Hothouse Flower by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 478 pages
Published April 23rd 2014 by Hothouse Flower (first published March 27th 2014)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
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
I wasn’t planning on reading Hothouse Flower even though it’s part of Calloway sisters and Addicted To You series. I just didn’t like Daisy based on earlier books but thankfully a twitter mutual told me “You don’t even know Daisy Calloway. You can’t just skip it. You need to read it.”
“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.”
I’m glad our heroine knows that she can be unthinking and selfish but a lot of times she could be more selfish. Daisy might be annoying at times because of her reckless behavior but I also relate to her the most. My sisters are eight and then years older than me and if I wasn’t bullied in 4th grade and become tougher like I did– I could’ve been like Daisy is with her mother and even sisters.
I just want to punch the sisters’ mom in the face. Nothing she says makes it right how she treats all her daughters and abuses the fact that Daisy wants to make her happy. She never listened to Daisy and wanted her to the one to apologize after what they did to her in Paris.
“You are your own anchor. Do you want to keep burning or are you going to let yourself rise?”
Ryker can speak so many languages, including Russian, French, Spanish and Italian. We got to learn a bit more about his past and it’s no wonder he didn’t want to meet Lo after the way he grew up. I love Lo to the pieces but he could be so annoying in this book. I get Daisy is like his little sister but he didn’t even trust his brother when he was just friends with Daisy.
In this book I found Rose to be the most annoying sister. I mean she’s Rose but come on. Why couldn’t she just tell Connor what was going on with her instead of avoiding him and making him guess what was going on. I kinda guessed right away what was going on but what if he never guessed even if Connor is a genius?
It disturbed me a bit how Daisy felt like an outsider with her sister, especially when they were keeping secret meetings without her and keeping secrets. She’s just such a sweetie and I wanted to protect her.
“I’ve been sleeping in the same bed as her. I’ve been taking care of her. She’s mine. She feels like she belongs to me. I don’t want to share her with any other fucking guy. And I don’t want to be with any other fucking girl.”
Ryker tried his very best to just be Daisy’s friend. She wasn’t only seven years younger but also he knew how his brother felt about the idea of them being together. Still Ryker kept being like her wolf– dangerous, alluring and protective. He was just trying her very best not to show her how much she really tempted him. Daisy is beautiful to him not because of how she looks but because she could make the saddest person in the world grin.
Wow this was another four star read for me. I’m so happy I started reading these book. This book is about finding yourself and forbidden love. I love (even if it’s sad) how it shows that not all friendships are forever even if you’ve known them since you were six years old. I also love seen family dynamics in this book and you can’t help but love all three sisters even if their behavior annoy you sometimes.