Author: Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #1
Publication Date: January 24, 2014
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.
I claim Conner as my book boyfriend! I also claim Rose as my book girl-crush! They are both mine and there will be no negotiations. None! Kiss the Sky has also earned a spot on my top favorite reads of 2014. Love them, love the story, love it all! When I bought Kiss the Sky, I honestly didn’t realize it was going to be …. hot. I knew it was about a group of rich friends and siblings going on a reality show, Real World style. Oh, but did I ever get more than I expected!
Connor, oh Connor! I am in love! I am super picky when it comes to book boyfriends. Yes, I may love a male character and all, but when it comes to swoony-want-to-marry-them-even-though-I’ve-sworn-off-marriage type of love, no, that is a rarity. I submit to no man but Connor … yeah, I’d do anything he wants. I’m not usually attracted like that to such an alpha male, but the way he is with Rose is beyond sexy! The way he’s always cool and collected, getting the better of people with his wits … that’s such a frikkin turn-on! Then there is Rose. Man, I love her. She is extremely intelligent, and will rip a dude’s balls off if you mess with her or her sisters. She can be one scary bitch, but I mean that in the best way possible! The fact that it’s told in duel point-of-view, allows us to fully appreciate both of them.
Honestly, it’s because of their relationship that put Kiss the Sky over the top for me. Connor completely respects Rose and lets her fight her own battles, but is there when she needs it. He finds her strong, competitive personality sexy. Their love-hate dynamic is the best! And the way they know each other so well, and are 100% secure in their relationship is … ugh, I just love it! Oh my gosh, and when they spoke French to each other … *swoon* … especially during the lap dance scene. Seriously, my heart is racing just thinking about it.
The other characters were such a delight, too! I didn’t realize until after I read this that Lily and Loren have their own series, but it’s totally separate from this book. Lily and Loren were cute together, and we see their struggle with their addictions as a couple. I adore Ryke and his potty mouth (haha). Where Connor is the guy who is calm and in control, Ryke will kick some ass in an instant. And then we have Daisy the daredevil. Oh boy, I loved this girl, but her lifestyle at her age pained me sometimes. The ages range from 20-24, except for 17-year-old Daisy. But then I’d remember what I was doing at her age … so yeah, we won’t get into that.
Kiss the Sky may be about these people on a reality show, but I love how it’s done. We get the story from Rose and Connor’s perspectives, so it’s always ‘behind the scenes’ of the show. And really, it is so much more than filming and such. It’s about their relationships and what’s going on in their lives, very character driven. As I mentioned earlier, it gets hot at times. There are some toe-curling sex scenes that took me by surprise, but no way am I complaining about that.
So let me reiterate, I loved this book to death! I know I will be revisiting Connor and Rose in the future many times, because I can’t get enough of them. Call me a freak, but never have I wanted to make out with a book so bad.
When he looks up at me, he says, “Thank God for Connor, right?” He tries to play off the pain that contorts his face.
“God always has a way of stealing my credit,” Connor says.
I bolt upright and spring off the bed, grabbing a black silk robe. I slip it on and knot the tie at my waist. Another bang hits the wall hard. My heart leaps to my throat.
“You should stay here,” he tells me, zipping his black slacks.
“It was worth a try.” He places a hand on the small of my back. “After you.”
I near him, gritting my teeth. “You are grasping for drama. Literally pulling at anything ridiculous you can latch onto. Shall I educate you then?” He opens his mouth but I don’t give him the chance to refute. “I’m secure enough in my relationship with Rose that I don’t bite off the cocks of men who wrong her or call her a bitch. She’s more than capable of biting them off herself. I’m here, now, in your face because that girl in the living room has no teeth.”