Review: “Hothouse Flower” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

March 16, 2015 Book Review 0

Review: “Hothouse Flower” – Becca & Krista RitchieHothouse Flower by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: March 28th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 477
Series: Addicted #2.2,
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

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 modelling 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 favourite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.


My Thoughts

Sexy, steamy and Oh So Hot, Hothouse Flower is possibly one of the hottest books of the whole series. Becca and Krista Ritchie have finally answered our desperate prayers and we finally got a Raisy book, and it is sooooo good!

Raisy’s development has been my favourite of all the couples through this entire series because they are just friends for a whole three years before they get romantically involved. The chemistry and the feelings are always there, and although both Daisy and Ryke know that nothing can ever happen between them (firstly because when they met Daisy was only 15, and secondly because her sister, Lily, is dating his brother, Lo) and that they should move on from each other, neither of them want to. Even when Daisy turns 18 Ryke is still trying to deny his feelings and let Daisy go in fear of the backlash they will get from everyone if a relationship does develop. And it’s oh so frustrating for us as readers, but at the same time I love it because their friendship has given them a very solid foundation and makes their connection and therefore relationship so much stronger.

“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.
But there’s a silent understanding between us. We both know we can’t cross a certain line.”

This book is HOT. You are going to need fans and buckets of ice because HOLY WOW this book is STEAMY. But could we really have expected anything else from these two? I mean the chemistry has been there all along, and every interaction between them even when just friends is totally charged, but in this book when they actually get together (after three years of torture for them and four books of torture for us!) it all goes nuclear! And THAT stairwell scene … *melts*

“I am so emotionally involved with that girl… I want to be the one to hold her in my arms. I want to comfort her until she reanimates in pure fucking happiness. I don’t want to miss a day with her… And I can’t take back these feeling.”

I love that we get so much more of Ryke. He is the heart of the entire group and even though he acts like he doesn’t give a crap, he is probably the person who cares the deepest. I love his connection with Daisy, and that no matter how hard he tried to just be friends, he can’t, and it made me so happy that he FINALLY gave into his feelings. He is a protector, and that’s what makes him the perfect balance to Daisy and her wild, carefree and fearless behavior. She leaps off a cliff and he is right behind her without a second thought.

“What we fucking have,” he said. ” I love you beyond physical attraction.” He cups my smooth cheek, looking deep into my eyes. “I love you, Dais, because you’re the wildest fucking girl with the biggest fucking heart. And without you in my life” — he shakes his head like it’s an inconceivable picture — “I’d be the unhappiest fucking guy… I fucking love you, sweetheart.”

Although each book in this series is focused on just one couple we still get a whole lot of the other two couples in each of the books. They are such a tight knit group that we get everyone else in at least 50% of the scenes in the book. We get the couple love, the sister love, the brother love and we get the Lo/Ryke/Connor bromance and every single ones of these I LOVE! The series is made by it’s characters and they may tease each other, drive each other crazy and at times scream at each other, but when it comes down to it they are a family and they will stand by each other no matter what.

“You’re a hothouse flower,” I tell her. “You can’t grow under natural conditions. You need adventure. And security and love in order to stay alive.

This book was FULL of action packed, heart breaking, totally hilarious and just addictive to read moments. We go from Fashion week in Paris, to camping in the middle of no where, to climbing mountains in California. There was no drama just for drama’s sake, but every little bit of drama we did get (and don’t get me wrong, there was quite a bit) just felt right for the characters and the way that their story was progressing. I was fully invested in every single word of this book and the last like 30% was just full of reveals that resulted in a whole lot of ‘oh my gosh’ moments and set itself up perfectly for the next book in the series.


Final Thoughts

There are no ‘in between’ books in this series. It started strong and it has continued to hold itself through the entire series. The characters are just so real and I can’t help but be so invested in their stories. Becca and Krista Ritchie are writing gods and I have no idea how I am going to cope when this series ends.

Re-Readability: Over and over and over…

I would recommend this book to fans of: the Addicted Series, the Calloway Sisters series, New Adult Romances, friend to lover, bromances, friends as family, very close family groups

Rating Beyond Loved

Have you read Hothouse Flower? What did you think?

What about the rest of the series? Who is your favourite couple: Lily/Lo, Rose/Connor, Daisy/Ryke?

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