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HOTHOUSE FLOWER by Krista and Becca Ritchie is simply delicious. It picks up the story of Ryke Meadows and Daisy Calloway, which began in the ADDICTED series. In HOTHOUSE, Daisy just turned 18 but she’s been in love with Ryke since she was 15. The problem? He’s 7 years older. We’ve watched these two deny themselves and their off-the-charts attraction forever. And reading about this relationship finally happening was nothing short of watching a metaphysical collision. (See the synopsis below.)

Hothouse Flower CoverWhile there are some readers who thought Ryke was unlikeable before this book, I was NEVER one of them. That boy always had my number. He’s gorgeous, rough around the edges, and a total asshole. But an asshole in only the best way. Because he cares. About his brother and their friends. About their families. And, of course, about Daisy.

And Daisy is the beautiful model you actually adore. She’s nothing like the stereotypical ditzy snob who struts down the catwalk. She’s down-to-earth and sincere. Wild and untethered. She’s the kind of girl you’d follow off on a crazy adventure. Which is why Ryke can’t deny his love for her any longer.

As for steam? Holy hell, this book was hot. Like, throw me in the freezer, I need to cool off ASAP. Let me just say that Ryke is one creative lover. Sigh…

The Ritchie sisters are masters of characterization. ADDICTED was written from Lo and Lily’s points of views, KISS THE SKY from Connor and Rose’s pov, and HOTHOUSE FLOWER from Daisy and Ryke’s. And the Ritchies become these characters inside and out, evidence that Krista and Becca are serious stars on the rise. After each one of their novels, I’m crazy-out-of-my-mind, dying to get my hands on the next one because their stories are nothing short of addictive.

Even though HOTHOUSE is part of a much bigger series, it’s only the second in the Calloway Sisters spin-off, so if this sounds like your kind of book, read KISS THE SKY first. Both will light your panties on fire. And make some room on that “favorite book boyfriends” shelf. I have a feeling you’re going to be adding a few new hotties.


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

***Authors’ Note***
Hothouse Flower is a spin-off of the Addicted series. Kiss the Sky is required before reading, and we strongly recommend reading the Addicted series before this spin-off. 

Addicted Series Recommended Reading Order
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) <— The main characters meet here.
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)


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150219_201945006672435_704378981_nKrista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website:











KISS THE SKYI’m riding that high. You know, the one caused when that perfect book reaches into you with angst and lust and soul and pulls you so deep into the drama that you never want to come out? Yeah, that one. I seem to always get that buzz when I read books in the Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

Although KISS THE SKY works great as a stand-alone novel, it’s number four in the Addicted series and features Rose Calloway and her boyfriend Connor Cobalt.

If you’ve read the others, you know that Rose is the glue that binds the family together. She’s the one who backed up her sister Lily and Lily’s boyfriend Lo when they were dealing with their addictions in the first three books. We’ve come to know Rose as this tough-as-nails girl who doesn’t take shit from anyone. So watching her kowtow to Scott, the sleazy producer of a reality TV show so she can use the publicity to save her failing fashion line, is nothing short of painful. And that discomfort only grows as the show begins to tape and she sees how Scott is editing the footage for maximum humiliation.Kiss the Sky characters

But Rose’s future isn’t the only one on the line. Connor is vying to take the helm of his mother’s multi-billion dollar company while he’s in an MBA program. Yeah, he’s wicked smart and hot as hell. Lily and Lo join the cast as they hope to prove to the public that they’re overcoming their addictions in a real relationship, not something contrived to remake their reputations. But the stress of a reality show is not exactly the ideal environment for two recovering addicts. Ryke, Lo’s half-brother, and Daisy, Rose’s little sister, also live in the house, which is decked out with cameras. And while Ryke and Daisy are just friends because Daisy is only 17 and Ryke is 23, their attraction is always simmering on the surface. So the situation, from any angle, is combustible.

Here’s the problem with Rose and Connor’s relationship—she’s a virgin, despite the fact that she and Connor have been dating for a year and he sleeps in her bed when the show starts to tape. But Connor always gets what he wants, so he sets his sights on the girl who is his mental equivalent. People may call Rose a bitch, but he loves her feistiness. And the two of them together are off-the-charts hot as they push each other to the limit.

If you’ve been reading the series, this book was a slightly different experience. Lily and Lo’s books were raw and dark and desperate as they tried to claw out of their addictions. KISS THE SKY, while still awesomely intense, had a lighter feel. I found myself laughing out loud several times.

I probably read 150 books in the last year, but I can count the ones that stood out like the Addicted series on one hand. Becca and Krista Ritchie’s novels just keep getting better, so be sure to grab KISS THE SKY when it goes on sale on January 24 and keep your eyes peeled for HOTHOUSE FLOWER, Ryke and Daisy’s book, in March.


(I received an ARC for an honest review.)