on January 24, 2014
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
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 »I have no idea how Connor and Rose could have let Scott get away with the sex videos, didn’t they check all of the rooms thoroughly for cameras when they moved in? It just seems out of character that they would rely on the word of Scott and a contract without checking things thoroughly. « Hide Spoiler
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 5Hothouse Flower by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #2
on March 28, 2014
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 »Two half-brothers dating two sisters is a bit incestuous, especially seeing as Lo and Ryke share the same dad. I mean their children will have the same grandparents, am I the only one who is weirded out by that? « Hide Spoiler
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