by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published March 28th, 2014
“Freedom doesn’t come with age. It doesn’t magically appear when you’re a legal adult. It comes when you stand up for what you believe in.”
This is my first reread of this title.
(Does an audiobook count as a reread?)
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.
My reading time lately has been taken up by beta reading. But I always feel like squeezing in something before I go to sleep, preferably a book I’m not critically analyzing. I got a bunch of my old favorite books in audio form to keep me busy and also trying to see if they still hold up.
I remember around the time I first read this book, people absolutely loved the Addicted Series. It was so hyped up that I eventually picked up the first book which I absolutely hated.
But then I stumbled upon their new series, which was a spin-off, The Calloway Sisters. This was way after the first one came out and it had received great reviews. So I got them both at the same time. Kiss the Sky was okay but I guess Hothouse Flower was the one that stuck with me.
At that particular moment in my life, I could relate to Daisy’s character: being with the older guy, knowing no one would approve. It was appropriately timed at that moment and I was afraid revisiting it would make me like it less. It’s happened to me before when I revisited books I absolutely adored and they just fell short. Confess by Colleen Hoover.
Daisy and Ryke have been friends for years. She is like a little sister to him and so he knows it’s best to keep his distance from her. But Daisy has always been very mature for her age with her life being out there because of her family. She started modeling at the age of fifteen and has had to deal with a lot of issues most girls her age have not.
“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.”
When she turns eighteen, she decides to get a place of her own. She doesn’t want to be under her mother’s constant watch. She needs her freedom. Daisy packs up her bags and heads of to Paris for fashion week on her own but then things don’t go the way they should. She calls the one person who has always been there for her and he does not fail her.
“You are your own anchor. Do you want to keep burning or are you going to let yourself rise?”
I have to say, Krista and Becca amaze me all the time in how they can string a flawless book together. I kind of envy them because of this one thing. My sisters and I don’t even read the same type of books so I cannot even imagine any of us writing one together.
I also love that they focus on all of the couples even when the book is mainly about just one. It reminded me that I’ve had the rest of the series on my kindle for a while now but I could not follow through with Fuel the Fire because there was a big jump which can only be filled if I go back to the Addicted series. That’s not going to happen anytime soon. I just miss Connor and Rose.
The audiobook was great. I had no problems with the narrators.
What I didn’t like: I hate the damsel in distress angle. But I didn’t hate it enough in this book because it was Ryke and Daisy. And also, Krista and Becca did a fantastic job in bringing it out. It was not a whiny girl needing someone else to speak up for her. She was able to find her voice eventually and the guy did nit have to do it for her.
“Realism and pessimism are two very different things.”
DO THEY HAVE TO BE PART OF THE ADDICTED SERIES??? I want to read the new books but I cannot be bothered to get into the Addicted Series.
If you love swoony books, pick this one up. It still holds up in my eyes.