Title: Kiss the Sky
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2014
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
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 Standalone 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
He says under his breath, “I’m going to fuck you hard, Rose.” He strokes my head and leans me to his chest. “So hard that you’re not going to be able to walk in the morning.”
Why does that sound so good?
This does claim to be a standalone novel but, personally, I think it works best when it’s considered to be book 3 in the Addicted series. It does work as a standalone but I think you get a far better connection with the rest of the characters if you’ve already read Lo and Lily’s story.
I think it’s entirely possible that I’ve become more than a little addicted to these Krista & Becca’s writing style. It’s highly intoxicating and wholly compelling and, yes, addictive. What you get is incredibly beautifully crafted characters who you can really believe in and that allowed me to completely lose myself in the story. You don’t always get that real connection with the characters when reading a book. but this motley crew lived vividly in my imagination the whole time I was reading this book.
And what a challenging lot they are – Lily and Lo, both recovering addicts, Daisy, Rose’s overly-mature 17 year old super-model sister, Ryke, Lo’s dare-devil half-brother, Scott – Grade A asshole and Rose and Connor themselves – the stars of the novel. After Lily’s scandal in the previous novels both Rose’s and her family’s business have floundered in the glare of negative publicity and, wanting to make amends Lily and her 2 sisters agree to make like the Kardashians and participate in a reality show – The Princesses of Philadelphia – and share a house with Connor, Ryke, Lo and Scott and this is our story.
I can safely say that I’ve never read a show based around a reality TV show and I wasn’t sure it would work but it truly does. Despite what appears to be a very frivolous and shallow setting, we’re treated to a deep and emotional read as we watch the two main protagonists really struggle with the dynamics of their relationship.
Rose and Connor have been dating for a year but Rose is still a virgin – not something she is ashamed of and makes no secret of it. They’re both academic over-achievers, with staggering intellects and brains the size of small planets – they match one another perfectly and Rose gives Connor something that he’s never had in a woman before – she’s his intellectual equal.
They’re both incredibly alpha and dominant and Connor wants nothing more than to dominate Rose, to be graced with her submission. Rose is undeniably aroused by this but scared to finally let go and give in to her basest desires, afraid that Connor will walk away once he’s got his hands on the prize he covets so much – Rose’s virginity. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two – Connor claims that he doesn’t believe in love as a concept and therefore couldn’t possibly ever love Rose but he still wants to spend the rest of his life with her and make a family with her. Rose for her part believe that, deep down, Connor loves her and believes that only time will help him come to terms with his feeling and the way he was raised and allow him to realise that he loves her.
I near her, cupping her face with large rough hands. I stare down into her yellow-green eyes. “You’re not a pit stop. You’re my finish line. There’s no one after you.” I kiss her powerfully, my tongue parting her lips, and she responds. But not as much as I hoped. So I break apart and add, “I want you for eternity, not for a brief moment in time.”
Rose is high-octane, obsessive, supremely confident and very intelligent – Connor’s perfect match and, yet, there is a vulnerability here that probably only he can see and I really warmed to her in a way that I never really did during the Addicted series. Connor himself also blossomed in front of me in a way that he never had before – I developed a serious crush on this dominant yet really rather lonely man and the sexual tension was off the charts and,when they finally do succumb to that sizzling attraction and Rose finally gives it up to Connor, I swear I heard the hallelujah chorus!! What a moment – #HAWT!
So this really was very different from Lo and Lily’s story which is heavy on the angst – there’s a huge amount of humour here and it’s a highly entertaining and compelling. I love the way that Rose & Connor were always trying to better one another intellectually, constantly verbally sparring even with Jane Austen quotes.
My hand lowers to the small of her back, and I leave her with one last kiss to the forehead that feels more genuine than all the others. “You’ve bewitched me, body and soul.”
She glares. “And you ruined it with a quote from Pride and Prejudice.”
I grin. “What? I thought we were purposefully being cliché.”
“Maybe next time, quote the book and not the film.”
My eyebrow arches and I recite theatrically, “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.” I shake my head. “Doesn’t have the same ring to it, darling.”
A laugh escapes her lips.
I lost myself in this book completely, utterly absorbed by the characters and the development of their relationships – it’s full of genuine emotion, some real shocks and turns, beautiful romance and seriously hot sex. It’s got just about everything that I love in contemporary romance and I surprised myself by really loving Rose & Connor. I do think this works best if you’ve read Lo and Lily’s story – especially where Lily is concerned. If you’ve not read her story, her staggering shyness shown here will leave you disconnected to her I think and I actually adore Lily.
So, another fantastic read from the Sisters Ritchie and I am now SO looking forward to getting some Ryke and Daisy action in the upcoming Hothouse Flowers due for release in the spring – bring it on!
Suggested Reading Order
1. Addicted to You – Addicted #1
2. Ricochet – Addict #1.5
3. Addicted For Now – Addicted #2
4. Kiss The Sky
5. Hothouse Flowers – Ryke & Daisy's story due spring 2014
6. Thrive – Addicted #2.5 – spring 2014
7. Addicted After All – Addicted #3 – spring 2014
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About the Authors
Krista Ritchie has a clone...or someone who looks exactly like her. If she's not writing books with her twin sister, she's pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is. Krista & 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.
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