08 March 2016

Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Publication: 2014
# of Pages: 407 
Source: E-book, Kindle 

Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass...Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared. Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she's a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have life filmed fora reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she's forced to make nice with a man who always has his way. Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He's confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted---Rose's virginity. This New Adult Romance can be described as Friends meets  The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature readers audiences only.

A clear spin-off from the Addicted Series, Kiss the Sky is the first book in the Calloway Sisters series. It gives a fresh and new perspective to the lively story of Lily and Lo. 

**Please keep in mind that although this is the first book in the spin off series this review may contain some spoilers. 

Unlike the other books in the Addicted series, Kiss the Sky is written in Connor and Rose's point of view. Rose is the sister of Lily Calloway who recently started dating Connor who is not only her fiercest competition, but also Lily's ex-tutor. Reading in the voice of these two characters was not only rewarding, but also gave new insight to the issues plaguing Lily and Lo. 

One of the most interesting aspects of this novel was the plot premise. Unlike Lily and Lo, Connor and Rose do not have any addictions; however, due to (spoiler ahead) the release of Lily's sex addiction Rose's couture company falls apart. To assist her company Rose decides to enroll her sisters and friends into a reality t.v. show. This had to be the most interesting twist in this entire series. I absolutely loved seeing the different personalities the show forced the characters to have. Connor becomes a projected "jerk" as he battles with the shows producer Scott, Daisy becomes an iconic sex symbol, Lo and Lily are the addicts the nation is waiting to see crack, Rose is a power woman on the rise, and Ryke, well Ryke is just Ryke. I was amazed at how this show had potential to tear these characters apart, yet somehow it made them stronger and more like a family. This just made the book that much better. I appreciate the sense of loyalty the characters had to each other. 

The other beautiful aspect of this novel was the character development of Rose and Conner as individuals as well as in their relationship with each other. Both characters are head strong, independent, and confident. In order to make it through the more difficult elements of the book they must learn to depend on each other. And boy does their relationship blossom. It becomes one of the most beautiful relationships I have ever seen in NA books/literature. Rose learns that she doesn't have to always be dominant and Connor learns to willingly let his heart love. With these growing attributes the ending turned out to be the most beautiful aspect of the entire book. It made me gush and wish for more books about these two characters. 

If you are looking for a wonderful NA series that specializes in not only romance, but also character development I would definitely recommend picking this up and starting with the Addicted series. According to the Ritchie sisters, you can start with Kiss the Sky; however, starting with Addicted to You will ultimately give a more in-depth experience. 

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Ashley! I know that Krista and Becca have said that the Calloway Sisters spin-off can be read on its own but I can't imagine missing out on the rest of the books. I totally feel like it's all one series and they truly need to be read in order to get the full effect and really know and understand the characters. I just adore these people and watching as they navigate their relationships and their struggles. They are all so *there* for each other - so supportive. I'll be starting Fuel the Fire soon and I can't wait to get back into Connor's head. :)