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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Title: Hothouse Flower 
Authors: Krista and Becca Ritchie 
Series: Calloway Sisters #2 (Spin-off of the Addicted series) 
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie
Publication Date: March 28, 2014 
Rating: 5 Fairy Wings
Reviewer: The Mauve Fairy


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.

New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

*Authors Note* Hothouse Flower is a spin-off of the Addicted series. Kiss the Sky is required before reading, and we strongly recommend reading the Addicted series before this spin-off. 


I need to make an admission. I hate walls of text. Paragraph upon paragraph, and never ending words, it makes my eyes bleed. After four or five paragraphs, my eyes get tired of all that reading that I just skim over the words and get only the gist of what was being said. So I thought, why not make this review like a Q&A. That way I get to answer each question, not afraid of missing a point or something. And it won’t hurt my eyes and those that like me. So let’s get it on!

What’s the reason that you read this book?

Though this book is a spinoff of the addicted series, I still think this as a part of this one epic chain of books. I love this series so much, it’s one of my all time favorites and I can’t envision myself not reading this book because that would be like turning my back on the one I love. Plus this is a great series! Everybody should read it. You may learn a thing or two here. It’s really an enjoyable read that would evoke so much emotions in you and would take you to such a place you never thought existed. You will never want to go back to that place where you were before! God, I’m rambling I know!!! But there are just so many great things in this series and in this book that I could go on and on and it will probably take me weeks or even months before I am finished with what I want to say!

Thoughts on the cover?

The cover is beautiful. I think Krista, who designed the cover, did great on this one. Though they picked the picture on a photo site, they were able to choose one that is appropriate and looks like an original photo. Daisy Calloway is a supermodel with long-ass blonde hair so I think it’s apt to the story and the title.

How about the title?

When I think of hothouse flower, the first thing that comes to my mind are those plants being cultivated in this building made of plastic walls, has proper ventilation and airing and temperature for nurturing these foliage.

I reach out, and I hold her cheek with the scar. “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.”

Hothouse Flower concerns about the heroine in this book who needs love and caring. Add to the fact that her name is Daisy, which is a type of flower. So I guess the cover is just fitting and right for this story.

What can you say about the content of the book? Was it what you imagined it to be?

It is everything I imagined it to be and so, so much more! I can’t even fathom how KB did this! I know these girls are extremely talented, they plan on everything they write but HF is AH-MAH-ZING! I mean Kiss the Sky and the previous books are all amazing. And they always teased us and always tell their readers that they just want to give their readers the best that they could possibly write. And man, the outcome is fabulous, wonderful, and magnificent. I think I’ll run out of adjectives in describing HF. It’s a very, very astounding ride you would not want to miss out.

Comment on the writing style of the authors

The authors’ writing style is faultless. The novel is in two POV’s, so we know what Ryke and Daisy are feeling and thinking. The narrative parts are short and the story is full of conversations you would not get bored while reading. The authors are descriptive in their narrations that it’s impossible not to imagine what they are relating in the story. Their word choices are relevant and updated. I guess being 23-year olds and writing characters of the same age are useful because they’re able to express the characters well enough.

Are there any grammatical or spelling errors?

I don’t think there are any. I don’t even remember seeing any error.

What can you say about the story, plot or storyline? Is the plot well-developed?

The book is very well-developed. The girls just nailed this one and I don’t think I’ve ever read something that is so perfect. I know I’ve already said that they’re very talented and that they plan everything. Every sequence of the story, every line and every scene are all well-thought of. It’s really evident on the development of this book. And the characters feel so real I want to be a part of the gang! Each of these characters has their own issues and personalities but they all fit together. The progression of the story is not just written to create some drama. Those scenes are integral and connected and become one whole series of events that makes up a good story.

Let’s talk about the main characters. Thoughts on Ryke

OMG Ryke is OMG!

In the previous books, he is not likable. He’s always angry and he inserts himself to people. He always criticizes Lily and thinks she’s not good enough for Lo. He is an asshole, a jackass, he likes to utter a lot of profanities, and he projects that i-don’t-care attitude so much. But he is kind and caring to those that matters to him. He’s smart but does not brag about it.

Here in HF, it was explained his growing up years, so that clarifies why he’s always angry at the world. It was also revealed here that he not only speaks Spanish but 3 other languages and you need to read this in order for you to find out what they are :P He was also portrayed here how is he as  a brother, a friend, a lover, a boyfriend, and a son. And it’s impossible not to fall in love with him. Other than he’s sizzling H-O-T, he’s also so sweet, thoughtful and caring to Daisy. He is the perfect boyfriend! That scene in Paris, the stairwell scene and the cornfield scene are all swoon-worthy!

What can you say about Daisy

We saw Daisy as a carefree child in the past books. She doesn't seem to have a problem. She’s a supermodel at such a young age. She’s famous, young and rich.

HF portrays her as someone who is vastly affected by what happened around her. The series of events from the past put a dent in her sunshine personality but she does not show it to others. She’s still the daredevil, always wanting to do crazy things.

Thoughts on the secondary characters. Who is/are your favorite/s and why? 

Lo and Lily. These two are always endearing and adorable. Lily is her usual goofy self. I really can’t help but laugh at her silly antics. Lo, on some parts, is just his selfish self. I’m distressed that he can’t be strong enough to overcome his weakness and that he’s sometimes awful to his brother. In the end, I’m happy that he’s able to get past the “bastard” feeling and call Ryke his big brother

Connor and RoseConnor is still Connor, confident, calm, always says things intelligently. I’m glad that his friendship to Lo had gone up a notch, the result of living together in one house. They are more comfortable with each other now. I also love that he regards Ryke as a friend now and it's obvious on the way he speaks and responds to him. Rose is still the challenging bitch that she is. She always dares Connor in which I find sometimes exhausting, but I like that she had not changed at all because that is one of her endearing true quality.

Jonathan Hale. Daddy Hale had gone up ten points in my book. I didn't think it was possible, but he made me cry. But then, I deducted five points because he’s still hard at Lo even if Ryke pleaded with him to ease up on him. And I really think he loves his sons no matter how dreadful he is as a father. Giving up on his habit can be daunting but he amended to it just to prove of that love.

Greg Calloway. Yes Daddy Calloway is present here and he actually has a scene wherein he has some great lines. I applaud KB for making him present in this book since he’s always non-existent even in his own birthday bash in Addicted to You. Clap Clap!

Samantha Calloway. Well, a great story is not that great if there is no villain. And Mama Calloway makes a great villainess.

What was your favorite part of the book and why?

There are many lovable parts in this book. But the most memorable that got stuck in my head is the bromance thingy and their verbal fights. I love, love their banters!! The way they toss teasings and mockeries to each other and their battle of wits. They are so open and trustful with each other that they know these jokes are meant to be fun and not hurtful.

What was your least favorite part of the book and why?

That thing that happened when they landed after they’d gone from California. That scene made me angry I want to bitch slap the culprit.

Did the book make you laugh or cry? What other emotions did you undergo while reading the book?

OMG I can’t even fathom what I went through and can’t even imagine describing what I felt while reading this book. I was a mess afterwards and I was like a lunatic person on a mental ward while reading it. I was crying, then laughing, then swooning, then crying again, then chuckling over what Lily did or said, then getting angry at Samantha, then crying again, then laughing again, then sighing over what Ryke had said, then smiling over the bromances, then my heart swell with so much emotions I thought it would burst. See? It’s crazy!! Every turn of the page I was gasping and saying OMG. Then another scene is like WTF. I think I’ve said WTH and seriously many times that I lost count. It’s a wild but awesome ride and I’m ecstatic I’ve gone through it because what I had experienced in reading this is beyond imaginable! That’s E-P-I-C!

How was the end? Did you find it satisfying?

Uhuh. More than satisfied actually. After reading all that, who wouldn’t be happily contented? The book has laughter, Lily is so adorable in her goofiness. It has a fair share of emotional moments, lots and lots of scenes that will make you cry. It will make you angry at some point. It will make you swoon and drool over Ryke’s hotness. It has bromance. The banters and bickerings are to die for, I love their verbal fights! The sexual tension is squirming-ly unbearable. The sex scenes are hotter than hot you would wish you are Daisy. It left the readers two surprises that will be an immense plot for the next sequels. And after all that happened, Ryke and Daisy are together. I AM ONE HAPPY READER!

Would you recommend this book to others?

Oh yes! This book is highly recommendable and I will definitely bug every book best friends that I have to read not only this book but the entire series. Actually, I’ve been recommending them not only verbally but through the social media as well and on Goodreads too.

What are  your favorite quotes from the story?

I have to admit that I have a lot of favorite lines in this novel. The book is almost covered with so many highlights. But these are the top of my favorites:

“I’ve ignored a lot of bad shit in my life, but I don’t want to ignore this one good thing anymore. It’s too painful.”

I’m so fucking tired of being alone. I was scared that he’d tell me to fucking leave. Because that means going back to a life I can’t see for myself anymore. Daisy has changed that for me. She made me comfortable to share my life with someone else, to live for happiness in the company of others. My solitary future looks bleak. But my future filled with my brother, my friends, her—there’s nothing fucking brighter.

She’s the sun. I’m the dark.
If she’s gone, I can kiss that fucking light away.
Without her, I know I’ll never see it again. 

“What we fucking have,” he says. “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.”

He whispers, “I fucking love you.”
I smile, my lips tingling. “Guess what?”
“I love you more than chocolate cake.”

I reach out, and I hold her cheek with the scar. “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.”

“I kissed you tonight because I want your lips to only touch mine. From now until forever. That’s the fucking truth.”

He’s like my wolf—dangerous, alluring and protective—but I can never get close enough or else he’ll bite me.

What insight/s did you gain from reading this book?

Friendship and love does not come with age. You cannot put a number to it. It grows on two people who have felt a connection and no matter who prevents it or whatever circumstances you’d gone through, if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.

Your rating and why?

5 Fairy Wings!! If there is a number beyond that I will make it 5 million. The book is just epic! I truly enjoyed reading this one. I was able to finish it in one sitting. I just can’t put it down! Every scene gripped me like a tight fist. I fell in love more with the characters. I had a massive book hangover when it was finished and I keep on wanting more! I don’t think I’ll ever get enough. This is one of those stories I wish would never end! And I hope KB reads this because they're the ones who can make this happen and i really wish they will make it happen! *cross-fingers

Any last words or anything you want say that was not asked?

Everybody out there who has not yet read this book/series, you’re missing one half of your life. READ IT NOW! You’ll thank me after! And then join us in our Addicted Series FB group where the fun never stops! See you all there!


5 F*cking Fairy Wings!!!! 


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Addicted Series Recommended Reading Order 
Addicted to You (Addicted #1) Lily’s perspective
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Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) Full length companion story
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Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) Lily & Lo’s perspective
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Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #1) (Addicted #2.1)Rose & Connor’s perspective
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Hothouse Flower (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #2) (Addicted #2.2) Daisy & Ryke’s perspective
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Thrive (Addicted #2.5) (coming soon) 
Addicted After All (Addicted #3) (coming soon) 


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.

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. Connect with them on twitter and their website: www.kbritchie.com

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