone see her vulnerabilities, and offering her point of view was perfect in emphasising with her. Am I too much of an ice queen? Will my company fail? Will Connor leave after I have sex with him? Her momentary insecurities made her seem more human, and it made me love her even more knowing that she wasn’t perfect.

It’s easier to be born strong than to find a strength that you never thought existed. For that, I believe she has more courage and prowess than I could ever possess. – Rose

Connor, on the other hand, is even more perfect now that I understand him. He has the ability to read every situation, every person, knowing how to diffuse a fire with just a few well placed words. His cool confidence, his calm demeanor and his ability to manipulate people unknowingly makes him a force to be reckoned with – the perfect match for Rose. I liked seeing Connor’s vulnerabilities as well, like his reliance on his long-standing psychologist, his need to take a stimulant that keeps him awake, his inability to love and his messed up relationship with his mum. These are things we never would have seen without his point of view, and Kiss the Sky made both Connor and Rose a lot more well-rounded.

Not to mention the completely hot, off the charts sex scenes. We’ve seen many sex scenes between Lily and Lo, but Connor and Rose were on another level. I did not expect the kinky sex and mild BDSM to come into play here, but if it’s something that makes you uncomfortable, you probably want to skip those scenes.

He is power and perfection in so many ways that I will never admit out loud. – Rose

I do have a minor issue with how the events in the book unfolded however. View Spoiler »

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Kiss the Sky was intriguing, with a tumultuous, high achieving couple at its center. Rose is fire and Connor and ice, and they make a magnetic, passionate and strong center for the rest of the group. With immensely hot bedroom scenes and character development for everyone, it absolutely can’t be missed. I can’t wait to see what happens in Hothouse Flower now to see how the other ship sails!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Double Review: Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca RitchieHothouse Flower by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #2
on March 28, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.

New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

When I first met Ryke and Daisy in Addicted To You, I was weirded out by the 7 year age gap and chemistry between them while Daisy was only 15. I’m glad a few years have passed since then and Daisy is finally 18 in Hothouse Flower, making the relationship a lot less weird. With Ryke’s hard, alpha male personality and Daisy’s carefree and wild attitude, the two actually make a really complimentary match.

There needed to be a believable reason to bring the two closer together, and in Hothouse Flower, we find out that Ryke has been supporting Daisy through her night terrors and anxiety. Daisy has always been the forgotten sister, overshadowed by Rose’s strong personality and Lily and Lo’s addictions, so it was good to finally discover the substance behind her. As a teenage high fashion model, she has been through a lot at her age, from substance use, male models who just want to use her for one thing, and verbal abuse from the modelling agency. I really got to emphasise with her character and find out that she just wanted to break free from all of the constrictions, including doing, looking, eating what she wants and being with who she wants to.

I wonder if that’s us. Soft to his hard. Sweet to his rough. Wild to his stone. I like it. – Daisy

Ryke has always had a tough and hard exterior, so it was interesting getting into his head. You find out that he’s the way he is, with his foul mouth and offensive demeanor because he’s had a really tough childhood being shunned by his father and blaming his unhappiness on his brother. Ryke undergoes a lot of development, from hating his father and resisting Daisy’s charm to doing whatever he can to protect her from the harsh modelling environment and herself. I’ve never been one for the alpha male who is possessive and controlling, but there was something about Ryke that was appealing. He made it about protecting those who he holds close to redeem his wrongs in the past, and was respectful when it came to Daisy and her youth.

He stares at me with an intense hardness – rugged and alpha and a tad bit assholish. That’s Ryke Meadows. – Daisy

The attraction between the two are undeniable, and seeing their chemistry finally evolve into a full blown sexual relationship was intense. Unlike the first two relationships, these two have sex in the wildest places to fulfill their sense of adventure. To be honest, I was a bit bored by most of the sex scenes in here with Daisy discovering what it should be really be like and getting off almost every time, so I skipped a lot of it. But I liked what the characters were going through, and how it’s a sex positive book.

I loved the development of the rest of the characters, with some revelations along the way. This book seems to deal a lot more with familial relationships, especially as Daisy has a closer relationship with her mum who hates Ryke, and Ryke needs to work through his feelings with his dad. It was great seeing Lo and Connor be there for Daisy, as we don’t really see those relationships develop a lot. Although some of the things that were revealed were a bit contrived, I loved seeing the whole cast of characters get their time in the spotlight: Lily’s shy personality and her wampa cap, Lo and Connor’s bromance, Connor’s arrogance, Rose’s bitchiness and Lo trying to prevent Daisy and Ryke from happening.

Im the cynical one who holds grudges. She’s the lighthearted girl who forgives and opens her arms to strangers. – Ryke 

Although the book did enough to convince me of Ryke and Daisy’s relationship, I’m still weirded out about it. View Spoiler »

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While I loved Kiss the Sky more, Hothouse Flower was a fantastic novel for the hot and wild couple Raisy. It brought to light the perspective of Daisy and Ryke, who are often characters in the background, and allowed us to emphasise with their struggles. While some of the reveals and sex scenes were a bit contrived, it was a fantastic and satisfying installment of the series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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31 responses to “Double Review: Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

  1. I just binged this series and absolutely LOVED IT!! I think Kiss the Sky is one of my favorites along with Thrive and AAA. Siiri and Sue introduced me to this NA series and I never want to let it go!!

    I absolutely love Rose & Connor. COBALLOWAY ALL THE WAY <33

    While I ship Raisy, I didn't like their POVs as much. Ryke is great, but STOP CURSING SO MUCH. Daisy's thrill-seeking nature and her act-first-think-later mindset annoys me.

    The writing is so addictive, I love Lilo, I love the character growth, I love the banter, I love the twists. What can I say, I'm ADDICTED.

    Lovely review <33
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    • Yesss I am so glad you finally picked up this series Rachel, it\’s very easy to binge isn\’t it? I LOVED COBALLOWAY TOO <3 Yeah, I didn\'t enjoy Hothouse Flower as much as I thought I would, especially after the amazing Kiss the Sky. I\'m looking forward to reading further, I\'m trying not to read them too quickly!

  2. EEK, MY LORD. Why haven't I read these yet??? I FLEW through the Addicted books up until these ones, and for some reason that i cannot name, I have let them fall by the wayside *crying*

    But these reviews have made me SO EXCITED. I love that the quality hasn't decreased with the new characters, and that we get to see these two ships up close. I love these two couples, so I am super excited to read these books. As soon as March is over, I will. For some reason March is FULL of review copies :O

    Lovely reviews, dear! <3
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  3. AHHHHH
    Just read your reviews Joy put a HUGE grin on me face. I love these books so much and Rose and Connor and Daisy and Ryke alike! I'm so happy You're ALMOST up to date now! It's taken you long enough!
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    • Bwahaha you mean Jeann! Yes, I\’m almost up to date, I don\’t want to be, I wish there was a whole series ahead of me! I love Rose and Connor!

  4. KB Ritchie are the queens of NA contemporary, at least in my book. 😉

    Kiss the Sky's definitely my favorite. While the BDSM seriously shocked me, I loved how Connor slowly realized that he loved Rose, and how realistic Rose's initial fear for Connor was. <3 **Excuse me while I internally fangirl.**

    YES, we have the same issue about the Ryke/Daisy and Lo/Lily thing. But still, I loved how Ryke shows his caring and protective side when he's around Daisy AND Lo. But Ryke/Daisy's kind of my least favorite couple, maybe because of the issue you mentioned (not with the age).

    Lovely reviews, Jeann! So glad you're loving this series. <33
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    • I know right, Kiss the Sky caught me off guard with how much I loved them, so freaking amazing! i love how you got a couple shirt too, so cute 😀 Glad to hear it's not just me who took issue to their relationship, but yeah they are a complimentary couple too. Thanks you Aimee!

  5. Faye M.

    Oh, man. This is exciting. I just bought the first book of the Addiction series to get a taste of this duo-author's writing, and your review for this one is making my heart skip a beat. I am not serious. It sounds so deep and complex and so delicious! Would you recommend skipping the Addicted series for this one first? Haha!
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  6. You know how I am with new adult Jeann, so the fact that you're able to get me so excited for this one really speaks for itself! The romance sounds completely swoon-worthy, and I love the idea of the protagonist being the center of a reality show – what an intriguing concept! Thank you for sharing, and fabulous review!
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  7. Don't worry about your spoiler. I don't think they're finished with S just yet. Connor and Rose still have another book, and Connor knows what he's doing. 😉

    lol – meh, your other spoiler doesn't bother me either. I actually know quite a few couples like that. Like full, not half.

    But YES, these were so good!! I'm dying for the next book.
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    • Heheh thanks Christy, I thought it was kind of OOC! Can\’t wait to read Fuel the Fire, it\’s going to be awesome. Fair enough Christy, I guess it was a bit too uncomfortable for mel ol!

  8. Charnell

    Great reviews. This is an author that I have never heard of before, but you have me seriously considering giving her books a try. That's a big deal because I usually avoid reads like this.

    • Heheh they were a really cute couple that grew on me with this book! You\’re totally right about Ryke as well 😀 It was wonderful getting to know him.

  9. Kiss the Sky was definitely my favorite too out of these two. I especially liked getting to know Rose. She comes across as so cold in the other books, so it was nice being to understand her character. And of course, Connor was so perfect in many ways.

    And I was a bit weirded out by the 7 years age gap too in the earlier books, but Hothouse Flower really allowed me to see how they were a great couple. I have to agree with you on the sex. I found myself skimming them quite a bit, but that didn't take anything away from the book for me.

    Lovely reviews, Jeann! 🙂
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    • Ah, I\’m glad it wasn\’t just me who found the sex a bit tedious in Hothouse Flower lol! I LOVED Kiss the Sky, man it was so fantastic getting to know Rose and Connor and how they are so right for each other.

  10. Oh maaaan I had to skim these reviews because I STILL haven't started any of their books. I know, I know everyone and their cat loves it. What can I say…I'm slow? 🙁 SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THEM JEANN! I love the fact that they do NA/romance well but doesn't let it overtake the themes of the story. Lovely review! xx

  11. Love this series so so much! Kiss the Sky is definitely my favorite one. It is impossible not to love Connor & Rose 🙂 Raisy fades in comparison a little bit, but I was still able to enjoy Hothouse Flower even though I did not love it as much as other books in the series.

    Awesome reviews, Jeann 🙂 It is not very far until Fuel the Fire is released. Cannot wait to read more about Rose and Connor!
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    • I totally agree, Kiss the Sky really highlighted how amazing they were as a couple! I can\’t wait until Fuel the Fire as well, man so exciting!