Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Posted July 15, 2014 | 48 Comments

Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca RitchieHothouse Flower
Author: Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #2
Publication Date: March 27, 2014
Format: eBook

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.

I need more Raisy!! I can’t even tell you how excited I was for Hothouse Flower. I am so addicted to the Addicted series, and love the Calloway Sisters series even more! This book is close to 500 pages, yet it still wasn’t enough for me. More, more, gimmie more!

I love Daisy and Ryke so much. Daisy is a wild, free-spirited adrenaline junkie, with a heart of gold. She’s been under her mother’s thumb all her life, thrust into the modeling world at a young age. She would love nothing more than to quit and be free to do what she wants. Since her sister’s sex addiction has made headlines, she’s been put through a lot. The only one who knows what’s she’s been suffering through is Ryke.

“As I watched each friend call me a sex-addict-in-training and a media whore, stabbing me routinely in the heart, Ryke was the one who pulled out the blades. He even shielded me from them. He’s like my wolf—dangerous, alluring and protective—but I can never get close enough or else he’ll bite me.”

Oh yes, Mr. Ryke Meadows. I love this guy! Besides being a rock climber and runner, he’s an asshole. Okay, I mean that in a good way. He doesn’t care what people think, so he doesn’t worry about pleasing everyone. But no matter how much he glares or says “fuck”, he is super protective and such caretaker. There is so much to Ryke than he lets people see, and I love it all.

Each couple from the series has their own trope. Like Lily and Lo are the friends-to-lovers, Rose and Connor are the love-hate romance, while Daisy and Ryke are the forbidden romance. And the dynamic between Daisy and Ryke is perfection! They’re always pushing and teasing each other, never crossing a line. I love how Daisy never backs down from him, and can hold her own when she instigates the flirting.

She likes to tease, to see how far she can push me, and I’ve never had a girl play with me like that, with confidence that radiates. It drives me fucking nuts, and I find myself wanting to be around her even more, seeking those give-and-take moments and her fucking joy. – Ryke

We tempt and tease each other with knowledge that nothing more can happen. It’s our dynamic. – Daisy

Even though this is technically Raisy’s book, everyone else is very much part of it. That’s one of the things I love so much about these series, the books aren’t restricted to each specific couple. The relationships between family and friends is just as big. All six of them: Lo, Lily, Connor, Rose, Daisy, and Ryke are instrumental in all the books. The different dynamics between all of the characters is seriously one of my favorite things. And I still very much love my bitchy Rose.

“Do you need a hug?” Rose asks me. “Because if you do, Lily can give you one.”
Lily looks at Rose like really?
“You give better hugs than I do. I know my weaknesses.”

It seemed like we got to see more interactions between the guys in this book too, which was quite entertaining. I love the dynamic between the three of them.

I nod to Connor. “Hey princess, you want to compete at chin-ups?” Lo fucking hates doing them, so he can watch and count.
“I don’t know,” Connor says with a casual tone. “Will you cry when I beat you? If so, then yes.”

There is a lot that transpires in Hothouse Flower. A lot. There’s also a lot of growth with all of the characters, and it makes me so happy to see how they’re changing and moving through life. And I was beyond happy that Daisy and Ryke made Raisy official!

Hothouse Flower was indeed another wonderful installment in the Calloway Sisters and the Addicted series. I can’t wait for the next book!

Addicted / Calloway Sisters Reading Order

Titles link to my review or Goodreads

The Addicted series is currently only 99¢ to celebrate the upcoming release of Thrive.

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)

Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) ← Daisy & Ryke meet here

Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)

Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1, Addicted #2.1)

Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2, Addicted #2.2)

You can find more information and lots of extras on the websites HERE & HERE


48 responses to “Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

  1. Loved Raisy! I am so excited to see everything in this book from Lily and Lo’s POV next in Thrive. So much happens for all 6 of them. Ryke is so entertaining. After reading this I had fuck in my mind for a while! LOL I just wanted to say it all the time.

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    • Christy

      Did you watch their live chat? I’m excited because they said that like 80% of Thrive isn’t overlapping scenes, so it’s mostly new material. Not just same scenes from LiLo’s POV. EXCITING!

    • Christy

      I almost want to tell you to read Killing Sarai first. ALMOST. But they are really two completely different types of stories.

    • Christy

      Make sure to read Ricochet because even though it’s #1.5, it’s a full length novel. Not sure why they numbered them like that.

      And I HIGHLY suggest reading these. They aren’t just extras. They ARE part of the Addicted series too, so they are important. KtS is #2.1 and HHF is #2.2 in the Addicted series. Trust me, they shouldn’t be skipped.

    • Christy

      I’m pretty sure you’ll love this series. And these aren’t just spin-offs. They are actually part of the Addicted series too.

  2. I love the rock climbing angle! And holy cow, these girls are, like, tortured by their mother and the public. Just curious, is the story resolved in this book or is the HEA stretched thru multiple books? I read a book with a similar story to this one recently and I had no clue I’d be left hanging at the end 🙁 I’m trying to avoid that buzzkill…

    • Christy

      Oh girl, you’ll love these. Nope, you’ll never be left hanging with the Addicted series. This is a close group of 6. I can’t even explain how well the entire series is done. All of the books that are out now span years. And there’s still more to come. Just read Addicted to You first. Before anything else. And soon.

  3. 500 pages? That’s a substantial book! I love that even with the impressive length, this story blew by for you because you were so involved with Raisy (love it) and how things were going to turn out for them. I’ve said it with every review of a book in this series, but I need to read it. It’s up there with the His Fair Assassin series:)

    • Christy

      Yeah, I usually try to avoid books in the high 300s. But I can never get enough of these books. LOL. You really should start the series Jenny – read Addicted to You first. I’ll bet money you love it.

  4. Gahh! This series is just so awesome! I’m so glad you love it as much as I do. I agree with you that we need more Raisy! Thankfully we’re going to get another book for them.
    I agree with you on the character dynamics. I think that’s the best part about this whole series. And the bromance is just so damn entertaining.
    Great review, Christy! 🙂

    • Christy

      I know, I’m so excited! I think ending the series with Ryke and Daisy will be perfect since she’s the youngest and they were the last to get together. I love all of the different dynamics between them so much!

    • Christy

      I know, it is confusing and a lot of people don’t realize that this IS part of the Addicted series too. Just start with Addicted to You first, and go from there.

    • Christy

      Omg, that one was hardly anything. These guy are friggin’ GREAT. The entire group is freaking fantastic. You really should read these. Start at the beginning with Addicted to You. HURRY!

  5. I am ashamed. I never thought about trying these girls other series. I was only into Addicted. But now you have confviced me. Better than Addicted??? I will have to see for myself.

    • Christy

      These ARE part of the Addicted series(#2.1 & #2.2)too. It’s literally a continuation of everyone’s story, except these are told from Rose & Connor and Raisy’s POV and are about their relationships. But Lo and Lily are in them too quite a bit and is still part of their story. You should check out the website’s and see how they explain the reading order and timeline. You should think of these as the Addicted series. And I hope you read Ricochet!

    • Christy

      Yup. But you need to start with Addicted to You and then go in order, not skipping ANY of the books. You won’t be sorry you started. Promise. 😉

    • Christy

      Haha – Just make sure to start at the beginning with Addicted to You. I’m pretty damn sure you’ll love this series.

    • Christy

      Girl, you have no idea. 😀 Just start with Addicted to You and read them all in order. Skipping NOTHING. I hope you read them soon.

  6. I skimmed your review since this is #2 of a series and I haven’t read the Addicted series but I’ve had heard good things about so thank you so much for letting us know about the sale cause I 1-clicked! Yay!

    I feel like I’m missing out on great contemporaries, I don’t need them as often anymore. I might read Boomerang first though 🙂

    • Christy

      This series actually IS part of the Addicted series too. Kiss the Sky is book #2.1 and Hothouse Flower is #2.2. So yeah, definitely start with Addicted to You and read them ALL. Do not skip any of the books.

  7. Kim

    OMG this book. I waited FOREVER for Daisy and Ryke and I was almost afraid the book wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I was SO WRONG. It exceeded them. Are they not the most perfect couple ever? I absolutely devoured Thrive this weekend and I need more of these characters ASAP. I just… what Krista & Becca have done with this series blows my freaking mind. I don’t ever want to see it end.

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