Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published: March 28th, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance
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.
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He’s like my wolf—dangerous, alluring and protective—but I can never get close enough or else he’ll bite me.
OMG Hothouse Flower tore at my heart and put it back together a thousand times over. The romance between Rose and Connor is 100% my favorite but so far the story of Ryke and Daisy is my favorite. These two beauties are so similar and have been through so much together beyond a relationship. When they felt so alone they had each other and I just adored every minute of them. The type of people they were, the way their relationship came about platonic and romantic, their loyalty and commitment to family was all so admirable. This was such a well-written book and two very well written people. Also, I have to add that I love how the authors write men who are not closed off emotionally. They may not cry as much as their female written characters but they cry, feel, and really let out their raw emotions. I can not recommend this series enough.
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.
Ryke is my absolute favorite male character in the whole series. He is so amazing. When this guy loves and cares for someone he gives them his all. There is not one line or one thing that Ryke did that didn’t make me swoon or die of happiness. He is so loving, caring, strong, adventurous, giving, and just an all around great person. He had such strong character growth and his character arc was truly wonderful to read. To go from such a bitter young boy to learn to forgive people who wronged him or just care for a brother he didn’t know and a girl who he gave his all to was amazing. Daisy was a wild, fun and caring girl. I loved her and her growth because we saw her go from such a closed off girl who hated displeasing people especially those who love her to someone who makes her own choices and starts to live for herself. She really went through a traumatic time and I am so so happy that we saw her growing and getting better.
Ryke Meadows has invigorated my body and soul. He is more than just my pillow. My wolf. My bodyguard. He’s my everything.
This was an adventure befitting our main characters. As Daisy and Ryke were people who lived for the thrills of life this book followed that same pattern. A crazy and heartbreaking time in Paris to cross-country road trip across America to the Yosemite mountains in California. Just like Ryke and Daisy the craziness never stopped.
“I don’t want to ruin anyone’s life by being in it. That was never my intention.”
As with the previous books the writing was great. I really love how in each book the writing fits the main characters of the book. Also, I really enjoyed the romantic writing in this book a lot I think the authors nailed 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. Right now, I see a semblance of that peace for Daisy.
These two made my heart burst in every which way. When they were friends to when they solidified their relationship I was a blushing mess. They were utterly swoon-worthy and they had heartstopping moments. I love everything about their romance but especially how the came together and worked to be together even with so many odds stacked against them.
“You are your own anchor, Ryke. When you fail, you hurt yourself more than anyone else. Do you want to keep burning or are you going to let yourself rise?”
“Because when you find something you love, you can’t quit. Every failure pushes you harder. It’s in your soul and in your f****** heart.”
“You can leave me here,” I say, “but I’ll find a way back. I can’t leave her, and I won’t leave you, no matter how hard you f****** push me out.”
“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.”
“No restraints. One-hundred-and-fifty miles per hour. You and me, sweetheart.” My smile returns. That sounds much better.
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