Title: Hothouse Flower
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 28 2014
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.
I really do love this series – I’ve become so connected to the characters that I’ve got to know so well over the course of the books that I am fully invested in them and they seem to come to life. The writing is really very good , very tight and I’m finding the books so compelling and I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now.
This time it’s the turn of Ryke and Daisy and, FINALLY, she’s legal. They’ve been close friends since Daisy was fifteen and Ryke is seven years her senior and, even though he’s intensely attracted to her, he’s managed to hide it well and just be there to support her. Daisy’s been a highly successful model since she was fourteen and is old beyond her years but very traumatised by the events of the last few years, most especially Lily’s public outing as a sex addict and the poor girl is besieged by night terrors, is hardly sleeping an is existing on a minimal diet to keep herself runway thin and her life is escalating out of control – way beyond the carefree lifestyle Lily is so desperately craving.
With her career watched over carefully by her overbearing mother, Daisy decides to head to Paris Fashion Week alone for the first time ever and try to grab a little independence for herself but things don’t go well for her and she phones Ryke in desperation and gasping sobs and Ryke drops EVERYTHING to head to Paris to be with her.
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART!!
When Ryke finally catches up with Daisy in the stairwell of her hotel, I think I went weak at the knees. All that pent up passion, hidden desire and deep and abiding love that Ryke has been hiding is unleashed into their first ever kiss and I swear I melted into a puddle. Daisy is one lucky girl. Of course, everyone around them disapproves of their relationship, even those closest to them and Ryke is an absolute gentleman around her but he knows he is in love with her and can’t imagine a future without her.
I totally adore Ryke – of the three main guys in this series, he is my absolute fave. He’s loud, brash, has got a foul-mouth and is an extreme climbing champion and, of course, like the rest of them, a rich trustfund baby. He’s totally alpha, a complete badass and massively protective of Daisy – only he knows the full extent of what she’s dealing with. He’s turned his back on both his Mother and Father and is trying to live his life to the full but the past is never far behind him. He’s probably just as mixed up and confused as Daisy but he’s just handling it better.
Daisy – my heart just went out to her. She’s stunningly beautiful, rail thin and the epitome of physical perfection something that’s been exploited by her modelling agency since a young age and she’s been hurled into the glare of publicity, forced to stay stick thin – appearances are everything but there’s a wild young girl bursting to be set free. She has begun to HATE modelling and is desperate to be freed from the constraints of her very successful career and is deeply, deeply unhappy. Ryke sees this and worries for her health – she’s ridiculously thin and her nightmares are terrifying him. His tenderness with her when she was freaking out was a thing of beauty.
They share an unrelenting chemistry that sizzles red-hot all through the book – their attraction to one another is almost palpable. Despite her age, Daisy is not a virgin but has only had miserable sexual encounters and can’t understand what all the hype is about but Ryke, once he succumbs to that attraction to her he’s hidden for so long, is determined to prove her wrong and take her to dizzying sexual heights that she never thought possible. The is seriously HOT!! There’s amazing banter throughout the book, not just between Ryke and Daisy but between all the characters. Lo and Lily and Rose and Connor all have fairly big issues to deal with in this one which leaves me impatiently anticipating the next books.
It’s actually a beautiful love story with realistic characters – for new adult romance, this has incredibly well crafted and strong and consistent characters that keep their integrity all through the series. You can tell that this is meticulously well planned and the writing is of really high quality. It’s interesting once again to see the others as secondary characters – Lily’s staggering shyness, Lo’s addictions, Rose and Connor’s acerbic wit are fascinating to watch when they’re not taking centre stage.
The story is not yet complete and will continue with a novella and a full length novel later this year, both of which I am really looking forward to.
Series Reading Order
The Addicted series is split up into three "arcs" or as the authors call it "phases" so that each phase is a complete storyline with a satisfying conclusion and connects together in a continuous timeline. Think of it as an awesome season of a TV show. It’s possible to jump into the series either in phase one (Addicted to You) or in phase two (Kiss the Sky).
Phase one (Lily & Lo)
#1: ADDICTED TO YOU
#2: ADDICTED FOR NOW
Phase two: Calloway Sisters (Rose & Connor)(Daisy & Ryke)
spin-off: KISS THE SKY
spin-off: HOTHOUSE FLOWER
Phase three (Lily & Lo)
#2.5: THRIVE (Spring 2014)
#3: ADDICTED AFTER ALL (Summer 2014)